Podcast: The Price Of Bias : Planet Money On today's podcast, how basic economics helped make our independent press.

Podcast: The Price Of Bias

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On today's Planet Money:

We may think of our independent press today as being the result of political awakening and noble efforts by those seeking truth, but that's not the whole story. University of Chicago economist, Matthew Gentzkow, says we've progressed not just because of good intentions, but because of basic economics. Gentzkow explains how advances in printing helped newspapers expand their audience beyond just one political party.

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