Media Bias

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Table of Contents

Foreword 5

Introduction 7

Chapter 1 Is Media Bias a Serious Problem?

1 Liberal Bias in the Media Is a Serious Problem Richard E. Vatz 11

2 Conservative Bias in the Media Is a Serious Problem Paul Waldman 18

3 Media Bias Is Not a Serious Problem Jon Meacham 27

4 Corporate Spending in Political Campaigns Fosters Unfair Media Bias Sheldon Whitehouse 32

5 Corporate Spending in Political Campaigns Does Not Foster Unfair Media Bias Shannen W. Coffin 39

Chapter 2 Which Issues Reveal Media Bias?

1 The Media Are Biased in Favor of Business David Madland 47

2 The Media Are Biased Against Business Nathan Burchfiel 53

3 The Media Have Emphasized a Pro-War Agenda During the Iraq War Colman McCarthy 60

4 The Media Have Emphasized Bad News in Reports About the Iraq War Rich Noyes 65

5 The Mainstream Media Exaggerate the Threat of Global Warming John Fisher 70

6 Conservative News Media Dismiss the Threat of Global Warming Karl Frisch 77

Chapter 3 Should Media Bias Be Challenged?

1 Media Bias Should Be Scrutinized and Challenged: Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting 83

2 Media Bias Should Not Be Challenged Greg Beato 89

3 The Fairness Doctrine Should Be Reestablished Steve Almond 95

4 The Fairness Doctrine Should Not Be Reestablished Jim DeMint 100

5 "Fake News" Reports Creatively Challenge Media Bias Patrick McCormick 106

6 "Fake News" Reports Undermine Serious Media Coverage Joe Saltzman 112

Facts About Media Bias 118

Organizations to Contact 121

For Further Reading 126

Index 130

Picture Credits 136

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