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|Tue, 10-22-2013 - 11:20am|
There seems to me that there are a number of commentators who claim that there is a bias in much of the media. Initially this seems strange to me. Media outlets are businesses. Assuming that the goal of the owners of businesses is to maximize profits and assuming that the owners of businesses are ultimately in complete control of the company they own it would seem that media bias would be toward what is profitable. For example if having a “liberal” bias is more profitable than a neutral position or a “conservative” bias, then the media would tend to have a “liberal” bias. But why would a “liberal” bias be more profitable. Two general reasons could be that viewers are more attracted to a media outlet that has a “liberal” bias or that advertisers are willing to pay more to advertize with a media outlet that has a “liberal” bias. What do people think of this logic?