It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but Americans have noticed that our media are trying to drag Barack Obama across the finish line in November. Rasmussen documents the trend:
The idea that reporters are trying to help Obama win in November has grown by five percentage points over the past month. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey, taken just before the new controversy involving the Times erupted [Ed.: The Times’ refusal to run McCain’s op-ed, which we discuss below], found that 49% of voters believe most reporters will try to help the Democrat with their coverage, up from 44% a month ago.
Just 14% believe most reporters will try to help McCain win, little changed from 13% a month ago. Just one voter in four (24%) believes that most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage.
Most of those 14% are Democrats who know better, but are trying to offer reporters cover.
The lack of trust in reporters documented by this survey is striking:
Republicans and unaffiliated voters are more likely to trust campaign information from family and friends than from reporters. Democrats are evenly divided as to who they would trust more.
A separate survey released this morning also found that 50% of voters believe most reporters want to make the economy seem worse than it is. A plurality believes that the media has also tried to make the war in Iraq appear worse that it really is.
The silver lining: I suspect that by November, lots of people will be in rebellion against the media’s effort to make them vote for Obama.
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