Polarized News? The Media's Moderate Bias

Right and left wing get all the attention. But centrist media bias is just as real, and more common

Brooks Kraft / Corbis for TIME

President Barack Obama appears on a television camera monitor during a news conference.

In the argument between the White House and Fox News over whether the cable channel is a conservative mouthpiece, you would think that Fox's viewers would have its back. Not entirely. In an Oct. 29 Pew Research Center survey, TV-news viewers named Fox the most ideological outlet — and 48% of Fox's own viewers called it "mostly conservative" (27% of Fox fans said it was "neither in particular," while 17% said it was "mostly liberal," suggesting that pollsters called G. Gordon Liddy's house more than once).

Now that's not exactly the same as the White House's...

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