What can we learn about media bias from donations made by journalists?

From the radically extreme leftist MSNBC.


MSNBC.com identified 143 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 16 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.

The donors include CNN’s Guy Raz, now covering the Pentagon for NPR, who gave to Kerry the same month he was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq; New Yorker war correspondent George Packer; a producer for Bill O’Reilly at Fox; MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough; political writers at Vanity Fair; the editor of The Wall Street Journal’s weekend edition; local TV anchors in Washington, Minneapolis, Memphis and Wichita; the ethics columnist at The New York Times; and even MTV’s former presidential campaign correspondent.

Here’s a little snip about The New Yorker:

The last bulwark against bias’s slipping into The New Yorker is the copy department, whose chief editor, Ann Goldstein, gave $500 in October to MoveOn.org, which campaigns for Democrats and against President Bush. “That’s just me as a private citizen,” she said. As for whether donations are allowed, Goldstein said she hadn’t considered it. “I’ve never thought of myself as working for a news organization.”

Don’t you think that this bias towards the left would affect how they report the news?

9 thoughts on “What can we learn about media bias from donations made by journalists?”

  1. You’re right! By 2020 China will rival the US in military power… and there’s nothing you can do about it…

    Unless the US implement a military state policy, and a fierce state controlled capitalism – to finance military expenditures, like in china… since that’s not going to happen… China’s rise is inevitable.


    1. I think the government needs to get out of capitalism, and slash all interventions into civil society, such as public education, Social Security, Medicare, anti-poverty programs, etc. All this government spending is killing the economy. We need the federal government to stop meddling in areas it has no business in. Then we will have plenty of tax money for next-generation equipment, and LOWER TAXES. Lower taxes equals more freedom. We need more freedom, which leads to more prosperity and more security.


      1. I agree with you if the Law is fair and REALLY enforced by the state (we the people).
        Because if that doesn’t happen we will have a jungle in which the powerful will smash the week. Like it or not: money is power
        I cannot have real freedom if the ‘bosses’ decide my life for me.

        “Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate” Bertrand Russell


        1. Bill Gates has less power over you than the low-level employees at all levels of government who can drag you into court, fine you, jail you, force you to perform abortions, force you to apologize, and they carve out massive amounts of your earnings for buying votes. You have nothing to fear from corporations, and everything to fear from government that oversteps its limitations as specified in the Constitution. Corporations have to please you in order to get your money – government doesn’t owe you a thing.


  2. Bill gates forces me to buy windows OS because no other OS runs the software I use. The same with MS Office which is insanely expensive. Furthermore if they had the choice they would have their workers stay 12h/day, everyday, at work and pay them a misery. Don’t believe me? That’s already happening… Corporations are already living in a stateless world! They can and they will promptly go to countries on which production costs are lower. The corporations don’t care about you, they only care about profit. It’s true they think about their customers satisfaction. But no one thinks like Henry Ford (that’s a great industrialist) anymore… Because of competition – produce at the lowest cost possible or you’ll die.


    1. Bill Gates forces you to do NOTHING. You CHOOSE to buy his product.

      Bill Gates forces no employee to work for him. They CHOOSE to work there for the salary and benefits.

      The alternative to Bil Gates is North Korea or Zimbabwe, where communism has been fully worked out.


      1. Yep, that’s a problem… we keep thinking there are only two ways… our way or the communist way… that’s far from the truth… I for one would love to live in Norway on Denmark… They are neither communist nor the ‘conservative’ state you desire. They are the best examples of well managed countries this world has to offer.


        1. I have to say I agree with Teralek here, WK. You do often seem to push everyone into extreme dilemmas, and in this case I absolutely believe that you are portraying a false dichotomy.


    2. “Bill gates forces me to buy windows OS because no other OS runs the software I use.”

      That’s like saying my favorite cafe forces me to buy their coffee because no other cafe make the coffee I want to drink.


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