Shocka! Journalists give to Democrats 9-1

posted at 10:05 am on June 21, 2007 by Bryan

Like that 1990s survey revealing that about 90 percent of the Washington press corps supported Clinton, a president who didn’t crack 50% in either 1992 or 1996, didn’t tell us this years ago. Still, it’s one of those things the confirms what we already know: Journalists tend to be a bunch of libs who are are out to “change the world” rather than just report on it:

The following 144 journalists made campaign contributions from 2004 through the first quarter of 2007, according to Federal Election Commission records studied by MSNBC.com.

Key: (D) contributed to Democrats or liberal causes, (R) to Republicans and conservative causes.

Click on “details” next to each name to see the amounts and what the journalists have to say.

Television:

(D) ABC News, Mary Fulginiti, “Primetime” correspondent.

(D) ABC affiliate in Boston, WCVB, Sangita Chandra, producer.

(D) ABC affiliate in Wichita, KAKE, Susan Peters, anchor.

(D) CBS News, Serena Altschul, correspondent for “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Etc. The list goes on for a while and you see mostly (D) in front of the names. Not surprising, even though it’s getting giant headline treatment elsewhere. In other shocking news, the sun shines.

We all know that j-schools attract post-Watergate types who want to get the next scoop that brings down the next president, as long as that president has (R) in front of his name. We all know that most journalists will carry water for the NOW gang while ignoring the Concerned Women of America, whose ideology is conservative and whose membership dwarfs the far left NOW. We all know that most journalists cover environmental issues like they’re a huge threat, while downplaying the very real and ongoing threat from Islamic radicalism. We all know this. It’s not much of a surprise to see it confirmed via political donations.

What might be a bit more surprising is that MSNBC’s David Shuster showed up for a forum at the far left Take Back America confab yesterday. Click here, go to Day 3 and look at the 11 am session, the one called “The Mainstream Media: Fair and Balanced.” You have far left blogger Duncan “Atrios” black, a Clinton guy, two Air America guys, a WaPo guy, a Newsweek guy, a freelancer who specializes in Latino issues, and David Shuster of MSNBC. They used Fox’s branding motto to title the session, but didn’t include anyone from Fox, just a guy from one of its (distant, as the ratings go) rivals, and who once worked for Fox. I doubt Shuster defended Fox, since he works for MSNBC now and shows up on Hardball all the time. I’m guessing that that forum as composed wasn’t fair or balanced.

So what was alleged news reporter David Shuster doing at a far left pep rally that seems designed to be nothing but a Fox bash? Hmmm?


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So we need to tie this into MM’s CAP post by calling for some “fairness” doctrine to be imposed on reporters so that there is “diversity” in every news outlet in the country. For every D there should be an R rather than the current 90/10. How do you think they’d like that proposal?

TheBigOldDog on June 21, 2007 at 10:10 AM

…but do not dare question if they are ‘fair & balanced’….

locomotivebreath1901 on June 21, 2007 at 10:12 AM

Wonder what Andrea Mitchel has to say about that?

Wade on June 21, 2007 at 10:14 AM

When will the post-Watergate culture finally go away? I wonder if it ever will…

AlexB on June 21, 2007 at 10:24 AM

Oliver Willis just locked himself in his closet with three gallons of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby ice cream.

Hoodlumman on June 21, 2007 at 10:25 AM

You can stop the contributions but you can’t change what is in the persons mind.

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM

You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world – starting with the journalism schools.

Halley on June 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

Oh, wait. That was 10 to 0. The one guy that gave to a Republican had trouble reading the butterfly donation sheet! He really MEANT to give to a Democrat.

Warner Todd Huston on June 21, 2007 at 10:37 AM

You say you want a revolution, well you know, we all want to change the world…

Halley on June 21, 2007 at 10:32 AM

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao [or Iranian Mullahs, KSM, etc...]
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

AlexB on June 21, 2007 at 10:37 AM

But if you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao [or Iranian Mullahs, KSM, etc…]
You ain’t going to make it with anyone anyhow

AlexB on June 21, 2007 at 10:37 AM

But evidently you will, if you wear one of Che.

James on June 21, 2007 at 10:39 AM

here is something for the ‘reporters’ to report to the american people.

Senator Fritz Hollins connects 9/11 to Iraq on Sept. 12, 2002. He uses an Iraqi newspaper editorial showing Bin Ladens intents on July 21, 2001: Senate Record

jp on June 21, 2007 at 10:40 AM

So please explain: how does a liberal Democrat look at these objective factual findings … and still not acknowledge just how deep the liberal bias in the media runs?

How is there even a debate on that point?

Professor Blather on June 21, 2007 at 10:43 AM

the problem with these reporters trying to change the world is the foundation of their worldview is Humanism, man as an end unto himself. Postmodernism(no meaning to life) leads man to all sorts of absurd conclusions and actions that are ultimately dangerous if not suicidal.

jp on June 21, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Journalists are the biggest bunch of liars around. Look at all the BS spewed when they were caught giving money to Democrats or their far-left outposts. No comment, indeed. I do like the one who said, “You caught me.”

I will now be checking authors of so-called straight news reports with this list.

Google it! is my new motto.

Stormy70 on June 21, 2007 at 10:47 AM

I am almost as shocked as I was when I found out Mayor Bloomberg is leaving the Republican party.

BillLalor on June 21, 2007 at 10:50 AM

Primarily, journalism is a leftist endeavor and everything we read and hear must be filtered for truth, relevance and political slant. You can rest assured that essentially every journalist major has a personal and a political agenda that he or she is attempting to sell through the medium that employees them. Fair and balanced is a myth. Fortunately, the conservative alternative media including FOX News has been very effective in countering a near overwhelming flood of left wing reporting and propaganda.

rplat on June 21, 2007 at 10:54 AM

The mainstream media is saturated with liberals? Gah! Help me to my fainting couch, I’ve got the vapors!

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 11:03 AM

By all means, lets get rid of the conservative radio folks….all of em. / sarc

shooter on June 21, 2007 at 11:10 AM

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 10:26 AM

Agreed. While I am not suprised, seeing the donations help to shine a light on where some of these “journalists” stand.

jeffNWV on June 21, 2007 at 11:12 AM

So please explain: how does a liberal Democrat look at these objective factual findings … and still not acknowledge just how deep the liberal bias in the media runs?

How is there even a debate on that point?

Easy! Don’t you get it? Liberal bias doesn’t happen when everyone in the newsroom is inherently hostile to conservatism and blinded to their bias by the fact that everyone around them thinks the same way, from the copy boy to the news chief to the guy who brings the sandwiches.

No, no, no. It doesn’t matter what goes on, consciously in many and unconsciously in most, in the hearts and minds of those who decide every day first what is newsworthy and second what the angle is going to be on what is newsworthy.

Oh, no! They’re all straight shooters like Helen Thomas. On the other hand, conservative bias is what really happens, and it’s because a few of them aren’t contributors to moveon.org and, besides, all of those people are employed by corporations, and corporations, as everyone knows, are right wing because most of them try to make profits! Except, of course, anyone who’s ever been employed by a corporation knows damn well that the culture is far more likely to be one of constant, unrelenting, mind-numbing PC squishiness rather than the secret John Birch conventions that liberals like to pretend they are in order to scare each other.

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 11:15 AM

(D) Fox affiliate in Omaha, KPTM, Calvert Collins, reporter. Click for details.

(D) Fox affiliate in Minneapolis, KMSP, Alix Kendall, morning anchor. Click for details.

(D) Fox affiliate in Washington, D.C., WTTG, Laura Evans, anchor.

I think Denver Fox switched over to the dark side also.

shooter on June 21, 2007 at 11:15 AM

I think Denver Fox switched over to the dark side also.

FOX has never been what the hysterics have said it was, acting like Hannity and Bill (“Immigration bill critics are racist”) O’Reilly are some kind of right-wing puppet masters pulling the strings of every other FOX employee. It’s always been a ridiculous notion, and anyone whose FOX exposure goes beyond “Outfoxed” or gotten lost in Shep’s dreamy gaze for more than a segment or two knows it.

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 11:31 AM

By all means, lets get rid of the conservative radio folks….all of em. / sarc

shooter on June 21, 2007 at 11:10 AM

touche

Wade on June 21, 2007 at 11:35 AM

I love to read the squirmy explanations of the reporters, but my little yellow caution light of conscience is lit regarding the ethics of this exposé.

Interesting – the investigative reporter is Bill Dedman, who took credit for “reporting” on Hillary Clinton’s senior thesis (canonizing Saul Alinsky) after a blogger already had the story.

RushBaby on June 21, 2007 at 11:36 AM

Don’t you people get it???

What they do with their money and their votes DOES NOT affect their fair reporting!!!!

Get it thru your neanderthal heads, you morons!!

Vanquisher on June 21, 2007 at 11:44 AM

I have a proposal for the next president.

Propose that anyone R or D who gave to a political candidate or party, will not be welcome in the press room…

Canadian Imperialist Running Dog on June 21, 2007 at 11:48 AM

Journalists give to Democrats 9-1. Film at 11!

We’ll also give you the results of the breaking news story that scientists from Cornell have discovered that humans often cut themselves while shaving and that William Shatner will do anything for money.

ScottMcC on June 21, 2007 at 11:49 AM

Have a look sometime at the contribution history of the Communications Workers of America which is the union for most electronic journalists and also print journalists through their subsidiary The Newspaper Guild. Last time I looked in was something like 99% Democrats 1% Republicans and the CWA was the 8th largest political contributor of all time.

Note late at night you will hear NPR bragging about being a CWA union shop too.

crosspatch on June 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Activism among journalists has killed the credibility of the press. Just as activism is killing the credibility among judges.

Fox is trying to restore that credibility if only among themselves. The mistake the left makes is thinking that Bill O and H&C are unbiased reporters. Their shows are fair and balanced, but the hosts is allowed to give their opinion of the matters they discuss.

They need to look at their standard news programming to see what unbiased reporting sounds like. Reporters, like the Fox guy in Venezuela who 8itched slapped that assemblyman from New York, is what I expect a reporter to do. Be passionate about the truth and don’t let PCness get in the way.

csdeven on June 21, 2007 at 11:58 AM

I’d like to submit a correction Bryan,

Journalists Give to the Democrats 24/7

fogw on June 21, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Journalists give to Democrats 9-1. Film at 11!

We’ll also give you the results of the breaking news story that scientists from Cornell have discovered that humans often cut themselves while shaving and that William Shatner will do anything for money.

ScottMcC on June 21, 2007 at 11:49 AM

It is kind of a Rick Romero kind of revelation, Huh?

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 12:05 PM

Modern mass media no longer pretends to be neutral or objective or intelligent for that matter.

It’s strictly performance art.

Mindcrime on June 21, 2007 at 12:05 PM

I’d like to submit a correction Bryan,

Journalists Give to the Democrats 24/7

fogw on June 21, 2007 at 12:04 PM

It’s certainly accurate.

Bryan on June 21, 2007 at 12:12 PM

Heh, good call fogw!

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 12:14 PM

The journalists responses were telling in another way. It appears that many of the press organizations have employee policies that forbid giving to candidates or political parties. Just imagine what those numbers would look like if there weren’t any such rules.

Oh, and the guy who thought that Moveon.org was non-partisan was rich. Of course he thought that these truth tellers were non-partisan.

pistolero on June 21, 2007 at 12:58 PM

Journalists tend to be a bunch of libs who are are out to “change the world” rather than just report on it

It would be fine if they were trying to change the world by telling the truth…

So what was alleged news reporter David Shuster doing at a far left pep rally that seems designed to be nothing but a Fox bash? Hmmm?

Keyword: alleged.

Seixon on June 21, 2007 at 1:09 PM

The Founding Fathers meant for the press to be a watchdog on the government, the eyes and ears for citizens who couldn’t be sitting in the balcony peering over the shoulders of Senators and Congressmen, noting the chicanery. We have a press now that openly sides with one Party, Pravda – only willingly.
The big search Engines like Google – since last week like some possessed doll suddenly coming to life on its own, my Google toolbar is trying to access the internet unbidden everytime I fire up my computer – are trying to create a monopoly on info. When the Soviets controlled all the books, they began rewriting them. Is that our future? The searches always produce reworked material that favors the Left and denigrates or deletes all else? The press controlling the current flow of information, the Googlite info overlords warping history to make the LIE seamless?

Did anyone know that the Senate just quietly passed on a voice vote a measure to raise the mpg of vehicles to 35 mpg? And 4% increase after that annually? A goal that manufacturers are currently unable to meet technologically? Product lines like the Mustang cannot meet the rule. Cut. It’ll be like the old flush toilets – everybody holding on to the old models cause they work and the new ones can’t do the job. Better call your congressman, the Dems are all hot to save the environment by making everyone revert to village life. The proposed law must assume that everyone is single with no children, or perhaps that’s what they hope to force. How many seats are there in a Prius? Batteries trump people space.

Here’s how passive aggressive Liberal Left reporting hurts the citizen: For anyone in Virginia, are you aware that July 1st draconian new civil fines are to be imposed on “bad drivers?” That is, evidently ONLY Virginia residents will be smacked, not out-of-staters. A Virginian’s total fines for the same offense perpetrated by say, a Massachusettes driver on I-81 will be significantly, NOTICEABLY higher than what the MA driver’s gonna get for doing the same to you if he’s caught. The (D)Governor Kaine’s stated purpose of the extra civil fines is to provide funding for traffic relief.
For example: In addition to normal fine and court fees for “bad signaling” there will be a new $1000.00 civil penalty? No pay, you lose your license until you cough up. That’ll clear Virginia roads. $900.00 extra fine for driving with an expired license (weirdly, less than bad signal).
Anyone with a child under the age of 8 must have said child in a booster seat. All you fools who threw that booster seat out this year, because your 6 years old child was old enough, better run right now to Walmart or any other capitalistic swine supercenter – the age limit was extended to 8. July 1st.
The local town attorney raised this in a very locally distributed editorial – it was news. Citizens had no imput into the debate, don’t know about the law and are going to be hit with fees they cannot pay. Why not? The Left press likes the idea. They like mass transit, they want to shut down people’s right to transport themselves in a reasonable manner that suits their circumstances. They were not interested in informing the public because they knew very well the public would scream.

naliaka on June 21, 2007 at 1:30 PM

Journalists tend to be a bunch of libs who are are out to “change the world” rather than just report on it

Non sequitor. Just because journalists have political opinions (like everyone else in the country) doesn’t mean that they can’t report on the news without bias; some can’t, but some can. It’s not like if all these journalists supported Republicans the news would magically be “fair and balanced.”

Nonfactor on June 21, 2007 at 1:35 PM

Bozell does weekly stories on the left bias of the media, it’s his business. I’m sure his archive is full of research regarding the political donations, speeches, and actions of “objective” journalists.

Freelancer on June 21, 2007 at 1:49 PM

(D) Fox affiliate in Minneapolis, KMSP, Alix Kendall, morning anchor. Click for details.

And having worked with her, I can tell you that she’s not very smart. I’ll never forget working on the news there one night, she called our producers and asked us to announce – on the news – that her dog had escaped from her house and could people please be on the look out for Alix Kendall’s dog. After the producer hung up he shook his head, told us what she asked and we all laughed out loud. The news here in Minneapolis as a whole is pretty freaking bad.

foxforce91 on June 21, 2007 at 1:49 PM

Non sequitor. Just because journalists have political opinions (like everyone else in the country) doesn’t mean that they can’t report on the news without bias; some can’t, but some can. It’s not like if all these journalists supported Republicans the news would magically be “fair and balanced.”

Nonfactor on June 21, 2007 at 1:35 PM

I wouldn’t care that much, frankly except that now they’re trying to actively opress free speech in the name of political correctness, (via the Fairness Doctrine.) That’s not the Republicans doing this – it’s your buddies – the Dhimmicrats – trying to take away Free Press because they can’t compete in the free market. where are their voices and outrage? This is their very profession that is being attacked – or will be eventually and yet – they still support those who want to infringe on a free press. And you know what? You should be scared, too, because this will bite you and your people in the a$$ so hard in ways you can’t imagine.

foxforce91 on June 21, 2007 at 1:55 PM

They are reporters told what to report on…how can that bias come across if they are only reporting on the story that is given them?

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Nonfactor on June 21, 2007 at 1:35 PM

Works in theory, but in practice, we’ve learned that’s utter bullsh!t. I eagerly await the day we return to openly partisan news. Its not even that the media is liberal that pisses me off, its that they lie about it and pretend they’re objective. You can’t be objective when you’re that skewed left. Its not possible, particularly when you consider how much power the media has. No one could resist that kind of power.

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 2:06 PM

It’ll be like the old flush toilets – everybody holding on to the old models cause they work and the new ones can’t do the job.

Isn’t it amazing? Here we have a resource which, literally, falls from the sky, and liberals are so afraid we’ll run out that we can’t even have toilets that flush properly anymore.

Excellent post naliaka, though high disturbing.

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 2:08 PM

And, Nonfactor, of course it would be no different if it skewed right, and libs would be right to complain of they were being shutout of the media.

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Lemme made an addition to my 2:08.

-being shutout of the media, as we are.

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 2:09 PM

made=make

me=FAIL

Bad Candy on June 21, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Bozell does weekly stories on the left bias of the media, it’s his business. I’m sure his archive is full of research regarding the political donations, speeches, and actions of “objective” journalists.

Yeah, but do you notice how the left responds to Bozell’s Media Resource Centre? They dismiss it outright as a right wing fabrication whilst in the same breath trumpeting Media Matters as an unimpeachable source of proof that the media is right wing.

It’s Cloudcuckooland.

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 2:10 PM

Shocka! Journalists give to Democrats 9-1 — Bryan

“The sun comes up in the morning”, scientist say …. would be a more shocking headline.

Maxx on June 21, 2007 at 2:23 PM

Non sequitor. Just because journalists have political opinions (like everyone else in the country) doesn’t mean that they can’t report on the news without bias; some can’t, but some can. It’s not like if all these journalists supported Republicans the news would magically be “fair and balanced.”

Nonfactor on June 21, 2007 at 1:35 PM

No one’s arguing that we’d rather have all Republicans. We’d rather have both, or at least for journalists to be honest with us about their opinions.

That’s why talk radio and blogs are so popular. At least then, you know what you’re getting.

Esthier on June 21, 2007 at 2:26 PM

They are reporters told what to report on…how can that bias come across if they are only reporting on the story that is given them?

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Are you serious? I realize you could be joking, so if you are forgive me.

Otherwise, you’ve got to be pretty dense on that one.

Esthier on June 21, 2007 at 2:30 PM

Star-Telegram sports reporter contributed to Democrat. When confronted, Galloway claimed: “That’s a fluke”

/funny if you listen to The Hardline on KTCK 1310 AM in DFW
//not surprised

ScottMcC on June 21, 2007 at 2:30 PM

ScottMcC – My husband listens to the Hardline, but I don’t get the joke. Probably because I tend to ignore all things sports.

Stormy70 on June 21, 2007 at 2:38 PM

They are reporters told what to report on…how can that bias come across if they are only reporting on the story that is given them?

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 2:03 PM

Where have you been for the last forty years?

Factual reporting of the news …..

Eight soldiers were killed in Iraq today.

Biased reporting of the news …..

Contrary to what Bush administration would like us to believe, the War in Iraq suffered another huge setback today, with eight more troops killed – bringing the total to an incredible 2875 killed in only three short years.

There’s a huge difference, to anyone who’s paying attention.

fogw on June 21, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Teh article gives the impression that only those 144 journalists made political donations. I find that hard to believe but I’m sure the Democrat vs. Republican outcome would be little different.

Yakko77 on June 21, 2007 at 3:09 PM

…and they are the same whiners who complain about the rightie radio talk shows? Be. Very. Alert!

Entelechy on June 21, 2007 at 3:43 PM

WHAT MSM bias? It’s all a big lie spread by the vast right-wing conspiracy. You’re all nothing but a bunch of Hitlers.

/sarcasm off

(Sorry. But I felt compelled to fill-in for honora — since she got banned. BTW, I think something BIG may be headed our way — I haven’t seen all that much troll activity lately. Leads me to believe that they are planning something — ya’ just KNOW it.)

CyberCipher on June 21, 2007 at 3:47 PM

When I write emails to msm reporters telling them to go f**k themselves for their pathetic liberal bias, I don’t need to do a whole lot of careful analysis. I always point out that my odds of being correct are about 95 to 5.

Hell, I could just use a form letter and send it to the (pick one — Chicago Tribune, NYT, WP, etc.) entire mailing list.

Jaibones on June 21, 2007 at 3:52 PM

There’s a huge difference, to anyone who’s paying attention.

fogw on June 21, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Exactly.

Esthier on June 21, 2007 at 3:56 PM

I’m just repeating the argument that I hear.

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM

The only thing funnier than this list, are their EXCUSES! What a bunch of lamers who clearly have no standards for things like ethics and responsibility. (there were some exceptions).

Their lies to cover up were “Uhhh, my wife did it” and “Uhh, that’s not allowed?” and “Yeah, I did it, so what?”

Bunch of narcissists.

Spassvogel on June 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM

Oh, and the other funny…Randy Cohen…the NYT Ehticist! ha ha ha ha ha.

Spassvogel on June 21, 2007 at 5:01 PM

It is the longest day, really.

Entelechy on June 21, 2007 at 5:21 PM

I’m just repeating the argument that I hear.

tomas on June 21, 2007 at 5:00 PM

You’re exactly what all the journalists are looking for. Get in line with the other sheeple.

fogw on June 21, 2007 at 5:26 PM

“I’m just repeating the argument that I hear.”

So we are attempting to have a dialog with a parrot? That seems a bit, uhm, eccentric, doesn’t it?

crosspatch on June 21, 2007 at 6:03 PM

Isn’t it amazing? Here we have a resource which, literally, falls from the sky, and liberals are so afraid we’ll run out that we can’t even have toilets that flush properly anymore.

Kensington on June 21, 2007 at 2:08 PM

Heh! My theory is that it’s a function of the fly-over crowd. They live in New York, Long Island and L.A. – all areas that post water rationing on a regular basis, while the rest of the country spashes along just fine.

naliaka on June 21, 2007 at 8:46 PM

Journalists tend to be a bunch of libs who are are out to “change the world” rather than just report on it

Non sequitor. Just because journalists have political opinions (like everyone else in the country) doesn’t mean that they can’t report on the news without bias; some can’t, but some can. It’s not like if all these journalists supported Republicans the news would magically be “fair and balanced.”

Nonfactor on June 21, 2007 at 1:35 PM

That’s inaccurate. The J schools openly promote “change the world.” So, non sequitor is not the case. Advocacy journalism is the problem, and Liberal Left is the world-view being advocated to the detriment of all others. It’s a monopolistic state of affairs in the media right now. Example: Reporters brought in to cover progress in Southern Sudan took copious notes, thousands of photos, interviews, everything, but anyone ever see them? When asked, they said, “We want to do the stories, but our Editors want ONLY Darfur.” News is being selected – Darfur is only being used as a lever to pry US troops out of Iraq, Southern Sudan, which also suffered horrendous years of ethinic cleansing and genocide, is not perceived as useful to that purpose, hence no coverage. Once Darfur is perceived as not being the means to get troops out of one oil-rich nation into another oil-rich nation, then it’ll be dropped faster than one can say, “Toubob’s your uncle.”

naliaka on June 21, 2007 at 9:00 PM

The mistake the left makes is thinking that Bill O and H&C are unbiased reporters.

Thinking that those guys are even “news” when they are obviously “commentary”, is an even larger mistake.

Purple Avenger on June 21, 2007 at 10:38 PM

The J schools openly promote “change the world.”

Really? I assume you can back this statement up, and then somehow relate it to the donations of a particular person affecting their reporting of certain issues. I’m not debating that some people in the news are biased, what I am debating is that journalists can report fairly on issues while maintaining a political opinion like everyone else in the country.

News is being selected – Darfur is only being used as a lever to pry US troops out of Iraq, Southern Sudan, which also suffered horrendous years of ethinic cleansing and genocide, is not perceived as useful to that purpose, hence no coverage.

naliaka on June 21, 2007 at 9:00 PM

I’m not touching this conspiracy theory with a 10 foot pole, but I will agree that news is being selected–as it always has been, but consider the editors position. Reporting on genocide is millions of times more important than reporting on whatever slight progress is happening in southern Sudan, and you couldn’t possibly know the editors ulterior motives (unless you have proof of that too).

Nonfactor on June 22, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Just read or listen to most so-called “journalists” in the MSM and you would have to be pretty much brain dead to not be able to figure out where their political allegiance lies.
If they are actually trying to hide it they are pretty pathetic at it.

lynnv on June 22, 2007 at 8:13 AM

I’m not touching this conspiracy theory with a 10 foot pole, but I will agree that news is being selected–as it always has been, but consider the editors position. Reporting on genocide is millions of times more important than reporting on whatever slight progress is happening in southern Sudan, and you couldn’t possibly know the editors ulterior motives (unless you have proof of that too).

Nonfactor on June 22, 2007 at 12:32 AM

So, why wasn’t 10 years of Northern Agression against the South reported in the MSM? When the Northerner’s were fought to a draw, they focussed their attention to Darfur.
How would I know that reporters sitting on a barge on the Nile River accompanying women and children being resettled in their traditional areas, following Africa’s biggest cattle drive in history, happen to answer to a direct question that their editors don’t print stories unless they are Darfur? Hmm? I either made it up from whole cloth or got it straight from someone who was there and heard it. Which is the more likely answer if I am going to have the cheek to print that statement on a national blog? Which, if I am not being truthful, could come back to haunt me later? If the reporters who are selling these stories are saying the editors buy only Darfur, what’s going on here? Selection of the news. If the editors were so all fired up about genocide, they would have been just as attentive to Southern Sudan’s millions being killed, enslaved and forcibly converted to Islam …OH! Christians!
Are you aware that the Government of Sudan just threatened to cut off the world’s major supply of gum arabica, an essential ingrediant in the formulation of Coca-Cola and soft drinks? Khartoum is threating disrupting the world’s supply of Coke.
Are you also aware that the Southern Sudanese countered this threat immediately with the promise to insure that America would continue to be provided with what they smoothly renamed, gum AFRICA?

If you know nothing about a subject, have the grace to acknowledge you don’t know instead of insinuating the person is making it up. I don’t comment on the current state of Costa Rican high tech investment,and ten million other subjects I don’t know anything about, but if someone comes on the board and says they are familiar with it, I’ll consider fairly what they say, EVEN if it upsets my pre-conceived views. You learn a lot more that way. It’s called “open-minded.”

naliaka on June 22, 2007 at 9:33 AM

I’m not debating that some people in the news are biased, what I am debating is that journalists can report fairly on issues while maintaining a political opinion like everyone else in the country.

Nonfactor on June 22, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Sure, in theory. Support your open-minded view of the objectivity and talent of journalists by citing all of the 90+% conservative-staffed news sources that you regularly go to for information which you then receive with little skepticism.

Jaibones on June 22, 2007 at 10:54 AM