Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Media Bias?

Say it ain't so:
Accusations of political bias in the media are often made by members of both political parties, yet there have been few systematic studies of such bias to date. This paper develops an econometric technique to test for political bias in news reports that controls for the underlying character of the news reported. Our results suggest that American newspapers tend to give more positive news coverage to the same economic news when Democrats are in the Presidency than for Republicans...We also present some evidence that media treats parties differently when they control both the presidency and the congress.


Anonymous said...

AEI--fair and balanced! Hahahaha!!!

Darren said...

One author is from there, yes, but this isn't an AEI publication.

Good try, though.

Anonymous said...

There was another study done right around that time which reached similar conclusions:

A Measure of Media Bias.