Tag The Flag’s 2019 Media Bias Chart results are based on a survey conducted July 29-31, 2019 using a sample of 1,544 adults, ages 18+ living in the U.S.
📰 2019 Media Bias Chart
As mentioned on our “About” page, Tag The Flag is a multi-media brand dedicated to uniting our country and making Americans smarter. We post pictures of the American Flag to bring our country together and are home to America’s only nonpartisan newsletter.
The Problem & Our Solution
We couldn’t find an unbiased news source, so we created our own, and called it “America’s Newsletter™”. Each morning we provide our subscribers with “every view of the Red, White, and Blue” in order to get them ready for the day ahead. Mixed together with a little history and trivia, we believe it’s all part of a balanced media diet that lifts people out of their echo-chambers, broadens perspectives, and leads to less angst, anger, and divisiveness.
A Balanced Media Diet
A lot of people keep track of what they consume physically, but when’s the last time you thought about what you consume mentally? We can count calories and check nutrition labels for the food we eat, but we can’t check the health information for the bites of media we devour throughout the day. Imagine eating something and checking the nutrition label only to find that it was composed entirely of protein or was just a giant chunk of sodium. Can you imagine how gross that would taste, and more importantly how unhealthy it would be for you? That, in our minds, is how most people consume their news, either completely from the left, or completely from the right, but most always in excess. It leads to an obesity of opinions and lack of perspective, creating clogs in what should be healthy arteries of discussion between both individuals and groups of people. Below is an illustrative example of what we believe a balanced briefing looks like:
2019 Media Bias Chart: The Results Are In
As part of our ongoing effort to bring our readers an unbiased briefing, we conduct annual surveys on bias and inaccuracy in regards to traditional and social media outlets. This past summer we asked our audience ten questions, beginning with general thoughts on how they view America and then moving on to more granular inquiries about bias, inaccuracy, and rankings of specific outlets. The list of questions (the results to which can be found below) included:
Are you proud to be an American?
Do you believe in the American Dream?
Do you believe the news and media have a critical role to play in U.S. democracy?
What percentage of the news that you see on television, in newspapers or hear on the radio do you think is biased?
What percentage of the news that you see on social media do you think is biased?
Which of the following best describes your reaction when seeing news reports that you believe contain biased reporting?
If you had to estimate, what percentage of the news that you see on television, in newspapers or hear on the radio do you think is inaccurate?
If you had to estimate, what percentage of the news that you see on social media do you think is inaccurate?
Regardless of whether or not you agree with them, please indicate how biased, if at all, you think each of the following news organizations usually are.
Who causes the most polarization in the United States?
Our goal with this survey is to get a sense of the American public’s perspectives towards not only traditional media (newspapers, television, and online publications), but also social media as well. According to the Pew Research Center, “one-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, [which is] slightly higher than the share who often do so from print newspapers (16%)”. We also wanted to know how biased our audience felt certain outlets are. In order to maintain our own nonpartisan brand, we need to continue to provide “Every View”, from both sides of the ideological spectrum. We believe this will broaden perspectives and lead to more healthy discussions, thus helping our country move forward. We plan to issue this survey every year so be sure to sign up for our nonpartisan newsletter so you don’t miss your chance to weigh in on the questions above.
The results below are based on a Tag The Flag survey conducted July 29-31, 2019 using a sample of 1,544 adults, ages 18+ living in the United States. Please feel free to republish these materials, we simply ask that you credit Tag The Flag by including our name, the date, and link to our website. If you have any questions regarding how we collected the information or general thoughts that you would like to share please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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