January 26, 2006


Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist (UCLA News, December 14, 2005)

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."

"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‑author Jeffrey Milyo, University of Missouri economist and public policy scholar.

The results appear in the latest issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, which will become available in mid-December.

Here's a point worth considering: even conservative blogs will have an inevitable bias to the Left because of the media sources from which they draw the material they comment on.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 8:23 AM

And that's why I cxld the WSJ.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 26, 2006 9:28 AM

The media have done a great job of defining right-wingers as bible thumping low-brows and unschooled homophobic dolts who want women to die in back alley abortions.

Many well educated professionals who don't buy what the left is selling, but are embarrassed to be seen in that company, deny that they're right-wingers or conservative or Republican and call themselves libertarians. This is true of bloggers as well.

I think many of these people yearn for the Democratic party to throw off their Kool-Aid drinking moonbats and become the party of diverse and high-minded public debate on the issues, so they can return to their natural cohort.

The article is correct that things have, in the past, inevitably shifted left, but perhaps it's reached as far as it can go and is slowly shifting right.

Posted by: erp at January 26, 2006 10:08 AM

"even conservative blogs will have an inevitable bias to the Left"

Especially if they are run by leftists.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2006 10:24 AM

Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist

Yet still no definitive word on whether sky is blue or water is wet. More research needed.

Posted by: John Resnick at January 26, 2006 11:18 AM

Robert beat me to it.

Posted by: Mike Beversluis at January 26, 2006 11:21 AM

As has happened to most funds left by wealthy capitalists Robert.

Posted by: Genecis at January 26, 2006 12:04 PM

Hee, hee, hee.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 26, 2006 12:14 PM

erp is so very much correct about the tendency of "well" educated professionals to eschew identification with conservatism as declasse that her judgement could only have come from personal experience.

Of course this is exactly correct. For those too resolute to keep their lamp beneath a bushel, a common defense has been to make an ostentation of Buckleyesque vocabulary.

How did it come to this pass? Was not conservatism once a companion of erudition?

Vietnam. Draft dodgers hid in academia, pretending to be leftist peace-creeps, and after a few years, almost all academics were leftists. To be other would have been to admit to oneself, at least, a life of cowardice, injustice and trachery.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 26, 2006 12:16 PM

And that's why I have a running subscription to Investor's Business Daily. Separation of Church and State in a newspaper (sorry, James Taranto!) is never a healthy thing.

Posted by: Brad S at January 26, 2006 1:46 PM

Lou, for better or worse, my B.S. meter is set on high and I can't adjust it down. Thank you for using the phrase, de classe. It's an exact description of how the "libertarians" look upon us yokels.

Posted by: erp at January 26, 2006 3:00 PM

David: High Five!

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 26, 2006 10:23 PM