Nearly seventy percent of all humanities students on the University of Oregon campus believe that the news they receive on a daily basis, from newspapers or the Internet, is biased or lacking accuracy.
When asked in a recent news survey about the political groups individual students believe the media favors, they were split evenly between liberals and conservatives.
Oregon is known for being a more liberal state than most and has demonstrated this by voting for a Democrat in the last few major elections. In the 2008 presidential race, Obama took Oregon. Because of this, UO student Ellie Howard believes the type of media political bias you see depends on where you are located.
“In Oregon, I get a lot of liberal geared news,” said Howard.
Fifty-percent of students interviewed felt that the news showed a political bias in favor of liberals.
However, UO student Kate Sandstrom believes people see and hear what they want, “The media is biased according to what people pay attention to the most.” Sandstrom says that if people feel the media is more liberal, it’s probably because that’s what they’re paying attention to, and vice-versa.
Over one-third of students at UO believe the media shows some kind of bias, whether it is political or not.
Jenna Stillman, an international studies major at UO, says it depends on which news outlet you’re following. “I believe NPR most of the time,” says Stillman, “But Fox… Not so much.”
UO junior Amber Sachs is an environmental studies major who believes the news shows a strong bias. “News hides the truth in favor of businesses and corporations,” says Sachs.
On the other hand, UO student Cameron Rahimian believes that the news stories usually get the facts right.
“I think the media is fairly accurate most of the time,” said Rahimian. “But it’s not like I take the time to fact check every media source I look at. Who has the time to do that?”