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December 8, 2006

University Of Chicago Study: Cart Goes Before Horse - Newspapers Bias Blamed On Subscribers

Topics: Follies of the Mainstream Media

California Conservative has a post up on the New York Times report that a new study (PDF) from the University of Chicago on the political bias of newspapers found that newspapers are indeed politically biased; however, They blame the cart for leading the horse astray - the researchers blame the slant on the "feelings of the paper's subscriber base."

That's why California Conservative isn't buying it (neither the NYT nor the study), and says blaming the readership for the print media bias is like saying public school teachers are inherently liberal because students and their parents want them to use the classrooms to proselytize.

Which brings me to ask if its possible that there is actually a second horse that comes first - than a cart - and then the horse (so to speak)? If this 2001 study is to be believed, and I'm inclined to believe it (being a bit biased myself, so I'm happy to find evidence of fault with the "other" side), powerful interests, outside and inside the news business, push stories and ignore others, to shape or slant news content.

Related: AIM Report: New Evidence of Liberal Media Bias

Posted by Richard at December 8, 2006 1:34 PM

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