Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

News Media Get Bad Evaluation on Election

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

News Media Get Bad Evaluation on Election

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON politicians weren't the only objects of voter disgust this year. The news media also got low marks for campaign coverage, exit polling showed.

In exit polls conducted for the Times Mirror Center for People and the Press, 59 percent of those surveyed gave the press a grade of `C' or below for coverage of congressional and gubernatorial races.

Only 38 percent said the news media deserved an `A' or `B' for good to excellent coverage. The results were based on interviews with 20,000 people in 12 states as voters left their polling places.

In none of the states surveyed did those polled give the press a `B' grade overall. Eight percent of those polled gave the press an `F' overall, while 7 percent gave the news media an `A.' Still, 70 percent of those surveyed said they had learned enough during the campaign to cast an informed vote.

Those who voted Republican had a more negative view of the press than those who voted Democratic. White males, whose swing to the GOP this year contributed significantly to putting Congress in Republican hands, gave the press failing grades more often than white females or black men and women. …

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