source: cartoonist Glenn McCoy
Except among MSM members, who deny the charge. Faced with accusations of liberal media bias, the press and other "progressives" push back with claims that today's "corporate media" conglomerates actually slant news coverage to the right. This has always been nonsense--as demonstrated by this Kos Diarist complaining corporate media was blocking coverage of John Edwards; amusingly, in recent weeks, Kos itself stifled Edwards stories.
I've countered the claim in various ways, including the polled preferences of reporters, plus admissions by journalists. Moreover--and, to me, the most telling rebuttal--is the fact that MSM endorsements, the area most under control of management, overwhelmingly go to Democrats: the NY Times and Washington Post haven't endorsed a Republican for President since 1952.
Last month, Investor's Business Daily offered another useful bias metric--money:
An analysis of federal records shows that the amount of money journalists contributed so far this election cycle favors Democrats by a 15:1 ratio over Republicans, with $225,563 going to Democrats, only $16,298 to Republicans.BTW, note how much Fox journalists gave to Republicans: squadouche.
Two-hundred thirty-five journalists donated to Democrats, just 20 gave to Republicans — a margin greater than 10-to-1. An even greater disparity, 20-to-1, exists between the number of journalists who donated to Barack Obama and John McCain.
Searches for other newsroom categories (reporters, correspondents, news editors, anchors, newspaper editors and publishers) produces 311 donors to Democrats to 30 donors to Republicans, a ratio of just over 10-to-1. In terms of money, $279,266 went to Dems, $20,709 to Republicans, a 14-to-1 ratio. . .
The contributions of individuals who reported being employed by major media organizations are listed in the nearby table.
The contributions add up to $315,533 to Democrats and $22,656 to Republicans — most of that to Ron Paul, who was supported by many liberals as a stalking horse to John McCain, a la Rush Limbaugh's Operation Chaos with Hillary and Obama.
What is truly remarkable about the list is that, discounting contributions to Paul and Rudy Giuliani, who was a favorite son for many folks in the media, the totals look like this: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans (four individuals who donated to McCain).
Let me repeat: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans — a ratio of 100-to-1. No bias there.
(via Willisms, Wolf Howling)