Gannett tells USA Today and others to remove ‘biased’ articles that ‘push readers away’

America’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, orders USA Today and other publications to rescind editorials after ‘pushing readers away’ with biased stories

  • Gannett owns the USA Today Network which includes hundreds of local newspapers
  • An editorial board informed in April that readers did not want to be told what to do or how to think
  • They said readers perceived them as having a “skewed agenda” and therefore canceled subscriptions
  • Today, the company is reducing its editorial production and even reducing cartoons
  • Newspapers will no longer make political endorsements beyond a local level

America’s largest newspaper chain, Gannett, has asked its newsrooms to cut back on opinion pieces that “push away 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 in the country.

At a recent Editors’ Committee meeting in April, the 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 on most issues.

The newspaper chain owns the USA Today network which includes hundreds of local newspapers in almost every state in the country.

“They perceive us as having a biased agenda,” according to the Washington Post.

Now, the company will remove opinion pieces almost entirely and also not allow any endorsements from politicians outside of local races.

They will no longer support presidential candidates or candidates in the House and Senate races.

The only elections they will now cover will be local ones.

“Today’s contemporary audience is often unable to distinguish between objective reporting and opinion content.

“It used to be that content appearing on clearly labeled printed pages helped allay those concerns, as well as a society that had a better information culture.

“But in today’s digital/social environment, we as an industry have been challenged to clarify these differences,” the publishers said in a previous notice from 2018.

Publishers said they had lost reader subscriptions due to their perceived bias.

A recent Gallup poll shows how Americans' trust in the media is declining

A recent Gallup poll shows how Americans’ trust in the media is declining

A 2021 Pew Research poll shows how much trust in the media has declined over the past five years

A 2021 Pew Research poll shows how much trust in the media has declined over the past five years

This week, readers reacted to the news 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 broad left-wing bias of many national publications and news networks.

The lowest point on record was in 2016, when Donald Trump was elected.

Many felt that the media was biased against Trump from the start.

In 2021, trust in the media has fallen to the second lowest point, with only 36% of people saying they have a fair amount of trust in journalists.

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