The topic of media bias comes up regularly on Times & Seasons.
It was the focus of one of Matt’s recent posts. It was part of the discussion of my post on the elections in Iraq. Kaimi had an entire post devoted to the subject last summer. Now for some data: a London School of Economics Ph.D candidate, Riccardo Puglisi, has studied a dataset of news from the New York Times, from 1946 to 1994, and he found:
[T]he New York Times has a Democratic partisanship, with some watchdog aspects, in that during the presidential campaign it systematically gives more emphasis to Democratic topics, but only so when the incumbent President is a Republican. This set of Democratic topics comprises stories about civil rights, health care, labor and employment, and social welfare.
You can find his paper here.
If you have read this far, you might also be interested in this paper by John Lott and Kevin Hassett entitled “Is Newspaper Coverage of Economic Events Politically Biased?” Well, you probably already know the answer to that question, given the authors: “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.”
Of course, if you believe what Hugh Hewitt writes in his new book Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That’s Changing Your World, you won’t be worried because blogs are toppling old media anyway. (For my not-very-favorable take on Hewitt’s book, go here.)
Thanks to Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution for the paper tips.