Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Quantifying Bias: MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann

A nice little piece of quantitative research from the Media Research Center:

. . . a tabulation of the people attacked by Olbermann in his “Worst” segments. In these segments, he attacks people he really doesn’t like.

While most of his targets are apolitical, when he picks a political target he almost invariably picks a conservative one.

Between June 30, 2005, when the “award” debuted, to this past Friday, June 23, Olberman designated conservatives as “Worst” 174 times, and liberals only 23 times.

Of course, Olbermann has fewer than one fifth of the viewers of Bill O’Reilly, so his biases probably don’t matter very much.

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