“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude than the animated contest of freedom, go from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains sit lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen!” – Samuel Adams

Is Media Bias Real?

The new issue of Salvo Magazine examines what we all knew (whether everyone will admit it or not): the media is overwhelmingly biased leftward.

Similarly, a UCLA-led study released in late 2005 found that “almost all major media outlets tilt to the left.” Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist and lead researcher on the study, said that he “suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican.” But he was “surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are.” Co-author Jeffrey Milyo, a University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar, added that “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.”

Some journalists make their political preferences clear by how they spend their own money. After all, political donations are not exactly subtle. A 2007 investigation by MSNBC.com reporter Bill Dedman tracked journalists who made political contributions to federal candidates, political action committees, and political parties between January 2004 and the first quarter of 2007. The good news? Only a tiny percentage of journalists made political -contributions. The predictable news? Out of the 143 journalists identified as making political contributions, 125—or 87 percent—gave to Democrats or liberal causes, while only 16 percent gave to Republicans.

What did that UCLA study find?

Of the 20 major media outlets studied, 18 scored left of center, with CBS’ “Evening News,” The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times ranking second, third and fourth most liberal behind the news pages of The Wall Street Journal.

Only Fox News’ “Special Report With Brit Hume” and The Washington Times scored right of the average U.S. voter.

The most centrist outlet proved to be the “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” CNN’s “NewsNight With Aaron Brown” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” were a close second and third.

Salvo looks to the global warming scare as a good example of media bias. Read the whole Salvo article here.


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