Rose Institute fellow Doug Johnson was recently quoted in a Victorville Daily Press article that focused on American’s view of whether the media is impartially reporting on this election. Doug thinks the media bias is more pervasive and noticeable:
In a Rasmussen Reports poll released in September, 55 percent of likely American voters think that media bias is more of a problem than campaign contributions in the presidential race.
â€œI think it definitely exists,â€ said Doug Johnson, a fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, in Claremont. â€œIt definitely is more noticeable and visible this election.â€
Johnson said he thinks thereâ€™s more and more a sense of a journalistâ€™s role as an advocate, and thatâ€™s how journalists justify it to themselves.
Another Rasmussen poll conducted in July found that 57 percent of likely voters think presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., has received the best treatment from the media, while 21 percent thought his Republican opponent, Sen. John McCain of Arizona, has received the best treatment.
â€œWe know from surveys that Washington correspondents typically vote 93-7 for the Democrat in presidential elections,â€ said Tim Groseclose, the lead author of the UCLA study. â€œGiven that, perhaps we shouldnâ€™t be surprised when we see journalists treating the Democratic candidate so favorably.â€
Johnson agreed, saying that thereâ€™s a bias in favor of the Obama-Joe Biden president-vice president ticket and against the McCain-Sarah Palin ticket.
â€œI think it increases the polarization of the country,â€ Johnson said. â€œAs liberals move to CNN and conservatives to Fox, the media reinforces that separation instead of bringing people together.â€