Originally Posted by Ataturk
The media's coverage of this case evidences their bias. That is not a circular argument. What do you think a circular argument is, anyway?
There are some studies out there on just how "biased" the media is. It was based upon numbers of stories, their positive or negative slant etc. Most came out pretty near the center. IIRC NPR news was like smack dab in the middle.
Taken as a whole, journalists tend to lean left, while editors and publishers are center or right. At the top, of course, the overlapping directorship of media with the industries of banking, finance, non news entertainment, etc means you pretty much have to accuse all of them of the same left slant. The more likely scenario is that the slant they all share is leaning towards raw capitalism, left or right.
The other possibility is, as they said so eloquently in the Onion, "reality has a strong liberal bias".
Edit: and as for your argument, the primary fallacy is insufficient sample size, and since you do go on to promote your conclusion based upon a single sample, yes it does become a circular argument.Edited by Cacatfish - 7/18/12 at 8:57am