<\body> Stories in America: Liberal Media

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Liberal Media

From the Center for Economic and Policy Research:
A new study has found that C-SPAN overwhelmingly favors conservative think tanks in its coverage by a three-to-one margin over all left-of-center think tanks. The paper, “Tilting Rightward: C-SPAN’s Coverage of Think Tanks,” by the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), found that conservatives received 44 percent of total think tank coverage, while conservative/libertarian received another 7 percent, for a right-wing majority of 51 percent. Everything left of center received only 18 percent, with center-left and progressive think tanks garnering 13 percent and 5 percent, respectively. Centrist think tanks got the rest of the coverage.

“C-SPAN is failing to live up to its mission of providing ‘a balanced presentation of points of view,’” said Mark Weisbrot, Co-Director of CEPR and co-author of the study. “In a significant amount of its coverage – events and analysis by influential organizations shaping policy – C-SPAN is presenting opinions that, most of the time, are far to the right of most Americans. It is also lopsided by any common definition of the political spectrum, with a very large bias toward the right.”


At 12/19/2007 2:31 PM, Blogger JACK BOO said...

Think tank guys on CSPAN? You gotta be kidding. Gosh, that means there's like 7 people in the country who are being deluged with conservative think tank propaganda. By a whopping 51% margin no less.

Yeah, you might want to check out the latest Harvard study on media bias for a more comprehensive picture. I'm afraid the debate is over on this subject....


At 12/22/2007 5:18 PM, Blogger UrbanTrekker said...

I think the media environment is rather strange in the US - in the UK, for example, all newspapers disclose their political leanings (and IMHO it's impossible not to have unbiased reporting - even the basic act of picking which stories to highlight on the front page is can be construed on bias).

In my opinion, the problem with the US media landscape is the lack of depth and lack of context in the stories. For example, many in the US are still (astonishingly) unaware of the histories behind many of the current governments or actors in the Middle East.


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