Engaging and informative, Evaluating Media Bias provides an academically informed but broadly accessible overview of the major concepts and controversies involving media bias. Schiffer explores the contours of the partisan-bias controversy before pivoting to real biases: the patterns, constraints, and shortcomings plaguing American political news.
Media bias has been a hot-button issue for several decades and it features prominently in the post-2016 political conversation. Yet, it receives only spotty treatment in existing materials aimed at political communication or introductory American politics courses.
Evaluating Media Bias is a brief, supplemental resource that provides an academically informed but broadly accessible overview of the major concepts and controversies involving media bias. Adam Schiffer explores the contours of the partisan-bias debate before pivoting to real biases: the patterns, constraints, and shortcomings plaguing American political news. Media bias is more relevant than ever in the aftermath of the presidential election, which launched a flurry of media criticism from scholars, commentators, and thoughtful news professionals.
Engaging and informative, this text reviews what we know about media bias, offers timely case studies as illustration, and introduces an original framework for unifying diverse conversations about this topic that is the subject of so much ire in our country. Evaluating Media Bias allows students of American politics, and politically aware citizens alike, the means of detecting and evaluating bias for themselves, and thus join the national conversation about the state of American news media.
1. The Enduring “Liberal Media” Charge
2. The Scholarly View of Partisan Bias
3. How To Evaluate a Bias Charge
4. The Real Biases
5. Coverage of the Affordable Care Act
6. The Media and the 2016 Republican Nomination
7. Bias, Balance, and Ideals in the Trump Era