“Extreme” Media Bias

January 8, 2012

A recent post argued that a Google search of the terms “right wing” and “left wing” proves liberal media bias, given that “right wing” appears with much greater frequency than “left wing.”

For some reason, though, I neglected to add the word “extreme” to my search.  You would think the terms “extreme right wing” and “extreme left wing” would never be used, as they are redundant.  Referring to someone as “right wing” or “left wing” implies extremism.

But those who use the term “extreme right wing” are trying to make the point that they’re writing about crazies who belong in the same category as the Ku Klux Klan and the Nazis.  (NOTE: the Nazis were extreme left wingers; was there ever more central planning than in the Nazi state?)

The term “extreme right wing" is used quite frequently.  “Extreme left wing,” not so much.  A Google search of “extreme right wing” produced 15,700,000 hits.  A Google search of “extreme left wing” produced 3,280,000 hits.  That’s a ratio of nearly five to one!

Interestingly, many of the uses of “extreme left wing” that come up high in a search appear in media such as Mother Jones and The Boston Globe, and attack conservatives for referring to the likes of Elizabeth Warren and ACORN as “extreme left wing.”

Apparently, it's OK to refer to "extreme right wing" conservatives, but not "extreme left wing" liberals.


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