WBEZ | objectivity http://www.wbez.org/tags/objectivity Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Do news consumers care about perceived media bias? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/do-news-consumers-care-about-perceived-media-bias-83724 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-15/NPR Flickr Todd Huffman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>NPR President and CEO <a target="_blank" href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/10/134388981/npr-ceo-vivian-schiller-resigns">Vivian Schiller</a> stepped down on March 9. The move came in the wake of a video depicting an NPR fundraiser making disparaging remarks about members of the Tea Party. This personnel shake-up at NPR came at a particularly sensitive time for public broadcasting. Congress is currently debating whether or not to continue funding the media outlet. One reason to cut funding? Because of NPR&rsquo;s alleged liberal bias. But, media bias is an equal opportunity label &ndash; NPR, Fox News, MSNBC &ndash; all are considered by some to have a political slant. True or not &ndash; does it matter? Is media bias bad news for audiences?<br /><br />To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> heard from listeners, and spoke with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/faculty/journalismfulltime.aspx?id=128723">Michele Weldon</a> about the recent history of media bias. Weldon is an assistant professor of journalism at Northwestern University and her most recent book is <a target="_blank" href="http://www.everymannews.com/"><em>Everyman News: The Changing American Front Page</em></a>.</p></p> Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-15/do-news-consumers-care-about-perceived-media-bias-83724