Two weeks have now passed since my favourite reader, “rory,” announced that he was drawing up a list that would prove that my Media Bias project is full of holes. The Media Bias project looks at the op-ed pages of major English newspapers across the country. It started up last year, and it has consistently found that Conservatives and business groups get far more privileged access to the papers than progressives, liberals, or, for that matter, even social and neo-conservatives.
Rory still hasn’t supplied his report to me, but in the meantime, the Media Bias project continues to gather data. Here’s how April 2012 looked, from the perspective of the op-ed pages of 20 leading newspapers:
Business groups include actual trade associations as well as free market think tanks like the Fraser Institute. Social conservatives include other conservative groups, ranging from Civitas to Cardus. I draw the “progressive” category as widely as possible, to include everything from unions to environmentalists, mainly because I don’t expect it to come out on top even with such a broad definition. And, it seems, I was correct in that expectation.Tweet