Monday, December 19, 2005

Some pointers

Jim Miller On Politics has a pair of items that are of some interest to Yargbians.

First is a post on the Barret Report which contains several links to various articles about it. New to Yargbians, perhaps, are the articles,
The public needs to see the Barrett report
(by Emmett Tyrell) and
Publish the Barrett report now
(by Tony Snow) and a op-ed Novak: Protecting the IRS.

Second is a link to a UCLA study, Media Bias Is Real, Finds UCLA Political Scientist. But you knew that.


buddy larsen said...

So much for the Dem's respect for the American citizen.

Clinton can jail or fine him for his politics, and Bush has to let him be murdered.

truepeers said...

Some great links today, Knuck.

Well I'm most interested in this media bias story. I think we can deduce that UCLA News tilts left in its reporting of the story: Coverage by public television and radio is conservative compared to the rest of the mainstream media. Meanwhile, almost all major media outlets tilt to the left. These are just a few of the surprising findings from a UCLA-led study

I have reservations about the study's methodology - why should congressional speeches be used to create the index of left and right bias in the media ("The New York Times looked similar to Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., who has an ADA score of 74.")? This is to limit one's definition of the political spectrum to those already well-entrenched in the game. And isn't it the nature of "the left" that, despite its rhetoric, it is more the party of insiders to the state and its associated institutions, while conservativism in the American republic has many more followers who are truly outside of the governing system?

And what about conclusions like this:

Only Fox News' "Special Report With Brit Hume" and The Washington Times scored right of the average U.S. voter.

The most centrist outlet proved to be the "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer." CNN's "NewsNight With Aaron Brown" and ABC's "Good Morning America" were a close second and third.

...The fourth most centrist outlet was "Special Report With Brit Hume" on Fox News, which often is cited by liberals as an egregious example of a right-wing outlet. While this news program proved to be right of center, the study found ABC's "World News Tonight" and NBC's "Nightly News" to be left of center. All three outlets were approximately equidistant from the center, the report found.

"If viewers spent an equal amount of time watching Fox's 'Special Report' as ABC's 'World News' and NBC's 'Nightly News,' then they would receive a nearly perfectly balanced version of the news," said Milyo, an associate professor of economics and public affairs at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

WEll, if I might blow the blogohorn a bit, isn't it the case that the very nature of broadcast media makes it impossible for its players to represent the true center? Isn't centrism today to be found on the internet at a time when anyone who must dissimulate, in various political ways, in order to justify his "left" or "right" position in front of the cameras cannot be a true centrist, devoted to the nation and speaking one's mind as the serious citizens tired of mainstream political games and scandal mongering do?

Doug said...

Do Yargbians have special issue blogohorns?
To me, one of the easiest to quantify indicators of the radical bias of the MSM is how conservative authors get buried, never to be heard, and libs get unlimited free promotion on Good Morning America and all the rest.

Doug said...

Manufacturing news
Shane Briscoe, of the Ayes Right blog has personal experience with reporters helping to manufacture the news .
Turns out those were the good old days.
Who knew at the time?
His reflections on our current media are worth reading.
american thinker

buddy larsen said...

From what truepeers reports--without having seen the study yet--it looks like an attempt to let enough hot air out of the balloon to keep it from popping--so as to help maintain the hot air balloon.

Brit Hume, for example, is a protege of Jack Anderson, whose equinimity in exposing corruption and bad political behavior observed no party lines. Hume follows the model, and if he exposes more Dems than Pubs, it's because there's more to expose in the Dems than there is in the Pubs. It hasn't always been thus, and may not be thus tomorrow, but it is thus today.

buddy larsen said...

Knuck--I just heard Hume do a teaser on the media bias report you've featured. if he says anything wild, I'll reportit--you decide.

buddy larsen said...

yes--good report--the measuring device for the nets was, numbers of mentions of people and institutions. Once past the subjectivity of 'assigning' left right to those entities, it became a numbers game, rather than an opinion piece. And, it counted back as far as 10 years. I take back what I said above.