Many Americans will check the media today to see who “won” the Presidential debate.
And they will wonder if they watched the same debate as everyone else.
The Presidential election has exposed a rapidly growing fault line in American democracy – media bias.
A biennial report recently released by the Knight Foundation and Gallup Poll found that 73% of Americans consider media bias to be a “major problem,” a whopping increase of 65% in just two years.
The report found that 86% of Americans think news coverage is distorted by political bias. Of these, 49% see a “great deal” of political bias in news coverage, an increase of 45% since 2017, and 37% see a “fair amount” of political bias in news coverage.
Eight in ten Americans think news organizations are no longer reporting the news but trying to persuade the public to adopt a particular viewpoint.
Three quarters of Americans are worried that media owners are willfully influencing their companies’ coverage.
Hunter Biden Laptop
The bias is evident with respect to ongoing campaign coverage and especially with how the media is covering the scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contains emails indicating Biden took a cut of payments from his son for business deals in Ukraine and China while he was vice president.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed Thursday that VP Biden was the “big guy” who Hunter Biden planned to give 10% of proceeds from a business deal in China.
The Bobulinski development was not reported in some of America’s top newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
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Many of us have experienced the horrors of a bad workplace but what does a good workplace look like?
Jim Clifton, the chairman and chief executive officer of the Gallup poll organization, says he knows, based upon decades of polling data.
What follows, according to Clifton, are the 12 most important, and most predictive, workplace elements. If these elements are in place, the employer has an engaged, healthy workforce where employees innovate, work hard and achieve results. If these elements are not in place, it is likely that workers are disengaged, less healthy, less productive, and less invested in the success of the company.
What’s your workplace look like? Feel free to show this article to your boss.
- I know what’s expected of me at work.
- I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right.
- At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day.
- In the last seven days, I received recognition or praise for doing good work.
- My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person.
- There is someone at work who encourages my development.
- At work, my opinions seem to count.
- The mission and purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important.
- My associates are committed to doing quality work.
- I have a best friend at work.
- In the last six months, someone at work talked to me about my progress.
- In the last year, I have had opportunities at work to learn and grow.
According to Clifton, a major reason that workforces are not engaged is bad management or what he calls “management from hell.”
Gallup research has found that the top 25% of employees — the best-managed — versus the bottom 25% in any workplace — the worst-managed — have nearly 50% fewer accidents and have 41% fewer quality defects. What’s more, he says, people in the top 25% versus the bottom 25% incur far less in healthcare costs.