The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Friday, June 18, 2004
Media bias again
Jay Rosen addresses the two Pew studies on media bias and public trust in the media  and the bloviations of LA Times editor John Carroll  - and, not for the first time, thought-provokingly comes to no particular conclusion.
One of his commenters mentions a 2003 study A Measure of Media Bias - whose distinctive MO is to measure the ratio of the number of liberal and conservative think tanks a news outlet mentions, and compare that ratio with that of mentions by members of Congress.
Liberal bias is found!
(My lack of interest in such studies stem from their inherent (and, so far as I can see, intrinsically counterfactual) assumption that there are circumstances under which one could have unbiased reporting. And from the further assumption that this would be A Good Thing  - rather than an encouragement to laziness and surrender of autonomy amongst readers.
The sooner expectations of the news consumer - or (being realistic) a vanguard tranche of news consumers - move from the TV model - couch potato, participation limited to flicking channels - to the net model - content largely edited by the consumer himself  - the better.)
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