Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

By Tim Groseclose

Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political technology and economics at UCLA, has spent years developing particular, quantitative measures of the slant of media retailers. He does this via measuring the political content material of reports, so one can degree the PQ, or "political quotient" of electorate and politicians.

Among his conclusions are: (i) all mainstream media shops have a liberal bias; and (ii) whereas a few supposedly conservative outlets―such the Washington occasions or Fox information' Special Report―do lean correct, their conservative bias is lower than the liberal bias of so much mainstream retailers.

Groseclose contends that the overall leftward bias of the media has shifted the PQ of the typical American by way of approximately 20 issues, on a scale of a hundred, the adaptation among the present political opinions of the common American, and the political opinions of the common resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah. With Left flip readers can simply calculate their very own PQ―to come to a decision for themselves if the unfairness exists. This well timed, much-needed examine brings truth to this usually overheated debate.

Show description

Quick preview of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind PDF

Best Journalism books

Shaking a Leg: Collected Journalism and Writings

One in all modern literature's most unusual and affecting novel and brief tale writers, Angela Carter additionally wrote remarkable nonfiction. Shaking a Leg includes the easiest of her essays and feedback, a lot of it gathered for the 1st time. Carter's acute observations are spiked together with her stinky honesty, her devastating wit, her penchant for mockery, and her ardour for the absurd.

Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

Initially released in 1985, Neil Postman’s groundbreaking polemic in regards to the corrosive results of tv on our politics and public discourse has been hailed as a twenty-first-century e-book released within the 20th century. Now, with tv joined via extra refined digital media—from the net to mobile phones to DVDs—it has taken on even higher value.

Losing the News: The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy (Institutions of American Democracy)

In wasting the scoop, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Alex S. Jones deals a probing examine the epochal adjustments sweeping the media, adjustments that are eroding the center information that has been the basic foodstuff offer of our democracy. At a time of marvelous technological innovation, Jones says that what stands to be misplaced is the fact-based reporting that serves as a watchdog over executive, holds the robust in charge, and offers electorate what they wish.

Behind the Times: Inside the New New York Times

An incisive exam of the world's most useful paper, at the back of the days tells the tale of adjusting Timesian values and of a brand new period for the paper—a story of editorial struggles, famous person columnists and critics, institutional vainness, and the political and cultural favorites of the days' vendors and editors.

Extra info for Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

Show sample text content

I exploit these roll calls to build PQ rankings. in response to the roll calls, “liberal”—as the ADA defines it skill agreeing with the subsequent stances: ■ enjoyable anti-abortion legislation ■ elevating taxes at the wealthy ■ retreating militarily from Iraq ■ strengthening environmental laws ■ expanding the ability of unions ■ expanding the minimal salary ■ expanding affirmative motion for racial minorities ■ holding the appropriate to burn the flag ■ expanding regulations on overseas exchange ■ stress-free regulations on immigration ■ lowering army spending My selection to enable the ADA outline “liberal” and select concerns for me, even though, doesn't unavoidably resolution the feedback that Loucas George and others may possibly bring up; it simply shifts it. particularly, why does the ADA get to decide on the problems and outline “liberal”? the fast solution to that question is “It doesn’t actually matter. ” There are nearly a dozen measures that political scientists sometimes use to degree the liberalness or conservativeness of politicians. for example, one is developed by way of the yankee Conservative Union, which, just like the ADA, premiums politicians via how they vote on a suite of roll calls. all the measures position famous liberals, comparable to Barney Frank, Maxine Waters, and Ted Kennedy, at one finish of the spectrum, they usually position famous conservatives, equivalent to Jim DeMint, Jesse Helms, and Michele Bachmann, on the different finish. In 1995, I performed a examine with Barry Burden and Greg Caldeira, political scientists at, respectively, the collage of Wisconsin and the Ohio nation college. We tested each degree, of which we have been conscious, that political scientists use to specific the liberalness or conservativeness of politicians. We then computed the correlation coefficient among each pair of such measures. The correlation coefficient is a host among -1. zero and 1. zero that expresses the measure to which any measures are concerning one another. (If the coefficient is 1. zero, then the 2 measures agree completely. If the coeficient is -1. zero, then the 2 measures disagree completely. And if the coefficient is zero. zero, then the 2 measures are thoroughly unrelated. ) We came upon that among any measures the correlation coefficient was once constantly larger that zero. 7, and it was once frequently more than zero. nine. 1 that's, the entire measures have been very hugely correlated with one another. hence, even if a few humans could be skeptical of my determination to take advantage of the ADA to outline concerns, i might have acquired nearly an identical effects if I had used the other workforce or solution to outline matters or what “liberal” and “conservative” suggest. So why use ADA rankings rather than another degree? One cause is just that the ADA has been round the longest. similar, it's not that i am conscious of any political scientist, or an individual else, who questions the liberal credentials of the ADA. one more reason is that because the major conclusions of the booklet are ones that conservatives usually assert, it is very important convey that the conclusions carry even if i exploit a measuring equipment in response to concerns selected via liberals.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.39 of 5 – based on 36 votes