Advertisements

Tag Archive: Liberal Bias


Is Social Psychology Biased Against Republicans?

 

 

 

 

 

” On January 27, 2011, from a stage in the middle of the San Antonio Convention Center, Jonathan Haidt addressed the participants of the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. The topic was an ambitious one: a vision for social psychology in the year 2020. Haidt began by reviewing the field that he is best known for, moral psychology. Then he threw a curveball. He would, he told the gathering of about a thousand social-psychology professors, students, and post-docs, like some audience participation. By a show of hands, how would those present describe their political orientation? First came the liberals: a “sea of hands,” comprising about eighty per cent of the room, Haidt later recalled. Next, the centrists or moderates. Twenty hands. Next, the libertarians. Twelve hands. And last, the conservatives. Three hands.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Social psychology, Haidt went on, had an obvious problem: a lack of political diversity that was every bit as dangerous as a lack of, say, racial or religious or gender diversity. It discouraged conservative students from joining the field, and it discouraged conservative members from pursuing certain lines of argument. It also introduced bias into research questions, methodology, and, ultimately, publications. The topics that social psychologists chose to study and how they chose to study them, he argued, suffered from homogeneity. The effect was limited, Haidt was quick to point out, to areas that concerned political ideology and politicized notions, like race, gender, stereotyping, and power and inequality. “It’s not like the whole field is undercut, but when it comes to research on controversial topics, the effect is most pronounced,” he later told me. (Haidt has now put his remarks in more formal terms, complete with data, in a paper forthcoming this winter in Behavioral and Brain Sciences.)

  Haidt was far from the first to voice concern over the liberal slant in academia, broadly speaking, and in social psychology in particular. He was, however, the first to do it quite so visibly—and the reactions were vocal. At first, Haidt was pleased. “People responded very constructively,” he said. “They listened carefully, took it seriously. That speaks very well for the field. I’ve never felt as if raising this issue has made me into a pariah or damaged me in any way.” For the most part, his colleagues have continued to support his claims—or, at least, the need to investigate them further. Some, however, reacted with indignation. “

 

Read the rest at the at the New Yorker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

Gosnell Abortion Film Too Much For Kickstarter’s ‘Diverse’ Censors

 

 

 

gosnell-movie-poster-censoredv2

 

 

 

” I was really, really happy when Kickstarter came on the scene. The crowd-funding Web site offered the opportunity for struggling artists and filmmakers to bypass corporate, union or not-for-profit funders and their agendas and interests.

  Kickstarter was set up to allow us to put up a pitch — go directly to the public; if people liked it, they could fund it with small donations.

  And it worked like a dream. For my last film, the pro-fracking documentary “FrackNation,” 3,305 people gave $212,000 to make it happen.

  But now it seems that Kickstarter is turning into a bad dream for those who want to wander from the orthodox.

  Now, Kickstarter has always been dominated by projects with liberal, environmental and even ultra-left-wing leanings. That’s no surprise — the arts are dominated by people with such views.

  But Kickstarter promised to be different. Its founder and CEO, Yancey Strickler, was quite clear on this, for example telling viewers of CBS’ “This Morning” that the site is a center for “very diverse ideas.”

  So when I had the idea of making a film about the life and crimes of Kermit Gosnell, the now-notorious Philadelphia abortion doctor, my first idea was to go to Kickstarter — since there was no point going to Hollywood or any establishment media outlet.

  Gosnell was a Philadelphia abortionist who for decades took babies who’d already been born and stabbed them in the neck and cut their spinal cords. He probably killed thousands of infants during his 40-year killing spree.

  In the words of ABC correspondent Terry Moran, Kermit Gosnell was “America’s most successful serial killer.” “

NY Post has more

Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS, Partly Due To “Liberal Bias”

 

 

 

” First Liz Wahl quits RT over Crimea, now this. It’s been a bad week for state TV.

  Coincidentally, Alisyn Camerota announced today that she’s leaving Fox News after 16 years, leaving a vacancy in the 1 p.m. hour. (Seriously, though, I think that’s a coincidence.)

  Attkisson, who has been with CBS News for two decades, had grown frustrated with what she saw as the network’s liberal bias, an outsized influence by the network’s corporate partners and a lack of dedication to investigative reporting, several sources said. She increasingly felt like her work was no longer supported and that it was a struggle to get her packages on television.”

 

Hot Air has more on CBS’ loss of their best reporter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Journalists Really Think — And What The Public Thinks About Them

 

 

 

” Media Bias 101 summarizes decades of survey research showing how journalists vote, what journalists think, what the public thinks about the media, and what journalists say about media bias. The following links take you to dozens of different surveys, with key findings and illustrative charts.

Part One: What Journalists Think

  Surveys over the past 30 years have consistently found that journalists — especially those at the highest ranks of their profession — are much more liberal than rest of America. They are more likely to vote liberal, more likely to describe themselves as liberal, and more likely to agree with the liberal position on policy matters than members of the general public.

 

Part Two: How the Public Views the Media

  A wide variety of public opinion polls have documented the fact that most Americans now see the media as politically biased, inaccurate, intrusive, and a tool of powerful interests. By a nearly three-to-one margin, those who see political bias believe the media bend their stories to favor liberals.

 

Part Three: What Journalists Say about Media Bias

  Over the years, the Media Research Center has catalogued the views of journalists on the subject of bias. In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many journalists still refuse to acknowledge that most of the establishment media tilts to the left. Even so, a number of journalists have admitted that the majority of their brethren approach the news from a liberal angle. “

 

    This is one article that the reader does not want to miss . It should be bookmarked and saved as a research tool for all bloggers and independent thinkers as it is a comprehensive collection of links to studies and documentation amassed over thirty years demonstrating the corruption of the “fifth estate” and it’s collusion with the state . Each of the headings listed above is just a lead-in to the collected links pertaining to each of the subjects described . The entire study is available as a PDF download at MRC .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courier-Journal Defends Editorial Page After Conservative Columnist Resigns Over Liberal Bias

 

 

” Following the resignation of the paper’s lone conservative columnist, the editorial director of the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper is defending the newspaper’s editorial page as place where, “the marketplace of ideas is very much alive and well.”

Columnist John David Dyche told The Daily Caller Monday that he has written a bi-weekly column for the Louisville Courier-Journal for about a decade. He quit last week after editors refused to publish an opinion piece questioning the publication’s apparent liberal bias.”

 

REAGAN: THROUGH LIBERAL EYES

 

 

 

” Recent history has demonstrated the bias of liberal historians; rewriting Reagan (or defaming him), downplaying the anti-Semitism of FDR (his support for Harvard’s Jewish quota of 15 percent in 1927 and anti-Jewish immigration policies as president) the racism of Woodrow Wilson (his Executive Order creating “separate but equal” in the federal government) the anti-Indian bigotry of Andrew Jackson (“Trail of Tears”).

Should liberals be allowed to record history? Of course. But should the political views of some historians be taken into consideration, especially when liberals record conservative history? Dr. Edwards points out that while Matthew Dallek and Douglas Brinkley “have written balanced, objective books about the life and career of Ronald Reagan” others have been less dedicated to the truth and more interested in pushing an agenda.

Turn on any cable show and one sees history mangled all the time. As a Reagan Scholar at the Gipper’s alma mater, Eureka College, having spoken at the Reagan Library and the Ranch on a number of occasions, having written books about his campaigns (and am now working on a book about his post presidency) and innumerable articles, it can be maddening to see all the disinformation about Reagan routinely put out in the media.

Liberal historians have existed for many years and often can be good at their trade. Arthur Schlesinger Jr.’s “A Thousand Days” is too romanticized because of his deep affection for John Kennedy but his other works, especially on Jackson, were excellent.”