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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:44

Pew Poll Finds Huge Gap Between Democrats, GOP On Whether Media Acts Like a Watchdog

Written by  Tim Graham

Jennifer Harper of The Washington Times reported on a new Pew Research Center poll on Monday that showed a widening gap in perceptions of the media between Republicans and Democrats in the Trump era.

Pew asked whether the media's criticism of political leaders primarily keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t – or keeps them from doing their job.

Eighty-nine percent of Democrats picked “keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t.” Only 42 percent of Republicans agreed. This 47-point gap is a record for the Pew poll, which has been asking the public their opinion on the watchdog role of the press since 1985.

“The gap stands in sharp contrast to January and February, 2016 — when Americans were asked the same question. Then, in the midst of the presidential primary season, nearly the same share of Democrats (74 percent) and Republicans (77 percent) supported the watchdog role,” Pew researchers said. The largest previous gap was 28 points during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Would Democrats really express interest in a "watchdog media" if journalists were applying exactly the same scrutiny to Schumer, Pelosi and Co. right now that they're applying to Trump? If journalists brought this level of aggression to reporting on Obama?

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the term "yellow press" could not even begin to describe how non-objective and corrupt the excrement press news media is today.

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The major press in the USA is a watchdog organisation.All these dogs see,smell and do is excrement.They see no evil,hear no evil or speak no evil as long as it is liberal.The opposite is true when it comes to conservatives.Yea have you noticed totally unbiased.What a crock of doggie dung.

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Gary A. Tucker Written by Gary A. Tucker
May 18, 2017
There are no more news cast they are part of democratic socialist party looking to destroy Americia thus is not the constitution nyry I grew up in these people believe in socialism not the Americian way it all started when we throughout God

Bolshevik Democrats and their useful idiots plan...Resist..aka..Block and trash everything Trump and his crew does especially if it's really good for the country.

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The media is now run by propagandists.. The difference between how they treated obama and now trump is beyond staggering. They are entirely predictable about it. You know exactly what they are going to do. Make thing up either in defense of, or in attack of. Truth has no meaning.
Consider the whole 'You are not entitled to the FACTS... but you are entitled to an 'opinion (NARRATIVE)' we give you"..
Their standard operating procedure. They run on 'stories' made of whole cloth but will disregard the facts as a political operating procedure..

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The Agitation and Propaganda organization of the Democrat (Marxist) Party consists of our Main Stream Media: ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, and literally hundreds of local newspapers, television and radio stations; then we have Google, Facebook, and Twitter in the hands of our “progressives”; on the other side there is only Fox (sometimes) and American Spectator, National Review (also sometimes).

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Rob Schick Written by Rob Schick
May 17, 2017
We use to have a conservative paper here in San Diego but no more. They were bought by the owner of the L.A. Slimes.
Mac Poe Written by Mac Poe
May 17, 2017
You forgot about One America News.

The commie media has been the propaganda arm of the far left for decades

99% of these so called watchdogs came out in support of the hag who was both a traitor and head thug of the Clinton crime family while they still maintain the election was fraudulent because it didn't give the commiecrats the oval office

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"Eighty-nine percent of Democrats picked “keeps them from doing things they shouldn’t.” What a crock of s**t!!! 89% of Democrats are morons - there is so much evidence of corruption against the Clintons and Obama - BUT - they are happy to ignore it and happy that the media chooses to do the same. BUT - if someone said that President Trump ran over the Easter Bunny on the White House lawn with Santa Clause's sleigh they would all be all over it.

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Their no watch dog!! Their a liberal lap dog!!

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The news media has become a joke...they lie on a daily bases, and it is proven on a daily bases that they have lied...but that fact hasn't even slowed them down on making up stories & lies out of thin air...They are a disgrace!

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Marc Jeric Written by Marc Jeric
May 17, 2017
Media is the plural form of Latin medium; therefore media ARE...
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Ronald Cleveland Written by Ronald Cleveland
May 17, 2017
Will have to call them by a different name then, because they aren't even mediocre...how about "propagandist's"...???

It is not a "watchdog", it is a "lap dog" for the American Left/Socialist/Democrat Party... nothing more.

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Tom Schwander Written by Tom Schwander
May 17, 2017
The liberals are in a panic and running wild in their attempt to regain the power they held over the past 10 years; and many are at the point of treasonous acts. Meanwhile the msn arm of the democrat party is doing all they can as they continue to report only fake news and hide much of real news. The people of America decided the direction we want America to take to regain our place in the world.
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Mike Woolbert Written by Mike Woolbert
May 17, 2017
President Trump said he wanted to make America Great again - The Democrats were against that.
President Trump said he wanted to put America and Americans first - again the Democrats were against that - Makes you wonder who the hell "THEY" represent.

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