ERIC Number: ED120864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Some Concerns in Evaluating News Coverage: The Case of Biased Reporting of Political Events.
Hofstetter, C. Richard; Buss, Terry F.
This paper presents a conceptual analysis of bias and outlines the complexity and subtlety of the questions engulfing bias by sorting out views of bias that have been implicit in debates about the media, assessing the scientific value of these competing views in identifying and understanding bias in the media, offering an alternative view which is more useful in scientific investigation, suggesting where and under what conditions bias might be likely to occur in the mass media, providing some analytic concerns of news reports using the conceptual and theoretical framework that is developed, and suggesting some implications and consequences that politically biased media may hold for American society. Much of the analysis, intended to represent results which are general, concerns bias in television news coverage, although other media are mentioned as appropriate. A list of references is included. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communications Association (Portland, Oregon, April 14-17, 1976)