Media Bias

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Posted by the crux on January 03, 2009 at 12:26:45

In Reply to: Re: Who is "the media" posted by Answer on January 02, 2009 at 18:08:28:

"In general, "media" refers to various means of communication. For example, television, radio, and the newspaper are different types of media. The term can also be used as a collective noun for the press or news reporting agencies."

The above is a working technical definition. Liberals and conservatives alike when referring to the "media" are using it as "a collective noun for the press or news reporting agencies."

You may find that conservatives are more likely to point out the biases since the majority tend to lean left.

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist
By Meg Sullivan | 12/14/2005 5:36:31 PM

While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative COMPARED to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, ALMOST ALL major media outlets tilt to the left.

These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly.

"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."

"Overall, the major media outlets are quite moderate COMPARED to members of Congress, but even so, there is a quantifiable and SIGNIFICANT BIAS in that nearly all of them lean to the left," said co‑author Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.

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