A new survey totally destroyed the media’s clam to be centrists with results that show the media is almost 100 percent liberal.
Yes, the word “shocking” in that headline above was sarcasm.
Researchers from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University recently conducted a survey of 462 journalists who cover the world of finances. The reporters worked for a wide variety of top news outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, and a number of others.
The pollsters were shocked (this time for real) to find that even the nation’s financial reporters — in a field most people assume is inherently conservative — were all far left liberals. The reporters were asked about their own personal views and it turned out that 58.47 percent admitted to being liberals. Another 37.12 percent claimed to be “moderate,” but we all know that they are really liberals who were attempting to sound less biased.
So, how many financial reporters said they were conservative? 0.46 percent said they were “very conservative” and 3.94 percent said they were “somewhat liberal.”
“That’s a whopping 4.4% of the total that lean right-of-center,” as Investor’s Business Daily quipped.
That’s a ratio of 13 “liberals” for every one “conservative.” Whatever happened to ideological diversity? Please remember this as you watch the business news or read a financial story in the paper. You might want to take its message with a grain of salt. That’s especially true if the piece seems unduly harsh on the free-market system and its many proven benefits. Or if it lauds socialism as an “answer” to society’s ills.
This is an enormous problem for the media — perhaps bigger than they realize. A Rasmussen Reports survey in late October found that 45% of all likely voters in the midterm elections believed “that when most reporters write about a congressional race, they are trying to help the Democratic candidate.”
Just 11% said the media would try to help the Republican. And only 35% said they thought reporters simply try to report the news in an unbiased way.
Rasumussen notes that this “helps explain why Democratic voters are much bigger fans of election news coverage” than others. They see it as favorable to their own beliefs.
IBD notes that it was not always like this.
Back in 1971 a similar survey was taken of reporters across the nation and the percentages were much more representative of America. Back the the survey found, “Republicans made up 25.7% of all journalists. Democrats were 35.5%, and independents were 32.5%.” Now that is far more balanced.
But remember, in 1971 we still had people who started their journalism careers in the 40s and 50s. That was decades before “reporting” became corrupted by journalism schools. Today, reporters emerge from so-called journalism schools instead of coming up through the ranks. And these students are ruined and corrupted before they even start working.
A perfect example is the once trusted Jake Taper. Jake was once fairly even handed as a reporter. Yes, he was always a liberal, but now that he has been fully ruined by the corrupt CNN, Tapper has become the most distrusted journalist in America, according to a recent survey.
So, the next time you hear a “journalist” claim that they are only “reporting the news,” understand that this “news” they are reporting conforms to the far left agenda from word go. The media is entirely corrupt.
Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.