Archive | October 2014

Political Polarization and Trust in Media Sources


The following chart is taken from a new report by the Pew Research Center, measuring public trust, by political ideology, in various media outlets.

Trust in News Sources

The takeaways from this survey are fairly obvious from the chart.

On the whole, UK-based news sources are trusted by a broader range of Americans than U.S. news sources.

Those who identify as consistently liberal, mostly liberal, and mixed in their political views trust a much broader spectrum of news outlets than those who identify as mostly conservative or consistently conservative.

Likewise, with the exception of The Blaze and FOX News, conservative news sources are more distrusted than trusted.

At one end of the spectrum, MSNBC’s The Ed Schultz Show is trusted by as narrow an audience as Al Jazeera, while, at the other end of the spectrum, Rush Limbaugh’s radio broadcast is trusted fewer listeners than even Glenn Beck’s and Sean Hannity’s broadcasts.

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Shamelessness, Not Moxie


Jon Husted, who has done more than any secretary of state outside of Florida and North Carolina to restrict voting opportunities, is running ads touting his efforts to insure that all military personnel have had the opportunity to vote.

Husted’s efforts to restrict early voting and to disqualify provisional ballots just ahead of the 2012 presidential elections earned him considerable national attention, little of it positive. But, although he is standing for re-election this November, he has approached this election cycle in much the same blatantly partisan manner.

Here are the opening paragraphs of an article published by Plunderbund, a progressive blog, in May 2014:

“On February 25th, 2014 Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted released information about voting hours for the November 2014 election.   Husted said would not be allowing any early in-person voting during the evenings or on the two days before the election, and he would not be allowing…

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