[gov3009-l] Quinn on 'Assessing the Political Positions of Media'

Justin Grimmer jgrimmer at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 4 19:45:48 EST 2008

Dear Applied Statistics Community,

Apologies for the late email this week—we've experienced some last minute
scheduling changes.  This week Kevin Quinn, Department of Government, will
present  'Assessing Political Positions of Media' a project that is joint
with Daniel Ho, Stanford Law School.  Kevin provided the following abstract:

Although central to understanding the role of the media, few quantitative
measures of the
political positions of media exist. We amass a new, large-scale dataset to
shed light on this question. Collecting and classifying over 1500 editorials
adopted by 25 major U.S. newspapers on 495 Supreme Court cases from
1994-2004, we apply an item response theoretic approach to place newspapers
on a substantively meaningful and long validated scale of political
preferences. Our results provide significant insights into the study of the
media. We show that 18 of the 25 papers are more likely to the left of the
median Justice for this period, but also considerable evidence that this may
be an artifact of the liberalness of urban, elite, high circulation papers.

Kevin also provided a link to the paper, which is available here:


Our workshop will convene this Wednesday at 12 noon with a light lunch, with
the presentation to start at 1215.  We are located in CGIS-Knafel (1737
Cambridge St) Room N-354.

Please Contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns
Justin Grimmer
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