A third of US liberals want ‘weaker arguments’ to be given less coverage by the media, but who decides which views these are? | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

A third of US liberals want ‘weaker arguments’ to be given less coverage by the media, but who decides which views these are?

Just as the White House is trying to influence social media companies to police ‘misinformation’, new data has shown a shocking amount of US liberals may want arguments they disagree with to receive less airtime in the media.

According to the survey from Reuters Institute, a majority of people want a wider range of views in their media and a sizable portion want what they deem to be “weaker arguments” to be given less airtime.

The study, based on a focus group of “politically and racially/ethnically diverse” people regularly engaged with the news, found that 69% of US consumers want media organizations to present a “range of views and leave it up to people to decide.” Respondents in the UK, Germany, and Brazil responded even more favorably to this philosophy.

Where the results get more concerning is when participants were asked whether networks should be giving “equal time” to all sides of a debate. A majority, including over 60% in the US again, said that equal time should be given to different sides of an argument, and only 15% said that “weaker arguments” should not be given equal time.

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