Americans By a 2-1 Margin Say Media Coverage Was Biased Against Kavanaugh

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Oct 8, 2018   |   5:21PM   |   Washington, DC

A new poll finds that many Americans did not trust the mainstream media coverage of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

A full 45 percent of voters said the news coverage of Kavanaugh was biased against him, the poll by Hill.TV and the HarrisX polling company found.

In comparison, 20 percent said the news coverage was biased in his favor. An additional 35 percent said they thought coverage was neutral. The poll asked 1,000 registered voters about the confirmation process on Oct. 6 and 7.

Responding to the findings, Democratic pollster Molly Murphy told Hill.TV that it’s clear Americans do not trust the news media.

“People don’t trust the media very much,” Murphy said. “I think that they tend to think that there is bias.”

Kavanaugh’s confirmation was contentious from the beginning, with abortion activists and pro-abortion lawmakers promising to oppose any of President Donald Trump’s nominees.

The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh on Oct. 6 in a 50-48 vote. Pro-abortion Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski voted present; and pro-life Montana Sen. Steve Daines, who supported Kavanaugh, was absent due to his daughter’s wedding. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin was the only Democrat who voted for him.

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Pro-abortion groups labeled Kavanaugh a “serious threat” to “women’s right” to abortion, while national pro-life leaders have expressed high hopes for Kavanaugh and the future of unborn babies’ rights.

Kavanaugh served on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for D.C. for more than a decade, where he wrote decisions protecting religious liberty and enforcing restrictions on abortion. Pro-life leaders believe he will do the same on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the past two weeks, much of the reporting about his confirmation focused on sexual assault claims against him. Though there was little evidence to support the claims and an FBI investigation did not find any corroborating evidence, liberal news outlets and abortion activists promoted the claims, many seeming to assume Kavanaugh’s guilt.

Peter Hasson of The Daily Caller outlined nine times when the media pushed misinformation about Kavanaugh. Most of the misleading reporting had to do with the sexual assault claims or Kavanaugh’s position on abortion-related issues.