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Jim A. Kuypers’ recent book, Press Bias and Politics, has made a significant advance in the methodology of inquiring into this issue—although it’s a safe bet that many in the scholarly community will be tempted to dismiss it out of hand. That’s a shame, if so, because even if one is disinclined to accept Kuypers’ conclusion that the press tends to favor ideas associated with the political left, his method can at least put the debate on a firmer footing.


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of a review of the book “Press bias and politics: how the media frame controversial issues,” published by Praeger in 2002. This review was published in Cooper, S. D. (2005). Bringing some clarity to the media bias debate. Review of Communication, 5, 81-84., as published in the REVIEW OF COMMUNICATION, 2005, copyright Taylor & Francis, available online at: