IP-5-2006 (September 2006)
Author: Amy Oliver and Jessica Littmann
Rocky Mountain News columnist Jason Salzman was correct when he wrote, “To prove a liberal bias, [you] need to show a pattern of skewed news coverage, over time, with measurable data like biased sources or headlines, improper story placement or selection, etc…. Anecdotes are meaningless. Without proof… conservatives are saying, in effect, that the News has a liberal bias because they say so.” He followed up that statement with a question: “Why should anyone believe them?” It is a classic “he said-she said” type of debate. Conservatives claim mainstream media are biased. While liberals admit that journalists are “left leaning,” they claim bias is removed during the editing process. Who is right? Does bias survive the editorial process and skew what should be objective news coverage?