Americans believe a free press is vital for democracy, but are very concerned about media bias and intentional misreporting, according to a poll released last month from Gallup and Knight Foundation.
“American Views 2020: Trust, Media and Democracy,” asked 20,000 Americans about their views on the news and found some interesting trends.
Here are the main takeaways:
- 49 percent of Americans think the media is very biased
- 79 percent said they believe news organizations that they distrust have an agenda
- 48 percent of Americans said the media bears “a great deal” of blame for political division in the country
- 78 percent said the spread of misinformation online is “a major problem” and 73 percent want major internet companies to somehow exclude false/hateful information
- Most Americans also find the “volume and speed of news” overwhelming and 62 percent said it is harder to be well-informed because of that
- 71 percent of Republicans have a “very” or “somewhat” unfavorable opinion of the news media, compared to 22 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of independents
- But 84 percent of Americans count the media as “critical” or “very important” to democracy.
In a 1976 Gallup poll, 72 percent of American adults trusted the media.
“So many people all over the world are simply turned off by the mainstream media these days,” All Israel News Editor-in-Chief Joel Rosenberg said regarding why he launched his news site. “Sure, there are some excellent, honest reporters out there. But there is also so much fake news and so much bias – even extreme media bias – against Christians, Jews and Muslims, and particularly against the State of Israel.”
Go here to read why Joel C. Rosenberg launched ALL ISRAEL NEWS.