Skip to Content

Photo supplied by Pexels

Pew: US media bias ranks worst in the world

The United States is unique in the sense that on both sides of the political spectrum, voters believe the media does a poor job reporting political issues in a fair way, according to huge new survey of media consumption in 38 nations.

Published: January 18, 2018, 7:13 am

    Read more


    The Pew Research Center’s study found moreover that supporters of President Trump believe the media is doing a worse job than the supporters of any of the other international political figures in countries surveyed.

    It may not come as a surprise since US politics are divisive as ever.

    “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 US at 34 percentage points,” Pew noted.

    Most in the US would agree that the top five media organisastions based in the US are CNN, Fox, MSNBC, ABC News, and CBS. According to Media Bias/Fact Check, 2 of these websites, CNN and MSNBC, have a left-wing bias, ABC and CBS have a center-left bias, and Fox has a right-wing bias. Thus, the five major US sources are showing a definite right or left bias.

    The survey found that only 21 percent of Americans supportive of Trump and Republicans believe the media is reporting fairly. But it also found that only 55 percent of those who that voted against Trump also believe the media is biased in their reporting on US politics.

    In every other case, those numbers are reversed, Pew said.

    “The US is also one of only a few countries where governing party supporters are less satisfied with their news media than are non-supporters. In most countries, people who support the political party currently in power are more satisfied with the performance of their news media than those who do not support the governing party,” the study revealed.

    Some 2 in 3 American adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current affairs, according to Pew. The survey found that Republicans and Democrats are about equally likely to say that “fake news” leaves Americans deeply confused about current events.

    Despite the concern, more than 8 in 10 feel very or somewhat confident that they are able to recognise news that is fabricated, the survey found.

    Two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, Pew found.

    “I think part of the problem is that now people are getting too much information and it confuses them and they don’t know how to decipher the true and the fake,” Washington-insider Trent Lott, told Dayton Daily News. He says he sees bias in the coverage of Washington by the mainstream media.

    There’s been little love for the media for decades in the US. The percentage expressing a great deal of confidence in the press has eroded from a high of 28 percent in 1976 to just 8 percent in 2016, according the General Social Survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago.

    “Trump didn’t invent this. He didn’t cause people to start feeling this way. He’s tapping into a vein that already existed,” said Gary Abernathy, publisher and editor of the Times-Gazette of Hillsboro, Ohio. He added, “They are nodding their heads right away because that’s how they’ve felt.”

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    • I have had exchanges with leftists who appeared to be of the sincere opinion that many news stories were rigged in order to support or not to criticize conservatives in office somewhere. Sometimes it seemed insincere considering the majority of stories appear to me to be overwhelmingly leftist-slanted but it is quite possible these leftists look at all those stories as even-handed whie the odd story that doesn’t call for Trump’s impeachment or didn’t call for torches and pitchforks for Roy Moore would be stories leftists would point to and say, “Aha! See? Right-winger bias in the media.”

      Since our occupiers love divide and conquer tactics and politically polarizing all their countries, perhaps some seemingly rightist-slanted articles are sprinkled around in the mainstream media. This would help the leftists to see themselves as the righteous warriors, the underdogs, and would cause them to dismiss claims from those on the right that the media, like the state, is biased strongly to the left.

      That’s another reason I dislike this left-right political spectrum. I prefer to highlight the ethnicity of those who control the media. Whether they pluck a chord on the right or on the left in reporting a story may be situational but whichever slant the story has it has a slant that serves their interests not ours.


    Trump calls Black Caucus member ‘low-IQ individual’

    President Trump has described a Congressional Black Caucus member as a "low-IQ individual". The US president spoke at a campaign rally for Pennsylvania special House election candidate Rick Saccone.

    Half of new Democratic hopefuls are former CIA or other operatives

    WashingtonThe Democratic Party in the United States is looking to capture a majority in the House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections. But as many as half of their new representatives will be former CIA and other intelligence operatives.

    YouTube uses extremist non-profit SPLC to go after conservatives

    Somali-born Dutch-American activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a leading voice for the reformation of Islam. The far-left Southern Poverty Law Center has now labeled her an "anti-Muslim extremist" because she is an advocate for women’s rights in Islam.

    Marion Maréchal-Le Pen: ‘France is no longer free’

    WashingtonYoung French politician Marion Maréchal-Le Pen spoke at the leading American conservative conference outside Washington DC on Thursday, as anti-globalism continues to rise across Europe.

    ‘Kremlin trolling monitor’ a scam says Dutch expert

    The HagueSybrand Buma, the chairman of the CDA in the Lower House, told Dutch news service WNL in January that "Russian trolls" want to cause unrest in the Netherlands via Twitter. Buma claimed they did so during a debate in the House of Representatives. His claim turned out to be rubbish.

    The total implosion of CNN’s anti-conservative news

    Cable’s waning news network giant CNN, has seen its viewership drop by nearly a third during peak-watching hours compared to last year and by almost a quarter during the day.

    Media ignore Big Pharma angle after Florida mass shooting

    The mainstream media has not questioned how serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or drugs may be linked to mass shootings given that they are funded by Big Pharma ad revenue.

    Viewer stats crash for Winter Olympic Games without Russia

    Viewer numbers will not even earn the opening of the Olympic Games franchise a bronze medal. It is down 9 percent from what the February 7, 2014 Opening Ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympics from Sochi in Russia delivered in the early numbers.

    Washington Post lambasts Trump for ‘keeping America white for 5 years longer’

    While President Trump has proposed that the USA should only accept skilled immigrants for whom there is an economic need, the Washington Post argues that simply allowing people to settle in the country would expand the economy.

    Is Trump right to blame illegal immigrants for a spike in crime?

    WashingtonUS President Donald Trump is reportedly seeking $25 billion from Congress to fund a wall to be erected between the US and Mexico to keep criminals out. His detractors say he is wrong about crime. But what are the facts?

    Go to archive