Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Jul 19, 2011 - Social Science - 304 pages
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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’ Special 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.


  

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Review: Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

User Review  - Billie Pritchett - Goodreads

Tim Groseclose's Left Turn pushes one main thesis: that news media outlets are overwhelmingly liberal, at least as liberalism is understood in American politics. Here's how he establishes the thesis ... Read full review

Review: Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

A remarkably thorough analysis of media bias, with full disclosure on the methodology used. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
What Are PQs and How Do They Reveal Media Bias?
11
Problems in Judging Media Bias
18
But Ive Been to Oklahoma
26
Ps and Qs of PQs
36
Defining the Center
48
A Case Study in
63
Hidden Under a Bushel
78
Wise Men from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Say
151
The Language of Journalists and the Special Case of PartialBirth
161
The Language of Journalists and the GentzkowShapiro
169
Another Way to Measure
178
The Media Mu
192
Many Methods
201
Two More
213
The Media Lambda
219

An Alien Conservative Injected into a Liberal Newsroom and the
89
Viva Homogeneity
99
The SecondOrder Problem of an Unbalanced Newsroom
111
The AntiNewsroom Washington County Utah
123
Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Centrist
136
Rendezvous with Clarity
234
Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Centrist Whose Mind Has
241
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
257
INDEX
279
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

TIM GROSECLOSE is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA. He has joint appointments in the political science and economics departments. He has held previous faculty appointments at Caltech, Stanford University, Ohio State University, Harvard University, and Carnegie Mellon University

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