Trump has often remarked that if the media actually covered the Clinton scandals he would be ahead of Hillary Clinton by 20 points. Instead, he argues, as has become obvious to most, that the media is protecting her, actually arguing that she is ahead of Trump in the polls and won their debates.
Crooked Hillary Clinton is being protected by the media. She is not a talented person or politician. The dishonest media refuses to expose!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2016
But it’s not just Trump, in UCLA professor Dr. Tim Groseclose‘s book, Left Turn, statistics reveal that media bias is a key factor in determining who voters choose. Without it, most voters would vote similarly to those in Tennessee or Texas.
From Left Turn:
Dr. Tim Groseclose, a professor of political science and economics at UCLA, has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slants of media outlets. He does this by measuring the political content of news and converting that content into an SQ, or “slant quotient,” of the outlet. To determine bias, he compares SQs of news outlets to the PQs, or “political quotients,” of voters and politicians.
Among his conclusions are (i) all mainstream media outlets have a liberal bias, and (ii) while some supposedly conservative outlets—such as the Washington Times or Fox News Special Report—do lean right, their conservative bias is less than the liberal bias of most mainstream outlets.
Groseclose contends that the general leftward bias of the media has shifted the PQ of the average American by about 20 points on a scale of 100, the difference between (i) the current political views of the average American and (ii) the political views of the average resident of Orange County, California or Salt Lake County, Utah.
Groseclose created a formula to determine how liberal one’s beliefs are, including those of Congress by calculating their roll call votes. Anyone can compute their own score by going to his website and answering ten questions.
Dr. Tim Groseclose is the Marvin Hoffenberg Professor of American Politics at UCLA and holds joint appointments in political science and economics. He previously held faculty appointments at Caltech, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Ohio State University, and Stanford University