Is The Washington Post Right About the Liberal Media Bias?

In an article written by The Washington Post, it discussed the United States’ strong liberal bias in media and how they polarize election voting, something crucial and influential with the presidential elections happening next November.

One argument The Washington Post made about the media was how the “bias factor” is becoming the front page news after the GOP presidential debate aired on CNBC saying the debate “has drawn consistently bad reviews for how the moderators handled the questioning.”

Turning to MSNBC’s article over the most recent debate, Fox debate lets candidates drive the conversation, it began with how much leeway was given by the moderators to the Republican candidates. MSNBC argued how the moderators allowed the candidates to “sidestep” direct questions and stick with talking points. Providing a glimpse of their game frame MSNBC states, “On the heels of last week’s Republican rebellion against the debate process, the moderators of Tuesday’s GOP debate hosted by Fox Business Network largely let candidates drive the conversation.”

As we have discussed in class, people argue that there is a liberal media bias but is MSNBC portraying the reality of the debate hosted by Fox?

As many as some of MSNBC’s followers have gone to say that we must realize that this was Fox who hosted the Republican debate, meaning is it really a valid debate? However, The Washington Post did articulate how liberal publications highlight these key points.

The Washington Post, to provide more evidence for their case, discussed how people’s voting patterns are influenced by which kind of media they follow and used political scientist Alan Gerber’s study to prove so. In his study, Gerber found that those who had several weeks of news media information were more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate.

In conclusion to discussion, it is safe to say that both news source are advocating for their preferred political party. Deciding which article holds more truth than the other is the question we should be asking ourselves.

The Washington Post’s Article

 MSNBC’s Article

Is The Washington Post Right About the Liberal Media Bias?

2 thoughts on “Is The Washington Post Right About the Liberal Media Bias?

  1. To me what I find interesting about media bias, and what the Washington Post article setup nicely to think about is: If Republicans constantly complain about a media bias and how the liberal media is wrong about everything, then why then do only 7 percent of journalists identify as Republican? This is like taking a test in class and you are the only person who gets the answer wrong, but then you cry out that you were unfairly graded and everyone else was wrong. Only in politics does that type of logic make sense to people.

    Now, I am not saying that the media isn’t biased or doesn’t unfairly cover certain politicians, because there are certainly outlets that are incredibly liberal or incredibly conservative. However, I do believe that in today’s hyper-polarized political landscape we as viewers and readers are being forced to look at everything as if it has a bias. This idea was mentioned in class, that the fact of we are told media is bias and that we need to recognize the bias in order to form unbiased opinions, we are forcing biases upon news that may not necessarily be biased. Personally for myself being a democrat, anytime Fox News is mentioned I immediately think it will be conservative and negative in someway. Even before reading the actual article, I already have formed a predisposed bias of what I am expecting in the article, and I would imagine most readers do the same. Certainly not all Fox News articles are biased, but my personal beliefs and opinions towards Fox News will immediately make the think the article will be. Is this necessarily the right thing? Probably not and I try to avoid that when reading articles, and tend to move to more centrist sources (BBC, Al Jazeera) to avoid that type of predisposed opinion.

    Unfortunately, I don’t believe media bias is an issue that will be solved anytime in the near future. As long as the political realm continues to be hyper-polarized, readers and viewers will shift towards news outlets that only reinforce their views (both liberals and conservatives), because the other side is only presenting biased news. It’s pretty much the ultimate political catch-22.

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  2. Olle Nykvist says:

    I have to say that I think the MSNBC article was a little off in its representation of the Fox debate. First off I should say that I still haven’t seen the CNBC debate and can therefore not comment on it, but I did see the Fox one and I didn’t quite have the same experience as Jane C. Timm.

    I agree with her that the moderators did give a lot of leeway to the candidates and that their speaking times were comparatively long, not that I necessarily see a major problem with that as it allows candidates to go a little deeper in to their proposals instead pf simply saying “Here’s my tax cut”. But the claim that the candidates were allowed to side-step direct questions is not entirely true. There were several moments in the debate where Neil Cavuto and his cohosts reiterated questions after a candidate had given a non-answer, and further pressuring them to clarify their position.

    Sure, the Fox debate was clearly not as hard for the candidates as the CNBC one, which is expected to some degree, and the moderators were definitely not as harsh as they could’ve been, but to say that they did nothing is a bit unfair in my opinion.


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