About: Dr Tim Groseclose a professor of political science and economics at UCLA has spent years constructing precise quantitative measures of the slant of media outlets He does this by measuring the political content of news as a way to measure the PQ or political quotient of voters and politicians Among his conclusions are i all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias and ii while some supposedly conservative outlets such the Washington Times or Fox News S pecial Report do lean right their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets Groseclose contends that the general leftward bias of the media has shifted the PQ of the average American by about 20 points on a scale of 100 the difference between the current political views of the average American and the political views of the average resident of Orange County California or Salt Lake County Utah With Left Turn readers can easily calculate their own PQ to decide for themselves if the bias exists This timely much needed study brings fact to this often overheated debate Many politicians authors and media professionals make claims of a liberal bias in the media only to be dismissed as disgruntled paranoid or selective in their evidence of such bias But what if they re right UCLA professor of political science and economics Tim Groseclose has spent years constructing precise quantitative measures of the slant of television radio and print media The results of this research arc surprising Left Turn reveals 1 that nearly all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias 2 that many so called conservative outlets are in fact less tilted toward the right than the typical mainstream outlet is tilted toward the left and 3 that the bias has shifted the average American s PQ or political quotient significantly to the left This bias has a huge impact on the news we consume the beliefs we hold and the politicians we vote for Book jacket
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