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Thursday, May 04, 2006

It's Rupert Murdoch's Fault!

For all the liberals looking for someone to blame for George Bush being President, look no further than News Corp, and Rupert Murdoch. Why? Well according to two economists the rise of Fox News in the late 1990's increased the likelihood of 3-8% of voters to vote Republican.

Not so surprisingly, another study found that people are biased about their news sources, with liberals preferring NPR and conservatives Fox News. The funny thing was that it didn't matter who originated the story, it was who's logo was on it that caused folks to decide what they liked.

When you put the two together it, to me, shows that there probably was a lack of balance in news before Fox News came along. I'm not saying Fox is "fair and balanced" as they claim, they aren't, they do list to the right. Which is of course no different than NPR and CNN, as evidenced by the liberal preference for news.

One of the reasons I read a bunch of different papers, and watch both CNN and Fox (along with MSNBC, occasionally) is to get a full picture before I make up my mind on an issue.

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Blogger shoprat said...

By listing a little to the right FOX helps balance the others that list more than a little to the left. What they are blaming is the fact that they can no longer exercise complete control over what we know. It used to be that things like magazines such as National Review and organizational letters wer the only challenge the MSM had. Now thanks to the net and Fox, the MSM is (a)kept honest and (b)challenged and they are not happy about either.

8:27 PM  
Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

At least now there is more choice, and more choice is the key in the information age. I love Fox News, but even I occasionally tune in to MSNBC - if for nothing else but comedy material.

9:05 PM  
Blogger ablur said...

Information is biased no matter who is the source. The goal of the user is to get as many points of view as possible as well as to collect the actual facts of the event. Since facts that support a position will be the only ones presented in each case it will take several sources to get at the real event. Once all the weeding is done you may then be able to determine what actually happened.

I generally get my news off the net. I will go to multiple sources. I also look to blogs as a key source because often they are actual witnesses to the event. I do not have to deal with media bias filtering and can often get more of the real facts to the event.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Cartledge said...

Rupert Murdoch is undoubtably a blighth on society, which is why Australia 'transported' him to the US and organised the citzenship swap.
Of course he still attempts to sway the antipodeans through his local news organ, but he actually has competition downunder.
If he fails to report the real news others will do it anyway.
Great to see someone spreading the word on this insidious disease.

10:25 PM  

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