In November 2021, TCJE released Part I of our series on media bias in Harris County. It analyzed 226 news articles run by six Houston-area television stations – KHOU, KPRC, KRIV, KTMD, KTRK, and KXLN – between January 2015 and June 2021. The results of our investigation were shocking. We found that a large proportion of local stories have a negative slant on bond reform and/or intentionally conflate the positive changes happening in the misdemeanor bond system with the larger, vaguer concept of “bond reform.” Further, most of these stories can be traced to one of a small number of sources with a vested interest in a negative perception of bond reform.
Explore the page and links below to evaluate specific outlets and quoted sources, read examples of articles that show the local news media’s malpractice, and find recommendations and other resources.