You're Kidding, The Media is Biased?
The study was done in an interesting way, by scouring the news, both print and televised, for references to think tanks, and interest groups. It also compared their usage and quotes from Senators and Representatives. It used the American's for Democratic Action scale to judge lawmakers, and then those ADA scores were given to papers when they referenced the lawmaker.
The authors had these bits to say about the study:
"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 studies 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.
Funny findings, Drudge came out slightly left of center, WSJ being number one most liberal in news coverage, which is completely opposite their editorial page.
So, next time someone talks to you about the "vast right wing conspiracy to vilify the media", point to the study, which shows 18 of the 20 major outlets in the country do publish with a liberal tilt. Then give them a copy of the Washington Times.
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