Skip to comments.A Measure of Media Bias (research shows Drudge/Fox centrist, NYT far liberal)
Posted on 06/22/2004 9:25:39 AM PDT by Tamzee
click here to read article
The full study is available as Word .doc here - http://mason.gmu.edu/~atabarro/MediaBias.doc
And this should come as a surprise to anyone???
Atleast now we can assign some hard numbers to the bias...
Since the New York Times is twice as far from the center as Fox News Special Report, to gain a balanced perspective, one would need to spend twice as much time watching Special Report as he or she spends reading the New York Times.
Yes, it provides the hard science data we need to support the argument... and from reputable academic institutions yet :-)
What is interesting is that most media is so far to the left that the center looks right wing!
"Few studies provide an objective measure of the slant of news, and none has provided a way to link such a measure to ideological measures of other political actors. That is, none of the existing measures can say, for example, whether the New York Times is more liberal than Tom Daschle or whether Fox News is more conservative than Bill Frist. We provide such a measure. Namely, we compute an ADA score for various news outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Drudge Report, Fox News Special Report, and all three networks nightly news shows."
Our results show a very significant liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News Special Report received a score to the left of the average member of Congress. Moreover, by one of our measures all but three of these media outlets (Special Report, the Drudge Report, and ABCs World News Tonight) were closer to the average Democrat in Congress than to the median member of the House of Representatives. One of our measures found that the Drudge Report is the most centrist of all media outlets in our sample. Our other measure found that Fox News Special Report is the most centrist. These 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."
Data impossible to dispute. An excellent study to read and keep handy...
Yep. Now the Clintons will have to go back and call everything a "Centrist Conspiracy".
Why is Drudge posting this now? It is dated: September 2003 ??
MSNBC.COM is the most biased, liberal POS on the web masquerading as a mainstream news site. They are currently in orgasmic throes over the Toon's book. Other breathless headlines. "UN says US Stealing Iraq money" "Bush losing support, now even with Kerry on the war issue" Blah blah blah blah. Straight from Seattle ultra ultra liberal land to you. What a crock.
And, here I'd been thinking that both FOX and Drudge were going to the Dark Side! LOL
That's a great study. Wonder if Drudge knows about it?
It will amaze me if the general public,
(read: electorate) can see thru this and
prove it to us, by electing GWB in a landslide.
It's clear why the economic theories don't work towards "non-biased" reporting, leftists are meddlers who are drawn to journalism. There is therefore a large non-monetary incentive for the news to be biased to the left, counterbalancing the monertary incentive of maximizing paid advertising.
Air America, I rest my case.
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"Since the New York Times is twice as far from the center as Fox News Special Report, to gain a balanced perspective, one would need to spend twice as much time watching Special Report as he or she spends reading the New York Times."
OK. So if I watch both the 6am AND 12 pm shows of special report, I have to read the NYTimes the next morning? That's punishment.
Excellent work. Drudge can really crow now.
Drudge's site is where I found it, he knows and yes is crowing LOL
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