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Friday, April 22, 2005


Check out the intro to this amazing study from the political science department at UCLA:

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. Consistent with many conservative critics, CBS Evening News and the New York Times received a score far left of center. Outlets such as the Washington Post, USA Today, NPR’s Morning Edition, NBC’s Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight were moderately left. The most centrist outlets (but still left-leaning) by our measure were the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, CNN’s NewsNight with Aaron Brown, and ABC’s Good Morning America. Fox News’ Special Report, while right of center, was closer to the center than any of the three major networks’ evening news broadcasts. All of our 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. (boldface type added)

Did any of us doubt that a careful study would lead to this conclusion? How good is Brent Bozell's Media Research Center looking right now? Roger Ailes ain't feeling too poorly either.


Alan Reynolds said...

When I was at UCLA in the early sixties,long before Ben Zycher, only the econ department was fair and balanced. We called it the University of Chicago at Los Angeles and spoke of Berkley as a northern branch.

Poli Sci was quite a different matter, with Angela Davis and other Marxists holding sway. I sometimes hung out with W.E.DuBois Club protesters because (1) I had a beard and (2) they had the best donoughts.

This survey makes me wonder if the economists' "public choice" perspective is infecting the Poli Sci group too.

It's not this study's answer that is surprising but the fact that the question could even be raised.

Hunter Baker said...

Alan, I got a powerful dose of the public choice perspective at Florida State University in the period from 1988-1991. Made me more conservative than I was going in. I think that view has made major inroads into certain sociology and poli. sci. departments.

Tlaloc said...

"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."

I hate to point this out but as we have now our most conservative congress in the last several decades what does this really show? In other words were the media completely unbiased it would still read as "left" of a congress dominated by conservatives.

Your careful study seems to be missing a very basic reality check on their assumptions...

Tlaloc said...

Besides which the evidence to the contrary is staggering. Given all the huge issues that run counter to Bush's goals that the media has let by, and the many times the media has run with the exact message Bush has wanted (swift boat veterans anyone?) the idea that the media has a liberal bias is preposterous.

What they have is a Media bias. They write what helps them sell copy.