COVID-19 media bias? Republican voters think so, Dems disagree


A new Rasmussen survey shows partisan differences about media bias related to the COVID-19 crisis. (Dave Workman)

Sixty-five percent of Republican voters think most reporters are attempting to hurt President Donald Trump politically with their coverage of the COVID-19 crisis, while 72 percent of likely Democrat voters believe the press has tried to cover the coronavirus fairly, according to a new Rasmussen survey released Tuesday.

Among independent voters, the division is nearly even.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted April 12-13 with a +/- 3 percentage point spread and 95 percent level of confidence.

According to the report, 66 percent of Democrats “rate the media coverage of the coronavirus crisis as good or excellent, compared to 48 percent of GOP voters,” Rasmussen said. Sixty-three percent of Republicans trust the president more than the average member of Congress and the average reporter, compared to 48 percent of Republican voters and 43 percent of independents. Only 24 percent have the most confidence in the average congressional representative.

If reporters are trying to hurt the president, it might be working. Trump’s daily presidential tracking poll number is down to 44 percent approval among voters when it had gone as high as 49 percent earlier this year. Rasmussen’s daily poll shows 29 percent strongly approve of the job he’s doing while 44 percent strongly disapprove.

Among all likely voters, 53 percent “give positive marks to the media coverage, while 24 percent rate it as poor.”

The nation has been hurt by the coronavirus pandemic, with the economy down, but Wall Street was fighting back Tuesday, rallying back toward the 24,000 mark, according to CNN.
The latest trouble for Trump appears to be a debate over who has the authority to “re-open” the country, whether it is up to governors or the president. He could lose that argument, depending upon to whom one listens.

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington have agreed to coordinate their efforts to open their states back up, but it could be a very flexible timetable.

As for alleged media bias, former CBS correspondent Lara Logan, now hosting “Lara Logan Has No Agenda” on Fox Nation, delves into the problem here.

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