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The list: Journalists who wrote political checks: ‘They’re all in somebody’s pocket’...."YIKES!"
MSNBC ^ | June 20, 2007 | Bill Dedman

Posted on 06/21/2007 6:49:30 AM PDT by rface

The following 144 journalists made campaign contributions from 2004 through the first quarter of 2007, according to Federal Election Commission records studied by MSNBC.com.

Key: (D) contributed to Democrats or liberal causes, (R) to Republicans and conservative causes.

9 : 1 to Democratics

START HERE and scroll on down.......to read "Journalists'" comments.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: liberalmedia; mediabias; msnbc
Journalism is so corrupt and slimy
1 posted on 06/21/2007 6:49:34 AM PDT by rface
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To: rface

The Fifth Column.


2 posted on 06/21/2007 6:51:42 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: Incorrigible

“The pattern of donations, with nearly nine out of 10 giving to Democratic candidates and causes, appears to confirm a leftward tilt in newsrooms...”

Lordy, lordy, lordy, never thought I’d see it confirmed in print. I don’t have a problem with them donating money, it’s free speech and their right. I’m just glad it’s being reported.

Hey Libs - take all that talk about the Fairness Doctorine over talk radio and shove it.


3 posted on 06/21/2007 6:53:07 AM PDT by teddyballgame (red man in a blue state)
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To: Incorrigible
The enemy within! No more fake talk about how journalists leave their opinions at home. Hogwash. Journalists use their position and the media as activists. Where their treasure is is where their heart is. Do you think if a journalist invests $500 of his own skin to John Kerry do you think he is going to write an unflattering story about the guy and potentially jeopardize his political prospects???
4 posted on 06/21/2007 6:56:27 AM PDT by Obadiah
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To: rface

Under Radio - Is Air America considered Journalism?


5 posted on 06/21/2007 6:57:26 AM PDT by sono
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To: rface
I had to laugh when I saw that CBS had recently forbade political donations. Not donating doesn't change someone's heart so the only reason to forbid them would be to avoid this kind of analysis that would objectively identify the political bias of which they have always been accused.

In other words, they be col' busted.

6 posted on 06/21/2007 6:58:05 AM PDT by Pete ("Sucks to be you. Shouldn't have been a terrorist, Dawg.")
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To: rface
This one is takes the cake:

(D) The New York Times, Randy Cohen, ethics columnist, $585 in three donations in August 2004 to MoveOn.org, which conducted get-out-the-vote drives to defeat President Bush. In addition to the syndicated column "The Ethicist" for the Times Magazine, Cohen answers ethics questions for listeners of NPR....

Cohen said he thought of MoveOn.org as nonpartisan and thought the donation would be allowed even under the strict rule at the Times.

7 posted on 06/21/2007 6:58:50 AM PDT by freespirited
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To: rface

Shocking that all the Bloomberg news people donated to Democrats, isnt it?


8 posted on 06/21/2007 6:59:58 AM PDT by steve8714 ("A man needs a maid", my ass.)
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To: rface

(R) Fox News Channel, Ann Stewart Banker, producer for Bill O’Reilly’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” $5,000 in June 2006 to Volunteer PAC, which gave to Republican candidates. Her father was once a campaign treasurer for former Republican Sen. Bill Frist of Tennessee.

Banker didn’t return calls.
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This is surprising to me......I’ve always considered O’Reilly a liberal who disguises it well, primarily by his heavy emphasis on morals in a degree and manner that is uncharacteristic for liberals.


9 posted on 06/21/2007 7:03:41 AM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68
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To: freespirited
Cohen said he thought of MoveOn.org as nonpartisan...

Compared to his political positions, I'm sure that he sees MoveOn as a middle-of-the-road organization. Of course it's in the middle, just like he is. Just ask him. No bias there, just objective journalism.

10 posted on 06/21/2007 7:04:53 AM PDT by Bob
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To: rface

I don’t think the news outfits can legally prohibit their employees from contributing to the candidates of their choice; that’s their constitutional right. However, I do believe that they should drop their pretense of being objective news agencies. We should go back to the way newspapers used to be for the first hundred or so years of this country, where they proudly declared their political leanings in their names, such as “The Arkansas Democrat,” The Missouri Independent,” “The Republican Statesman,” etc.


11 posted on 06/21/2007 7:12:10 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA EST!)
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To: rface

No surprises here. That said, thank goodness for the Internet and talk radio so that these facts out....


12 posted on 06/21/2007 7:17:17 AM PDT by eureka! (The 'rats have made their choice in the WOT and honest history will not be kind to them...)
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To: rface
ABC's Fulginiti says, re her $6,000 contribution to Gov. Bill Richardson: "A friend asked me to do it. It's not a reflection of my political views." Now, that has to be the whopper of the year.
13 posted on 06/21/2007 7:17:58 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: rface
Here's one from my home town who wasn't aware that campaign donations are a matter of public record. KMSP (where Rod Grams used to be news anchor before getting elected to Congress) has become extremely liberal these days. This proves it:

Fox affiliate in Minneapolis, KMSP, Alix Kendall, morning anchor, $250 in September 2006 to Midwest Values PAC, which gave to Democratic candidates. Kendall said she opposes the war and thought that her donation was anonymous. "I also believe that the station doesn't own my political views and values. Did I make the contribution? I did. We all have political opinions in this business. A lot of us want to be politically active. But marching in a war protest isn't an option, being a recognizable person, so we give with our checkbook.

14 posted on 06/21/2007 7:22:28 AM PDT by Parmenio
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To: Pete

I think they should all be allowed to contribute - Fox does it right. They should just have to disclose.


15 posted on 06/21/2007 7:24:09 AM PDT by I still care ("Remember... for it is the doom of men that they forget" - Merlin, from Excalibur)
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To: freespirited

LOL.

That reminds me of ex-NJ Governor McGreevey - he’s teaching “ethics, law and leadership” at Kean University.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/19/politics/main2704904.shtml


16 posted on 06/21/2007 7:25:31 AM PDT by khnyny
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
I don’t think the news outfits can legally prohibit their employees from contributing to the candidates of their choice; that’s their constitutional right.

Generally, employment at private companies is "at will" for both the employer and employee. That means the employee can quit at any time and the employer can fire the employee at any time. No reason required.

Now, there are certain areas that are protected. For example, if the employee is covered by a collective bargaining agreement or if the employee alleges various kinds of discrimination based on minority status, "whistleblower" activities, or the like.

There's nothing in there about political activities. Just as Ford can demand that their employees not buy foreign cars, a liberal organization could demand their employees not be conservative (or vice-versa).

After all, though you have a constitutional right to free speech, there's no constitutional obligation on anyone to give you a job.

17 posted on 06/21/2007 7:28:27 AM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: Brujo

So, basically what you’re saying is that media ownership is overwhelmingly liberal and that the owners want their employees to reflect their liberal political views too, and attempt to effect this by their hiring and firing practices.

So much for the “objectivity” of the press. The problem is, some people understand the liberal media bias, but most people do not.


18 posted on 06/21/2007 7:38:51 AM PDT by khnyny
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To: Brujo

I scanned it. Any recognizable names?


19 posted on 06/21/2007 7:39:47 AM PDT by Mister Politics (www.misterpolitics.com)
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To: teddyballgame
Lordy, lordy, lordy, never thought I’d see it confirmed in print. I don’t have a problem with them donating money, it’s free speech and their right. I’m just glad it’s being reported.

I never thought I would see it confirmed in print, either. Just imagine, when I was in journalism school, I argued that there was a left tilt in journalism until I was blue in the face, and my professors wouldn't listen . . .

20 posted on 06/21/2007 7:42:54 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: khnyny
So, basically what you’re saying is that media ownership is overwhelmingly liberal and that the owners want their employees to reflect their liberal political views too, and attempt to effect this by their hiring and firing practices.

No, not really. What I am saying is that it's not illegal to hire and fire employees on the basis of political leanings. Whether the management of any of the companies in question does this consciously or not is debatable. What's certain, though, is that the report generated by MSNBC showed, I believe, a 9:1 ratio towards the liberal side.

21 posted on 06/21/2007 7:49:56 AM PDT by Brujo (Quod volunt, credunt.)
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To: Vn_survivor_67-68
This is surprising to me......I’ve always considered O’Reilly a liberal who disguises it well, primarily by his heavy emphasis on morals in a degree and manner that is uncharacteristic for liberals.

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He was raised in the Catholic church, which explains why he is against the death penalty.

22 posted on 06/21/2007 7:56:01 AM PDT by ThisLittleLightofMine
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To: freespirited

“Cohen said he thought of MoveOn.org as nonpartisan and thought the donation would be allowed even under the strict rule at the Times.”

And this is their ETHICS columnist? LOL! I wonder what a guy WITHOUT ethics would have done?


23 posted on 06/21/2007 8:23:29 AM PDT by Roberts
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To: rface
MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans. Two gave to both parties.

This quote is from the follow-up article on the website. It has lots more good info.

24 posted on 06/21/2007 9:24:25 AM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: rface
National Catholic Reporter, Margot Patterson, senior writer and arts/opinion editor, $2,100 to Claire McCaskill, Senate candidate, Democrat, in October 2006; a total of $800 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in 2004 and 2006; $1,000 to Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver in 2004; and $250 to Howard Dean, Democratic presidential candidate, in February 2004.

As a practicing Cathlic I am ashamed. The NCR should be innundated with correspondence calling for Ms. Patterson to be CANNED. She should not be permitted to support baby murderers and work for a Catholic periodical. Period.

25 posted on 06/21/2007 9:39:37 AM PDT by theanonymouslurker
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