Follow that tank! Political orientation of UK think tanks (and newspapers), via Twitter

Andrew Whitby

Updated: I’ve updated the charts and figures to reflect a couple of changes. Firstly, a small number (<10) of MPs were attributed to the wrong party, due to an error in scraping from Tweetminster – that's now fixed. Secondly, I was inadvertently excluding any think tank followed only by one party – they're now back in. The results change very little.

On Friday last week, the Centre for Policy Studies released a report claiming the BBC is biased to the left.

It uses a quantitative methodology to address something most people think of as a qualitative issue: media bias (or ‘slant’).

This type of study – and the general methodology the CPS adopted – has a fairlystrongpedigree. The idea is this: measure…

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