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What are the top think tanks cited in the U.S. media? Are right-wing or left-wing think tanks given more attention? How has this number changed over time? According to the progressive media watchdog, (FAIR), there is a distinct bias in the U.S. media. More right-wing think tanks are cited than left-wing think tanks.
Echoing a common conservative claim, CBS correspondent Bernard Goldberg wrote a 1996 Wall Street Journal column arguing that mainstream news media are biased against right-wing sources. His evidence of a liberal bias: Network colleague Eric Engberg once labeled the Heritage Foundation as "conservative" but failed to identify another Washington-based think tank, the Brookings Institution, as "liberal." Goldberg's allegation inspired a series of studies about how the media use think tanks. Since 1996, I have conducted four surveys of think tanks for the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) and Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR), the national media-watch group. Our findings have consistently refuted conventional wisdom, showing that major media are much more likely to turn to conservative than to progressive sources. First, let's dispense with Goldberg's example.
A study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism finds that, in the past five months, the American main stream media has given Pres. Obama the most unremittingly negative press of any of the presidential candidates by a wide margin, while giving Republican candidates extremely positive press coverage. Liberal Media Bias -- You’ve probably heard it used to describe the American main stream media hundreds, if not thousands of times. One of the most often made claims of the right-wing messaging machine is that the mainstream media are composed almost entirely of liberals who work in concert to promote progressive viewpoints and elect Democrats, while portraying conservative viewpoints, Republicans, and the Tea Party AstroTurf movement with contempt. Liberal Media Bias is a useful red herring, in that it fires up the faithful conservative base and provides a convenient scapegoat for when the American public rejects conservative policies and/or politicians.
In recent days, news outlets including CNN cited a study of several major media outlets, " A Measure of Media Bias " (pdf) by political scientist Timothy J. Groseclose of UCLA and economist Jeffrey D. Milyo of the University of Missouri-Columbia, purporting to demonstrate that America's news content has "a strong liberal bias."
A Measure of Media Bias Tim Groseclose Department of Political Science Jeff Milyo
An election year is a shit blizzard. Every place you go for news online -- whether it's portal sites like Reddit, or aggregators like Google News or Yahoo! News or RealClearPolitics , or goddamned clips from late night talk shows -- they're all about to get buried under a brown storm of bullshit inflammatory headlines desperate for your click. This turdstorm of pointless click-bait filler is a problem for anyone who wants to be an informed voter.
Why do journalists choose to cover a news story from one angle rather than another? In media studies this is known as framing, and experts explain below. When people receive the news within the society and culture they consider home they might consider the news delivered to them to be a true representation of events. But a left-wing or liberal media organisation may report the same story in a completely different way to a right-wing or conservative version: traditionally, a left-wing or liberal newspaper may focus on the workers' point of view, while the right-wing or conservative paper may take the side of the management. This is called framing in media studies.
<img class="size-full wp-image-5476" src="http://www-tc.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/files/2010/12/GreeceBombs.jpg" alt="" width="460" height="347" /> A police explosives expert prepares a controlled blast of a suspected parcel bomb in Athens on Nov. 1, 2010. Photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis Every now and then, I come across a publication conferring incisive analytic heft to cultural phenomena that society usually considers undeserving of serious consideration. The last great one I read, for example, was Harry Frankfurt’s treatise, On Bullsh*t . When deftly executed, such writing can start with a knowing wink, but quickly plunge the reader into the unexpected depths of seemingly shallow waters.
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The Invisible Web refers to the part of the WWW that’s not indexed by the search engines. Most of us think that that search powerhouses like Google and Bing are like the Great Oracle”¦they see everything. Unfortunately, they can’t because they aren’t divine at all; they are just web spiders who index pages by following one hyperlink after the other. But there are some places where a spider cannot enter.
You know how to tell if something controversial is actually true , but what if you want to read up on something without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience? Here's how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray. The internet is full of useful, well-documented information, and all of it is right at our fingertips. The problem is that the signal-to-noise ratio can be pretty low. Most search engines try to separate the real science from unsourced opinions and so-called "experts" only interested in selling books, but it's not enough to guarantee validity. With these tips, you'll learn how to quickly cut through the weeds and get to the good stuff in no time.
By Niraj S. Desai The media and other institutions form prisms through which ideas and information reach the public, according to Institute Professor Noam A. Chomsky.
Here's a little example of what I call Flat Earth News. In June 2005, Fleet Street told its readers about a gang of feral child bullies who had attempted to murder a five-year-old boy by hanging him from a tree; the boy had managed to free himself. This story was not true. Indeed, it was obviously not true from the moment it started running.
Just last week, Newt Gingrich delighted observers on both the right and the left when he slammed Fox News for “bias” and “distortion.” Gingrich claimed that the conservative news channel slanted its coverage to favor the less conservative establishment candidate, Mitt Romney. At first this seemed to be just another example of the former speaker’s ability to unabashedly embrace contradictory ideas. This is, after all, a man who saw nothing inconsistent about inviting reporters to the “private meeting” with Delaware Tea Party leaders where he made his comments. But accusing Fox News of pro-establishment bias is not simply a quirk of the Gingrich mind. In mid-March, Rick Santorum (like Gingrich, a former Fox News contributor) accused the network of boosting for Romney.
Back in 1983, approximately 50 corporations controlled the vast majority of all news media in the United States. Today, ownership of the news media has been concentrated in the hands of just six incredibly powerful media corporations. These corporate behemoths control most of what we watch, hear and read every single day.