Persistent Media Bias

  title={Persistent Media Bias},
  author={David P. Baron},
  journal={Public Choice \& Political Economy eJournal},
  • D. P. Baron
  • Published 2004
  • Economics, Political Science
  • Public Choice & Political Economy eJournal
The news media plays an essential role in society, but surveys indicate that the media is widely viewed as biased. This paper presents a theory of media bias that originates with private information obtained by journalists through their investigations and persists despite profit-maximizing news organizations and rivalry from other news organizations. Bias has two effects on the demand for news. First, rational citizens are more skeptical of potentially biased news and thus rely less on it in… Expand
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