A new Pew poll shows that people of both parties and independents recognize that the media is trying to get Obama elected.
Voters overwhelmingly believe that the media wants Barack Obama to win the presidential election. By a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama, not John McCain, win on Nov. 4. Another 8% say journalists don't favor either candidate, and 13% say they don't know which candidate most reporters support.Think about that. 70% of all Americans realize the media is biased for Obama. You can't get 70% of Americans to agree on any of the major political issues--the economy, terrorism, gay marriage, gun control, appropriate tax levels, illegal immigration. You name it and the country is pretty much split 50-50 on it. But a vast majority can see what the media is doing.
Will there be consequences? There already are.
The New York Times Co. reported a steep drop in third-quarter profits on Thursday, the latest gloomy earnings report in an industry battered by online competition and falling print advertising revenue.And more and more print papers are dropping the Associated Press.
The New York Times Co. said net profit fell by 51.4 percent in the third quarter to 6.5 million dollars, or five cents per share, from 13.4 million dollars, or nine cents per share, in the same period a year ago.
Tribune, which owns nine daily papers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, joins a growing list of newspapers that have sought to end AP contracts, or given notice of that, following plans to introduce a new controversial rate structure in 2009. The notice was given earlier this week.Yes, these decisions are partly do to the AP's new rate structure. But if your readers are leaving because of biased stories from the AP and your profits are plummeting because of it, you are far less inclined to pay for the AP service, regardless of the new rate structure.
In recent months, other non-Tribune papers have also given the required two-year's notice to drop AP. Those include: The Star Tribune of Minneapolis, The Bakersfield Californian, The Post Register of Idaho Falls, and The Yakima Herald-Republic and Wenatchee World, both of Washington.
I'm not optimistic that there will be significant change in the media after the election. I am happy, at least, that most can see the bias.