William Powers would like to see a little liberal bias in the news media now that the Republicans control the legislative and executive branches of government. He’ll have a difficult time finding it right now because the biases of journalism are far more structural than ideological. For me, Powers’ column raises an interesting question: Would we be better off with a British-like system of open ideological bias throughout the news media? There are some compelling studies going back to the mid 1950s suggesting that voters find information with clear ideological bias (i.e. political intent) more politically useful than so-called objective information. Hmmmm…
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I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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