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Old 06-23-04   #1
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UCLA/Stanford study: FOX and Drudge closer to center than other media outlets

UCLA/Stanford study: FOX and Drudge closer to center than other media outlets
A Measure of Media Bias

Tim Groseclose
Department of Political Science, UCLA, and Graduate School of Business, Stanford University

Jeff Milyo
Harris School of Public Policy
University of Chicago

September 2003


A Measure of Media Bias

The editors in Los Angeles killed the story. They told Witcover that it didn't come off and that it was an opinion story. The solution was simple, they told him. All he had to do was get other people to make the same points and draw the same conclusions and then write the article in their words. (emphasis in original) Timothy Crouse, Boys on the Bus, 1973, p. 116.

Do the major media outlets in the U.S. have a liberal bias? Few questions evoke stronger opinions, and we cannot think of a more important question to which objective statistical techniques can lend their service. So far, the debate has largely been one of anecdotes. How can CBS News be balanced when it calls Steve Forbes' tax plan wacky and untested theories if the news industry is a competitive market, then how can media outlets be systematically biased?

Few studies provide an objective measure of the slant of news, and none has provided a way to link such a measure to ideological measures of other political actors. That is, none of the existing measures can say, for example, whether the New York Times is more liberal than Tom Daschle or whether Fox News is more conservative than Bill Frist. We provide such a measure. Namely, we compute an ADA score for various news outlets, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Drudge Report, Fox News Special Report, and all three networks nightly news shows.

Our results show a very significant liberal bias. All of the news outlets except Fox News Special Report received a score to the left of the average member of Congress. Moreover, by one of our measures all but three of these media outlets (Special Report, the Drudge Report, and ABC World News Tonight) were closer to the average Democrat in Congress than to the median member of the House of Representatives. One of our measures found that the Drudge Report is the most centrist of all media outlets in our sample. Our other measure found that Fox News Special Report is the most centrist. These findings refer strictly to the news stories of the outlets. That is, we omitted editorials, book reviews, and letters to the editor from our sample.

Full report here.
http://216.239.51.104/search?q=cache...rudge%3F&hl=en


Fox News and Drudge are where you get the unbiased news. More proof that I am right, as usual!
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I initially checked to see if the researchers were biased, but instead I found that their measure is probably faulty -

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Although Fox News emerges as conservative, it is not nearly as far to the right as many outlets are to the left. Groseclose and Milyo began with the well-known ratings of the voting records of U.S. senators and representatives by Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), a self-described liberal lobbying group. . . . [T]he median member of the U.S. House had an ADA score of 39. Thus, 39 is a reasonable measure of a centrist position
The US House is currently farther to the right than the country, in my opinion (and will eventually swing back to the left, then back to the right, ad infinitum), and I would also argue that the average would be more useful than the median, in this case.

Also, their next step is hardly the end all be all of this debate.

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The last step measured the tendency of various media outlets to [favorably] cite the same 200 think tanks [in news stories]. . . . The researchers used this information to calculate a right- vs. left-wing indicator for each media outlet -- effectively, an ADA rating. [bold]The assumption is that media outlets that refer favorably to conservative think tanks are reasonably characterized as conservative, whereas those that refer positively to liberal think tanks are plausibly labeled as liberal.[/bold] The final product (in a preliminary table provided by the authors) was a list of computed ADA ratings for the media outlets.
So, now to wait for a paper that contradicts this finding.
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Bottom line:

Republicans are centrists. Liberals are the fringe.
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This references more studies (links inside):

http://www.nationalreview.com/nrof_b...0406230852.asp
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Bottom line:

Republicans are centrists. Liberals are the fringe.

Bottom line - the Republicans are far-right, the Democrats are centrist.
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Bottom line: In comparison to the rest of the world just about all of congress is right to far right...
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Bottom line - the Republicans are far-right, the Democrats are centrist.


Then why isn't Kerry running as the liberal he really is?

Answer: liberals cannot win, unless they lie about who they really are.
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This thread will also be closed due to there being no basis for debate from the cut and pasted article.

""Fox News and Drudge are where you get the unbiased news. More proof that I am right, as usual! ""

This statement is not enough to justify the existence of this article as anything other than SPAM.
PLEASE read the Political Forum Rules Of Engagement as any further SPAM threads will be not only closed; but a warning will be sent to the perpetrator of the threads. Though this thread came into existence before the new rules it will still be shut down due to the fact that the Rules will be enforced in every capacity. If another thread is renewed and brought to the top which was started before the new rules you will not be warned but the thread WILL be shut down.

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