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Old 09-26-2007, 03:24 PM
 
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Are they "too liberal?" "Too conservative?" And even if the media is moderate or liberal by American standards, are they right wing by international standards?

Or is it just "the truth" that has a liberal/conservative bias and therefore makes it look like the news is politically biased?

Personally I think most of the news media is biased towards one factor and one alone --- MONEY, including Fox News, but they know they can make more money if they play to their audience, which translates into a percieved right wing bias.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:38 PM
 
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This is from a study done by UCLA(hardly a right wing group) to answer this question.

http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.pdf (broken link)

Our results show a strong liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News’
Special Report and the Washington Times received a score to the left of the average
member of Congress. And a few outlets, including the New York Times and CBS
Evening News, were closer to the average Democrat in Congress than the center. These
findings refer strictly to the news stories of the outlets. That is, we omitted editorials,
book reviews, and letters to the editor from our sample.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:43 PM
 
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This is from a study done by UCLA(hardly a right wing group) to answer this question.

http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.pdf (broken link)

Our results show a strong liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News’
Special Report and the Washington Times received a score to the left of the average
member of Congress. And a few outlets, including the New York Times and CBS
Evening News, were closer to the average Democrat in Congress than the center. These
findings refer strictly to the news stories of the outlets. That is, we omitted editorials,
book reviews, and letters to the editor from our sample.
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As an aside to the paper itself, those authors are hardly impartial. Check out who they write for.

But I don't necessarily disagree with the thesis that the "mainstream media," whatever that is, has a political bend much to the left of Fox News, for instance. Where the conglomeration of news sources stand in regards to the mean of the American politic, I'm not sure. It's hard to define terms in this types of analysis.

I tend to agree with Chomsky in Manufacturing Consent. Y'all should read it.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Personally I think most of the news media is biased towards one factor and one alone --- MONEY, including Fox News, but they know they can make more money if they play to their audience, which translates into a percieved right wing bias.
I agree with you.

Let me add that, in my opinion, they have a strong bias toward idiocy as well, considering how badly they manage to mangle a news story within the span of a 10-second soundbyte.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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This is from a study done by UCLA(hardly a right wing group) to answer this question.

http://www.polisci.ucla.edu/faculty/groseclose/Media.Bias.pdf (broken link)
Thank you for that link - very interesting article / study
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:00 PM
 
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I'm sure the study has flaws, most do. It's at least some way of quantifying this question rather than having us all post statements that everyone will respond to by saying it's out of context.

The Pew Research Center studied this and found that evidence to suggest a bias to left based on how journalists classified themselves. This link has a clear slant to the right but contains the numbers from the Pew Research.

Liberal Media Evidence - 31k -
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:03 PM
 
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Yes, in general there is a liberal bias. Proof? Look at how the left WHINES about Fox News, because it is the only station that tilts right, it sticks out like a sore thumb on a fistful of lefty stations. At least Fox is cable news and not on public funded airwaves like PBS and NPR (Propoganda BS and National Propaganda Radio).
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:07 PM
 
Location: South Side
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The Pew Research Center studied this and found that evidence to suggest a bias to left based on how journalists classified themselves.
Do you think the media has a pro-white bias? 75-80% of the media pundits classify themselves as white folks.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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Do you think the media has a pro-white bias? 75-80% of the media pundits classify themselves as white folks.
I think it might show up somewhere in their presentation of the story that they are in fact white.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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People claim the media does have a left-leaning bias. Perhaps that's true on some issues. But let's go back to the runup to the Iraq war, back in 2002 and early 2003. From what I recall, the media more or less swallowed up everything the Bush administration told them, and they did it quite uncritically. If there really was a big leftist bias, why wasn't it present back then? No one has explained this to my satisfaction.
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