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Friday, May 15, 2009
'The Axis of Liberal Media Bias'
Topic: Accuracy in Media

K. Daniel Glover has found the conspiracy!

In a May 13 Accuracy in Media blog post, Glover claims that "a Brigham Young University political scientist has confirmed that the axis of liberal media bias runs straight from lefty blogs into the mainstream press." How so? According to the BYU professor's survey of of "more than 200 journalists":

Despite equal awareness [of liberal and conservative bloggers], journalists spend more time reading posts in the liberal blogosphere.

For example, more journalists know about Michelle Malkin than Talking Points. Yet twice as many journalists actually read Talking Points than read Michelle Malkin.

Both Glover and the BYU professor appear to be erroneously assuming that Malkin and TPM are equivalent. Malkin's website is a blog written almost entirely by herself that is almost entirely opinion and not original, reported news. TPM, on the other hand, started as a blog but is now a full-blown news organization with several employees that regularly gathers and reports original news. In other words, there is more to read at TPM than there is at Malkin's website.

So, the conspiracy, the "axis of liberal bias," is that working journalists read more news websites than opinion blogs? We don't get it.

Nevertheless, Glover goes on: "Lefty bloggers and liberal journalists undoubtedly will dismiss the finding because it does not, and cannot, prove cause and effect. But the hostile online encounter I had recently with a former co-worker is all the proof I need." That co-worker complained about Obama-bashing, which Glover declared sounded like "something he might have read on a liberal blog -- the sweeping generalization about talk radio with no evidence to support it," as opposed to the "'Bush Derangement Syndrome' documented so thoroughly by Malkin, Charles Krauthammer and others."

Of course, there is ample evidence to support claims of Obama-bashing on right-wing talk radio -- Glover apparently doesn't want to admit it.

This is what Glover is hanging his conspiracy on. Sad, isn't it?


Posted by Terry K. at 12:49 PM EDT

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