Tim Groseclose: Media Bias is Worse Than You Think
Yesterday afternoon I interviewed Tim Groseclose of UCLA for Uncommon Knowledge. Tim is a real bird of paradise--young, irresistibly engaging, and such a wonderfully accomplished political scientist and economist that bigtime universities (in addition to holding a tenured chair at UCLA, Tim has taught at Stanford, Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard) more or less have to take him seriously, despite his openly conservative politics.
Our topic: Tim's new book, Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.
For years, of course, conservatives have been saying that the mainstream media is biased. Tim takes the complaint, investigates it, and then proves it. And then? He shows that it matters--much more than you may have supposed. From Left Turn:
My results suggest that media bias aids Democratic candidates about 8 to 10 percentage points in a typical election. I find, for instance, that if media bias didn’t exist, then John McCain would have defeated Barack Obama 56-42, instead of losing 53-46.
That's the bad news.
The good news? That Tim will be joining us as a guest contributor next week. If you have questions or comments you'd like to send him, start typing. (I happen to know that he's a faithful, not to say addicted, reader.)