Washington Post: Media bias is nothing new

Advertising interests, not the pursuit of truth, coaxed many papers to adopt a policy of political objectivity in the 20th century. So says Dr. Debra van Tuyll, professor of Communications.

“People didn’t want to tick [advertisers] off,” she said. “If we have partisan [Democratic] views then we won’t have Republican advertisers’ and vice versa.”

Van Tuyll, a leading researcher on the subject of Civil War journalism, was one of several journalism experts recently interviewed by the Washington Post to discuss current and historical media bias.

Washington Post: Media bias is nothing new.

Dec. 22, 2015


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Nick Garrett is a communications coordinator in the Division of Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact him at 706-446-4802 or ngarret1@augusta.edu.

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