Murdoch’s actions have focused attention on media influence. Tomorrow my UCLA colleague Tim Groseclose’s new book Left Turn will be published. Good timing? I’m looking forward to the book party on thursday night. Tim’s work has nudged economists to take a close look at the media’s impact. Jesse Shapiro has done some important work on media bias. For some of Jesse’s technical papers on this subject, click here.
When I taught at the Fletcher School at Tufts, one of my students argued that we all should be required to watch the PBS Lehrer Newshour each night. He believed that it was the exception as it offered “fair and balanced” coverage. On the first page of his article, Tim reaffirms my student’s claim.
I hope that my diverse UCLA colleagues celebrate Tim’s coming success in the same way that we must have celebrated Jared Diamond’s success with the publication of Guns, Germs and Steel.