Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Check On Media Bias

There has been a great deal of noise made over the last 30 years about the liberal media. It is still repeated on an almost daily basis by the spinmeisters on the right but most rational people realize that while there may have been a slight leftward lean in the Nixon era, it has long since swung to the right.

As a little test I have started to spot check the web sites of CNN, MSNBC and FOX. I look at the Obama and McCain headlines on the front page and try to judge the impact, is it positive or negative.

This has only been going on for a few days so far, it is already producing some interesting and for me, not very suprising results.

Overall McCain had 8 headlines that I consider positive tword Mccain, and only 3 that carried a negative taint. For Obama the numbers were much more troubling. He had 9 Positive headlines, but 12 headlines that seemed nagitive in tone.

I am also tracking the results by network

McCain 4 Positive 1 Negitive
Obama 6 Positive 6 Negative

McCain 3 Positive 2 Negative
Obama 2 Positive 3 Negative

Fox (Started a couple of days after CNN and MSNBC)
McCain 1 Positive 0 Negative
Obama 1 Positive 3 Negative


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