Does TV Have A Liberal Bias

A recent book, Bias, by a CBS insider Bernard Goldberg, sets out to document how the media regularly distorts the news with a liberal bias. Goldberg makes some persuasive arguments.TV Viewer, He points out, for example, that a 1996 study showed that most journalists were Democrats. Eighty-nine percent of them voted for a Democrat for President (generally considered liberal) compared to 43 percent of the general population.

From the standpoint of many conservatives TV news tends to be liberal because it features stories on gay rights, civil rights abuses, antiwar demonstrations, women’s rights, environmental issues, etc. — all seen as being liberal causes.

But, from the standpoint of some liberals television is conservative because it’s seen as being pro-business, without giving adequate time to alternative, non-mainstream views.

These arguments primarily surface in how news is covered.

News Bias

When it comes to news, people show a preference for “news they agree with.” This preference translates into ratings, which, of course, translates into profits.

Thus, there has been a recent emphasis on moving to a more selective, conservative tone in newscasts. Since this is best exemplified by FOX News, we’ll spent a bit of time here examining that popular source of news.

FOX vs. CNN liberal bias FAIR, a liberal media watchdog group tabulated five months of two of the most popular TV news discussion shows — Special Report with Brit Hume on FOX, and Wolf Blitzer Reports on CNN.

Both programs featured Republican guests (generally considered conservative) more often than Democratic guests (generally considered to be more liberal).

But, as shown here, the FOX News channel favored Republicans by a margin of about 8:1.

The same survey showed that FOX News featured white guests 93 percent of the time and male guests 91 percent of the time. According to the Nielsen Company, more than 95 percent of FOX News viewers are white.


Liberals and Government Programs

Liberals favor government-funded programs that address inequalities that they view as having derived from historical discrimination. Liberals believe that prejudice and stereotyping in society can hamper the opportunities for some citizens.

Some people would see liberal bias in an article or book that seems sympathetic to and appears to lend support to government programs that assist poor and minority populations.

Terms such as “bleeding hearts” and “tax and spenders” refer to progressives’ support of public policies that are designed to address perceived unfair access to health care, housing, and jobs.

How do you know if a media presentation or book has a liberal bias?

Every person’s opinion of what constitutes liberal thought is a little different from every other person’s. As demonstrated above, the term liberal means open to all. When critics claim that the press is too liberal, for instance, they are claiming that the press is voicing a view that is too far outside their own views, or outside traditional views (remember that conservatives value tradition).

One of the most prevalent issues that causes political tension between the ideologies is gay rights. When the press covers a gay pride parade and is not critical of homosexuality, a more conservative viewer might think that the media’s coverage has a liberal slant. They would perceive, therefore, that the press conveys that homosexuality is acceptable.

Essence of Liberal Bias

The essence of liberal bias is to dismiss or even to censor all opposing views. For liberals, to allow the airing or publishing of an opposing view creates the risk that people might discover errors in the liberal viewpoint. On the other hand, Conservatives typically uphold freedom of ideological expression, with many expressing that although they may oppose a liberal view with every fiber of their being, they will defend to the death their right to say it, because they believe that in the marketplace of ideas the true will always win over the false.

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Plenty of bloggers have asked this question after learning about the Conservapedia, a new wiki for those “tired of theLIBERAL BIAS every time you search on Google and a Wikipedia page appears.” But the site, which was launched in November 2006, is no joke. It’s the brainchild of Andy Schlafly, son of conservative matriarch Phyllis Schlafly.