Posted by: al66888 | June 21, 2007

What happened to unbiased news?

If I am giving out campaign contributions for certain candidates, how can I then cover those people fairly, without being skewed.  Actually, it’s impossible.  We’ve always said that there is a media bias in this country, this story goes on to point it out.  And point it out for both sides.   Our news agencies are longer purveyors of news, men and women who are taking the facts and presenting them to enlighten the American people. 

In this story, Bill Dedman of MSNBC, points out where money is coming from in terms of news people to political candidates. 

MSNBC.com 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

The pattern of donations, with nearly nine out of 10 giving to Democratic candidates and causes, appears to confirm a leftward tilt in newsrooms — at least among the donors, who are a tiny fraction of the roughly 100,000 staffers in newsrooms across the nation.

125 to 7 in the first part, and looking further, nearly 9 of 10 of all those giving, lean to the left. Ever wonder why you can’t get fair and balanced news? That stat shows you the thinking of new organizations. And hey, to be fair, it’s not just the Left. They are getting the majority of the money, but they are not the only ones.

“I don’t make campaign contributions,” said Jean A. Briggs, who gave a total of $2,000 to the Republican Party and Republican candidates, most recently this March. “I’m the assistant managing editor of Forbes magazine.”

When asked about the Republican National Committee donations, she replied, “You call that a campaign contribution? It’s not putting money into anyone’s campaign.”

Now, I understand, that each of these people is a US Citizen, and they have the right to make a campaign contribution to whomever they want. I’m not arguing that. What I am saying is that if you look at 9 out of every 10 making a donation to the left, then you wonder why you never hear the good things going on in America. You wonder why if you go to Google and type in approval rating (go ahead, I’ll wait, just make sure you come back to my page!) you’ll see a string of President Bush approval ratings. Odd, considering that Congress’ aproval rating is lower, and at an ALL-TIME low, but that isn’t a news story.

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Responses

  1. Hey! Thanks for your blog. Now I am commenting on your blog. This is a specious argument. Even if I accept that Lefties are contributing at a rate of 9 to 1, that is per capita—not dollars. A democracy is based on the principle of one person, one vote. A plutocracy is based on the concept of one dollar, one vote. Over these two options, I’ll take the democracy, thank you very much.

    Given that decisions by and large should be based on the will of “We the People,” we should expect that to help to direct the country. Unfortunately, this sea of contributions do not come with a mouthpiece in Washington. Don’t kid yourself.

    The US political system is broken and corrupt. It has nothing to do with Left versus Right or Democrats versus Republicans. It has everything to do with corporate lobbyists.

    Now about “fair and balanced” news. If doesn’t much matter that the journalist is a Liberal when his employer is a corporation. So while you may not feel news is fair and balanced from the perspective of the Right, I don’t feel it is from a the perspective of the Left. It is neither fair nor balanced. It is just crap. Face it.

    Instead of real news, you hear about friggin’ Brittney Spears, Angeline Joli, Michael Jackson, whatever…not news. Personally, I listen to mainstream, Left-wing, Right-wing news, and news from various watchdog groups on “both” sides. Even with all of these perspectives, I don’t feel I am getting the entire picture.

    It is easy to delude yourself that news is slanted Right or Left. But don’t believe it. Don’t drink that Kool-aid. That argument is false and meant to be divisive to keep the focus off the broken system itself, rather like Manufacturing Consent.

  2. thanks for checking mine out- I have a feeling we going disagree a bunch! But that’s half the fun.

    I actually agree with you that the political system is broke, and the lobbyist don’t help the system. If you want to know the source, follow the money.

    However, (of course) I have to disagree with your last paragrah stating don’t delude yourself that the news is slanted. I, like you, get my news from every source- left, right, middle. But there is a great number of people who don’t do their homework- and the so called ‘main stream’ (which I don’t even know if it’s main stream anymore) media, is definitely a left wing machine. Almost every paper in the country, all of the networds, and most of the cable stations lean left….and that is divisive. I see stories from NY Times saying that libby should go to jail for perjury, but they crucified a Republican congress for going against Clinton. (right is right, wrong is wrong). Ask yourself, when was the last time you heard good news on Iraq- propably never from one of those outlets.

    Just for the fun of it, here’s a list of the reporters and their political campaigns. And this is from MSNBC if anyone thinks this is some sort of right wing propaganda

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/19113455


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