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MOST PEOPLE believe the media are not objective or neutral. For example, one study found 90 percent of Americans believe reporters are influenced by their personal political views. The same media accused of being biased are responsible for reporting about the issue of media bias, one of the only institutions asked to be its own watchdog. Of those who believe the media is biased, the most frequent claim is that it leans left; in fact such claims outnumber claims of right bias four to one.

The loudest complaints about media bias have come from Republican politicians. Presidents as far back as Dwight Eisenhower have complained about the so-called liberal media. “Regular people,” who are perceived by Americans as more credible than politicians, also seem to believe ...

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