Unbiased Journalism Under Threat From Both Sides

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Stories on the bribe-ability of journalists are probably as old as the press itself. But while we have got used to the common perception that politicians try to buy the press MSNBC investigative reporter Bill Dedman sheds an entirely different light of the oftentimes cosy relationships between politicians and reporters covering their beat. According to a feature posted here it is nowadays journalists donating for political causes and not the other way round.
Dedman identified 144 journalists
"who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties."

A comparison of media policies covering politicking can be found at this link.
Outnumbering the GOP supporters by a factor of 9:1 journalists on the moderate left of the spectrum donated mostly sums in the 3-digit range. Republicans make up with the value of their donations. According to the report,
"financial columnist Liz Peek at The New York Sun gave $90,000 to the Grand Old Party."
I did not know tabloid journalists were paid that well.


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