Media Bias

27 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2002

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Sendhil Mullainathan

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Andrei Shleifer

Harvard University - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

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Date Written: October 2002

Abstract

There are two different types of media bias. One bias, which we refer to as ideology, reflects a news outlet's desire to affect reader opinions in a particular direction. The second bias, which we refer to as spin, reflects the outlet's attempt to simply create a memorable story. We examine competition among media outlets in the presence of these biases. Whereas competition can eliminate the effect of ideological bias, it actually exaggerates the incentive to spin stories.

Suggested Citation

Mullainathan, Sendhil and Shleifer, Andrei, Media Bias (October 2002). NBER Working Paper No. w9295. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=344879

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