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Gingersnap
06-17-2011, 12:57 PM
Book: Liberal Media Distorts News Bias

By Paul Bedard

Posted: June 16, 2011

The liberal bias of the mainstream media tilts so far left that any outlets not in that political lane, like the Drudge Report and Fox News Channel, look far more conservative than they really are, according to a UCLA professor's new book out next month.

In a crushing body blow to the pushers of the so-called "Fox Effect," which claims the conservative media is dragging the left into the center, UCLA political science professor Tim Groseclose in Left Turn claims that "all" mainstream news outlets have a liberal bias in their reporting that makes even moderate organizations appear out of the mainstream and decidedly right-wing to news consumers who are influenced by the slant. [Read Fox's Huckabee slams MSNBC's Matthews, Scarborough over bias.]

"Fox News is clearly more conservative than ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and National Public Radio. Some will conclude that 'therefore, this means that Fox News has a conservative bias,'" he writes in an advance copy provided to Washington Whispers. "Instead, maybe it is centrist, and possibly even left-leaning, while all the others are far left. It's like concluding that six-three is short just because it is short compared to professional basketball players."

What's more, he says, "this point illustrates a common misconception about the Drudge Report. According to my analysis, the Drudge Report is approximately the most fair, balanced, and centrist news outlet in the United States. Yet, the overwhelming majority of media commentators claim that it has a conservative bias. The problem, I believe, is that such commentators mistake relative bias for absolute bias. Yes, the Drudge Report is more conservative than the average U.S. news outlet. But it is a logical mistake to use that to infer that it is based on an absolute scale."

And in further analysis sure to enrage critics of conservative media, Groseclose determines that Drudge, on a conservative to liberal scale of 0-100, with 50 being centrist, actually leans a bit left of center with a score of 60.4. The reason: Drudge mostly links to the sites of the mainstream media, with just a few written by Matt Drudge himself. "Since these links come from a broad mix of media outlets, and since the news in general is left-leaning, it should not be surprising that the slant quotient of the Drudge Report leans left," he writes. [Read Poll: Fox, O'Reilly most trusted news sources.]

This is something I have intuitively sensed for about 5 years. It's not just about what the MSM reports, it's as much about what they never go near. I once asked a guy who hated Drudge to help me understand how it was conservative. I asked him to show me the stories that skewered liberals but praised conservatives over the course of a week. The next week he told me that the week in question wasn't "representative" of Drudge's normal output. He'd just never looked at the page objectively before. :rolleyes:

US News (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/06/16/book-liberal-media-distorts-news-bias)

ColonialMarine0431
06-17-2011, 01:24 PM
I'd love to see someone post this at DU. They'd go nuts before admin would delete it. :p

NJCardFan
06-17-2011, 05:14 PM
I first realized this after reading Bernie Goldberg's Bias. If you haven't read that book, I highly recommend it.

Arroyo_Doble
06-17-2011, 05:26 PM
I wonder if this is based on his (woefully flawed and thoroughly debunked) study of 2005. It might not be because he placed NPR near the center in that study and now he has them further to the left.

It will sell, though. The affirmation media is good biz.

Arroyo_Doble
06-17-2011, 05:29 PM
This is something I have intuitively sensed for about 5 years. It's not just about what the MSM reports, it's as much about what they never go near. I once asked a guy who hated Drudge to help me understand how it was conservative. I asked him to show me the stories that skewered liberals but praised conservatives over the course of a week. The next week he told me that the week in question wasn't "representative" of Drudge's normal output. He'd just never looked at the page objectively before. :rolleyes:

US News (http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/washington-whispers/2011/06/16/book-liberal-media-distorts-news-bias)

Here's what's on the left side of the screen at the top:


FRIDAY BAD NEWS: OBAMA TO END HEALTH CARE WAIVERS...

REPORT: Climate change 'researchers' caught padding sea level data...

Obama Slammed at Liberal Conference...

BOEHNER: 'Recovery Summer,' One Year Later...

Republicans Demand President Sign Patriot Act Again -- By Hand...

POLL: Obama Loses to Generic Republican...

NH POLL: MITT 42%; NEXT CLOSEST, 10%...


I think a case could be made for bias.

Gingersnap
06-17-2011, 07:36 PM
Here's what's on the left side of the screen at the top:


FRIDAY BAD NEWS: OBAMA TO END HEALTH CARE WAIVERS...

REPORT: Climate change 'researchers' caught padding sea level data...

Obama Slammed at Liberal Conference...

BOEHNER: 'Recovery Summer,' One Year Later...

Republicans Demand President Sign Patriot Act Again -- By Hand...

POLL: Obama Loses to Generic Republican...

NH POLL: MITT 42%; NEXT CLOSEST, 10%...


I think a case could be made for bias.

When I asked the questioned Bush was in office and all those same kinds of headlines occupied the left side of the page. Drudge looks at the MSM and picks from that. Presidential headlines have been uniformly bad since Clinton found a new use for the First Lady's rug in the Oval Office.