Steelcitygrit [in exile]

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

liberal media bias revealed! part deux

Recently, I suggested that the notion of a liberal media bias in Canada is artificially inflated. To corroborate, I posted the results of a study on the issue conducted by researchers at Ryerson's journalism school.

I was quickly reprimanded by my Conservaitve Compatriots, via the comments section and elsewhere in person. They pointed out that though this was an independent study conducted by professionals, though the methodology of the study seemed reasonable, the excerpt I posted had been published in the Toronto Star. Ergo, the study had lost all its legitimacy.

Hoisted by my own petard, eh?

Anyways, I thought we could develop this futher. I noticed that Lorrie Goldstein of the Toronto Sun had composed his own interpretation of the study at around the same time. His title- "Liberal bias? It's Not Just the CBC" - suggested a soundly differnt conclusion.

He beings with the deliberately misleading: ...According to a recent study by two Ryerson University journalism professors... Almost half of all Canadian television news directors, the individuals who have the most influence in determining what political news is covered on your favourite nightly newscast and how it is reported, vote Liberal

This seems shocking indeed - particularly at the time of print, when Stephen Harper was poised to challenge for prime ministership.

It is significantly less shocking when we examine the study itself. "Almost half" means 46%. The study was conducted in 2002. This was at a time when most polls suggested Liberal support at around 45%. An easy correlation that suggests journalists in this country are representative of trends generally.

Sorry Lorrie. In an effort to expose liberal media bias you have provided us with a but one example of the breathtaking bias that can go in the other direction.

"But wait," you all cry in consternation, "The Star and Sun have reached different conclusions based on their respective biases. How can you suggest that one is biased and the other is not?"

That would be a fair comment, if the article that appeared in the Star was not written by the professors that conducted the research themselves. The Star allowed for the reseachers to publish their conclusions ("There is no conspiracy, folks. And the numbers so far bear this out."). The Sun allowed a columnist to cite the research as evidence of exactly what the research says isn't true.

Stephen Harper can cry into his beer about the horrible inequities he must face. He and I both know that it just ain't true.

- Mike (SCG)


Blogger Carrie said...

Just my two cents here but I think the Conservatives are missing the point. If the Liberals have a great amount of support, it is because people like them better. Journalists write about what sells papers. If the Conservatives were the most popular party in Canada, they would see themselves benefitting from the supposed bias. So I don't think it's a bias so much as preference of the Canaidan Public.

11:48 AM  
Blogger Prairie Kid said...

If you don't think there is media bias take a look at the Liberal bloggers. There is always a link to either the Toronto Star or the CBC. Why is that? Is it because what the bloggers are trying to get across is written or broadcast on those 2 media? I never see the Sun or the National Post being linked. If they are it is a rare occurance.

12:23 PM  
Blogger Sholdice said...

Prarie Kid - Yeah, weird eh? Liberals read liberal papers like the Star and Tories read conservative papers like the Post. I hear so much about the left or the right dominating the media that I know there is no bias - both sides cancel each other out.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Prairie Kid, you should stick to cow tipping because all that fresh air has fried your brain. The blogs here frequently quote the globe and mail, national post and the sun(puke). The proof is in the stats buddy, if you don't have the brain power to understand statistics, then shut the f**k up. I am just so sick of whiny conservatives playing with semantics. I can quote a whole slew of con sympathizing papers but I guess you can only write what the Emperor allows. Maybe a lack of stories pushing the cons might be due to the fact they don't speak to media and the only one allowed to speak is harpocrite.

You are nothing but another conservative Yes Harper (formerly known as a Yes Man until Harper redefined it and took it to another level.)

12:43 PM  
Blogger Prairie Kid said...

Boy "anonymous". Who pissed in your cornflakes this morning? Let me challenge you right now. Go to the Liberal blogs and find me 1 link to the Sun or the National Post. And IF you find 1 link, I'll give you 3 or 4 from the CBC or the Toronto (Red) Star.

And were you an NDP in a previous life because your language is right out of LEFT field. If someone disagrees with you, you resort to name calling innuendos. Please post when you have something intelligent to say.

And "Sholdice". That's my point exactly. Right Wingers read the Sun and the National Post and Left Wingers read the Toronto Star and watch CBC. I know there is bias in the media. Most people know there is bias in the media. And to say it doesn't exist is to put your head in the sand.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Sholdice said...

Prarie Kid - we seem to agree here. That there are in fact two biases in the media - one liberal, one conservative. Therefore, the media can't be said to be controlled by one viewpoint, can it?

However, the CBC does seem to have a bias towards aging teenagers like George Stroumboulopoulous. I don't like the cut of his jib.

Anonymous - I don't believe in name calling. If there is anything that the staff of Steel City Grit have taught me, it is old-fashioned decency.

3:58 PM  
Blogger SteelCityGrit said...

Sholdice - My hatred for Stromboloupolous knows no bounds, and to begin to enumerate it here is simply beyond me and beyond this medium. It's something I've been holding on to for a long time.

We're meat and potatoes guys here, and we do love our decency. It's part of the philosophy I share with Gerard Kennedy of respect for people. haha

prarie kid - you'll actually find quite a few links to the Sun here. But admittedly, they're generally never very complimentary.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Sholdice said...

Respect for people makes sense and you know it.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Wow this page lies dormant for a while then picks up with a ferocity. I've missed out so no one will read this in the fast paced blogging world.
I read Sun paper every single day.
And that Prarie point is so wrong I don't know where to begin. Perhaps Liberals link to papers that they feel don't go out of their way to give a tory slant. What Conservatives, again, don't understand is you can be liberal and still tell an unbiased story to a great extent, whereas conservatives at least int he two papers you mention always feel it their duty to do the opposite.
Sholdice-I don't think there are really that clear biases. The Star attacks the Libs all the time. What? Its communist? no, I've read it the articles bear it out. Conservative idea of bias, is not being bias in their favour. The Post attackst he liberals all the time. Sun attacks Liberals all the time. Hmm, damn liberal media bias ( a media that SO succesfully skewered Paul Martin).

10:56 PM  

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