Quantifying media bias

UCLA researchers looked into 10 years of coverage of various media outlets, and for the first time, quantified and ranked bias in major print and TV news outlets.

“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.”

The study examined news coverage, not op-eds, which might explain why among newspapers, the Wall St. Journal was found to be the most liberal, the Washington Times most conservative, and USA Today the most centrist.

On TV, CBS’ “Evening News” was ranked most liberal, “Special Report with Britt Hume” the most conservative, and “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” the most centrist.

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(Hat tip: Cinnamon Stillwell)