The public's assessment of the accuracy of news stories is now at its lowest level in more than two decades of Pew Research surveys, and Americans' views of media bias and independence now match previous lows.
Republicans continue to be highly critical of the news media in nearly all respects. However, much of the growth in negative attitudes toward the news media over the last two years is driven by increasingly unfavorable evaluations by Democrats. On several measures, Democratic criticism of the news media has grown by double-digits since 2007. Today, most Democrats (59%) say that the reports of news organizations are often inaccurate; just 43% said this two years ago. Democrats are also now more likely than they were in 2007 to identify favoritism in the media: Two-thirds (67%) say the press tends to favor one side rather than to treat all sides fairly, up from 54%. And while just a third of Democrats (33%) say news organizations are "too critical of America," that reflects a 10-point increase since 2007.
The partisan gaps in several of these opinions, which had widened considerably over the past decade, have narrowed.
So, how that bending-over-backwards-to-appease-Republicans thing working out?
Who could have imagined that a decade-long assault on the Clintons and Al Gore, including all but handing an election to George W. Bush, unabashed cheerleading for Bush's rush to war in a country that didn't attack us, and a general refusal to call right-wing lies "lies" would eventually result in the media losing credibility among Democrats?
Anyway, I'm sure hiring a few more former Bush administration officials will finally win over Republicans without further alienating Democrats. Right?