Saturday, December 25, 2004

Right-wing Media: Think-tank Source Statistics

From David Brock's Republican Noise Machine:

The mainstream media disproportionately relies on conservative think tanks for expertise, and interpretation, of the news. Thus the think tanks are a powerful source of conservative slant in the news. In 1997, for example, Heritage was cited by the media 1813 times, and the American Enterprise Institute 1323 times, as compared with 610 citations for the Urban Institute and 576 for the Economic Policy Institute, the top Progressive think tanks....

Often, the media does not identify the conservative think tanks as conservative, thereby obscuring their bias to the reader or viewer. For instance, The New York Times has referred to The Manhattan Institute as a "national policy research organization."


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