Letters: Media Bias

Listeners respond to a story on trust in the media. Melissa Block and Michele Norris read from listeners' e-mails.

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MELISSA BLOCK, host:

It's time now for your letters. On Friday, we aired a story about media bias. It included this bit of criticism from Chris Neil(ph), a Georgia State graduate student.

Mr. CHRIS NEIL: I don't hold much stock in people's analyzation because I know everybody's got a slant. Like, there's going to be a different slant at CNN, a different slant at Fox.

MICHELE NORRIS, host:

And he's not alone. The Pew Research Center last year found that public trust in the media was at an historic low because of those perceived slants. Well, several listeners thought our story had a bit of a slant. Stan Henney(ph) of Longmont, Colorado, writes: The reporter described Fox News as voraciously conservative, and MSNBC as tilting to the left. Both are subjective, not objective descriptions. I personally think that while some Fox personalities can be aggressive, MSNBC does a lot more than just tilt.

He goes on to say: If you folks were truly objective, you might have simply said that Fox is conservative and MSNBC is liberal, a clear fact, and left it to your listeners to insert their own degree of embellishment.

BLOCK: Allen Maranoff(ph) of Alexandria, Virginia, agrees. He writes: Stating that MSNBC has a tilt is absurd. The leftfield bombasts, including Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and the ever-screaming Keith Olbermann, do not have a tilt. They are committed ideologues of the worst kind.

NORRIS: We appreciate your letters; please keep them coming. You can write to us by going to NPR.org, and then click on Contact Us.

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