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.
Dec. 22, 2015