Accuracy in Media

A new report by Pew Research Center sheds more light on understanding the pervasive erosion of public trust in the media as 73 percent of Republicans say that the national mainstream media does not understand “people like them,” according to the report.

The Nieman Lab at Harvard reports that in the Pew report, “Those surveyed felt this way regardless of age, education level, and sex, and regardless of how much news they read.”


Pew writers Jeffrey Gottfried and Elizabeth Grieco report: “Overall, 58 percent of U.S. adults feel the news media do not understand people like them, while 40% feel they are understood, as reported in a recent Pew Research Center study.

Republicans, however, are nearly three times as likely to feel that news organizations don’t understand them (73%) as they are to say they feel understood (25 percent). By comparison, most Democrats (58 percent) say they feel understood by the news media, while four-in-ten say they do not.”

The Pew researchers acknowledge in the report that “The deep divides between Republicans and Democrats in feeling misunderstood by news organizations is largely in line with partisan divides in trust in national media and perceived fairness in news coverage. As seen in previous findings, Republicans are far less likely than Democrats to say they have a lot of trust in the information they get from national news organizations and are more likely to think the news media tend to favor one side.”

A 2018 Pew report found that “Most Americans also continue to think the news media favor one side when covering political and social issues. About two-thirds (68 percent) say this, compared with three-in-ten who say they deal fairly with all sides. And as in previous years, Republicans (86 percent) are far more likely than Democrats (52 percent) to say news organizations favor one side.”

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