Your liberal media covers the stimulus bill

Listen to conservatives long enough, and you’ll notice a recurring theme. They like to play the victim of media bias.

I’ve yet to see any convincing evidence that their claims are true. However, I have seen lots of evidence that liberals and Democrats are not treated well by “their” media.

ThinkProgress compiled data on the cable TV debate over the economic stimulus bill authored by Democrats that’s working its way through Congress. So far, Republican lawmakers have outnumbered Democratic lawmakers by an approximately 2 to 1 ratio.

Here’s the data in a pretty bar chart:

Graph shows more Rs than Ds were on TV talking about the stimulus bill

Giving more weight to Republican & conservative viewpoints isn’t a new phenomenon. The media has been doing it for quite some time.

Yglesias sums it up nicely:

I think the basic way to understand TV booking practices is this. When the GOP is in power, it’s important to have more Republican guests because they’re the influential newsmakers. And when the GOP is out of power, it’s important to have more Republican guests to provide an alternative point-of-view to that presented by the powers that be.

3 Comments

  1. Ian

    Its almost like the want to tip the power balance as close to 50/50 as they can so that there’s always contention and thus always something to talk about. Obama is the most popular entering POTUS ever. The people are generally on his side, and the media isn’t raking the GOP over the coals for standing in his way. Let the man try to fix things first. If he is screwing up, then block him.

  2. Chris

    Part of it may be out of laziness. The GOP storylines are usually childlike in their simplicity.

    In this case: “Tax cuts will always fix the economy. Don’t you want more money?”

  3. Ian

    I like the “Boogie-oogie-oogie TERRORISTS! Vote for us!”