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What happened to the media presuming innocence of the accused?




In recent years, more and more voices have been those advocating social justice and condemning America's criminal system as bigoted and unfair. But these same voices are the one confusing the discussion with their assertions of sexual harassment and domestic violence – and their demands that the accused prove their innocence. Quite a contrast to America's once-prized presumption of innocence for the accused.

Because everyone can't talk to the accuser or the accused, the American public is left to be informed by the media. More and more, the media determines the public's view on a situation – for better or for worse. 

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that just 28% of Likely U.S. Voters say, when a public figure is accused of sexual wrongdoing, it is more likely that the media will regard him as innocent until proven guilty.

Fifty-six percent (56%) believe it’s more likely the media will regard the public figure as guilty until proven innocent. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. 


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