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Study: Media Supports Gay Marriage

A new study from the Pew Research Center found that news organizations were more likely to show a supportive view of gay marriage, rather than an oppositional view. Pew analyzed 500 stories on the subject over a two-month span, and found that almost half (47 percent) of the coverage was pro gay marriage, while only nine percent was anti gay marriage.

The skew was due to much of the coverage focusing on society’s shift toward acceptance or a politician’s voicing of support. And it wasn’t just one type of media offering more pro gay marriage coverage, it was every single kind. Pew crunched data from 11 papers, cable and network TV, radio, and websites, such as Politico and Gawker.

Even Fox News had more supportive coverage of gay marriage (29 percent) than oppositional (eight percent). That supportive percentage was the lowest among all media surveyed, but hey, they’re trying. You wave that rainbow flag, Bill O’Reilly. You wave it with pride.

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