**The Conservative Advantage in Syndicated Op-Ed Columns
There is a lot of discussion about media bias, and I’ve read several Great Debates about the topic on this board. What I’ve often seen is one side (conservative or liberal) complaining about media bias, with the other retorting that it’s really the other way round. Rinse and repeat. Part of the problem is that bias can be such a subjective determination, with one’s own views coloring how one sees the evidence.
Here is a study performed by Media Matters regarding syndicated op-ed columnists that purports to demonstrate that “in paper after paper, state after state, and region after region, conservative syndicated columnists get more space than their progressive counterparts.”
You can read the whole report, but here are some highlights:
One of the things that I think is good about the study is that it seems (to the best of my reading ability) to be entirely fact-based. In other words, they sought out the numbers, crunched them and displayed the results. The methodology used in the study is in the link, including how they determined who was “conservative” and who “progressive”. There are also several colorful graphs for those who like that kind of thing.
So, does this study tell us anything about media bias, at least with regard to syndicated op-eds? Is the methodology sound or is there a bias skewing the results (Media Matters being a “lefty” site)?