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Posted on Aug 7, 2013
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According to a study posted in The Journal of Politics, newspapers that tend to endorse candidates of one party also tend to devote disproportionate coverage to scandals involving the other party.

That is to say “Democratic-leaning” papers tend to focus more on scandals involving Republicans and Republican-leaning papers tend to focus on scandals involving Democrats.

This is true “even after controlling for the average partisan leanings of readers.”

It may all sound like a whole lot of common sense, but the conclusions of this study challenge the much ballyhooed objectivity of traditional news sources.

(via Political Wire)

—Posted by Peter Z. Scheer

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