The Democratic Party’s influence on the biased mainstream media against conservatives is not going over well with American voters. According to a recent poll, a majority of respondents disagree with the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) decision to exclude Fox News from hosting any of the party’s primary debates.
The new Rasmussen survey found that 56 percent of likely voters want the Democrats to allow Fox News, the most-watched cable news network in the country, to host at least one of the 12 primary debates the Party has scheduled ahead of the 2020 election. Conversely, only 28 percent of respondents agreed with the DNC’s decision to blacklist Fox News from hosting a debate, while 15 percent were undecided.
This reaction from voters reflects the widespread disgust with the too close for comfort relationship between the Democratic Party and the liberal media. For more than two years, the mainstream media have amplified the Democratic Party’s talking points, attacking President Trump at every opportunity. At the same time, the press has only grudgingly covered positive economic developments or President Trump’s many accomplishments on the world stage.
While this blatant disregard for journalistic ethics isn’t new, the degree of media bias has clearly gotten worse over time. According to a 2014 survey, only 7 percent of journalists identified as Republicans while 28 percent identified as Democrats. In 2002, though, the same study found that 18 percent of respondents identified as Republicans and 36 percent said that they were Democrats. In barely more than a decade, a two-to-one Democrat advantage had grown into a four-to-one discrepancy.
More recently, a study conducted by The Center for Public Integrity during the 2016 presidential election revealed that more than 96 percent of political donations from journalists went to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Just a few weeks ago, prominent television journalist Lara Logan also warned that the media harbors a serious political bias, arguing that right-leaning news outlets often get drowned out by liberal publications. “Visually, anyone who has ever been to Israel and been to the Wailing Wall has seen that the women have this tiny little spot in front of the wall to pray, and the rest of the wall is for the men,” Logan said.
“To me, that is a great representation of the American media, in that in this tiny little corner … you have Breitbart and Fox News and a few others, and from there on, you have CBS, ABC, NBC, HuffPost, Politico … all of them,” she added.
The American people have taken notice of the increasingly shrill left-wing echo chamber, and they’re starting to get fed up with “news” headlines that simply parrot Democrat talking points. According to a Monmouth University survey last year, 77 percent of voters think that “fake news reporting happens at least occasionally” in the mainstream media, a 14 percent increase from the results recorded by the same poll in 2017.
By excluding the only cable news network willing to ask its presidential candidates tough questions, the DNC is doubling down on its heavy influence on the media and denying voters the right to know all the facts about the people vying to become the nation’s next president. And American voters aren’t pleased.
Katrina Pierson is a senior adviser to the Donald Trump campaign.