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UCLA: Leftist Media Bias Is Real

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 11:43 am - December 19, 2005.
Filed under: Media Bias

PatriotPartner told me about this UCLA study over the weekend… but I am glad to see it is getting some play at least in the blogosphere. (Hat tip: Instapundit)

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist – UCLA News

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.

These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study, which is believed to be the first successful attempt at objectively quantifying bias in a range of media outlets and ranking them accordingly.

“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.” (GP Ed. Note – Of course you were surprised… you are a liberal academic!!)
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Five news outlets — “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CNN’s “NewsNight With Aaron Brown,” Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume” and the Drudge Report — were in a statistical dead heat in the race for the most centrist news outlet. Of the print media, USA Today was the most centrist.

While I am sure this study comes as a complete jaw-dropper to those that live in their demented Liberal Hell, I am not surprised whatsoever and am happy to say I watch and read all of those sources more than any other.

So I guess this is actually the worldwide headquarters of the not-so-vast gay centrist conspiracy.

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

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10 Comments

  1. Good thing CNN cancelled “NewsNight With Aaron Brown” — they don’t want to seem too “centrist.”

    Comment by PatriotPal — December 19, 2005 @ 9:55 am - December 19, 2005

  2. Let’s all deny the UCLA study by insulting people who are saying it, rather than by unpacking and refuting the substance of it.

    Oops, sorry, I was thinking like a gay Democrat again. (Old habits die hard.)

    Comment by Calarato — December 19, 2005 @ 10:49 am - December 19, 2005

  3. You did read this, part right?

    Groseclose and Milyo then directed 21 research assistants — most of them college students — to scour U.S. media coverage of the past 10 years. They tallied the number of times each media outlet referred to think tanks and policy groups, such as the left-leaning NAACP or the right-leaning Heritage Foundation.

    So this study concludes that a news outlet is liberal because they include references to liberal groups.

    Isn’t tht kind of like saying, because I bitch about GayPatriot so much and talk so little of liberal groups, then I must be a conservative?

    And since GayPatriot spends most of their bandwidth bitching about liberal groups they must be liberal, right?

    You’re willing to concede that Jim Lehrer is “centrist?” I’ve somehow woken up in bizarro land.

    Comment by JustAThought — December 19, 2005 @ 10:50 am - December 19, 2005

  4. I think you can assume that the summary article you read has a botched explanation of the research method. Summary articles often do that badly.

    Wait for some better summary articles, or for the report itself. UCLA would not have gotten dozens of researchers and grad students to volunteer time and salary, refusing all outside funding, if the research method were that flawed.

    Comment by Calarato — December 19, 2005 @ 11:42 am - December 19, 2005

  5. The Liberal Left Media’s Fascination with Tyrants Continues

    [Ahmadinejad] is an unlikely firebrand: the soft-spoken son of a blacksmith who still sometimes drives a 30-year-old Peugeot. But Iran’s new President doesn’t shrink from controversy. After winning a disputed election, he said he would continue Iran’s nuclear program, called the Holocaust a “myth” and pledged to destroy Israel. Even some of the nation’s ruling clerics are nervous about what he will do next.

    So, the President of Iran, a holocaust denier, hell-bent on gaining nuclear weapons so he can wipe Israel off the map, is “soft-spoken” and “doesn’t shrink from controversy.”

    But Bush is Hitler.

    Comment by V the K — December 19, 2005 @ 12:45 pm - December 19, 2005

  6. V’K,

    I don’t see how the quote above is somehow an endorsement of Ahmadinejad but rather a description.

    Is that the equivalent of endorsing him?

    Comment by JustAThought — December 19, 2005 @ 6:48 pm - December 19, 2005

  7. Describing evil in neutral terms, i.e. not calling it what it is, is implicitly endorsing it.

    Imagine if you read an article in Time describing Hitler as a “patriotic German reformer.” See? You would wonder what was up with that author or publication – and you would be right to wonder.

    Comment by Calarato — December 19, 2005 @ 6:59 pm - December 19, 2005

  8. I thought the press was suppose to report, not support.

    Comment by JustAThought — December 20, 2005 @ 11:29 am - December 20, 2005

  9. Yes – now you’re getting it!

    If Hitler is a dictator who kills 6,000,000 Jews, the press should report that straight up….. not give support to Hitler by describing him as, say, a “patriotic German reformer”.

    Likewise, if the theocratic “President” of Iran is an extreme anti-Semite who denies the Holocaust outright, and openly supports wiping Israel off the map and the full extermination of its Jewish population, while pursuing nuclear weapons and missiles to make that reality, the press should report that straight up….. not try to disguise the nutcase as “soft-spoken” and merely “controversial”.

    Comment by Calarato — December 20, 2005 @ 11:50 am - December 20, 2005

  10. In a related story:

    “Teen Sex Linked To Drugs And Alcohol, Reports Center For Figuring Out Really Obvious Things”

    http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38603

    Comment by John C. Randolph — December 24, 2005 @ 10:56 am - December 24, 2005

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