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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Snapshot: Is health news reporting politically slanted?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget

I spend a lot of time tooling around online, looking at the health news that others are reporting. One site I frequently check is NPR's health page.

In light of recent events, I wondered whether NPR's (alleged) liberal bias showed in its health news reporting. For comparison's sake, I looked at NPR's top health stories and those atop the Fox News health site, the home of "fair and balanced" reporting but, like NPR, considered by some to be a politically slanted source -- if slanted in the other direction.

Here are the top three health headlines appearing on the two sites on Wednesday, March 9, at 8:45 p.m. (Fox's health page led with a couple of consumer-oriented ask-the-doctor pieces, one about normal heart rates and the other about Charlie Sheen. I skipped past them to get to the actual news reporting. Both sites included other stories, but these, as I say, were the top three apiece.) I've included links to the full stories, which will give away which organization's site they're from. See if you can guess before you click the links.

This snapshot surely isn't sufficient to support any broad, sweeping judgments. But I find it fascinating nonetheless. How about you?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  The Business of Health  
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