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5/27/09

Study: Reporters Trust Liberal Blogs, The Public Trusts Rightist Blogs

Political Blogs More Accurate Than Newspapers, Say Those Who Read Both

Meridian Magazine)- "Professor Richard Davis reports this and other blog-related insights in Typing Politics, a new book published by Oxford University Press.

“Blog readers still get most of their news from regular news sources, but they are concerned that they are not getting the whole side of the story there,” Davis said. “They suspect habitual bias in the traditional news content.”...

Yet political bloggers hold an edge with shared readers when it comes to the trust factor.

* 30 percent said blogs are more accurate

* 8 percent said traditional media are more accurate

* 40 percent said they're about equal

* 21 percent were not sure

Davis also queried more than 200 journalists to learn how they use blog content in their coverage of political news. Most journalists were aware of influential blogs on both sides of the political spectrum, such as Daily Kos and Talking Points on the left and Michelle Malkin and Instapundit on the right. Despite equal awareness, journalists spend more time reading posts in the liberal blogosphere.

For example, more journalists know about Michelle Malkin than Talking Points. Yet twice as many journalists actually read Talking Points than read Michelle Malkin."

1 comment:

Euripides said...

Maybe this helps us understand why the media all sound like bloggers instead of news writers? The actual statistics don't surprise me, however.