Surprise: The press has a liberal bias!
A recent Harvard University study cited in Investors' Business Daily
would seem to prove what conservatives have been saying for years-that the mainstream press does have a bias
(intended or not) and that bias is slanted toward the left side of the political spectrum.
Democrats are not only favored in the tone of the coverage. They get more coverage period. This is particularly evident on morning news shows, which "produced almost twice as many stories (51% to 27%) focused on Democratic candidates than on Republicans."
The most flagrant bias, however, was found in newspapers. In reviewing front-page coverage in 11 newspapers, the study found the tone positive in nearly six times as many stories about Democrats as it was negative.
The folks at the News-Sentinel
(most notably editor Jack McElroy) have attempted to say that the liberal slant that many of us see in the pages of the local paper is something that we have imagined in our own mind-that it isn't real, and that our thinking that there is such a slant to the paper's reporting practices is an evidence of our conservative biases. We see the same thing in respected major newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post,
or USA Today
, yet we are told that the major press reports the news as bias-free as humanly possible.
Everyone has their biases, and if the studies which indicate that the majority of people in the press tend to favor more liberal views are true (and I certainly believe that they are), it is only natural that these views are going to seep through into their news coverage. That viewpoint-based news coverage is precisely why networks such as Fox News
(which now clearly favors the Right as much as the three major networks favor the Left), and newspapers such as The Washington Times
are becoming more popular. Since we so clearly have viewpoint-based news coverage, folks want an alternative view-and that alternative swings to the Right.
I have been quite honest with my readers about my conservative point of view-it is high time that the major press do the same. If your paper or network favors liberals and/or Democrats, let it be known for the world to see and hear, and if your media outlet favors conservatives and/or Republicans, make it known. It is time to end the facade of objectivity in the press and let the people-and the free market-decide how they want their news
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