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Source of news, and bias

This Pew poll found that more and more people, especially the young, are turning away from television and newspapers and toward the internet for their news. One fifth of younger people consider the internet their best source of news. "The number of people who say the Internet is a top source of campaign news was 13 percent, double the number who said that at the same stage of the 2000 campaign." Also, "Nightly network news was named as a regular source of campaign news by 35 percent, down from 45 percent four years ago, and newspapers by 31 percent, down from 40 percent." And, "The public is increasingly concerned about bias in campaign coverage by the media generally. About the same number, 39 percent, say there is bias in campaign coverage as the number that says there is no bias, 38 percent. The number who feel coverage is biased has grown steadily since 1988, when 62 percent said coverage was not biased." This can’t be good news (and there is more in the AP story) to the establishment media.

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