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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Media Bias and your Political Quotient


The Freakonomics blog (yes, from the guys with the book of the same name) recently had a post/audiocast on the subject of Media Bias.

On it, they featured some interesting stats:

Here’s how 20 major media outlets rank on Groseclose and Milyo’s slant scale, with 100 representing the most liberal and zero the most conservative

ABC Good Morning America
56.


ABC World News Tonight
61.0


CBS Early Show
66.6


CBS Evening News
73.7


CNN NewsNight with Aaron Brown
56.0


Drudge Report
60.4


Fox News Spec. Rept. w/ Brit Hume
39.7


Los Angeles Times
70.0


NBC Nightly News
61.6


NBC Today Show
64.0


New York Times
73.7


Newshour with Jim Lehrer
55.8


Newsweek
66.3


NPR Morning Edition
66.3


Time Magazine
65.4


U.S. News and World Report
65.8


USA Today
63.4


Wall Street Journal
85.1


Washington Post
66.6


Washington Times
35.4
And here’s a chart of some well-known Congressmembers’ “Political Quotients,” based on their voting records. Again, 100 represents the most liberal, zero is the most conservative. (In the episode, you’ll hear where Levitt, Groseclose, and I rank on this “PQ” scale. You can take a quiz to find out your own PQ here.)


There's lots more if you follow the links and be sure to get your own Political Quotient (PQ)!

I got a 30. With Ron Paul at 31.8, I don't feel too bad.
That said, a majority of questions were related to economic policy and restrictions to freedom-of-choice. Because of that, I we skewed greatly to the right, but I believe if there were more social issues, I would be similarly skewed to the left.


P.S. It was interesting to see some of the common phrases from both sides:



If all this interests you, be sure to listen to the Freakonomics audiocast and read more on the blog.


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