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The Hollywood Reporter performed a poll on the news media, and the finding is still unexpected and shocking to some. The headline was "Americans Think All Network News Channels Lean Liberal, Poll Finds."
Common sense has won. Can we dispose of the ridiculous fiction that the network news product is objective, strictly balanced and nonpartisan?
Numbers - Cable - News - Channels - Percent
The numbers were more intense for cable news channels: Forty-six percent found CNN to be "more liberal," and only 12 percent found "no political lean," while 43 percent found MSNBC to be "more liberal" and 12 percent said it has "no political lean." Fifty-one percent found Fox to be "more conservative," and only eight percent said it has "no political lean."
The magazine's Erik Hayden wrote this sentence without a hint of sarcasm: "Network news channels like ABC, CBS and NBC, which strive toward impartiality in their reporting, were perceived by a significant margin to be 'more liberal' in their political lean than neutral."
NPR - Liberalism - Percent - Percent - Lean
Despite NPR's around-the-clock liberalism, only 27 percent said it leans "more liberal," and 21 percent answered it has "no political lean." Someone needs to listen harder to NPR, including Hayden, who bizarrely described it as "centrist."
The poll also found that across the board, news consumers insist there is "too much opinion-based political commentary" in their news product. The numbers were stronger in cable news, but "too much opinion" beat "the right amount of opinion-based political commentary" on every network.
Consult - Poll
Morning Consult, which did the poll with The...
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