Beyond recent studies by the Pew Research Center and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, other research shows that the media has tilted to the left; indeed journalists themselves have openly admitted as much.
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MacKinnon fails to capture the nuance of the Politico piece, and reads conclusions into the PEJ study that don't necessarily follow. What if the press is more negative about McCain because he gives them more to be critical of? Mackinnon does hit an important point about the press not digging into Obama about campaign finance, and perhaps this point should have been the focus of the opinion piece.
A due-diligence right-wing NYTimes blog post about media bias, ostensibly delivered by the editors with a shrug. At least the piece attempts to give some left-wing reporters' candid views on the subject but not a lot of meat here.
The liberal media bias meme is fairly irritating as it's constantly being driven home by the mainstream media itself, an irony that appears to be completely lost on the right-wing editors who continually harp on it. There is some sense to it, though; the old image of the blue-collar whiskey-and-typewriter journalist has largely faded, to be replaced by a new image of the more genteel product of prestigious schools, which, mind you, are also accused of liberal bias. What's to be done? ... More »