@Craven de Kere,
You are a bit confused, because you are failing to seperate a newspaper or TV network's "news" content from its "opinion" content. A mjority of newspapers rely heavily of on group sources like AP and UPI for their news columns. Independent studies have indicated that they both lean to the left. Newspapers also use their own staff reporters, however. These tend to conform with the political opinions of the editor, who is often (but not always also an owner of the pupblication). This is not always the case however. The Wall Street Journal, for example, which may be the most respected newspaper, has a conservative editorial staff, and a liberal reporting staff.
The New York Times, on the other hand, has had recent scandals with liberal reporters fabricating stories to further a political agenda, or to help their own careers.
In general, the editorial staffs of major newspapers run like this:
New York Times: Left
Wall Street Journal: Right
Washington Post: Left
Washington Times: Right
Boston Globe: Left
Boston Herald: Right
Chicago Tribune: Right
Chicago Sun Times: Left
LA Times: Left
San Francisco Chronicle: VERY Left
Minneapolis Star Tribune: VERY Left
Jewish World Review: Right
Arizona Republic: was Right - Has moved towards the center
NY Post: Right
NY Daily News: Left
NY had a conservative non-tabloid, the NY Sun, but it folded about a year ago.
A word about the NY Daily News: It is run occasionally by its owner, Mort Zuckerman, who is a political conservative. From time to time, he writes the editorial. It is obvious when he does so, becuase it seems out of place in a liberal paper. For instance, the Daily News endorsed George Bush both times he ran for president. In general, however, the Daily News tows the liberal line, and runs regular columns from hard-core liberals like Richard Cohen (who also writes for the Washington Post).
The NY Times also has some questionable regular columnists like Maureen Dowd. Dowd's columns are filled with immature liberal ranting, which makes me lost respect for the paper as a whole. I would feel the same way about a conservative paper that ran an Ann Coulter Column. As you may have guessed, I lean center right, but I'm trying to give a fair opinion about this.
The TV Stations are the same way. None of them are "news" stations in the prime-time hours. On the opinion shows, Fox leans right, CNN leans left. MSNBC makes a point of openly leaning WAY left. Fox and CNN invite on respected liberal and conservative opinion makers respectively. MSNBC seems to invite a liberal on so three or four liberals can beat up on him at the same time.
During the rest of the day, all three channels attempt to offer independant news coverage. Of course, what that cover or do not cover is subject to the preferrences of the production managers. CNN and MSNBC are far more likely to spend a lot of time on the latest Sara Palin scandal. Fox will spend hours on Catholics protesting Obama at Notre Dame. That being said, independant sources repeatedly proclaim that Fox has the most independant news converage.
Take that with a grain of salt however. The only way to figure out for yourself what's REALLY going on in the world is to get your news from more than one source, and more than one perspective. And you can skip MSNBC, unless your goal is to become a devoted leftist. Personally I wouldn't trust any news source with such an open agenda. It would stand to reason that they had to be lying to me at least part of the time.
I read the Wall Street Journal on the train every morning, and I read the Post and the News on the way home for the sports. I switch back and forth between CNN and Fox in the evenings. I am suprised how often I find myself agreeing with the liberal guy on Fox and the conservative on CNN.