Remember these results are self-reported:
NEW YORK Those convinced that liberals make up a disproportionate share of newsroom workers have long relied on Pew Research Center surveys to confirm this view, and they will not be disappointed by the results of Pew’s latest study released today.
While most of the journalists, like many Americans, describe themselves as “moderate,” a far higher number are “liberal” than in the general population.
At national organizations (which includes print, TV and radio), the numbers break down like this: 34% liberal, 7% conservative. At local outlets: 23% liberal, 12% conservative. At Web sites: 27% call themselves liberals, 13% conservatives.
This contrasts with the self-assessment of the general public: 20% liberal, 33% conservative.
This begs an obvious question.
Can the media do its job fairly with a 5 to 1 liberal to conservative ratio?
Affirmative action types consistently say we need a certain number of blacks, females or minorities in elective office in order to give these respective groups fair representation. Does the same not hold true for the media?
When the country at large calls itself conservative by a 3 to 2 margin and the media serving it is 5 to 1 liberal isn’t there an obvious problem?
Diversity is such a lofty goal in this country, the Supreme Court will rewrite the constitution in order to achieve it. Where is the diversity in the media?
The fix for this problem is obvious.
We should have court ordered diversity like they do at universities. The federal government should step in and force the media to hire conservatives. From now on, networks must ask political affiliation and should be required to give extra weight to conservative applicants.
Its been 50 years since Brown and it is time we integrate the media.