Media Matters Study on Religious Bias in the Media
A bit of a redundant title, I admit. Also, I'm always skeptical of any organization with a clear political agenda.
But if you check out their recent study (http://mediamatters.org/leftbehind/online_version/), they found some interesting facts.
- Combining newspapers and television, conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed in news stories 2.8 times as often as were progressive religious leaders.
- On television news -- the three major television networks, the three major cable news channels, and PBS -- conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed almost 3.8 times as often as progressive leaders.
- In major newspapers, conservative religious leaders were quoted, mentioned, or interviewed 2.7 times as often as progressive leaders.
According to a 2006 survey by the Center for American Values in Public Life, only 22 percent of Americans are traditionalist in their religious beliefs, whereas a full 50 percent of Americans can be classified as centrist in their religious orientation, 18 percent as modernist, and 10 percent as secular or nonreligious. According to the Pew Research Center, in 2004, evangelicals represented 23 percent of Americans, the same percentage as reported in 2000.
At least they show their work. (Lots of links to the studies they cite.)
I'm still studying the numbers, seeing if it's a fair cop, but so far, I haven't really found anything that stands out as a cheat.