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A report from UCLA UCLA University of California at Los Angeles
UCLA University Center for Learning Assistance (Illinois State University)
UCLA University of Carrollton, TX and Lower Addison, TX
 has the amazing a·maze  
v. a·mazed, a·maz·ing, a·maz·es
1. To affect with great wonder; astonish. See Synonyms at surprise.

2. Obsolete To bewilder; perplex.

 news: "Media Bias Is Real"! Who would have thought it? A press release from the university summarizes the painstaking pains·tak·ing  
Marked by or requiring great pains; very careful and diligent. See Synonyms at meticulous.

Extremely careful and diligent work or effort.
 research of Tim Groseclose, a political scientist at UCLA, and Jeffrey Milyo, an economist from the University of Missouri. These two scholars, aided by twenty-one research assistants, spent ten years combing through U.S. media coverage. Their findings, due out momentarily in the Quarterly Journal of Economics The Quarterly Journal of Economics, or QJE, is an economics journal published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and edited at Harvard University's Department of Economics. Its current editors are Robert J. Barro, Edward L. Glaeser and Lawrence F. Katz. , reveal the extraordinary scoop: there is "a systematic liberal bias" in U.S. media! "I suspected that many media outlets would tilt to the left because surveys have shown that reporters tend to vote more Democrat than Republican," Mr. Groseclose said. "But I was surprised at just how pronounced the distinctions are." Compared to members of Congress, Mr. Milyo added, major media outlets are "quite moderate, ... but even so, there is a quantifiable and significant bias in that nearly all of them lean to the left." Extraordinary! We never would have guessed.

There were a few surprises in Messrs. Groseclose and Milyo's findings. For example, out of twenty "major media outlets" they studied, the news pages--as distinct from the editorial columns--of The Wall Street Journal ranked number one as the most liberal, beating out even CBS'S Evening News (remember Dan Rather?) and The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
 Times, which took second and third place respectively in this dubious sweepstakes. It is unclear how Messrs. Grosedose and Milyo managed to distinguish between the news and the opinion columns of The New York Times. It's become a specialized talent. We can't do it, nor do we know anyone who can, though perhaps with twenty-one research assistants we could make a creditable cred·it·a·ble  
1. Deserving of often limited praise or commendation: The student made a creditable effort on the essay.

2. Worthy of belief: a creditable story.
 try. In any event, although the results of this study were hardly earthshaking earth·shak·ing  
Of great consequence or importance.

, we are glad to see them published under the aegis of a university--hitherto an institution unremarkable for acknowledging liberal bias. Perhaps Messrs. Groseclose and Milyo will now turn their attention to the university itself, u.s. media revealed a liberal bias by a factor of eighteen to twenty; what do you suppose the numbers would be if the subject were the university?
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Title Annotation:Notes & Comments: January 2006
Publication:New Criterion
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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