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    Media Bias 101 summarizes more than 25 years of survey research showing how journalists vote, what journalists think, what the public thinks about the media, and what journalists say about media bias. The following links take you to more than 40 different surveys, with key findings and illustrative charts.

    Part One: What Journalists Think
    Surveys over the past 30 years have consistently found that journalists especially those at the highest ranks of their profession are much more liberal than rest of America. They are more likely to vote liberal, more likely to describe themselves as liberal, and more likely to agree with the liberal position on policy matters than members of the general public.

    **Each exhibit is a link to a detailed report**

    Exhibit 1-1: The Media Elite

    Exhibit 1-2: Major Newspaper Reporters

    Exhibit 1-3: The American Journalist

    Exhibit 1-4: U.S. Newspaper Journalists

    Exhibit 1-5: Survey of Business Reporters

    Exhibit 1-6: Journalists -- Who Are They, Really?

    Exhibit 1-7: White House Reporters

    Exhibit 1-8: The Media Elite Revisited

    Exhibit 1-9: Washington Bureau Chiefs and Correspondents

    Exhibit 1-10: Newspaper Journalists of the 1990s

    Exhibit 1-11: Newspaper Editors

    Exhibit 1-12: The People and the Press: Whose Views Shape the News?

    Exhibit 1-13: How Journalists See Journalists in 2004

    Exhibit 1-14: Campaign Journalists (2004)

    Exhibit 1-15: TV and Newspaper Journalists

    Exhibit 1-16: Journalists' Ethics and Attitudes, 2005

    Exhibit 1-17: The News Media and the War, 2005

    Exhibit 1-18: Slate Magazine Pre-Election Staff Survey


    Part Two: How the Public Views the Media
    A wide variety of public opinion polls have documented the fact that most Americans now see the media as politically biased, inaccurate, intrusive, and a tool of powerful interests. By a nearly three-to-one margin, those who see political bias believe the media bend their stories to favor liberals.

    Exhibit 2-1: The People and The Press, 1997

    Exhibit 2-2: What the People Want from the Press

    Exhibit 2-3: ASNE Journalism Credibility Project, 1998

    Exhibit 2-4: The People and The Press, 2000

    Exhibit 2-5: Gallup Polls on Media Bias

    Exhibit 2-6: The People and The Press, 2003

    Exhibit 2-7: Bias in the 2004 Presidential Campaign

    Exhibit 2-8: Missouri School of Journalism 2004

    Exhibit 2-9: American Journalism Review, 2005

    Exhibit 2-10: CBS's "State of the Media," 2006

    Exhibit 2-11: Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet/Zogby Survey

    Exhibit 2-12: Coverage of the War in Iraq, 2007

    Exhibit 2-13: Rasmussen Reports on Media Bias, 2007

    Exhibit 2-14: Harvard's "National Leadership Index" Survey (2007)

    Exhibit 2-15: Sacred Heart University Polling Institute (2007)

    Exhibit 2-16: Public Reaction to Media Coverage of the 2008 Primaries

    Exhibit 2-17: Rasmussen Reports on Campaign 2008 Bias

    Exhibit 2-18: Public Overwhelmingly Saw Favoritism For Obama

    Exhibit 2-19: Pew Study Finds Media Credibility Plummets

    Exhibit 2-20: Confidence In Media Hits New Low

    Exhibit 2-21: Trust and Satisfaction with the National Media (2009)


    Part Three: What Journalists Say about Media Bias
    Over the years, the Media Research Center has catalogued the views of journalists on the subject of bias. In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many journalists still refuse to acknowledge that most of the establishment media tilts to the left. Even so, a number of journalists have admitted that the majority of their brethren approach the news from a liberal angle.

    Journalists Denying Liberal Bias

    More Journalists Denying Liberal Bias

    Still More Journalists Denying Liberal Bias

    Journalists Admitting Liberal Bias

    More Journalists Admitting Liberal Bias
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    Fascinating stuff!

    One of the problems that started me down the road of considering journalism to be biased in favor of liberal causes was the large number of stories they didn't report.

    In my own real life illegal immigrants stifling wages and undercutting American workers in construction was a very big deal but no reporters out here ever touched it. Homeschoolers routinely outperform even the best school districts but journalists ignore that and focus on the one crazy couple who "unschool" their kids. After years of trying, Colorado cities just can't make recycling break even, let alone pay but no newsie ever bothers to cover that. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingersnap View Post
    Fascinating stuff!

    One of the problems that started me down the road of considering journalism to be biased in favor of liberal causes was the large number of stories they didn't report.

    In my own real life illegal immigrants stifling wages and undercutting American workers in construction was a very big deal but no reporters out here ever touched it. Homeschoolers routinely outperform even the best school districts but journalists ignore that and focus on the one crazy couple who "unschool" their kids. After years of trying, Colorado cities just can't make recycling break even, let alone pay but no newsie ever bothers to cover that. :(
    What drew my attention to the issue was actually the language choices in how they cover stories - but it was confirmed when the local news covered an abortion rally that I witnessed while I was in college and the news cameras focused on the handful of pro-abortion people and played them up while attempting to make it seem like they were the majority - while they were outnumbered by a margin of 20 to 1 easily.
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