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What The Media Tell Americans About Free Enterprise

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August 1998


Biased Sourcing

One of the most common forms of bias in regulatory stories occurs when reporters quote from more credible sources on the pro-regulatory side than on the anti-regulatory side.

This was the case in most of the stories mentioned to the right. In the report by Edie Magnus, for instance, three pro-regulatory sources were quoted, including representatives of the Coalition on Smoking or Health and Citizens for a Tobacco-Free Society. On the anti-regulatory side, Magnus quoted only a tobacco industry representative.

But there are critics of the EPA and opponents of increased regulation, such as Michael Fumento and Jacob Sullum, who donít have a financial interest in the outcome. Such disinterested sources should be interviewed as well.

ó Rich Noyes






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