New Numbers on the Media
by Chris Bowers, Mon Jul 05, 2004 at 10:38:55 AM EDT
The totalitarian index in the country seems to be around 20% these days, since that is the percentage of people who believe it should be illegal to criticize the government during a time of war, even if the criticism is true. From the Chicago Tribune (if you are not a member, you can also find the numbers on Polling Report:
"During a time of war, should the media be allowed to publish or broadcast news stories which suggest the war is not going well, or should they not be allowed to do so?" Allowed Not Allowed Don't Know All 75 20 5 Republicans 68 28 5 Independents 76 18 6 Democrats 82 15 3 During a time of war, should the media be allowed to publish or broadcast editorials or opinion commentary critical of how the war is being handled, or should they not be allowed to do so?" Allowed Not Allowed Don't Know All 76 20 4 Republicans 68 30 2 Independents 78 18 4 Democrats 84 13 2I suppose it is a relief that only around 30% of Republicans are pro-totalitarian. A far higher number of Republicans are victims of the conspiracy of the liberal elite:
"Generally speaking, do you think the news media are mostly biased in favor of Republicans, mostly biased in favor of Democrats, or does the bias favor each party about the same?" Favor Repubs Favor Dems Each the Same Republicans 4 53 26 Independents 11 14 42 Democrats 24 4 40That a higher percentage of Republicans than Democrats are convinced the media is biased toward to other side is not surprising, since complaining about the liberal media remains the number one topic of conservative blogs and talk shows. Apparently, however, the only people conservative pundits have convinced that the media is indeed liberal are fellow Republicans, as independents clearly do not believe the media is biased in favor of either party. Actually, it's quite funny that a majority of conservatives, who often complain about a culture of victimization, have become convinced that they themselves are victims of a biased media.