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Debate:Does the media really have a liberal bias?


Except for FOX, which has a neocon bias. --Hojimachongtalk 18:17, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

There is not a doubt about it, the media is liberal. Yes you can say FOX tilts right, but they offer the liberal counterpoint. Yes, you can say talk radio is conservative. The vast majority of media TV, print is operated by, employs liberals that promote liberal points of view. These medias go out of the way to deny a conservative point of view, not balanced. Maybe why FOX and conservative radio have a big following. They are the only game in town. Tilt a political direction and bias to one point of view, are two different meanings.--jp 19:51, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

This is a difficult question because of shifting/tricky definitions of liberal & conservative. Conservative can variously mean neo-con (i.e., big gov't conservative) to libertarianism. Populism can be an oppressive combination of the left & the right. If "liberal" means leftist (i.e., secular big-gov't welfare state), then I see this orientation as a slight overall bias of combined radio, TV & print media. My personal observation is untrustworthy, but surveys of journalists show that Democratic Party orientation predominates. Of course, many individual sources will be exceptions. I believe the safest course is to seek reliable sources of different stripes to get a broader picture.Tom Stockton 21:38, 13 April 2007 (EDT)

unfortunately, there is no such thing as a "neutral media"

the big 3 - ABC, NBC, CBS, also PBS, CNN, are all liberal, with TIME and newsweek, also New York Times. They report (even make a big deal) news that fit their agendas and ignore those that don't fit.

mass medias are pretty much took over and monopolized by liberals now

For FOX, it is more conservative (at least balanced), and so ends up often get bashed.Kmcheng 17:12, 25 December 2008 (EST)


The media is not one monolithic entity plus Fox. Some media outlets take a more liberal perspective, some a more conservative one. Talk radio, for example, is overwhelmingly conservative. Murray 18:22, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

I think this should be rephrased as "does the MSM (Mainstream media) have a liberal bias?", because the big ones (CNN, MSNBC, BBC, etc.) are pretty liberal. Should I move the page?--Hojimachongtalk 18:27, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

The media has a bias toward making money. That is why even CNN is hiring people from Fox. Teresita 18:34, 5 April 2007 (EDT)

Interesting and relevant link--go to and click on 'it's what we call the news' (high speed only) Czolgolz 08:45, 6 April 2007 (EDT)

Reporters and other people in the media are generally better educated than the dudes who get together in the bar to complain about stuff. Therefore, the media has a different, more educated point of view: they know more history, they know more science, they know more about other countries, they know you get what you pay for. The complaining dudes in the bar who think we should just eliminate taxes and bomb all the people who protest against US foreign policy are the majority of the public, but that doesn't make them right. Therefore, yes, the media has a bias, but it's not a liberal bias. It's a bias in favor of an intelligent, educated, well-informed point of view. --Madonna 04:57, 7 April 2007 (EDT)

I must say I do not share your faith in the media. In my experience they are often lazy and disinclined to do any but the most cursory research. --Horace 05:07, 7 April 2007 (EDT)
I never said the media are intelligent and well-informed. I just meant to say that they are more intelligent and better informed than the average complaining dude in the bar, or the average Conservapedia contributor, or the average voter. --Madonna 05:25, 7 April 2007 (EDT)
Hey!, I'm the average Conservapedia contributor. --Horace 05:30, 7 April 2007 (EDT)

No. Reporters do tend to be liberal, but publishers tend to be conservative, so it all balances out. Editors generally try to have the media's opinion reflect the mainstream of their readership, because—obviously—the media are businesses and are trying to make money. Dpbsmith 22:42, 7 April 2007 (EDT)

This is a fair call. Often I think it just boils down to economics - journalists tend to be on relatively low wages, and therefore tend to favour collective bargaining, government subsidies and other left-of-centre policies. The wealthier someone is (such as the publishers and executives) the more they favour property laws, tax cuts and other right-wing policies. This isn't necessarily an intentional bias, and journalists don't necessarily go out of their way to impose it. As for the Fox/everything else divide, it's true. But I think it's also simple social mechanics: journalists - just like everyone else - prefer to work alongside people they can relate to, ideologically or otherwise. Underscoreb 21:11, 10 December 2007 (EST)

Yes And No

The media is liberal. The media is also Conservative. The media is also Communist, Libertarian, Religious, Atheistic, moral, immoral, Fascist, etc. It just depends on where you look for your news. Depending on where you go for your news, you will get a different angle on current events.Nsmyth 10:04, 11 April 2007 (EDT)

overall, the media seems to be fairly supportive of whoever is in control of congress, which is currently the liberals. It must be hard for media to be conservative right now, cause they have screwed things up so bad. George Bushes appproval rating was in the thirties not so long ago PastafarianFSM 16:59, 30 April 2008 (EDT)


All the major newspapers, radio stations, and TV stations are now owned by about ten large companies. [1] Said companies tend to slant the news in their own favor--when was the last time you saw a news article decrying corporate welfare, for example? --BobD 05:40, 14 April 2007 (EDT)

Exactly. All media is corporate biased, not right or left