Thursday, November 02, 2006

More media bias

According to a study of the big three TV networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) by the Center for Media and Public Affairs, “Three out of every four (77 percent) on-air evaluations of Democratic candidates and members of Congress were positive during the first seven weeks of the campaign. By contrast only one out of eight assessments (12 percent) were favorable towards their Republican Counterparts.” (CMPA, See also Washington Times, Media Reality Check)

3 comments:

Kevin said...

I was reading an article about Ann Coulter on CNN today. Apparently she may have voted in the wrong precinct, which if done knowingly is a felony. It was an interesting factualy article... that ended like this...

"The right-wing commentator also authored a book that said some September 11 widows were "enjoying their husbands' deaths."

What a biasing statement. It's factual, but is irrelevant to the conversation. Fox News and the right do the same thing... it gives a bad name to journalists.

professor ed said...

So ABC, CBS, and NBC show a political bias in their reporting. When they were the only shows in town, this fact might have had a critical impact on our electoral process. But today news outlets of varying quality/quantity abound: CNN, FOX, MSNBC, online newspapers, and, let's not overlook, various Blogs. Maybe, with all of this variety out there, the afore-mentioned three major dinasoars, whoops I menan networks:-) might look for a little more objectivity.

john said...

Kevin, I read the same article. As much as I dislike Coulter, I thought that last sentence was strange too.

Regarding the CMPA report: I couldn't tell from any of the links (including their own document) how they defined "negative". If they used the same standard as the Washington Times did in their article then they're probably right. (For example, is asking, "Could this red state end up going blue?" really negative?) I don't know if saying how unhappy voters are with the direction of the country is biased reporting, though - that's kind of the way things are right now. Are they reporting it "too much"? Maybe. But on the other hand, there's always more "negative" things to report about the party in power.