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Many liberals in the mainstream media dismiss the concept of “fake news” as just a term conservatives use when they hear information they don’t like or don’t agree with. However, a new Pew Research Center survey demonstrated that people across the country find that situation to be much more common and more serious than is otherwise reported. Released Wednesday, Pew researchers stated that many Americans “say the creation and spread of made-up news and information is causing significant harm to the nation and needs to be stopped.”
In a Pew Research Center poll released Friday, a majority of Americans and nearly three-quarters of Republicans responded that “news organizations don’t understand people like them” and not only that, but this disturbing answer came regardless of their news consumption habits. When asked whether “news organizations understand people like them,” 40 percent of Americans polled agreed while 58 percent replied that the press “don’t understand....them.”
Just within the past week or so, some shocking professorial behavior has come to light. In the wake of Barbara Bush's death, California State University, Fresno professor Randa Jarrar took to Twitter to call the former first lady an "amazing racist." Jarrar added, "PSA: either you are against these pieces of s--- and their genocidal ways or you're part of the problem. that's actually how simple this is. I'm happy the witch is dead. can't wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million iraqis have. byyyeeeeeeee."
In their never-ending quest to hammer Donald Trump, reporters in the liberal Washington Post referred to an international poll conducted by the Pew Research Center not once, but twice in two days claiming that the Republican president “has alarmed citizens of the nation’s closest allies and others worldwide.” In addition, the article posted on Monday by Post reporters Isaac Stanley-Becker and Scott Clement was followed the next day by an item from Aaron Blake, the newspaper’s senior political reporter, who quoted the four “most brutal numbers” in the survey that show how much the world hates Donald Trump.
New York Times reporter Liam Stack took a Pew Research Center study about religion and educational attainment around the world, and warped it into a story summarized by this mocking headline: “Christians in U.S. Are Less Educated Than Religious Minorities, Report Says.” The report, which lacks the anti-Christian animus of the headline, showed that worldwide, Jews and Christians were the most educated, and Hindus and Muslims were the least. Can you imagine either one of those facts as a headline in New York Times?
When it came to covering issues voters cared about, the networks didn’t catch ‘em all, especially the most important one. According to the Pew Research Center, voters ranked the economy as their highest priority in July. But the media had different priorities in its coverage. It spent twice as much time reporting on Pokemon Go, a mobile game in which players caught cartoon monsters, than it did on the state of the economy.
Last month, a Pew Research Center blog post summarized recent survey data on how Americans’ views of “individualism, the role of government, free expression, religion and morality” differ from those of Europeans. The post prompted Kali Holloway of AlterNet to snark up a storm regarding the supposed cluelessness and backwardness of this country, especially the red states.
A new Pew Research study found that between 2007 and 2014, the percentage of Americans self-identifying as Christian fell from 78.4 to 70.6. In a Tuesday post, Martin Longman speculated about causes for the dropoff, commenting that “the Republican Party’s embrace of a very conservative interpretation of Christianity” may be “undermining people’s faith.”
Longman added that it’s not solely the fault of the domestic religious right: “Islamic radicals…committing unspeakable atrocities in Allah’s name” and “Jewish radicals…standing in the way of [Israeli-Palestinian] peace negotiations” share the blame. “Most of the war and killing that is going on in the world today is generated by disputes between or within a small handful of very well-established traditional religions,” he remarked. “If the whole world woke up tomorrow with no memory of the New Testament, the Torah, or the Koran, it’s quite possible that peace would break out in ways that seem unthinkable today.”
Tax Day is rapidly approaching and most Americans say the federal tax system “should be completely changed.”
The Pew Research Center recently conducted a poll that found a majority of Americans supported “Congress completely changing the federal tax system.” Pew announced the findings March 19, which showed 59 percent of its respondents agreed with a total overhaul of federal taxation.
During a segment on Tuesday evening's edition of The O'Reilly Factor, the Fox News Channel host stated he “does not, does not believe in white privilege. However, there is no question that African-Americans have a much harder time succeeding in our society than whites do.” [video below the jump]
Those assertions led Charles Blow, a columnist for the New York Times, to ask in his Thursday column “Is white privilege real? Not according to Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly.” The black writer also criticized the cable news host by declaring: “It is statements like this ... that make you the race hustler.”