Sunday, April 22, 2012

Media Bias Confirmed – Heavily Towards Republicans – Which is Why They Complain About Bias So Much

They Are Hoping No One Will Notice Which Way The Bias Is

Listening to the Republicans complain about how the media is biased against them one would get the impression that the media really is biased against them.  Okay, it is biased in the sense that it sometimes actually prints and broadcasts what Republicans actually say, and given the well known bias of facts, logic and data against Republicans one could say that the media is biased in that sense. 

But in terms of presenting Republicans on TV, like on the Sunday talk shows for example the bias runs fairly strongly in favor of Republicans and against Democrats, women and minorities as a recent study has shown. (Thanks to Think Progress).

Single-source interviews are the showcase segments on the Sunday shows, which tend to compete for access to guests they consider the top newsmakers—which, in the world of Beltway media, usually means politicians. In the eight-month study period, partisan-affiliated one-on-one interviews were 70 percent Republican—166 guests to Democrats’ 70.

A small number of interviewees (28) were not affiliated with U.S. parties—from corporate representatives to representatives of foreign governments. Some guests, like right-wing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist or feminist Gloria Steinem, would be considered to have a clear ideology. But those guests do not change the overall right-wing dominance in the one-on-one guests.

Men overwhelmingly dominated one-on-one interviews, at 86 percent: 228 male guests compared to 36 women.Meet the Press featured the fewest women, with just six female interviewees—three of whom were Rep. Michele Bachmann (R.-Minn.), the presidential candidate.

Guests were also also ethnically homogeneous, with 242 white interview guests (92 percent of the total), 15 African-Americans (seven of whom were Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain), four Arabs or Arab-Americans, and three Latinos. 

Here are the results of the study in a nice chart composed by those folks at Think Progress

Any bias there Republicans?  No, Didn’t think so.

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