I’ve just published a long (6,000+ words) article on media bias, “The Times and General Motors: What Went Wrong?”, in Cogent Arts & Humanities, an online journal. Here’s the public interest statement that Cogent requires authors to submit:
The New York Times’ coverage of General Motors’ recall of defective ignition switches in over 2.6 million cars was badly distorted. The reporters ignored the only detailed independent study of the problem, instead filling the vacuum with stories that reflected their own preconceptions. These biases are not unique to The Times or the particular story, but can be expected to warp media coverage of much organizational decision-making, especially where complex technical issues are involved.