By Peter J. Smith
NEW YORK, June 22, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Many mainstream journalists claim they are “unbiased” in their reporting, but a new report by MSNBC shows their checkbooks don’t make such distinctions and heavily favor liberal candidates and causes.
The MSNBC report by investigative journalist Bill Dedman reveals that out of 144 journalists, 125 gave money to support liberal Democratic candidates and liberal political organizations. The information came from public records kept by the Federal Election Commission tallying donations made from the 2004 campaign season to the start of the 2008 season.
Dedman’s investigation covered journalists from local outlets, magazines, and a few from major media sources like CNN, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, etc., exposing the great lengths to which the media has gone to cover-up its own biases.
Dedman asked journalists to explain their donations, which to many major news companies would violate dicta to keep up all “appearances” of objectivity. A great number of journalists hastily found ways to explain away or justify the contributions as made by “family members”, by one’s spouse from a joint bank account, or at the behest of a friend – with promises never to do it again. Those not so confident in their excuses refused to answer questions.
Yet other liberal journalists “outed” by their checkbooks were more candid about their views and the power they see in journalism.
“Obviously I’m a Democrat. I understand the nature of the question you’re asking,” said New Yorker magazine writer Mark Singer.
Singer then told Dedman: “But it’s much easier to influence the outcome of a political election by writing about it than it is by making a contribution.”
Singer mentioned how the world would be a better place if only a journalist had killed Hitler in an interview adding, “I only feel good, as a citizen, about getting rid of George Bush, who has been the most destructive president in my lifetime.”
The New York Times Ethics columnist Randy Cohen compared his $585 donation to MoveOn.org to donations made to the Boy Scouts and the Catholic Church, since he believed the liberal advocacy group which campaigned heavily against President George Bush was non-partisan.
“Even if most of those identified by Dedman work for local outlets, the ratio probably reflects the opinions of those who have risen to the top national news outlets,” stated the Media Research Center, saying Dedman’s report just adds to the preponderance of evidence that journalists are heavily in the leftist camp.
“One could argue that journalists who make political donations are doing the public a service by disclosing their own biases,” observed James Taranto of Opinion Journal’s Best of the Web Today. “The reason that many news organizations bar such contributions … is to protect their institutional credibility—that is, the plausibility of the claim to be unbiased.”