What Liberal Media?
I've it mentioned it briefly before, but it seems to be becoming more topical, so here goes: whilst it is a staple of the American right that news sources such as the New York Times, the Washington Post and CNN have a liberal bias, there's a rather effective argument claiming the contrary, namely there is a subtle but influential right wing bias in these papers. To summarise:
- Eric Alterman effectively makes this argument in his book What liberal media?, which has a sizable excerpt at The Nation.
- The claim is not that there is no liberal media, publications such as The Nation are most certainly liberal, and papers such as The New Republic and The New York Review of Books have a perceptible liberal bias. The claim is that the right perceive left-wing bias in the majority of mainstream publications where there is none.
- That reporters in general tend to be left leaning is a well documented fact (eg. in surveys of Democrat vs. Republican voting habits, among journalists at big newspapers). It in no way contradicts the basic thesis, a claim that many right-wing media commentators seem to find hard to accept.
- Though not accepting the thesis, several right-wing pundits accept that the media is becoming increasingly friendly to right wing views. Daniel Drezner provides a good commentary.
- Dean Baker's Economic Reporting Review documents what he sees as misleading reporting of economic stories by the New York Times and Washington Post. Together his stories provide a strong case that these papers systematically favour right-wing economic viewpoints over left-wing viewpoints, and favour the prespectives of capital markets and executives of Fortune 500 companies over perspectives of labour organisations and consumers.
Luskin Sleaze Squad
Calpundit has written a condemnation of Donald Luskin's recent edition of Krugman Truth Squad in which he cheaply accuses Krugman of anti- semitism; Brad DeLong also has some nice irony. I never had a high opinion of Luskin, now I think he's a maggot. Will berend still feel he should defend this guy? And Econopundit?
Take a look at The Importance Of.
Update: solovay pointed out a typo: TNR is perhaps liberal; the National Review certainly isn't.