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Monday, December 19, 2005

You're Kidding, The Media is Biased?

It took a UCLA study to show it, but The Wall Street Journal is the most left leaning newspaper in America, followed by the Times in NY, then LA. Wait, the Journal is the most left leaning? Wait, I just reread the study (here) and it's based on NEWS content of news outlets, not editorial content.

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‚ÄĎauthor 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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Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Great post!! I saw a headline about this but hadn't had a chance to read it yet. It is nice to have it proved once again but most of us conservatives' response will be DUH!!!

12:02 PM  
Blogger OnlineMom said...

0 degrees?! Ouch. It's 65 here! I was cold just watching the Bears game (go Bears!) from Chicago last night.

Regarding the media - did you happen to see Tammy Bruce on Fox News this morning?

2:34 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

You're right... did we really need a study for this? Could be useful, though, against liberals who won't trust anything but a study!

3:01 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Liberal bias in the media? Those who need to be told about it will never believe it.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

LMC, the talking heads at CBS etc. have all ignored, downplayed, and claimed the bias was a lie. Wonder how they felt being as high as they were on the list.

Mom- It got up to a balmy 18 this afternoon, so not bad. Supposedly going to have above freezing highs the end of the week. I missed Tammy this morning, though.

Rebekah and SR, you two are both right. Reb, the media won't buy it without a study, and Rat, they will immediately start talking about the flawed methodology, etc, because they don't want to face it.

4:48 PM  
Blogger OnlineMom said...

I'll try to find a transcript for you - she is right on the ball about "mainstream media".

6:40 PM  
Blogger armed_and_christian said...

I'm shocked. Shocked, I tell you!

5:57 PM  

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