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06/22/2007 07:11 AM ID: 63183 Permalink   

Journalist Paying Off Politicians?

 

According to public records of the Federal Election Commission of 144 journalists, identified MSNBC.com, 125 of the journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes, as well as 17 giving to Republicans.

From the ethics columnist at The New York Times to a producer for Bill O'Reilly at Fox, and CNN's Guy Raz, the wallets were open.

However, with public's mistrust of the media on the rise, newspapers and TV networks are cracking down on their employee’s political activity. With The Times, Chicago Tribune, and CBS taking action barring their employees from all but voting.

 
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  Mistrust? Why?  
 
We should all know by now the word of any politician and reporter can be relied open, where has the faith gone? for goodness sake. We are so mistrusting in here let us have faith. :P

By the way I intend to run for the P.M in the next main elections, after what I just wrote I think it qualifies me.
 
  by: captainJane     06/22/2007 02:19 PM     
  Left foot, Left foot, Left foot, Right foot  
 
I know, if you use your left foot, you'd lean to the right.

Anyway, I always knew the news heavily favored Democrats. Really, it's just further proof that the majority of the country doesn't trust the news when it comes to politics, thus election of an idiot. I'm just saying, if the news was fair and balanced, Republicans might believe them when they say Bush is bad.
Instead, they are like a blooper real with all Bush messups to hide the fact that the D's have no idea whats going on either.

I need an independant party. Any suggestions?
 
  by: seniorgato     06/22/2007 03:38 PM     
  @seniorgato  
 
People often point to the fact that reporters donate to Democratic and liberal causes as proof of the liberal bias of the media.

You have to remember, however, that that's a logical fallacy. The reporters don't decide what they cover and what they ignore, how stories are played in the paper or on TV, and the overall direction of the news organization. Those are decided by the owners of the the news organization, whose goals are financial, not political -- i.e., they're trying to run a profitable business.

If you were to survey people who worked in American-owned auto manufacturers, and you found that most of them supported moving away from dependence on fossil fuels, would you expect they cars they made to run on ethanol or biodiesel? Of course not -- they have their beliefs, but that doesn't mean their beliefs are reflected in their work. It's the same in the media -- if a news organization had reporters and editors consistently and unfairly slamming one party over another, and that wasn't what the ownership wanted, people would be disciplined or fired until the ownership got the product they intended to make.
 
  by: l´anglais     06/23/2007 05:54 PM     
  Money  
 
is the only thing politicians understand. Liberals have a right to bribe them as much as conservatives. How much did Fox employees give to conservatives? So, what's the point of the story?
 
  by: Lurker     06/23/2007 07:18 PM     
  @Lurker  
 
"So, what's the point of the story?"

To start-up the 'liberal media bias' echo-chamber again.
 
  by: StarShadow     06/23/2007 07:29 PM     
  @seniorgato  
 
Go Green!
 
  by: l´anglais     06/23/2007 08:35 PM     
  @l'anglais  
 
yeah read the story dude, it aint just journalist its also producers and editors. They play a pretty big roll in what makes it on the air or in the paper.
 
  by: shoezacks   06/25/2007 08:42 AM     
  @shoezacks  
 
The story lacks breakdown and analysis of the actual numbers. Without that, l'anglais's point stands. He's certainly right about what's behind this, and it still doesn't go far enough to show bias IN reporting, not just near or around it. I'm really tired of these Blue Scare stories which fail to solidly evidence anything. I have little doubt that MSNBC's done this so they can say they're less biased than everyone else and gain a few points with the Fox crowd.
 
  by: MomentOfClarity     06/26/2007 01:07 AM     
  @shoezacks  
 
OK, for the other side of this issue, check out 'The Myth of the Liberal Media' on google video. For what it's worth, I've asked around in several newsrooms I've worked in, and reporters and editors tell me they usually find that the guys running the news organization tend to be conservative on fiscal issues and indifferent to social issues -- in other words, libertarian capitalists.
 
  by: l´anglais     06/27/2007 12:53 AM     
 
 
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