Study detects ideological bias in U.S. cable campaign news

In a study that is sure to surprise nobody, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism reports that Fox news presidential campaign reporting tends to favour Republican candidate John McCain while MSNBC reports favour Democrat Barack Obama. CNN, on the other hand, strikes some sort of balance by being equally negative about all candidates. The traditional network news programs were more neutral in their coverage, though NBC was kinder to Sarah Palin than most of the press. The study, The Color of News: How Different Media Have Covered the General Election, is a companion study to last week’s Pew overview of campaign reporting (see post below), which found press coverage generally favoured Obama.