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How much control does media have?

SHU Poll: A large majority, 89.3 percent, suggested the national media played a very or somewhat strong role in helping to elect President Obama," according to a summary of the findings. "Just 10.0 percent suggested the national media played little or no role. Further, 69.9 percent agreed the national news media are intent on promoting the Obama presidency while 26.5 percent disagreed. Some, 3.6 percent, were unsure."

Other results:

Ø Fox News Trusted Most – and Least
Ø Large Majorities See Media Attempts to Influence Public Opinion and Policies
Ø Americans Provide News Media with Dismal Satisfaction Ratings

 
grlygrlz2

Asked by grlygrlz2 at 11:00 AM on Sep. 24, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (12)
  • I think the media has wayyy too much influence in people's lives. People have stopped thinking for themselves and started allowing the media to tell them how to think.
    abbynzachsmommy

    Answer by abbynzachsmommy at 11:26 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:00 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Yes, the role the media played was a huge contributor for the election of President Obama.


    Now that that has been addressed can we move on?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • They sure did play a big role then but the fact that most people are now watching FOX for their news and many people just don't trust the media at all leads me to believe that they will have a rough go of it in the future. It would take a lot to redeem themselves.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 11:08 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • The one think I took from this article was that Fox News was trusted the most and the least. IMO, I think it shows the diversity of the polls to be a good mix of various sides of politics. I think it gives the message of don't believe EVERYTHING. look it up, research, and debate. Post articles in forums like this, get people talking and I think it encourages others to look beyond the news and look for themselves. jmo...
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 11:30 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Don't want to be an American idiot.
    Don't want a nation under the new media.
    And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
    The subliminal mindfuck America.

    Welcome to a new kind of tension.
    All across the idiot nation.
    Everything isn't meant to be okay.
    Television dreams of tomorrow.
    We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
    For that's enough to argue.

    Well maybe I'm the faggot America.
    I'm not a part of a redneck agenda.
    Now everybody do the propaganda.
    And sing along in the age of paranoia.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Welcome to a new kind of tension.
    All across the idiot nation.
    Everything isn't meant to be okay.
    Television dreams of tomorrow.
    We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
    For that's enough to argue.

    Don't want to be an American idiot.
    One nation controlled by the media.
    Information age of hysteria.
    It's going out to idiot America.

    Welcome to a new kind of tension.
    All across the idiot nation.
    Everything isn't meant to be okay.
    Television dreams of tomorrow.
    We're not the ones who're meant to follow.
    For that's enough to argue.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • That's a Green day song. Thought it fit.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • Of course the media has TONS of influence. The media has always been extremely liberal and will continue to push the liberal agendas and hide the conservative ones.

    I am so glad I do not watch TV to see all the crap that goes on all the time.
    fluud7

    Answer by fluud7 at 12:06 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

  • The media is the reason that John McCain ended up being the Republican nominee--thereby assuring Obama's win. He was absolutely the weakest candidate that the GOP could have possibly chosen. Notice how the media--ESPECIALLY Fox News--which I do feel is the least trustworthy network, not that any network IS trustworthy (I'm a conservative, BTW)--hand-picked the Republican candidates that "deserved" ample air time, and debate exposure.

    I fully believe that ALL corporate media is controlled by the same interests--even Fox News. What makes Fox News dangerous is that it has won the trust of millions of conservatives, and is the vital engine in directing the opinions of pretty much the entire movement. I quit watching Fox early in the primaries, when it became obvious to me that "fair and balanced" is simply a clever slogan, with no basis in fact.
    lori9878

    Answer by lori9878 at 12:14 PM on Sep. 24, 2009

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