Monday, June 27, 2005

More see media as 'too critical' of U.S.

A majority of Americans "get it".

The latest survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press has found overwhelming American dissatisfaction with the news media, with a rising number of people saying that the press is "too critical of America."

The survey said its results reflected the increasing political division of the United States as it found "a startling rise in the politicization of opinions on several measures."

In November 2001, 69 percent of all respondents said that the press stood up for America. Only 17 percent found it too critical. At the same time, 60 percent said the press did a good job of protecting democracy while only 19 percent said it was hurting democracy.

Now, only 47 percent say the press protects democracy and 33 percent say it hurts.

The only group left that thinks there is no bias in the media is the press itself.

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