Media Bias? Surveys say more ‘likely voters’ distrust political news

A new Rasmussen survey suggests more voters believe there is a bias in political reporting, a nd the media doesn’t like Donald Trump.

A new Rasmussen Survey released Thursday is more bad news for the national news media looking to bolster their credibility, as this new poll revealed “just 30% of Likely U.S. Voters trust the political news they are getting.”

“Most (53%) do not,” according to Rasmussen. “That compares to 32% and a high of 54% a year ago.”

What’s worse, Rasmussen found “Just 10% of voters think most reporters are trying to help Trump pass his agenda when they write or talk about the president. Forty-four percent (44%) believe instead that most are trying to block Trump’s agenda, although that’s down from a high of 51% in August of last year.”

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Compare that to a Rasmussen survey from 2010, in which a whopping 48 percent of likely voters “think most reporters when they write or talk about President Obama are trying to help the president pass his agenda. Only 18% think most reporters are trying to block the president from passing his agenda”

Translation: A plurality of voters thinks the media is biased, at least when it comes to reporting about President Donald Trump. While the president may annoy people, including his supporters, at least some of the time, more people believe he’s not getting a fair shake.

That perceived bias may be creeping into stories covering the release of former national security advisor John Bolton’s new book that describes the president as “an easy mark for dictators and others who know how easily he falls for flattery,” according to a report at Axios.com. The Justice Department is trying to block publication of Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened.” The book is due for release next Tuesday and will likely be widely discussed on the Sunday network news programs.

This new eruption of bad Trump publicity comes as the president is reportedly calling for new justices on the U.S. Supreme Court, Fox News is reporting.

The Court hit the president with a 5-4 loss Thursday when it ruled against his efforts to repeal the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

The Roberts Court, November 30, 2018. Seated, from left to right: Justices Stephen G. Breyer and Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., and Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito. Standing, from left to right: Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Brett M. Kavanaugh. Photograph by Fred Schilling, Supreme Court Curator’s Office.

Earlier in the week, the court rejected ten requests for review of gun control lawsuits, frustrating and—in some cases—enraging Second Amendment advocates who were hoping the high court would take at least one gun case. There’s an analysis at AmmoLand News that has already gone viral and is getting heavy reaction from readers who are furious at Chief Justice John Roberts.

Roberts was the swing vote in the DACA ruling, and it is widely believed he does not want the court to take on anymore gun cases, even though many questions remain about the parameters of the Second Amendment, including right-to-carry and whether the amendment protects modern sporting rifles, also called “semiautomatic assault weapons” by the gun prohibition lobby.

Through it all, the media appear to be loving every word Trump says, making the most of every syllable.


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