‘Smug denial is no longer an option’: Recent media studies show ‘pretty much all of journalism now leans left’

Recent polls are revealing what many conservatives have contended for a while: that the media is decidedly liberal.

Several recent media surveys have noted the tilt to the left as Investor’s Business Daily reported in a piece entitled, “Media Bias: Pretty Much All Of Journalism Now Leans Left, Study Shows.”

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The editorial noted that it is “now pretty much a fact that journalism is one of the most left-wing of all professions.”

“The profound leftward ideological bias of the Big Media is the main reason why America now seems saturated with ‘fake news.’ Journalists, besotted with their own ideology, are no longer able to recognize their own bias,” it continued.

The surprise, however, seems to be that the same is now true of financial journalists as a new study pointed out.

Questions were put to 462 financial journalists from the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press and other newspapers around the country by researchers from Arizona State University and Texas A&M University. Another 18 additional interviews were conducted as a follow up with the final results surprising researchers.

From the total pool of 462 journalists, 17.63 percent called themselves “very liberal,” and 40.84 percent saw  themselves as “somewhat liberal.” The conclusion then is that 58.47 percent consider themselves left of center while another 37.12 percent claim to be “moderate.”

According to Investor’s Business Daily:

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.

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,” the editorial warned. “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, the publication noted, is an “enormous problem” for the media as an October Rasmussen Reports survey found that 45 percent of voters in the midterm elections thought “that when most reporters write about a congressional race, they are trying to help the Democratic candidate.”

And a survey of 1,000 voters by McLaughlin & Associates following the elections indicated that that “a forceful plurality” (48 percent) of respondents believe the media coverage is “unfair and biased” against President Trump. An amusing find was that 11 percent of Democrats believed the media was “unfair and biased” in favor of Trump.

“It used to be thought that, sure, the cultural beat writers, book reviewers and Op-Ed writers all shared a common intellectual bent and thus were more likely to be left-leaning than other reporters. But these recent studies show that’s not true,” Investor’s Business Daily shared. “The taint of bias now infects all of journalism, not just the cultural and opinion spinners.”

And this does not bode well for the journalists, or even journalism, as a distrust of the media will send Americans in search of alternatives, the editorial contends, calling on the mainstream media to address the issue.

“Smug denial is no longer an option,” the article stated.


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