Media Bias 101

Media Bias 101 summarizes more than 25 years of survey research showing how journalists vote, what journalists think, what the public thinks about the media, and what journalists say about media bias. The following links take you to more than 40 different surveys, with key findings and illustrative charts.
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Media Bias 101: Studies Showing What Journalists Really Think

Just updated for 2014, MRC's "Media Bias 101" contains nearly 50 articles summarizing decades of scholarly research showing the mostly liberal attitudes of American journalists, plus opinion polls ...
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Media Bias 101: What Journalists Really Think -- and What the Public Thinks About Them

Media Bias 101: Decades of Research Showing What Journalists Think, How Journalists Vote, What the Public Thinks About the Media, and What Journalists Say About Media Bias (updated, January 2014)
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Journalists Admitting Liberal Bias, Part One

While most in the media business continue to deny the problem of liberal bias, a number of journalists have admitted that the majority of their brethren approach the news from a liberal angle.
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Journalists Denying Liberal Bias, Part One

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many journalists still refuse to acknowledge that most of the establishment media tilts to the left.
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Exhibit 2-28: Seeing Liberal Bias in the News (2013)

A trio of polls conducted during 2013 showed that, by a wide margin, many more Americans see a liberal bias in the news media than a tilt in favor of conservatives.
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Exhibit 2-27: In Campaign 2012, Most Voters (Again) Saw Media Favoring Obama

A Rasmussen poll taken in the summer of 2012 found that, as in past years, the public perceived the media providing more favorable news coverage to the Democratic nominee.
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Exhibit 1-8: The Media Elite Revisited

In 1995, Stanley Rothman and Amy E. Black "partially replicated the earlier Rothman-Lichter" survey of the media elite.
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Early Polls of Journalists, 1962-1985

A collection of survey data from the early 1960s through the mid-1980s shows journalists consistently identified themselves as "liberal" in their ideological outlook.
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Exhibit 2-5: Gallup Polls on Media Bias

From 2001 through 2013, Gallup has polled American adults on the question: "Now thinking for a moment about the news media: In general, do you think the news media is too liberal, just about ...
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Exhibit 1-2: Major Newspaper Reporters

In 1982, scholars at the California State University at Los Angeles asked reporters from the fifty largest U.S. newspapers for whom they voted in 1980. In that election, Republican Ronald Reagan ...
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