Perdue and media bias

Meant to put this in the previous post, but realized I forgot.  Anyway, the Perdue “gaffe” piece I referenced is a classic example of a straightforward negative bias towards politicians that characterizes political journalism.  This takedown had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that Bev Perdue is liberal and everything to do with the fact that journalists generally look for opportunities to show politicians in an unflattering and “controversial” light.   I absolutely guarantee you, however, that had a similar piece been written about a conservative politician you would hear howls of “liberal media bias!”

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

3 Responses to Perdue and media bias

  1. Well she sounds like a conservative democrat like a Reagan democrat and the press alwasys attacks anything conservative in spite of journalistic canons of printed ethics to avoid any partisan or editorial slant in reporting of the news. They regurlaly give a pass
    to liberal democrats and Obama in particular.

    John Wilder

  2. Mike Barr says:

    Steve, you ought to keep an eye on the way the media is handling Warren Buffet’s comments about the proposed tax increase.

  3. Mike Barr says:

    One other thing — I hate the way journalists describe tax rates. They repeatedly characterize any tax as a tax on people or households, instead of on the dollars that fall above some threshold. Here is an example — first paragraph is the journalist’s writing, the other is a CNBC talking head.

    Obama has separately, though, proposed raising taxes on people making more than $250,000 a year (both by increasing rates, and eliminating deductions). But that’s largely distinct from the Buffett rule, and thus Buffett wouldn’t comment.

    “Does that mean you disagree with the president’s new jobs proposal which would be paid for by raising taxes on households with incomes of over $250,000?” CNBC asked.

    What is difficult about describing this as a tax on the portion of income above $250k, not on all of the income earned by the “households”?

    [http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/did-warren-buffett-really-disown-the-buffett-rule-not-really-video.php?ref=fpblg]

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