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Published: Monday, June 17 2013 6:00 p.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

There ARE more supporters than opponents. So, we could say it's fair and balanced. Let's get this done and move forward.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

Hutterite...

5-1 more supporters?

Were there more supporters before the bias started swaying people?

Bias in media should be reported whenever it is discovered. Hiding bias and covering up bias doesn't help the media consumer be more aware of possible bias in future stories nor does it help the honest news reporter realize when he or she is doing it unintentionally.

DanO
Mission Viejo, CA

"Pew said the results were in large part because many of the stories were about polls showing societal attitudes swiftly moving toward support for gay marriage, or about politicians announcing their support."

Funny how the Deseret News article doesn't mention that and claims the study is proof of bias.

plainbrownwrapper
Nashville, TN

@Hamath --

"Bias in media should be reported whenever it is discovered. "

Great. Why don't you do a study yourself. Examine all the articles printed in the DN that related to gay marriage. Record how many of them are pro-gay-marriage, and how many of them are anti-gay-marriage.

Where do YOU think the balance will lie?

It's very funny to me that some of the commenters here dare to criticize a supposed "unfair bias" in mainstream media, when their own hometown paper is so heavily and obviously biased itself.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@ plain in Nashville

I'm not from Utah... nor do I live there.
Still I agree with you. ANY bias should be reported. FoxNews Bias, DN Bias, NBCNEWS bias... the more we know about bias, the more we can judge properly and avoid it in ourselves.

plainbrownwrapper
Nashville, TN

@Hamath --

"5-1 more supporters?"

Try reading the actual study. This is NOT AT ALL what it said.

The Pew study found that the mainstream media reported on gay marriage with 47% of their articles being overall favorable. And guess what -- public opinion polls show that the general public has a **51%** overall favorable rating.

In other words, the mainstream media actual reported with 4% LESS overall favorability than the general public.

That supposed "unfair bias" looks a little less impressive now, doesn't it??

The ONLY difference was that the mainstream media tended to report with more mixed articles than outright negative articles. And that, as the story reported, was probably due to the fact that the opposition has failed to develop a clear and/or convincing message for the media to report. Not bias.

Oh, and of course -- the Pew study itself never actually mentioned bias at all -- not even once.

"Bias in media should be reported whenever it is discovered. "

I agree. But right now you should be looking for that bias close to home rather than trying to demonize the "evil mainstream media".

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