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Most Americans see media bias, so why do journalists keep proving them right?

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Public distrust of government, especially Congress, is at record lows, but journalists laboring in the traditional news media aren't in much better shape.

A Pew Research survey found two-thirds, or 67 percent, of those interviewed believe the traditional media regularly get key facts wrong, and three-quarters believe journalists are too heavily influenced by the public officials they cover.

Three-fourths of the survey respondents also said traditional media too often favors one side or the other in covering major issues.

Take global warming

Coverage of environmental issues like global warming — aka climate change — is an area in which charges of media bias are frequently heard.

For example, the International Energy Agency issued a global warming report this week in conjunction with the Warsaw climate conference.

The IEA report predicts the U.S. will reach energy independence by around 2035, thanks primarily to increased oil and natural gas production made possible by hydraulic fracturing.

Then the bad news

The report also warns that increased fossil fuel use will cause a worldwide average temperature increase of 3.6 degree centigrade by the end of the 21st century.

But, as Forbes columnist James Taylor points out, fossil fuel-based emissions have increased since 1995, yet worldwide temperatures have remained steady, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Taylor is a global warming skeptic, but he points to the key question, regardless of one's opinion: Is there a correlation between fossil fuel use and global temperatures?

AP ignores the inconvenient

But the NOAA data and the question it raises get no mention in the Associated Press story on the IEA report that was published by the Washington Post this morning.

Might there be a connection between that kind of sloppy reporting and the fact three-fourths of those surveyed by Pew think the traditional media too often takes sides in its reporting of contentious issues?

Will the New York Times, CBS News and other traditional media outlets take the same approach as AP and ignore inconvenient facts?

On today's Washington Examiner

Editorial: Why is the FAA still dawdling on glider safety rule?

Philip Klein: Why Obama won't make insurers his punching bag.

Noemie Emery: President said he was sorry about healthcare.gov, but he didn't look or sound sorry.

Diana Furchtgott-Roth: U.S. should approve Keystone and encourage more pipelines after that.

Michael Barone: Voters across America rejected big government proposals.

Brian Hughes: Obama approval ratings hit new lows.

In other news

The Washington Post: Healthcare.gov unlikely to be fixed by deadline.

The New York Times: Some Obamacare state exchanges still face problems.

The Telegraph (UK): How many sneezes are there in the Bible?

New York Post: Sex, booze, and Obamacare.

NBC News: Record Afghan opium crop despite U.S. efforts to combat it.

ABC News: Senate GOP blocks another Obama nominee.

Righty Playbook

The Weekly Standard: Why Obama will euthanize Obamacare by 2014.

National Review Online: Is Obamacare worst policy disaster ever?

Washington Free Beacon: Russia to deploy first long-range, missile-firing attack drone by 2016.

Lefty Playbook

Talking Points Memo: Woman who was face of healthcare.gov claims she was cyber-bullied.

New Republic: Fall of the House of Moon.

American Prospect: The 40-year slump.

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Mark Tapscott

Executive Editor
The Washington Examiner