Just 13 percent of Americans believe that the media does a very good job covering both sides of political issues fairly. Pew Research finds that a somewhat larger number, 22 percent, believe that the media does not do this well at all.
Most Americans rate the media performance in this regard somewhat more modestly. Thirty-four percent (34 percent) say that journalists cover both sides of an issue somewhat well, while 20 percent say not very well.
There is a strong partisan divide on these numbers. Just 21 percent of Republicans believe the media covers both sides even somewhat well. Fifty-five percent (55 percent) of other voters voice such confidence.
The 34 percentage-point gap along partisan lines is far larger than is found in any other country. "The U.S. is also one of only a few countries where governing party supporters are less satisfied with their news media than are nonsupporters." 
These numbers clash with public expectations of appropriate media behavior. Seventy-eight percent (78 percent) say that "it is never acceptable for a news organization to favor one political party over others when reporting the news. Just 20 percent say this is sometimes okay." 
- Pew Research Center, "Publics Globally Want Unbiased News Coverage, but Are Divided on Whether Their News Media Deliver," January 11, 2018
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