There’s been a lot of uproar today over charges of liberal bias in the mainstream news media stemming from last night’s debate and Ted Cruz’s broadside at the left-leaning panel the debaters faced.
But when they hear these charges of liberal media bias, many people still remain unconvinced. They say the Republicans candidates and conservatives in general are just cry babies and that the charges simply cannot be true.
These people are simply ignoring the overwhelming evidence of long-standing ties (family and otherwise) between the dominant media and Democrats. We’re talking blood, bucks and bias.
And the evidence is nothing less than staggering. Consider the facts:
George Stephanopoulos of ABC News’ Good Morning America and This Week is President Bill Clinton’s former press secretary and contributor to the Clinton Global Initiative. Prior to that he worked for liberal presidential candidates Michael Dukakis and Dick Gephardt. He also worked for liberal campaign consultant James Carville.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper has served on an advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative.
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews served on the staffs of four Democratic members of Congress, including Senators Frank Moss and Edmund Muskie. In 1974, he mounted an unsuccessful campaign for Pennsylvania’s 4th congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matthews was a presidential speechwriter during the Carter administration and later worked for six years as chief of staff to longtime Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is a big-time contributor to President Barack Obama and other Democrats. Roberts has entertained the president at Martha’s Vineyard and he and other Comcast execs have bundled money for Obama and other liberals. Comcast holdings include NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, AT&T Broadband, Telemundo, and Universal Studios. Since 2006 Roberts himself has donated $76,000 to Democrats.
PBS’s Bill Moyers was Democrat President Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary. A well-known liberal, Moyers mentored a young Charlie Rose at PBS. Rose is now the anchor for CBS This Morning. prog Rose has also been a correspondent for 60 Minutes and a member of the board of directors of Citadel Broadcasting.
NBC’s Luke Russert is the son of Tim Russert who worked as a special counsel, and later as chief of staff, to U.S. Senator Daniel Moynihan, a Democrat from New York. In 1983, he became the counsel to New York Governor Mario Cuomo, also a Democrat.
CBS News President David Rhoades is the brother of President Obama’s national security advisor, Ben Rhoades.
ABC’s Claire Shipman is married to Jay Carney, the former White House Press Secretary under Obama. Carney himself was a Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief and after leaving the White House he went to work for CNN. Carney now works for Amazon chief Jeff Bezos who now owns the Washington Post.
CNN’s Jake Tapper worked for Democrat Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky. Mezvinsky is now Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in-law.
ABC News president Ben Sherwood is the brother of Obama’s special advisor Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall.
CNN Vice President Virginia Moseley is married to Tom Nides, Obama’s former deputy secretary of state.
NPR contributing analyst and syndicated columnist Cokie Roberts is the daughter of former ambassador and long time Democrat Congresswoman Lindy Boggs and Democrat Congressman Hale Boggs who was also House majority leader.
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is the daughter of President Carter’s National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski.
NPR’s White House correspondent Ari Shapiro is married to lawyer Michael Gottlieb, a member of the White House counsel’s office under President Obama.
Former Washington Post reporter Shailagh Murray was Joe Biden’s communications director, then deputy chief of staff; Murray’s husband is a Wall Street Journal political reporter.
NPR’s Michelle Norris, co-host of “All Things Considered,” is married to Broderick Johnson, who worked on John Kerry and Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns and was a member of the legislative affairs team in the Clinton White House.
ABC News reporter Matt Jaffe, who covered the GOP primaries is married to Katie Hogan who served as deputy press secretary for Barack Obama’s campaign.
ABC News producer Ian Cameron is married to Susan Rice, former U.S. ambassador and national security advisor under President Obama.
CNN senior political analyst David Axelrod was the mastermind behind the Barack Obama campaigns and worked in the White House for Obama.
Fox News analyst Joe Trippe has worked on the Democrat presidential campaigns of Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Gary Hart, Dick Gephardt, Jerry Brown and John Edwards.He was the guru behind the Howard Dean presidential campaign.
Former ABC News correspondent and now CNN anchor Chris Cuomo is the son of former New York Democrat Governor Mario Cuomo and the brother of present New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who also served in the Clinton cabinet.
CNN’s Donna Brazile has worked on many presidential campaigns for Democrat candidates, including Jesse Jackson , Walter Mondale, Richard Gephardt, Michael Dukakis and Bill Clinton.
ABC’s Biranna Golodryga, was co-anchor of “Good Morning America” and married Peter Orzag, former director of the Office of Management & Budget under President Obama.
Those are just some of the many ties between liberal Washington and the dominant media — the people who control if you know, what you know and whenyou know it.
The situation is nothing less than incestuous. It sort of reminds you of all the inter-marriages and relatives in Hollywood — another bastion of far left kookiness. And the revolving door between Democrat appointees and office-holders and the media is a whirlwind.
But there’s more — lots more. So now, consider the following:
A 2014 Indiana University study found that just seven percent of journalists identify themselves as Republicans.
A study of contributions to the 2008 presidential campaign found that Obama and the Democrats received a whopping 88% of contributions from Senior executives, on-air personalities, producers, reporters, editors, writers and other self-identifying employees of ABC, CBS and NBC. A separate Investor’s Business Daily study put the campaign donation ratio at 11.5-to-1, in favor of Democrats. In terms of total dollars given, the ratio was 15-to-1.
In a 2007 Pew Research Center study of journalists and news executives, the ratio was four liberals for each conservative.
In a 2001 Kaiser Family Foundation poll, media professionals were nearly seven times likelier to call themselves Democrats rather than Republicans.
A 2014 Media Research Center study sought to find out “what journalists really think” about topical issues. Here’s what it discovered:
- Fully 81% of news media professionals favor affirmative action in employment and academia.
- Some 71% agree that the “government should work to ensure that everyone has a job.”
- 75% agree that the “government should work to reduce the income gap between rich and poor.”
- 56% say that the United States has exploited the nations of the Third World.
- 57% say that America’s disproportionate consumption of the world’s natural resources is “immoral.”
- Nearly half agree that “the very structure of our society causes people to feel alienated.”
- Only 30% agree that “private enterprise is fair to workers.”
After all this, do you still think the dominant media are objective? Really?
If that’s so, then maybe you ought to get a subscription to Pravda.