Yearning for a little bias…

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…

UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): Tapped identifies the fairness and narrative biases but with a slightly different spin.