Sunday, January 18, 2004
That liberal media: Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz has done some research on journalists' contributions to political candidates.
More than 100 journalists and executives at major media companies, from NBC's top executive to a Fox News anchor to reporters or editors for the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, CBS and ABC, have made political contributions in recent years.
Using information found in Kurtz's article, I put together the following graphic:
I definitely want to work for The Wall Street Journal editorial page someday if Melanie Kirkpatrick can afford to toss $20,000 at a political party.
I encourage you to read Kurtz's article for some details on some of the contributions. A couple of the contributions were given to reporters' siblings, which may not be evidence of real bias -- but in both cases the siblings are Democrats. Something to ponder.
Also, a couple of the contributions to Rep. Billy Tauzin (R.-La.) may be a case of trying to buy some leniency from a powerful ideological opponent.
The bottom line, however, is the fact that far more journalists are putting their money on the liberal side of the political spectrum than the conservative side. Whether this affects their coverage...well, that's something to debate.