Sunday, December 18, 2005

Media Watch: Study Says Media Bias Is Real

According to a study led by a political scientist at UCLA, media bias does exist. Some of the findings are surprising (and some are not):
While the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal is conservative, the newspaper's news pages are liberal, even more liberal than The New York Times. The Drudge Report may have a right-wing reputation, but it leans left. Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.
"I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," said Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and the study's lead author. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are."

"Overall, the major media outlets are quite moderate compared to members of Congress, but even so, there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left," said co‚ÄĎauthor Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.
(Via Instapundit).