Today’s paragraphs come to us from Rasmussen Research’s latest report, which tells us how people feel about the accuracy of media fact-checking debates.
Here’s what Rasmussen found out:
Most voters believe news organizations play favorites when it comes to fact-checking candidates’ statements, but this skepticism is much stronger among voters who support Donald Trump than those who back his rival Hillary Clinton.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 29% of all Likely U.S. Voters trust media fact-checking of candidates’ comments. Sixty-two percent (62%) believe instead that news organizations skew the facts to help candidates they support. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Eighty-eight percent (88%) of voters who support Trump in the presidential race believe news organizations skew the facts, while most Clinton backers (59%) trust media fact-checking. Among the supporters of Libertarian Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein, sizable majorities also don’t trust media fact-checking.
These findings are no surprise given that voters think it’s far more likely reporters will try to help Clinton than Trump this election season.
Earlier today, I posted the results of two post-debate studies that seem to fly in the face of media’s almost unanimous conclusion that Donald Trump got – can’t resist – schlonged by Hillary Clinton in Monday’s debate.
Maybe Rasmussen’s findings explain the discrepancy. Regardless, they win Paragraphs Of The Day honors for showing – as if any intelligent person would think otherwise – that people mistrust mainstream media because they believe them to be biased.