Is the mainstream media liberal biased?


Introduction

Is there a systematic bias in the mainstream media, within the United States?

A growing number of viewers are becoming increasingly convinced that the mainstream media (in the US) is unfairly biased towards liberals and liberal viewpoints… and unfairly biased against conservatives and conservative viewpoints.

Note that by "mainstream US media", we are referring to TV outlets such as ABC, CBS, MSNBC, and newspapers such as NYT (New York Times) and LAT (Los Angeles Times).

So, is the mainstream US media liberal biased?

To answer this question, we would have to gather some facts and evaluate what we find, using something like the following methodology:

    Consider 100 news stories (for instance) on a relevant topic.

    Of those 100 news stories, do 50 stories present facts or viewpoints favorable to liberals and unfavorable to conservatives; and the other 50 stories present facts or viewpoints favorable to conservatives and unfavorable to liberals. If so, our study of these 100 news stories would indicate that the mainstream media is unbiased.

    If 55 of the stories are favorable towards liberals then the mainstream media is 5% liberal biased; and if 55 of the stories are favorable towards conservatives then the mainstream media is 5% conservative biased.

What do we find in practice?


Sections in this Article


Kerry vs. Bush

Consider the recent Presidential elections in the US…

During the period leading up to the election… If the mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should have been favorable towards Kerry and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should have been favorable towards Bush.

What did we find in practice?


The War in Iraq

Consider the War in Iraq...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the war and what it is accomplishing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the war and what it is accomplishing.

What do we find in practice?


Christianity

Consider the treatment of Christianity in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Christianity and what it is accomplishing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Christianity and what it is accomplishing.

What do we find in practice?


Roman Catholicism

Consider the treatment of Roman Catholicism in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Roman Catholicism and what it is accomplishing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Roman Catholicism and what it is accomplishing.

What do we find in practice?


Israel

Consider the treatment of Israel in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Israel and what it is accomplishing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Israel and what it is accomplishing.

What do we find in practice?


Palestine

Consider the treatment of Palestine in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Palestine and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Palestine and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


Yassar Arafat

Consider the treatment of Yassar Arafat in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Arafat and the results of his leadership and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Arafat and the results of his leadership.

What do we find in practice?


The Homosexual Movement

Consider the treatment of the Homosexual movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the Homosexual movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the Homosexual movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


The Abortion Movement

Consider the treatment of the Abortion movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Abortion movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the Abortion movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


The Pro-Life Movement

Consider the treatment of the Pro-life movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the Pro-life movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the Pro-life movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


Partial-birth Abortion

Consider the treatment of Partial-birth abortion in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards Partial-birth abortion and its results and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards Partial-birth abortion and its results.

What do we find in practice?


The Fetus that feels Pain

Consider the treatment, in the mainstream media, of the various studies that indicate that the fetus can and does feel pain during abortion procedures...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should speak of the various studies that indicate that the fetus can and does feel pain during abortion procedures and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) can ignore these studies.

What do we find in practice?


Negative effects of Abortion

Consider the treatment, in the mainstream media, of the various studies that show that women can experience, and many have experienced, severe negative health and psychological consequences from an abortion.

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should speak of the various studies that show that women can experience, and many have experienced, severe negative health and psychological consequences from an abortion, and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) can ignore these studies.

What do we find in practice?


Out-of-wedlock Motherhood & Poverty

Consider the treatment of the link between out-of-wedlock motherhood and poverty (as a result) in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should clearly indicate the strong link between out-of-wedlock motherhood and poverty (i.e., the strongest, or close to strongest, indicator of poverty in the US is motherhood out of wedlock) and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


The Ultra-Feminist Movement

Consider the treatment of the Ultra-Feminist movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the Feminist movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the Ultra-Feminist movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


Liberal AIDS Activism

Consider the treatment of liberal AIDS activism in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the liberal AIDS activist movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the AIDS activist movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


Conservative AIDS Prevention

Consider the treatment of conservative AIDS-preventative voices in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the conservative AIDS-preventative voices and what they are recommending and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the conservative AIDS-preventative voices and what they are recommending

What do we find in practice?


Liberal Minority Activists

Consider the treatment of liberal Minority activists in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the Liberal Minority activists and what they are doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the Liberal Minority activists and what they are doing

What do we find in practice?


Conservative Minority Voices

Consider the treatment of conservative Minority voices in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards conservative Minority voices and what they are doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the conservative Minority voices and what they are doing

What do we find in practice?


Conservative Politicians

Consider the treatment of conservative politicians in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards conservative politicians and what they are doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards conservative politicians and what they are doing

What do we find in practice?


Liberal Politicians

Consider the treatment of liberal politicians in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards liberal politicians and what they are doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards liberal politicians and what they are doing

What do we find in practice?


No-accountability Welfare

Consider the treatment of accountability-free welfare programs in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards accountability-free welfare programs and what they are doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards accountability-free welfare programs and what they are doing.

What do we find in practice?


Alternate Life-styles

Consider the treatment of alternate life-styles (homosexuality, transgender sexuality) in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards alternate life-styles and their results and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards alternate life-styles and their results.

What do we find in practice?


Homosexuality & AIDS

Consider the treatment of the link between homosexuality and AIDS in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should clearly indicate the strong link between homosexuality and AIDS (i.e., homosexual behavior is the highest indicator of the presence and spread of AIDS) and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Drug Use & Homelessness

Consider the treatment of the link between drug use and homelessness (as a result) in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should clearly indicate the strong link between drug-use and homelessness (i.e., most homelessness is a direct consequence of drug-use by the individuals concerned) and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Violent pornography & Sexual Predation

Consider the treatment, in the mainstream media, of the link between open-access violence-linked pornography and sexual predation by men…

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should clearly indicate the strong link between open-access pornography and sexual predation by men… (i.e., there is a > 90% correlation between sexual predators and use of open-access pornography, particularly of the kinds linked to violence) and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Out-of-wedlock Motherhood & Crime

Consider the treatment of the link between out-of-wedlock single motherhood and crime (as a result) in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should clearly indicate the strong link between out-of-wedlock motherhood and crime (i.e., the strongest, or close to strongest, indicator of crime in the US is children resulting from out-of-wedlock single motherhood) and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Successful conservative social programs

Consider the treatment of the success of conservative social programs in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should show the successes of conservative social programs and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Failures of Liberal no-accountability Welfare Programs

Consider the treatment of the failures of liberal no-accountability welfare programs in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should show the failures of liberal no-accountability welfare programs and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could show their successes (if any).

What do we find in practice?


Accountability & Successful Social programs

Consider the treatment of the correlation between accountability and success of social programs, in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should show the successes of social programs when accountability is strongly linked to the services provided, and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) could ignore this link.

What do we find in practice?


Global Warming

Consider the treatment of the global-warming movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the global warming movement and what it is doing and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be unfavorable towards the global warming movement and what it is doing.

What do we find in practice?


Scientific Skeptics of Global-Warming claims

Consider the treatment of the scientists who are skeptical of the global-warming movement in the mainstream media...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the various scientists who are skeptical of the alleged link between global warming and human activity and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) can ignore these scientists and their scientific reasons to be skeptical of the alleged link between global-warming and human activity.

What do we find in practice?


Scientific Skepticism of Darwinism

Consider the treatment, in the mainstream media, of scientists who are skeptical of Darwinism...

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the various scientists who are skeptical of the alleged proofs of Darwinism and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) can ignore these scientists and their scientific reasons to be skeptical of the alleged proofs of Darwinism.

What do we find in practice?


Private Gun-Ownership & Reduction in Crime

Consider the treatment of the studies that show that legal private gun-ownership actually REDUCES crime in neighborhoods.

If the mainstream mainstream media is indeed unbiased towards liberalism, then 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) should be favorable towards the studies that show that legal private gun-ownership actually REDUCES crime in neighborhoods and 50% of the stories (and the facts presented) can ignore these studies.

What do we find in practice?


Summary

There are many other similar points that we could raise in considering this question (of whether the mainstream media in the US is liberal-biased). However for now, these points above would appear to be a good starting point to consider the question at hand.

Grace and Peace to you.