Tainted Media Coverage

Cal Thomas | Syndicated columnist | Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Tainted Media Coverage

Here’s a surprise. A survey by the respected Pew Research Center has found that a far higher number of journalists consider themselves more liberal than the general population.

According to the survey of national television, radio and print journalists, 34 percent consider themselves liberal and only seven percent say they are conservative. The rest label themselves “moderate,” though I suspect there are a lot of liberals among them who won’t come clean.

This compares to the general population in which 20 percent say they are liberal and 33 percent conservative.

The survey of 547 media professionals, completed this spring, also found that at local outlets, 23 percent say they are liberal and 12 percent conservative.

Full disclosure – I was one of those who received the survey and described myself as conservative.

The major media say their liberal beliefs don’t color the news. If you believe that, I’ll sell you some swampland.

I’m Cal Thomas in Washington.