Video: Rolling Stone journo says, yeah, most journalists are liberal

posted at 12:10 pm on January 31, 2012 by Tina Korbe

In this video (via Greg Hengler), “Polk Award-winning journalist” Michael Hastings just says aloud what everybody already knows, but, for that very reason, it’s refreshing. In case you’re unfamiliar, Hastings covered the war in Afghanistan for Rolling Stone and wrote an article in June 2010 that led to the firing of General Stanley McChrystal. Since then, he’s won the “prestigious” Polk Award and authored a book that expands upon the article that led to the firing of the general.

His candor here is to his credit. As I’ve written repeatedly, objectivity — except as a relentless method of verification — doesn’t exist. Every person has preconceptions and a perspective. Better to just own the bias. Even traditional journalistic dictums like the one Hastings mentions here — that a journalist’s job is to “afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted” — reflect a certain fixed preemptive tendency toward magnifying the flaws of the powerful and minimizing the flaws of the weak. In fact, the journalist’s job is not to afflict the powerful or empower the afflicted. The journalist’s job is to tell the truth – starting with the truth about himself. Kudos to Hastings for doing that at least to some degree.


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We dont need this goof to confirm it, either. Just watch any MSM programming and you can confirm it on your own.

TX-96 on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

crr666 hardest hit.

Kataklysmic on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Uh, why do we call “them” the MSM? Their ratings, sales numbers, and overall popularity is at rock-bottom.

Shouldn’t Drudge, Fox News and the Boss Emeritus be considered as the real MSM?

Not to forget HA, of course.

Aizen on January 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Wow… I never knew that the so-called “mainstream” media was dominated by liberals!

/sarc

Could this be why the MSM isn’t just in decline, it’s in free-fall collapse? When you are offending 40% of the population from the get-go, you are shrinking your potential market. The ratio of declared conservatives to declared liberals is literally 2-1.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Racism.

Good Lt on January 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

GASP!! </

AubieJon on January 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Uh, why do we call “them” the MSM? Their ratings, sales numbers, and overall popularity is at rock-bottom.

Shouldn’t Drudge, Fox News and the Boss Emeritus be considered as the real MSM?

Not to forget HA, of course.

Aizen on January 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Only when we want to smear them as “the establishment” media because we don’t like who they support. ;-)

rhombus on January 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

This guy is the Assange of the media.

At least he’s honest about it.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Their ratings, sales numbers, and overall popularity is at rock-bottom.

The combined reach and audience of the major networks, CNN, the vast majority of major newspapers, etc., far outstrips the audience for conservative media.

Even the lowest-rated nightly network newscast gets many more millions of eyeballs than anything on Fox does at any given moment.

Good Lt on January 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

D’oh

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Shouldn’t Drudge, Fox News and the Boss Emeritus be considered as the real MSM?

Not to forget HA, of course.

Aizen on January 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Except for HA, the others are all tucked deeply into the azz of Romney.

Well, Drudge isn’t, but Ann Coulter grabbed his tiny gonads and he can’t get to the knives.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

‘righteousness’? where did he find that term? how does he define it using his secular ideology?

Steven McGregor on January 31, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Well aren’t you just adorable!

Good Lt on January 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I’ve just reported this right-wing racist Michael Hastings to AttackWatch. He is no doubt bought and paid for by the bigoted hate-monger Koch Brothers and Rupert Murdoch to perpetuate the “liberal media” myth.

There is no proof of this myth, conservatives are just spewing more racist lies about being “victims.”

visions on January 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Well aren’t you just adorable!

Good Lt on January 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

If liberals are so smart, how come everything they believe in is irrational? You have to have more faith in something not only unproven, but proven by history to NOT WORK to be a liberal than a Christian has to have in our God.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Reality has a liberal bias.

mythicknight on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If liberals are so smart, how come everything they believe in is irrational? You have to have more faith in something not only unproven, but proven by history to NOT WORK to be a liberal than a Christian has to have in our God.

If one of you higher dummmies could translate this mudpeople speak for me I’d appreciate it.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

If they (journalists) understood math, or logic, or statistics, they’d be computer science majors, or engineers, or economics majors, and they wouldn’t be so gullible. They can’t all be evil socialists. Some of them are just plain dumb and don’t know it.

RBMN on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

OT; house dems have cleared obama admin on any wrong doing on fast and furious , it all started under bush
I feel better now/

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

I always say if you have to call your award “prestigious,” it ain’t.

Warner Todd Huston on January 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Quite honestly, these are the same morons who, with their idiotic liberal bias, caused things like this to happen all over the country .
http://themorningspew.com/2012/01/31/a-river-of-urine-runs-through-it/

bloggless on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

“The journalist’s job is to tell the truth…”

Tina…

… I’m looking in a Journalism 101 text book right now.

What is this “truth” that you speak of…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Gen. Stanley McCrystal, a fool who voted for Obama, was destroyed by the ASSange of the media.

There’s something honest in this young opportunist. He destroys his own too in the pursuit of his real hate – he hates all wars. He said so on the C-Span Q & A. He’s a cocky little brat.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Reality has a liberal bias.

mythicknight on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Actually reality has a CONSERVATIVE bias. Reality is that money does not fall from the sky and Uncle Sugar isn’t going to be able to take care of your every need.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

“The journalist’s job is to tell the truth…”

Tina…

… I’m looking in a Journalism 101 text book right now.

What is this “truth” that you speak of…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

The journalist’s job is to report FACTS. Truth is subjective, fact is OBJECTIVE.

None of them do this.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

OT; house dems have cleared obama admin on any wrong doing on fast and furious , it all started under bush
I feel better now/

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

What about the House Republicans sheep…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The MSM biased? Who knew? Certainly not the MSM. Ask ‘em. They’ll tell you how impartial and neutral they are. And they’ll follow up with “trust us”.

GarandFan on January 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Call we stop calling them journalists now? Propagandists or Little Goebbels would work for me …

darwin on January 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

This just in. Water is Wet! Film at 11…..

Minnfidel on January 31, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Fun with Venn Diagrams!

batterup on January 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Sure, most journalists are liberal but those layers of editorial fact checking will weed out that bias.

Now the fact that the editors are also liberals must be ignored.

At this point if you don’t see that most reporters are liberal and, being human beings, that these personal views affects their reporting then you’re dense.

Or a liberal.

SteveMG on January 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Don’t know about the rest of you, but I am just so shocked and it has been since the time of Reagan, that I realized that they were totally unbiased, in everything that was presented, repeated, or reported on. We would never guess lately that they are up-front about it. I’m so upset!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Fun with Venn Diagrams!

batterup on January 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Now THAT is funny! But I’m an engineer. And a boring one, at that. I just saw it as a list of non sequiturs…

Kraken on January 31, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Yes, they are so fair minded and moralistic.
Except when they are BIGOTS.

kurtzz3 on January 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Yawn. Old news.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski opened up with Julie Menin about the state of the media today.

“I’ve worked in the mainstream media for all the networks and I will say what people aren’t saying. It’s got a liberal world view. There are great people working at the networks, and they’re mostly democrats, ok?,” said Brzezinski, whose father was National Security Adviser to Pres. Carter.

“I think honestly what needs to happen, is we need to stop pretending about who we are and every journalist should tell us what their political affiliation is, who they voted for, and we go from there.”

——————

“Many in the media have been one-sided, sometimes adding to Obama’s distortions rather than acting as impartial reporters of fact and referees of the mud fights…. We hear a lot less about Democratic sins such as President Clinton’s distortions of Bob Dole’s position on Medicare in 1996 and the NAACP’s stunningly scurrilous ad campaign in 2000 associating George W. Bush’s opposition to a hate crimes bill with the racist murderers who dragged James Byrd behind a truck.” — National Journal columnist Stuart Taylor, September 20, 2008.

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“The mainstream press is liberal….Since the civil rights and women’s movements, the culture wars and Watergate, the press corps at such institutions as the Washington Post, ABC-NBC-CBS News, the NYT, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, etc. is composed in large part of ‘new’ or ‘creative’ class members of the liberal elite — well-educated men and women who tend to favor abortion rights, women’s rights, civil rights, and gay rights. In the main, they find such figures as Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Pat Robertson, or Jerry Falwell beneath contempt….If reporters were the only ones allowed to vote, Walter Mondale, Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, and John Kerry would have won the White House by landslide margins.” — Longtime Washington Post political reporter Thomas Edsall in an October 8, 2009 essay for the Columbia Journalism Review, “Journalism Should Own Its Liberalism.”

——————

“I’ll bet that most Post journalists voted for [Barack] Obama. I did. There are centrists at the Post as well. But the conservatives I know here feel so outnumbered that they don’t even want to be quoted by name in a memo.” — Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell in her November 16, 2008 column.

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Just before the 2008 election, Mark Halperin, an editor-at-large for Time magazine and co-author of the campaign classic “Game Change,” was one of several speakers at a conference sponsored by Time and CNN in New York. During a panel discussion, Mr. Halperin was asked if the media had been too soft on Mr. Obama. To the surprise of the largely liberal audience, his answer was yes. He went on to say that through the subtle choice of which stories to cover and where to deploy investigative resources, the national media had handed Mr. Obama “hundreds of millions in free publicity.”

Mr. Halperin attributed the positive coverage in part to the historic nature of Mr. Obama’s candidacy. But he also noted that only a few hands had gone up in the crowded room when the audience had been asked how many had voted for George W. Bush. “I find it curious that far more time and media energy has been spent on Sarah Palin’s time in Wasilla, Alaska’s city government in the last eight weeks than in looking at Barack Obama’s dozen years in Chicago politics and government over the last 18 months of his candidacy,” he noted dryly. And Ms. Palin was only running for vice president.

Flora Duh on January 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Cat’s outta’ bag, now.

Hooray.

Now all of the rest of our fellow American citizens will cease to be misled by all the lying, ‘Pied Piper’ Journalists, right?

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

patience grasshopper

:)

cmsinaz on January 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

His candor here is to his credit. As I’ve written repeatedly, objectivity — except as a relentless method of verification — doesn’t exist. Every person has preconceptions and a perspective. Better to just own the bias.

I dislike this kind of argument. Actually, it’s better to insist that people in professions where objectivity is essential – judging, reporting, teaching, scientific research, etc. – be objective, or face repercussions. (This is well within the reach of an ethical human being determined to do his or her job well.) Owning bias doesn’t get us anywhere, unless every news article he writes or segment he tapes is accompanied by a disclaimer about his political views. And even then a lot of readers and viewers will ignore it, just like they don’t read the FBI warning on DVDs.

Waggoner on January 31, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Why Most Journalists Are Democrats:

First—why are most journalists Democrats?

Unsurprisingly, self-selection plays an important role in choosing a job. People choosing to do work related to prisons, for example, commonly show quite different characteristics than those who volunteer for work in helping disadvantaged youths. Academicians have very different characteristics than CEOs—or politicians, for that matter.

Harry Stein, former ethics editor of Esquire, once said: “Journalism, like social work, tends to attract individuals with a keen interest in bettering the world.” In other words, journalists self-select based on a desire to help others. Socialism, with its “spread the wealth” mentality intended to help society’s underdogs, sounds ideal.

Most journalists take a number of psychology, sociology, political science, and humanities courses during their early years in college. Unfortunately, these courses have long served as ideological training programs—ignoring biological sources of self-serving, corrupt, and criminal behavior for a number of reasons, including lack of scientific training; postmodern, antiscience bias; and well-intentioned, facts-be-damned desire to have their students view the world from an egalitarian perspective. Instead, these disciplines ram home the idea that troubled behavior can be fixed through expensive socialist programs that, coincidentally, provide employment opportunities for graduates of the social sciences. Modern neuroscience is showing how flawed many of these policies have been—structural differences in the brains of psychopaths, for example, help explain why remedial programs simply helped them become better at conning people.

Academics in the social sciences tend to give short shrift to the dramatic failures and corruption within US educational system or unions. (Think here of the Detroit Public School system, or the National Education Association, whose former officers have written: “The NEA has been the single biggest obstacle to education reform in this country. We know because we worked for the NEA.”) Instead, because of their ideological biases, professors often emphasize that corporations are the bad guys, while unions and the government—at least the type of government that supports higher paychecks for social science professors and jobs for their students—are good. This type of teaching makes the Democratic Party and its increasingly socialist ideals seem naturally desirable, and criticism about how those ideals will supposedly be met less likely. (How many social scientists predicted that the billions spent on busing and the Projects would worsen the situations they were meant to solve, as ultimately happened?) It’s no wonder that journalists enter the profession as Democrats, then keep their beliefs intact through all-too-common tendencies to conform.

visions on January 31, 2012 at 12:45 PM

OK…. Seriously, who didn’t already know this?

SWalker on January 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Call we stop calling them journalists now? Propagandists or Little Goebbels would work for me …

darwin on January 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM

“The press should be not only a collective propagandist and a collective agitator, but also a collective organizer of the masses.” ~Vladimir Lenin

Flora Duh on January 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

And in another breaking story hot off the presses…

The Pope is CATHOLIC!!!!!

Who knew?

Film at 11.

olesparkie on January 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

If one of you higher dummmies could translate this mudpeople speak for me I’d appreciate it.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

good thing you have another foot smart guy, may want to hobble on back to kos and work your magic over there

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Marxist/Socialist Propagandists doing what they always have done. It’s just that in America, they pose as journalists.

they lie on January 31, 2012 at 12:53 PM

So, he admits he’s a piece of crap. Good for him. He still stinks.

BKeyser on January 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Rolling Stone journo says, yeah, most journalists are liberal

Does it matter at all that he didn’t say anything like that? He said “most journalists I know are liberal.” Do you think this guy is hanging out at FNC or National Review?
And now Rolling Stone, a magazine no one has read in years, is considered MSM while Fox, the leading cable channel for over 10 years, is not. If telling the truth is all that matters, you should really update your post.

tmchugh on January 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Reality has a liberal bias.

mythicknight on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Of course, you’re talking about Global Warming, correct?

How long did it take you to come up with such an original “thought”?

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2012 at 1:02 PM

In other breaking news, the sun rose in the east this morning.

MidniteRambler on January 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

And now Rolling Stone, a magazine no one has read in years, is considered MSM while Fox, the leading cable channel for over 10 years, is not. If telling the truth is all that matters, you should really update your post.

tmchugh on January 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Wake up, RS is now considered MSM.

As wiki tells us:

After years of declining readership, the magazine experienced a major resurgence of interest and relevance with the work of two young journalists in the late 2000s: Michael Hastings and Matt Taibbi.

In 2009, Taibbi unleashed a scathing series of acclaimed reporting on the financial meltdown. He famously dubbed Goldman Sachs “The Great Vampire Squid.”

Bigger headlines came at the end of June 2010. Rolling Stone caused a controversy in the White House by publishing in the July issue an article by journalist Michael Hastings, titled “The Runaway General”, quoting criticism of General Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan commander, about Vice President Joe Biden and other Administration members of the White House. McChrystal resigned from his position shortly after his statements went public.

In fact, right now RS’s circulation is about 1.5 million, which is an alltime record for the publication.

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Just restating the obvious on this slow news day?

rplat on January 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Bigger question – is there a conspiracy between Democrat party elements and members of the media to control, spin or shape the information given to the public?
Are members of the media on the payroll or getting favors from the Democrat party (or its allies; i.e George Soros operations)?

albill on January 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

a + 2 = raspberry trolley car?

MidniteRambler on January 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Reality has a liberal bias.

mythicknight on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Ah-ha! So that’s why some of you hosers refer to yourself as the “reality-based community.” Thanks for clearing that up for me, mythicsquire. Guess I was just to big of a blockhead to figure that out. Enjoy the rest of your mythic-reality day…..

djm1992 on January 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM

This is literally old news. Does anyone think that Walter Cronkite was conservative? He was spinning the coverage in Viet Nam towards the left back in the 60s. The main difference (and the lefties hate this) is that now with so many cable channels and the new media the left no longer can control the narriative as in Uncle Walt’s day. Nothing scares a leftist like the right having a voice hence the vitriol towards Fox (faux news to the left),the Tea Party (tea baggers to the left) etc…Sadly at least half this country is freaking stupid! They believe the lies and distortions the left spews out and don’t bother to look deeper. If they did it would be patently obvious that the media is leftist and has an agenda.

neyney on January 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

Video: Rolling Stone journo says, yeah, most journalists are liberal

In related news water is wet.

Dr Evil on January 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Rolling Stone is to the left of Karl Marx.

faraway on January 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

What is telling is how comfortable he is saying what he says. The Koolaid has had a lasting effect on one so young.

princetrumpet on January 31, 2012 at 1:36 PM

What is this “truth” that you speak of…?

/

Seven Percent Solution on January 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Hey, admitting there is a truth is a step forward for most moonbat liberals. I love nihilists because they are walking ironies.

Here’s another fun one:j

The journalist’s job is to report FACTS. Truth is subjective, fact is OBJECTIVE.

None of them do this.

wildcat72 on January 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

So, facts are necessarily truth and truth isn’t always the facts. The logic pretzel this statement creates is fun. Here’s a great question for you: Is the statement “truth is subjective” the truth?

Pattosensei on January 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Further breaking news the sky is blue, water is wet and the rent IS TOO DAMN HIGH!

Your Mamma loves me on January 31, 2012 at 1:50 PM

The Japanese negotiating with us while they attacked Pearl Harbor could not be more shocking.

Stepan on January 31, 2012 at 1:56 PM

In other “duh!” news headlines.

Someone’s ex wife doesn’t think much of him.

kurtzz3 on January 31, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Reality has a liberal bias.

mythicknight on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

LOL…yeah I heard that to. From a fake conservative on a fake news show on the comedy channel on cable TV.

I’m sure it’s legit!

HumpBot Salvation on January 31, 2012 at 2:18 PM

RS isn’t just “liberal,” it’s a high-fashion, glossy-printed version of a moonbat blog that occasionally mentions whatever lame new music they’re told to spotlight by the music industry. Matt Taibbi, in particular, is viciously hateful, making no attempt to hide his role as a media assassin for the far Left. He’s Ted Rall with a slightly bigger vocabulary.

Hannibal Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM

No secret there; however, the real news is how liberal the GOP is. E.g. the GOP ran liberal McCain last time, and are about to run Massachusetts liberal Romney as the GOP presidential candidate this time. That’s liberal!

Karmi on January 31, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Ah-ha! So that’s why some of you hosers refer to yourself as the “reality-based community.”
djm1992 on January 31, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Don’t know who first coined it but I love the alternate, “community-based reality.” Captures perfectly the group-think of the collectivists.

Hannibal Smith on January 31, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I’d say the msm is only 10% liberal.

The other 90% are hard core commies.

esnap on January 31, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Projection is always fun, especially when written in your best “See Spot run,” prose.

Esthier on January 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Shouldn’t Drudge, Fox News and the Boss Emeritus be considered as the real MSM?

Aizen on January 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Depending on who you ask, they are, but while Fox News is a cable ratings giant, it still has nothing on any of the network channels, which is what I’ve always thought of as MSM.

Esthier on January 31, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Esthier on January 31, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Love it!

DrMagnolias on January 31, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Smart people are curious about the world. Journalists are liberal. Stupid people link to stuff smart people say and think it’s journalism. Stupid people are conservative.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

If you could translate tommyhawk’s dumb mudpeople speak for me, I’d appreciate it.

tommyhawk on January 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

FIFY

PatriotGal2257 on February 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM