Shocker: Donations from media companies go largely to Obama
posted at 12:01 pm on August 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen
Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit! According to the Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets), the New York-based realm of the major media industry has made quite a few more campaign contributions to Democrats and to President Obama than to their Republican challengers. Basing their numbers on both donations by a company’s PAC and any donor who listed that company as their employer, the center reports that (via NYT):
News Corporation has donated $504,162 to individuals, Super PACs and candidates in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’s OpenSecrets Web site. Eight of the 10 top recipients of that cash are Democrats. (Mr. Murdoch’s personal contributions largely favor Republicans, though his wife, Wendi Murdoch, has donated to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York.) …
Other media companies have contributed more significantly to Mr. Obama, including Time Warner, owner of CNN and the magazine publishing house Time Inc. The company, which is based in New York and also owns Warner Brothers and HBO, has contributed $191,834 to Mr. Obama in the 2012 election cycle, compared with $10,750 to Mr. Romney. The Walt Disney Company, owner of ABC and ESPN, donated $125,856 to Mr. Obama and $9,950 to Mr. Romney.
Philadelphia-based Comcast Corporation, owner of NBCUniversal and one of the biggest spenders in lobbying money in Washington, has given $206,056 to Mr. Obama and $20,500 to Mr. Romney.
No surprises there. For whatever various reasons, the mainstream news industry and the entertainment industry have long skewed left, going particularly gangbusters for their darling Obama in 2008. Liberals never seem to tire of complaining about how powerful outside groups have undue influence over our political system, but the media narrative is a pretty darn powerful chess piece — and there’s no doubt about which way most of the mainstream media community swings. As Jake Tapper lamented earlier this week,
Tapper also said he relates to Mark Halperin’s recent comments about the media. Over the weekend, Halperin said, “I think the press still likes this story a lot, the media is very susceptible to doing what the Obama campaign wants, which is to focus on this.”
“I have said before… [that I] thought the media helped tip the scales. I didn’t think the coverage in 2008 was especially fair to either Hilary Clinton or John McCain,” Tapper said.
On the 2008 coverage, he noted, “Sometimes I saw with story selection, magazine covers, photos picked, [the] campaign narrative, that it wasn’t always the fairest coverage.”