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