The latest Pew survey once again finds the media runs far more liberal than the generic population.
While it’s important to remember that most journalists in this survey continue to call themselves moderate, the ranks of self-described liberals have grown in recent years, according to Pew. For example, since 1995, Pew found at national outlets that the liberal segment has climbed from 22% to 34% while conservatives have only inched up from 5% to 7%.
The survey also revealed what some are sure to label a “values” gap. According to Pew, about 60% of the general public believes it is necessary to believe in God to be a truly moral person. The new survey finds that less than 15% of those who work at news outlets believe that. About half the general public believes homosexuality should be accepted by society — but about 80% of journalists feel that way.
The problem is that this liberal bias naturally infuses into coverage of events – which are almost always covered with a noticeable liberal slant. The coverage of the war in particular has been biased beyond all belief. Many members of the media actually want the US to lose this war so that Bush will lose re-election – even if that means the slaughter of scores of Americans. While certainly not all journalists feel this way, the coverage of the war has been incredibly and unduly negative, and the media has ignored stories that don’t match their desired conception that the war is turning into another Vietnam.
Unfortunately, the media is the last place one will find accurate and unbiased information these days.