21 June 2007

Journalism and Bias


This is an assertion long held by conservatives. Bravo to MSNBC.com's Bill Dedman for demonstrating it quantifiably:

MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.

The list of journalists is found here, and if you go to the detail page some of their justifications are very interesting.

I don't have a problem with journalists making contributions to campaigns or voting in elections. I do think that such behavior should remain private and out of their reporting. This does not happen in many cases (I actually think it near-impossible) so I wish that members of the media would be direct about it. Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining.


By the way... According to Gallup Americans are pretty disappointed with President Bush. Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you feel) they are even less satisfied with the Congress. Only 14% of Americans have a great deal or a lot of confidence in Congress. That's on par with HMO's.

I can't claim to be surprised by this. Instapundit has more.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It warms my soul that Nancy Pelosi is not enjoying successes at present.

This was highlighted on The Factor's talking points memo last night. Certainly people should be able to donate to the candidate of their choice... part of our free speech... but when they are supposed to be objectively sharing FACTS and they are slanting it... THAT'S where we run into problems