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Political Science 104 - Intro to American Government Lecture November 7, 2007 Media Bias? • Enough here to annoy just about everyone: • Left: media dominated by corporate parents, oligopolies, restricting viewpoints and not covering news fairly – Dissent punished after 9/11 (Maher, Robbins) - Coverage dominated by gov leaks, press releases - Major media owned by corporations (Disney, General Electric) - Media concentration: 90% of outlets (radio, TV, newspapers) owned by 10% of companies. Media Bias, cont. • Right: Dude, what planet are you living on? -See left wing bias as so obvious as to be hardly contestable (outright false stories) - Most reporters are liberal democrats - selection of stories, framing, questions, all show outright bias. Developments • Major media (national newspapers, network news, wire services) losing their agenda setting powers • Decline in viewership, rise of alternative sources (especially cable and internet) – Dramatic drop in number of views -
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