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New Report: Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations

12 September, 2007
By Allison Orr

This new publication from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reports that while a majority of Americans criticize news organizations for political bias, inaccuracy and failing to acknowledge mistakes, the harshest criticism comes from the growing number of people who rely on the Internet for their news.

The survey was conducted in July this year and surveyed 1,500 adults.  It found that only 17% of those who rely on TV for their news had an unfavourable opinion of cable news networks compared to 38% of Internet news users.  This unfavourable opinion was particularly evident in the areas of political bias and lack of empathy for the people they report on. 

Furthermore, the Internet news audience, which is currently about a quarter of all Americans – tends to be younger and better educated than the public as a whole. 

"More broadly, the new survey underscores the fundamental change in basic attitudes about the news media that has occurred since the mid-1980s...Since the late 1990s, consistent majorities have expressed the belief that news stories are often inaccurate," says the report.

Read the Summary here:  Summary of Findings
Read the Full Report: Internet News Audience Highly Critical of News Organizations

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