The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press is out with a report sure to raise hackles in some quarters.
In it’s regular monthly poll on politics and major policy issues, the center reports that when Americans are asked to assess television news coverage of Barack Obama, Fox News Channel stands out from other networks for being too critical of the president.
Nearly three-in-ten (29%) select Fox when asked which of six broadcast and cable news networks have been too critical of the new Democratic president, a far greater share than any other network, said Pew.
In contrast, no one TV network is singled out for being too easy on Obama.
Each of five networks (CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS) was named by about one in six respondents in this regard.
Again, the Fox News Network stands apart – just 5% named Fox as being too easy on the president.
Pirates -About a third (34%) say they followed stories about the continued attempts by pirates to hijack ships more closely than any other story last week, while 27% say they followed stories about the U.S. economy most closely.
Tea Party Protests – About one-in-ten (9%) say they followed the tea party protests more closely than any other story, while just more than a quarter (27%) say they followed the protests very closely.
California Murder – News about charges against a Sunday school teacher in the murder of an 8-year-old California girl registered widely with the public last week. Fully half say they heard a lot about this and another 28% heard a little about the story.
Obama Family Dog – The highly anticipated arrival of Bo, the Obama family dog, also registered widely last week. More than four-in-ten (43%) say they heard a lot about the new dog, while 42% say they heard a little.