“Sixty-seven percent of Republicans say that humans aren’t warming the planet. Sixty-three percent still maintain that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction. Fifty-eight percent of Republicans “believe that God created humans in their present form within the last 10,000 years,” according to Gallup. People who adhere to false beliefs are likely to falsely perceive a slant in truthful reporting.
On the subject of Obama, 34 percent of conservative Republicans think he’s a Muslim. Sixty-four percent of Republicans believe he wasn’t born in the United States. Why wouldn’t people under such delusions think that media were being soft on Obama by accepting the reality that he’s a Hawaii-born Christian?”
Those are big numbers, not exactly a “fringe element”.