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How the Media Vote. Surveys of journalists’ self-reported voting habits show them backing the Democratic candidate in every presidential election since 1964, including landslide losers George McGovern, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis. In 2004, a poll conducted by the University of Connecticut found journalists backed John Kerry over George W. Bush by a greater than two-to-one margin. See Section.
Journalists’ Political Views. Compared to their audiences, journalists are far more likely to say they are Democrats or liberals, and they espouse liberal positions on a wide variety of issues. A 2004 poll by the Pew Research Center for The People & The Press found five times more journalists described themselves as “liberal” as said they were “conservative.” See Section.
How the Public Views the Media. In increasing numbers, the viewing audiences recognize the media’s liberal tilt. Gallup polls have consistently found that three times as many see the media as “too liberal” as see a media that is “too conservative.” A 2005 survey conducted for the American Journalism Review found nearly two-thirds of the public disagreed with the statement, “The news media try to report the news without bias,” and 42 percent of adults disagreed strongly. See Section.
Admissions of Liberal Bias. A number of journalists have admitted that the majority of their brethren approach the news from a liberal angle. During the 2004 presidential campaign, for example, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas predicted that sympathetic media coverage would boost Kerry’s vote by “maybe 15 points,” which he later revised to five points. In 2005, ex-CBS News President Van Gordon Sauter confessed he stopped watching his old network: “The unremitting liberal orientation finally became too much for me.” See Section
Conservatives are utterly convinced that the mainstream news organizations have been deeply unfair to the Republican ticket, and they have some points they can cite as evidence. For example, the Project for Excellence in Journalism found that there were twice as many favorable Obama stories after the convention as favorable McCain ones. Conversely, twice as many McCain stories were negative. The Center for Media and Public Affairs found that network TV coverage of Obama was 65 percent positive, compared to 31 percent positive for McCain. As Politico.com put it: "in the closing weeks of this election, John McCain and Sarah Palin are getting hosed in the press." Indeed, one of the editors of Politico.com received a scolding note about bias from his own mother.
Then there's also the well-known fact that national reporters for major news organizations are disproportionately likely to vote Democratic. Slate.com polled its staff and found that Barack Obama won 55 votes, and John McCain 1. That's partly because Slate's staff is composed of young, urban, highly educated techies, but still -- that's some margin. http://www.mediaresearch.org/cyberalerts/2008/cyb20081105.asp#8
Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist
| 12/14/2005 5:36:31 PM
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. http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/Media-Bias-Is-Real-Finds-UCLA-6664.aspx
You're not imagining things - the national press has been beating John McCain and Sarah Palin over the head. And now there's an academic study that proves it.
The Project for Excellence in Journalism of the Pew Research Center (which has never been accused of harboring conservative sympathies) concludes: "Coverage of McCain has been heavily unfavorable - and has become more so over time."
According to Pew's survey of 2,412 stories from 48 news outlets during the period between the end of the conventions through the final presidential debate, negative stories about McCain outweighed positive ones "by a factor of more than three to one."
Indeed, fully 57 percent of news stories on McCain were negative; only 14 percent were positive.
For Palin, the figures were 39 percent negative and 28 positive - and most of those positive stories appeared right after she was nominated.
The study's authors played it safe: "For a story to be deemed as having a negative or positive spin," says Pew, "it must be clearly so, not a close call."
And this is just a select bunch of news stories. It doesn't reflect the negative drumbeat against the GOP ticket from other parts of the media, including late-night and early-morning talk shows, cable news and the blogs.
Nor does it cover the period since the last debate - when coverage of McCain, by Pew's own accounts, was growing increasingly negative.
To be sure, the folks at Pew bend over backward not to interpret their own findings as evidence of conscious journalistic bias, calling it inconclusive.
But hey, the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. http://www.nypost.com/seven/11012008/postopinion/editorials/media_bias_made_scientific_136350.htm