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OH! That liberal media.

Remember these results are self-reported:

Pew Survey Finds Moderates, Liberals Dominate News Outlets

NEW YORK Those convinced that liberals make up a disproportionate share of newsroom workers have long relied on Pew Research Center surveys to confirm this view, and they will not be disappointed by the results of Pew's latest study released today.

While most of the journalists, like many Americans, describe themselves as "moderate," a far higher number are "liberal" than in the general population.

At national organizations (which includes print, TV and radio), the numbers break down like this: 34% liberal, 7% conservative. At local outlets: 23% liberal, 12% conservative. At Web sites: 27% call themselves liberals, 13% conservatives.

This contrasts with the self-assessment of the general public: 20% liberal, 33% conservative.

This begs an obvious question.

Can the media do its job fairly with a 5 to 1 liberal to conservative ratio?

Affirmative action types consistently say we need a certain number of blacks, females or minorities in elective office in order to give these respective groups fair representation. Does the same not hold true for the media?

When the country at large calls itself conservative by a 3 to 2 margin and the media serving it is 5 to 1 liberal isn't there an obvious problem?

Diversity is such a lofty goal in this country, the Supreme Court will rewrite the constitution in order to achieve it. Where is the diversity in the media?

The fix for this problem is obvious.

We should have court ordered diversity like they do at universities. The federal government should step in and force the media to hire conservatives. From now on, networks must ask political affiliation and should be required to give extra weight to conservative applicants.

Its been 50 years since Brown and it is time we integrate the media.


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Comments (18)

We should have court ord... (Below threshold)

We should have court ordered diversity like they do at universities. The federal government should step in and force the media to hire conservatives.

What? Huh? When did Universities start hiring conservatives? The only "diversity" in university hiring is race and gender. Ideaological diversity is an undiscovered country on the American campus, as it is also in the newsroom.

D'ja ever think that one of the reason all those media-types self-identify as liberal/moderate is because they learned to do so at school? That's all they're taught. It's a vicious cycle.

Your point, though - about the media - is well taken.

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Jane (/Paul):

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And not appreciated might I add.

We should file a frivolous ... (Below threshold)

We should file a frivolous lawsuit about job descrimination with the media. I'll go apply for a media job today....

Kelley,Don't make ... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Kelley,

Don't make me get you a court ordered humor transplant. ;-)

Read it again, we don't disagree. I was referring to the recent court rulings on race and universities.

Paul

Paul - Just wanted to chime... (Below threshold)

Paul - Just wanted to chime in with a friendly LOL!

Love this post :-)

I appreciate the satire.</p... (Below threshold)
Jack:

I appreciate the satire.

On the topic of "liberal" versus "conservative" in the media, by the very definitions of the words "liberal" and "conservative" the media or any institution that needs change to make money by it's very nature MUST be biased on the liberal side.

"Conservative" by the dictionary.com definition is:

Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

One of the definitions of "news" is:

Something strange or newly happened.

"News" by its very nature IS change, whereas "conservatives" tend to oppose change. Would someone of a conservative bent really choose reporting on change as a career?

Jeez Jake, you had to "look... (Below threshold)
JFH:

Jeez Jake, you had to "look up" conservative to back up your case?! Let's look at some of the current Administration's conservative stands:

1) Changes to the historic tax policy
2) Changes to the current MidEast status quo
3) Changes to the education status quo
4) More open trade policies

Tell me how the MODERN conservative opposes change?

Jack I think your thoughts ... (Below threshold)
Rob:

Jack I think your thoughts on this are kind of simplistic. "Opposing change" is a rather poor definition of conservatism. "Favoring traditional views" is a much better one.

Its not so much that conservatives don't ever want anything to change. In fact, conservatives campaign for change all the time if only to serve those traditional values you mentioned.

And news isn't about change, its about what's happening. "What's happening" is just as easily filtered through a conservative mindset as it is a liberal mindset.

Based on observations of in... (Below threshold)
JFH:

Based on observations of interviews of big name journalists, the media situation may be even more slanted than the Pew poll shows.

Many journalists consider themselves "moderate", where the sum of their stances on most issues would cause an outside observer to call them "liberal".

This is what causes the "cognitive dissonance" that considers CNN and the big three nightly news as "balanced" where FOXNews is considered "conservative" by the majority of journalists.

Are we supposed to assume t... (Below threshold)
Alex:

Are we supposed to assume that these results are reliable? They came from biased surveys:

"Remember, these results are self-reported..."

I am led to believe that the opposite is true, but the conservatives are smart enough to keep their mouths shut and stick to the real news.

Are there independent surveys of the media at all?

While the Pew report gives ... (Below threshold)
andisheh nouraee:

While the Pew report gives a look at the self-professed political leanings of journalists, it doesn't tackle the issue of bias in coverage itself. Willfully (or ignorantly) confusing the two in your blog entry is as fine an example of biased-reporting as any you'll find on tv or in print.

andisheh,Please re... (Below threshold)
Paul:

andisheh,

Please read the rest of the report where the reporters themselves say that ideology has too much sway in coverage. Nice try.

Paul


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Alex

Quite the opposite is true. The number who admit to being liberal is obviously underreported. There are no moderates in news though they all claim to be. Even if you just break it down on a prorated basis it is a 5 to 1 liberal bias.

Go read the story.

Paul

Other than on talk radio, F... (Below threshold)
Fritz:

Other than on talk radio, Fox News, and a few struggling publications, conservative views don't sell. Unless they are pumped up by bombastic blowhards like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, conservative views are by their very nature run-of-the-mill and provoke little or no controversy.

Headlines like "Bush Is A Great President" don't sell papers and TV shows about Iraqi children getting Frisbees and soccer balls from our troops don't get Nielsen numbers.

The reason why liberal views dominate the media is BECAUSE so many Amercians have conservative views. People like to get charged up over issues. They prefer bad news to good. News is entertainment and a preference for liberal news is similar to choosing to watch a Jennifer Lopez video on TV over a Nancy Reagan biography.

Even the so-called conservative media can't report on the positive stories related to the war on terror or the economy. They really only give a conservative counterpoint to the issues that the other media outlets are covering. They may voice outrage or contempt over something like an anti-war demonstration, but they get just as much benefit from the story and do as much to promote the liberal viewpoint while doing so.

People like Ann Coulter and others who decry the "liberal media" are just following the money trail. If they really aimed to provide a conservative balance, they would be conservative in their manner and report on conservative issues. They don't do that. They are fixated on the issues defined by liberals. And, they make money by being reactionary -- which is definitely NOT a conservative trait.

Fritz,Bullcrap... ... (Below threshold)
JFH:

Fritz,

Bullcrap... All you have to do is compare the negative headlines on a subject like unemployment during the Bush administration and compare it to the headlines for the same rate in the Clinton administration.

One of the most interesting... (Below threshold)

One of the most interesting features of this survey was that reporters are much, much more conservative locally than they are nationally (though still outnumbered by the liberals). As I noted on my blog (and note the shameless self-promotion there), reporters at the national level are discussing what to do with other people's money, whereas reporters at the local level are talking about their own money.

One of the most interesting... (Below threshold)

One of the most interesting features of this survey was that reporters are much, much more conservative locally than they are nationally (though still outnumbered by the liberals). As I noted on my blog (and note the shameless self-promotion there), reporters at the national level are discussing what to do with other people's money, whereas reporters at the local level are talking about their own money.

Sorry for the double post, ... (Below threshold)

Sorry for the double post, there. I guess now I make twice as much sense.

Are we supposed to assum... (Below threshold)
DrSteve:

Are we supposed to assume that these results are reliable? They came from biased surveys:

"Remember, these results are self-reported..."

Self-reporting one's own views might be subject to some kinds of bias (social acceptability, acquiescence), but I'm not sure what you're driving at. If you want a fact about an opinion, you ask the person with the opinion. No? Could you clarify your objection? Self-reporting doesn't necessarily lead to bias is what I'm suggesting -- but it depends on what's being asked.




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