A fascinating (and depressing) new story from Investor’s Business Daily shows that the media can talk all day long about the objectivity and unbiased nature of political journalism, but it’s all hogwash.
In fact, several recent studies have shown that Beltway journalism isn’t the only style of news that has been utterly saturated with left-wing bias. Every form of reporting from mainstream features to financial journalism is now hopelessly colored by a strong liberal bias. Journalists themselves may be completely unaware of their own bias simply because they belong to an overall industry where conservatism is practically an alien concept. It is an impenetrable bubble, and it has an extraordinary impact on how this country sees itself through the lens of the media.
Researchers from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University questioned 462 financial journalists around the country. They followed up with 18 additional interviews. The journalists worked for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and a number of other newspapers.
What they found surprised them. Even the supposedly hard-nosed financial reporters were overwhelmingly liberal. Of the 462 people surveyed, 17.63% called themselves “very liberal,” while 40.84% described themselves as “somewhat liberal.”
When you add it up, 58.47% admit to being left of center. Along with that, another 37.12% claim to be “moderate.”
What about the mythic “conservative” financial journalist? In fact, a mere 0.46% of financial journalists called themselves “very conservative,” while just 3.94% said they were “somewhat conservative.” That’s a whopping 4.4% of the total that lean right-of-center.
Gee, you ever wonder why President Trump never gets any credit for presiding over this extraordinary economy? Ever wonder why the Republican tax cuts were universally derided as the worst thing to ever happen to this country? Ever wonder why no economist on the planet seems to be able to take a reasonable and measured look at Trump’s steel tariffs or his trade dispute with China? Well, these studies tell the tale. Every single journalist in the financial field is – knowingly or not – coming at these stories with a left-wing bias that can’t help but bleed over into every facet of their coverage.
If you think the problem of left-wing bias in the mainstream news arena is getting worse, IBD assures you that it’s not just your imagination. In fact, they write, ideological diversity in the media used to actually be a thing we could depend on.
“A long-term study of reporters’ leanings and attitudes, ‘The American Journalist in the Digital Age,’ shows that the drift toward liberalism has been going on for years within journalism,” they write. “In 1971, Republicans made up 25.7% of all journalists. Democrats were 35.5%, and independents were 32.5%. Some 6.3% of responses were ‘other.’”
Today? Democrats have a 4-1 advantage over Republicans in the journalism sector.
And going by what we’ve seen from the “Republicans” at the Washington Post, the New York Times, CNN, and MSNBC, even that doesn’t tell the whole story.