The national media spent a lot of air time on the protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore last week, but quantity isn’t quality, and Americans are divided along generational lines in their opinion of the coverage.
A big chunk, 44 percent, of Americans 18 and up told the Pew Research Center that too much coverage was devoted to “unrest and acts of violence that have taken place.” The results of survey imply that the younger you are, the more likely you are to feel that way. Fifty-six percent of respondents 18-29 said news organizations gave too little coverage to the non-violent Freddie Gray protests. Only 17 percent of those 65 and up felt the same.
The Pew survey also found that the majority of respondents, whether white or black, believed it was “the right decision” to charge the police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.