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February 23, 2009

 

For a well balanced view? It is well known which way the major broadcasters and publications lean, but is it possible to get a centrist opinion? Well according to a report from 2005 Media Bias, it is-

 

“If viewers spent an equal amount of time watching Fox’s ‘Special Report’ as ABC’s ‘World News’ and NBC’s ‘Nightly News,’ then they would receive a nearly perfectly balanced version of the news,” said Milyo, an associate professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Missouri at Columbia.”

 

The report also stated, quite suprisingly, that despite The Wall Street Journal’s right-of-centre stance on editorials, the newspages are so left they even beat the New York Times and the LA Times for liberal bias.

Tim Groseclose, a UCLA political scientist, said surveys have shown the majority of leftist bias in American media could be down to the fact the majority of reporters vote democrat. 

All of this underlines the fact that impartiality is really quite hard to find. Centrist news media is certainly in the minority, and despite the conservative propaganda from Fox, pro-Republican bias still cowers to pro-Democrat.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. wimbles permalink
    March 11, 2009 6:24 PM

    Owen

    Good stuff sir and I’m inclined to agree with the report. However do you think that perhaps we should be embracing this diverse and differing news output rather then seeking a centrist point of view?

    For example I read The Sun knowing I’m getting a certain political standpoint and the same for the Daily Mail but that’s part of the reason I read them. Similarly I know I’m going to get right winged views from Fox and again that’s why I watch it, to get a glimpse of conservative thinking.

    The BBC is promoted as being centrist and is looked upon as a source of facts and accurate reporting but it can often be quite boring. Sometimes it’s interesting to see how one side thinks and portrays the other and it can often lead to real talking points (how many times do people discuss the Mail or the Sun’s latest rants in the pub for example)

    With this in mind, would you try and encourage Fox et all to be more centrist, or would you prefer to see them highlight the fact that they are going to be more conservative and for the audience to understand this more.

  2. March 13, 2009 9:15 AM

    I think you are right Dan, it is quite interesting having such partiality in the media. The more I think about it the more I say ‘why not?’ I mean having a commercially-orientated profit driven marketplace isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Maybe the BBC’s objective and impartial approach is an anomaly, and true impartiality in media, from wherever you are, is far easier said than done. It’s entertaining anyway!

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