Bias in the Eye of the Beholder
"Liberal Media" Misperceptions in the American Mind

DiMaggio, Anthony
Date Written:  2011-10-11
Publisher:  CounterPunch
Year Published:  2011
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13508

In a time of economic instability, growing poverty, and chronic income and financial insecurity, Americans are increasingly critical of a governing system that they feel has failed in providing for their basic needs. This general distrust, however, can at times manifest itself in ignorant and destructive ways. So it is with the “liberal bias” claims, which misdirect public attention away from the very real bi-partisan, official source bias of the media, and toward some mythic media conspiracy to marginalize conservatives in favor of an “elite liberal agenda.” We should be careful to acknowledge this reality next time we hear friends, family, or acquaintances lamenting the “liberal media elite.”

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