Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
  • Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind
  • Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

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by Tim Groseclose
     
 

Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slant of media outlets. He does this by measuring the political content of news, as a way to measure the PQ, or "political quotient" of voters and politicians.

Among his conclusions are: (i) all mainstream media

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Overview

Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slant of media outlets. He does this by measuring the political content of news, as a way to measure the PQ, or "political quotient" of voters and politicians.

Among his conclusions are: (i) all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias; and (ii) while some supposedly conservative outlets--such the Washington Times or Fox News' Special Report--do lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets.

Groseclose contends that the general leftward bias of the media has shifted the PQ of the average American by about 20 points, on a scale of 100, the difference between the current political views of the average American, and the political views of the average resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah. With Left Turn readers can easily calculate their own PQ--to decide for themselves if the bias exists. This timely, much-needed study brings fact to this often overheated debate.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781250002761
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
922,925
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction 1

Part I Political Quotients and the Science of Politics 9

1 What Are PQs and How Do They Reveal Media Bias? 11

2 Caught in a Trap: Problems in Judging Media Bias 18

3 But I've Been to Oklahoma 26

4 Ps and Qs of PQs 36

5 Defining the "Center" 48

Part II A Distortion Theory of Media Bias 61

6 Lies, Damned Lies, and Omitted Statistics: A Case Study in Distortion Theory 63

7 Hidden Under a Bushel 78

8 An "Alien" Conservative Injected into a Liberal Newsroom and the Topics She Might Cover 89

Part III Evidence of Liberal Media Bias 97

9 Political Views in the Newsroom: Viva Homogeneity 99

10 The Second-Order Problem of an Unbalanced Newsroom 111

11 The Anti-Newsroom, Washington County, Utah 123

12 Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Centrist 136

13 "Wise Men from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Say…" 151

14 The Language of Journalists and the Special Case of Partial-Birth Abortion 161

15 The Language of Journalists and the Gentzkow-Shapiro Measure of Media Bias 169

16 Facts About the Bush Tax Cuts: Another Way to Measure Media Bias Objectively and Quantitatively 178

17 The Media Mu 192

Part IV Effects of Media Bias 199

18 Measuring the Influence of the Media I: Many Methods False and Spent, and One That's Not 201

19 Measuring the Influence of the Media II: Two More Groundbreaking Experiments 213

20 The Media Lambda 219

21 Rendezvous with Clarity 234

22 Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Centrist … Whose Mind Has Not Been Distorted by Media Bias 241

Epilogue: Small Steps Toward a Better Media 249

Acknowledgments 257

Notes 261

Index 279

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