I have had an RNL reader post a comment that insinuated that I was trying to assign the comments of one person or those of a few people to an entire profession. I take great offense to this as I did not make this claim. What’s more, I consider this comment to be an insult to my intelligence and my integrity. This reader knows me better than this and, in the past, has complimented me repeatedly for having stepped above Party politics in pursuit of the truth. But, now that the things I have been posting have been damaging to his political allies and their ideology, he has abandoned this former opinion and returned to using straw man attacks against my posts. In this specific case, he is trying to convince the RNL readers that I am painting the entire broadcast news media with a brush that should be limited to Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos. Unfortunately for this RNL reader, the weight of evidence suggesting there is a clear Leftist bias in what we call the “main stream media” is overwhelming and undeniable. What’s more, it comes from otherwise “leftist approved” sources such as Harvard:
A study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism and Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy has found that the media coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign was more likely to be spun in a positive manner toward Democrats than Republicans. The study also found that the press coverage of candidates was in sharp contrast to what the public says it wants from campaign reporting by concentrating on the effects that events have on candidates rather than reporting on how candidates’ stances on issues will affect the electorate. (h/t Bookworm)
In other words, the media is both slanted to the left and under performing in terms of public expectations on election coverage. The notable exception on left leaning bias is in talk radio; the one media outlet that is under attack by certain Democrats in Congress for emphasis on “fairness”.
Before I discuss the underlying data I think it is interesting to point out that the data on Fox News directly contradicts the mainstream narrative about its bias in favor of Republican candidates. While Fox news was more negative than other candidates about Democrats this trend merely helped underscore Fox’s neutrality in coverage because of the lopsided nature of Fox’s competitors as noted in the study.
It would seem that the American people would agree with this study:
Other evidence supports this finding simply by revealing the predominance of support for Democrats among the members of the media:
- Nearly half of the journalists surveyed agreed that “the very structure of our society causes people to feel alienated,” while the authors found “five out of six believe our legal system mainly favors the wealthy.”
- 30 percent disagreed that “private enterprise is fair to workers;” 28 percent agreed that “all political systems are repressive.”
- 54 percent did not regard adultery as wrong, compared to only 15 percent who regarded it as wrong.
- “Ninety percent agree that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether to have an abortion; 79 percent agree strongly with this pro-choice position.”
- Majorities of journalists agreed with the statements: “U.S. exploits Third World, causes poverty” (56%) and “U.S. use of resources immoral” (57%). Three-fourths disagreed that the “West had helped Third World.”
A useful way of gauging the news media’s political and ideological makeup is to examine what the professionals in that industry believe about a wide array of social, ethical, and political issues. For example, research shows that:
- Fully 81% of news media professionals favor affirmative action in employment and academia.
- Some 71% agree that the “government should work to ensure that everyone has a job.”
- 75% agree that the “government should work to reduce the income gap between rich and poor.”
- 56% say that the United States has exploited the nations of the Third World.
- 57% say that America’s disproportionate consumption of the world’s natural resources is “immoral.”
- Nearly half agree that “the very structure of our society causes people to feel alienated.”
- Only 30% agree that “private enterprise is fair to workers.”
It is equally illuminating to examine the degree to which members of the news media have supported Democrat or liberal/left candidates and causes, both at the ballot box and with their checkbooks:
- In 1964, 94% of media professionals voted for Democrat Lyndon Johnson over Republican Barry Goldwater.
- In 1968, 86% voted for Democrat Hubert Humphrey over Republican Richard Nixon.
- In 1972, 81% voted for Democrat George McGovern over the incumbent Nixon.
- In 1976, 81% voted for Democrat Jimmy Carter over Republican Gerald Ford.
- In 1980, twice as many cast their ballots for Carter rather than for Republican Ronald Reagan.
- In 1984, 58% supported Democrat Walter Mondale, whom Reagan defeated in the biggest landslide in presidential election history.
- In 1988, White House correspondents from various major newspapers, television networks, magazines, and news services supported Democrat Michael Dukakis over Republican George H.W. Bush by a ratio of 12-to-1.
- In 1992, those same correspondents supported Democrat Bill Clinton over the incumbent Bush by a ratio of 9 to 2.
- Among Washington bureau chiefs and congressional correspondents, the disparity was 89% vs. 7%, in Clinton’s favor.
- In a 2004 poll of campaign journalists, those based outside of Washington, DC supported Democrat John Kerry over Republican George W. Bush by a ratio of 3-to-1. Those based inside the Beltway favored Kerry by a 12-to-1 ratio.
- In a 2008 survey of 144 journalists nationwide, journalists were 8 times likelier to make campaign contributions to Democrats than to Republicans.
- A 2008 Investors Business Daily study put the campaign donation ratio at 11.5-to-1, in favor of Democrats. In terms of total dollars given, the ratio was 15-to-1.
However, even if you can somehow manage to hammer through their protective walls of self-induced ignorance, you are likely to get some sort of equally absurd objection suggesting that the media bias doesn’t affect public opinion and/or elections. Again, this assertion is in total contradiction to reality:
In a representative system of government, policy outcomes are affected by the
political preferences and the beliefs of the voters. The media plays a key role
in shaping these preferences and beliefs. It collects, summarizes, and frames the
information that voters use in their voting decisions.
As a result, many have expressed concern that political beliefs may be systematically
manipulable by the media. Media slant may bias voters, and hence bias
the policy decisions.
Concerns of this type
I care enough to actually research the issues and then do my best to sort through what I find to determine where the truth lays. It is seldom found entirely on one side or the other, but I have found that those who care about seeking and then accepting the truth most frequently do reside on the right. Those on the left are increasingly demonstrating that they have no interest in the truth: only in the dogma of their faulty ideologies and failed policies. What’s more, their stubborn refusal to learn reveals what can only be considered a true break with reality. But the most frightening aspect of this problem is that the majority of those in our government who possess the power to enforce their ideology and policy belong to this group that has suffered a break with reality, and that makes things very dangerous for those who disagree with them – as I have repeatedly pointed out by posting the pure hatred that comes from these people on the left.
I am currently working on the research that will demonstrate the clear majority of those who have committed mass, serial or high-profile murders or violent crimes over the past 20-30 years were either politically agnostic or, in the majority of cases, had left-leaning sympathies: again, another fact that is contrary to the lies peddled by the Extreme-Left-Wing propaganda organizations that reveal their manipulative bias even in their unfounded assertion to be the “main stream” media. I will post it as soon as I complete it, but, unlike those who post unfounded and unsupported assertions, I am trying to actually put some evidence behind my claims before I post them.
[NOTE: This post is humbly and respectfully submitted for your consideration and in the sincere hope that I have somehow managed to help you broaden your knowledge and understanding of our world. I understand I have an assertive personality and that I take a strong stance on those things I believe to be right and against those I believe to be wrong, but I am truly doing my best to present the information I discover in the course of furthering my own education and to state the truth as best I understand it. If you chose to follow my posts, the only thing I ask in return is that you read them and then take time to consider the information and arguments I present. If you will do that, then, even if the only thing I achieve is to solidify your opposition to my positions, I can count my efforts as successful. With that, I think you for taking the time to read this post. Stay safe and God bless.]