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JUNE 21, 2007

125 Reporters Gave Money to Dems/Liberal Causes vs. 17 Reporters Who Gave to GOP Proves News Media’s Leftist Slant

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ALEXANDRIA, VA --- Bill Dedman, investigative reporter for MSNBC.com, published a story today that documents, through Federal Election Commission records, the political contributions of 144 journalists from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign. The facts show: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes while only 17 journalists gave to Republicans; another 2 gave to both parties.

In response to the report, MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement:

“This story re-confirms what we’ve been documenting for years—that most of America’s newsrooms are infested with liberals and that this mindset, in countless ways, spills over into the news coverage, producing liberally biased news stories on a variety of issues: Iraq, taxes, immigration, government, culture, the arts. You name it.

“The people controlling the content of the news and feeding it to the public are mostly ardent liberals who are spinning their stories with one hand and writing checks for the DNC and Moveon.org with the other hand. It is a liberal media culture and they cannot be trusted to give Americans a fair presentation of news and the issues.

“Of course, journalists, like every other American have the right and should be allowed to make political contributions to whomever—Democrat, Republican, liberal or conservative. However, there should be full disclosure and reporters who give to political causes should recuse themselves from covering them.

“But when CNN’s Guy Raz (now a defense correspondent with NPR) gives $500 to John Kerry the same month he was embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq in 2004, or when The New Yorker’s Judith Thurman writes a profile of Teresa Heinz Kerry and then gives $1000 to the Democratic National Committee, this makes a mockery of the idea of impartiality. … Kudos to MSNBC’s Bill Dedman for his excellent reporting on this topic.”


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