Bias in the news media!…

David Shaw revisits the issue of bias in the news media and discovers that ideological bias is present, but not as important as other biases. He says:

But I think the very real biases mentioned earlier — the individual and institutional preference for change, conflict, bad news and sensationalism — are far more common, and far more damaging, than any kind of intermittent, inadvertent ideological bias.

While I have a few (minor) disagreements with this column, for the most part Shaw makes the argument that I often make: If you want a better understanding of what’s going on in press-politics, study the structural biases of journalism.