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September 30th 2012 print

Steve Kates

The left’s press gang

If you believe Tony Abbott is a woman-hating biff artist who must be held personally responsible for every tactless thing Alan Jones says, the propagandists of the Fourth Estate have done their job


That the media is biased to the left is obvious and without much need of further proof. Nevertheless, if you are interested not just in the evidence but also in the extent of the tilt, Tim Groseclose details it in his exceptionally interesting analysis of media bias, published in 2011. I discussed his Left Turn: How Liberal Media Distorts the American Mind in a Quadrant review last year.


Groseclose has now released a video presentation to highlight what is shown in more detail in the book.

What good it is to know all this, since it is now pretty obvious that the media is bothered not at all by being exposed by those on the right so long as it gets to pour its message into the broader public consciousness? 

Well, if you are a typical Quadrant reader, for example, you will be heartened to learn from Groseclose that, were it not for the media bias, the overall view of the average voter would be similar to your own. 

Mind you, as US pollster Pat Caddell explains in relation to the cottonwool coverage now protecting Barack Obama from his gaffes, missteps and failures, the media’s partisanship is endangering democracy itself. 

As Caddell notes, it was not so long ago that the press was hated by both sides of politics. Now it is lauded by the left and despised by the right.