No one in the US should be surprised at accusations that the media is biased. In fact, according to Gallup, most here don’t believe the media to be fair or accurate: Gallup’s 2015 survey on the topic found that just 32 percent of Americans trust the media to report the news fairly and accurately, with 51 percent of Democrats trusting the media versus 30 percent of independent voters and just 14 percent of Republicans.
The newsworthy piece is that, apparently, we have the worst levels of media bias in the world. A new Pew Research Center study says that, while Greece has the lowest overall levels of trust in media reporting, we are one of the few countries where people whose party is in power are more inclined to see media bias than are those whose party is out of power.
More than in any other country, Americans on both sides of the political aisle believe the media does a poor job covering political issues fairly, according to a blockbuster new survey of media consumption in 38 nations.
What’s more, the Pew Research Center’s study found that supporters of President Trump believe the media is doing a worse job covering politics than the supporters of any of the other international political leaders in countries surveyed.
“Large gaps in ratings of the media emerge between governing party supporters and non-supporters. On the question of whether their news media cover political issues fairly, for example, partisan differences appear in 20 of the 38 countries surveyed. In five countries, the gap is at least 20 percentage points, with the largest by far in the U.S. at 34 percentage points,” said Pew.
Probably not an area we want to be “Number One” in.