The Media Research Center identifies Rich Noyes as a research director who manages studies of liberal media bias. So you might have an idea of where his post-election research is headed.
Noyes argues that the election could have come out differently if not for lacking coverage of some Joe Biden issue or some Donald Trump strengths. The Polling Company, founded by former Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway, surveyed 1,750 Joe Biden voters in seven swing states to see how their knowledge of certain topics could have affected their voting.
The survey, requested by MRC, showed that 6% of Biden voters would have changed their vote to Trump had they known more about one of the issues.
“The left-wing news media didn’t just poison the information environment with their incessantly negative coverage of President Trump going into the 2020 election,” Noyes wrote. “They also refused to give airtime to important arguments of the Republican campaign – both pro-Trump and anti-Biden – which meant millions of voters cast their ballots knowing only what the media permitted them to know about the candidates.”
The storylines involved were Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against Biden, financial allegations involving Biden’s son Hunter, left-wing views of Vice President–elect Kamala Harris, economic recovery from the recession, economic growth, Trump’s role in Israel peace agreements, energy independence and Operation Warp Speed’s work on a coronavirus vaccine.
The highest percentage for being unaware of a topic (50.5%) was in regard to energy independence, citing the U.S. as a net exporter of oil for the first time in a year. The lowest percentage (25.3%) was for Harris’ views.
“If the people are given systematically one-sided information, with crucial facts omitted, then the real power to choose has been stolen from them,” Noyes wrote.
Trump’s next “fake news” rant just got some fodder.