Left Turn

Left Turn

How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

Book - 2011
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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' S pecial 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.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312555931
Branch Call Number: 302.23097/GROSECLOSE
Characteristics: x, 292 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.


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Apr 04, 2017

As a librarian I liked this book because it uses analytical backed observation rooted in political science to destroy the idea that the media is not biased and not biased towards progressive/liberal positions. Groseclose does a fantastic job of showing how he gathered his data and used pertinent examples from actual recent news coverage. There needs to be a follow up after President Trumps election that goes further to show how the media has abandoned all pretext of neutrality, his work was done with the idea that the media actually sought to be seen as neutral. He does a fantastic job of showing how the media bias effects the people who view biased media sources. One point that stands out is is question which I'll paraphrase as this: as the US public consistently self identifies as conservative and given that biased media effects outlooks, how much more conservative would the public be if not for the overt bias of the media? For those on the left who think that conservative are not grounded in their observation of liberal bias this book will be hard to read as it make the case that yes the media is biased and yes its biased towards the left

Mar 29, 2016

for a reality check, see:
What Liberal Media?: The Truth About Bias and the News
by Eric Alterman
384 pages
Publisher: Basic Books, reprint edition, 2004, pbk, 384 pages, ISBN-10: 0465001777, ISBN-13: 978-0465001774

“Tim Groseclose’s Theory of Liberal Media Bias Remains Shaky” December 28, 2001


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