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Postby CrazyPooja90 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 2:33 am

Want to hear some really funny headlines that were made up?


Turn on the Fox News Channel.
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Postby LBJackal » Thu Jun 24, 2004 3:42 am

The Liberal Media Bias is false...................we had a whole Politics class devoted to this discussion, and most of it flew over my head since I hate politics, but at the tie I seemed convinced. I know this isn't terribly convincing :-D but just adding my 2 cents.
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 8:04 am

I don't think there is any conspiritorial meetings or talking points sent out by Terry McAuliffe, but seeing as how the vast majority of media admits to being Liberal, they can't help but report from their worldview. :-°
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Postby thetongueofire » Thu Jun 24, 2004 9:37 am

Madison wrote:
thetongueofire wrote:ive got some more examples of "bias"...


Queen Mary having bottom scraped
Sounds painful. 8-o
NJ judge to rule on nude beach
Remind me to never be in his courtroom. :-b
Child's stool great for use in garden
Stinky! :-P
Dr. Ruth to talk about sex with newspaper editors
Well she would know, wouldn't she? Lol. :-D
Soviet virgin lands short of goal again
Stranded on third again, huh? :*)
Organ festival ends in smashing climax
I don't want to talk about someone's organ. :-o
Grandmother of eight makes hole in one
Ouch. Wonder what the kid did? :-?
Deaf mute gets new hearing in killing
Guess those screams fixed the problem..... :-?
House passes gas tax onto senate
Bet they blamed the dog.
Stiff opposition expected to casketless funeral plan
Soft dead bodies stink, so I hope rigor has set in :-o
Two convicts evade noose, jury hung
They jury should be hung. All the evidence is right there and they let the convicts go.
William Kelly was fed secretary
Couldn't let him starve, could they?
Safety experts say school bus passengers should be belted
Yep, smack them around a little :-D .
Quarter of a million Chinese live on water
The rest live on land
Farmer bill dies in house
Tragic anytime a farmer dies. :,-(
Kids make nutritional snacks
Coming soon from Lector Snacks Inc. ;-)
Typhoon rips through cemetery; hundreds dead
Just not buried anymore. 8-o
Chef throws his heart into helping feed needy
Well I guess if they are hungry enough.....
Man struck by lightening faces battery charge
Keeps going, and going, and going.....
Juvenile court to try shooting defendants
Finally! Definitely no more repeat defendants
Reagan wins on budget, but more lies ahead
He's a politician. What did you expect?


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Postby Cornbread Maxwell » Thu Jun 24, 2004 10:07 am

Let me ask - did any of you even attempt to read or understand the study I originally posted?
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 11:54 am

I didn't. I've read and heard enough studies to know the media is bias.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:13 pm

Cornbread - you know that I read the article. Unless I missed it though, there wasn't enough discussion of the think tanks that are quoted. How many are there that are considered liberal? How many are there that are considered conservative? Is there a discrepancy between the two?
I'm not sold that this is a good method, either. It doesn't account for context at all - i.e. if Fox News were to say "Liberals are stupid. Here's what a stupid liberal think tank said..." then your study would count that as a liberal slant to the news.
Also, there is no preference given to the amount of bias from each given think-tank. Think tank A is slightly conservative and it is given the same weight as think tank B - a neonazi group? That's silly.
Let's also talk about the authors bias - he says that "Although we expected to find that most media lean left, we were astounded by the degree." If I were going in, I would expect to find a conservative bias.
I've got other problems with the article, but I don't want to bore you or crash the cafe's server with them.

Oh, and wkelly - seeing as how the vast majority of editors and owners of the media openly admit to being conservative, they can't help but slant the news towards their worldview.
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Postby wkelly91 » Thu Jun 24, 2004 1:21 pm

Absolutely Adequate wrote:Oh, and wkelly - seeing as how the vast majority of editors and owners of the media openly admit to being conservative, they can't help but slant the news towards their worldview.


If thats the best you can come up with AA you have nothing. News agencies are owned by corporations and Rupert Murdoch etc.

That doesn't mean that Rupert Murdoch sits at Fox HQ in the newsroom and approves all the copy.

Most of the Anchors, Editors, and copywriters are admittadly Liberal and will put their stamp on the news.
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Thu Jun 24, 2004 2:02 pm

http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/presspol/Res ... rs/R25.pdf

here's a study that "proves" that there is a conservative bias. Do I buy this one? Nope.

The media has a bias towards making money. They do this by reporting sensationalistic reports that get the public watching. How often is something about Scott Peterson on Fox? How is this really news?

Here's a good site that updates pretty much daily: http://www.prwatch.org/spin/

and Wkelly: Are you seriously arguing that the owners of the media have no say in what's reported or how those things are reported? Without irony?
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Postby DK » Thu Jun 24, 2004 2:22 pm

Bill Scheft wrote:Tiger (Woods)'s problems off the tee continued. Woods was so far right he was offered a job with Fox News.


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