WSJ study measures broadcaster bias

September 26, 2012, 12:04 am
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According to a new study by the Wall Street Journal, the White Sox broadcast team is the most biased in baseball, while A's broadcasters Glen Kuiper and Ray Fosse and Giants broadcasters Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper rank among the least biased in the business.The Wall Street Journal study was conducted by using "one nine-inning game played by every major-league team to evaluate its local broadcasters for bias." All games used in the study were won by the home team in its home ballpark.Announcers who used "we," "us," or "our" in reference to the home team and who refer to players by their obscure nicknames were cited for bias.Under these rules, the White Sox tandem of Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone finished first -- or last -- with 104 biased comments. Hawk is responsible for the majority of those homer-isms.CSN Bay Area's Kruk and Kuip only had one biased comment, which the WSJ cited as, "That was fun! We should do that again!"CSN California's duo had just six biased comments, including, "Let's just get the shutdown inning, who cares who gets it?"The Blue Jays, Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Mets broadcasters were the only crews without any biased comments.

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