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What Left-Wing Media Bias?

The University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy released the results of a survey of both journalists and the general public.

Some of the more interesting findings:

Asked who they voted for in the past election, the journalists reported picking Kerry over Bush by 68% to 25%. In this sample of 300 journalists, from both newspapers and TV, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by 3 to 1 -- but about half claim to be Independent. As in previous polls, a majority (53%) called their political orientation "moderate," versus 28% liberal and 10% conservative.

Of course most journalists believe (or don't necessarily believe, but claim) they are "moderate."

A completely rhetorical question:
If respondents had been pushed to choose between "lean liberal" or "lean conservative," which way would the 53% have broken?

To answer the rhetorical question a little more specifically:
Probably about 3-1 in the liberal direction (the ratio between liberal and conservative journalists).

One example of the media believing in themselves a little too much is in the divide between the public and journalists on this issue:

More than 7 in 10 journalists believe the media does a good or excellent job on accuracy -- but only 4 in 10 among the public feel that way.

In light of the ongoing Newsweek fiasco, the backlash against unnamed sources is probably much higher today:

... a solid 53% of the public thinks stories with unnamed sources should not be published at all.

Another interesting chasm between the general public and members of the media is found in blog readership:

... 8 in 10 journalists said they read blogs, while less than 1 in 10 others do so.

What left-wing media bias?

Posted by Will Franklin · 16 May 2005 12:38 PM


Newsweeks apology is a little late for the deaths of those individuals. An annonymous source is not a great news source...If it had been the US Army or Military it would have been refered to as a total outrage. Newsweek magazines appology is not much of an apology either. It seems a bit like Rathergate to me...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at May 16, 2005 12:54 PM