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On the ABC evening news, Diane Sawyer declared: “And now politics. Votes have been counted, election results from last night are in on some important issues. There was a big surprise in Mississippi, where that hotly debated proposal that was a law that would have defined life as beginning at the moment of fertilization was soundly defeated. Passage would have outlawed all abortions in the state.
“And in Ohio, voters lifted a curb on bargaining rights, freeing up union activity among public employees. And over in Arizona, voters recalled the architect of that state’s tough immigration law, Senate President Russell Pierce. The message last night seemed to be that voters are not that interested in ideological showdowns at a time when their number one concern is coming together to create jobs.”
Scott Pelley on CBS evening news: “There were state and local elections all over America yesterday. Voters in Mississippi rejected the so-called ‘Personhood Initiative,’ which said that life begins at fertilization and would have outlawed abortion from that moment. And in a victory for unions, Ohio voters rejected a Republican-backed measure that limited the collective bargaining rights of public workers.”
Historically 80 percent of news reporters vote for Democrats. Beyond this, TV networks and cable news channels have their own opinionated broadcasters—some conservative, many liberal.
Conservative critics of the media say some bias exists within a wide variety of media channels including shows of CBS, ABC, and NBC, cable channels CNN and MSNBC, as well as major newspapers, news-wires, and radio outlets, especially CBS News, Newsweek, and the New York Times. These arguments intensified when it was revealed that the Democratic Party received total donations of $1,020,816, given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks (NBC, CBS, ABC), while the Republican Party received only $142,863 via 193 donations. Both of these figures represent donations made in 2008.
A study frequently cited by critics of a “liberal media bias” in American journalism is The Media Elite, a 1986 book co-authored by political scientists Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman, and Linda Lichter.They surveyed journalists at national media outlets such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the broadcast networks. The survey found that most of these journalists were Democratic voters whose attitudes were well to the left of the general public on a variety of topics, including such hot-button social issues as abortion, affirmative action, and gay rights. Then they compared journalists’ attitudes to their coverage of controversial issues such as the safety of nuclear power, school busing to promote racial integration, and the energy crisis of the 1970s. The authors concluded that journalists’ coverage of controversial issues reflected their own attitudes, and the predominance of political liberals in newsrooms therefore pushed news coverage in a liberal direction.
We can only be grateful to “talk radio” as a counterbalance.
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