Gannett tells USA Today and others to roll back ‘biased’ articles that are ‘repelling readers’
America’s largest newspaper chain Gannett orders USA Today and other publications to roll back op-eds after ‘repelling readers’ with biased articles
- Gannett owns the USA Today Network which includes hundreds of local newspapers
- A committee of editors advised in April that readers didn’t want to be told what to do or how to think
- They said readers saw them as a ‘diary biased’ so canceled subscriptions
- Now the company is reducing its editorial output and even reducing cartoons
- The newspapers will no longer provide political support beyond the local level
America’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, has told its newsrooms to scale back op-eds that “repel” readers who don’t want to be told what to do.
The newspaper chain owns the USA Today network which includes hundreds of local newspapers in almost every state across the country.
At a recent editorial committee meeting in April, editors said in a presentation, “Readers don’t want us to tell them what to think.
“They don’t believe we have the expertise to tell anyone what to think about most issues.
The newspaper chain owns the USA Today network, which includes hundreds of local newspapers in almost every state across the country
“They see us as a biased agenda,” according to The Washington Post.
Now the company will almost completely do away with opinion pieces, and they will not allow any endorsement from politicians, except in local races.
They will no longer support presidential candidates, or candidates in races in the House and Senate.
The only elections they will now consider will be local.
‘The contemporary public is often unable to distinguish between objective news items and opinion pieces.
“In the past, content appearing on printed pages that were clearly labeled helped allay those concerns, along with a society that possessed more news literacy.
“But in today’s digital/social environment, we as an industry have been challenged to make these differences clear,” the editorial said in an earlier advisory from 2018.
The editors said they had lost reader subscriptions as a result of their alleged bias.
A recent Gallup poll shows how Americans’ trust in the media is declining
A 2021 Pew Research survey shows how trust in the media has declined over the past five years
Readers responded to the news this week by telling the media company to hire “writers who are not left-wing activists.”
Americans’ trust in the media has plummeted in recent years, thanks in large part to the widespread left-wing bias of many national publications and news networks.
The all-time low was in 2016, when Donald Trump was elected.
Many felt that the media was biased against Trump from the start.
In 2021, media trust fell to its second lowest point, with only 36 percent of people saying they have a reasonable level of trust in journalists.
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