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Politico Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats
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Posted on 04/23/2012 9:53:17 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Politico Co-Founder: Most Journalists I've Known Are Democrats By Matthew Sheffield Created 04/23/2012 - 12:33pm

In one of the more honest admissions of the obvious, Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei admitted earlier this month that the majority of the journalists that he's known in his career at a variety of publications "vote Democratic."

"If I had to guess, if you put all of the reporters that I’ve ever worked with on truth serum, most of them vote Democratic," VandeHei said during the March 14th edition of C-SPAN's "Road to the White House" program. Video follows.

Thanks to the Washington Free Beacon for the catch.

This wasn't the first time that VandeHei has told the truth about what reporters think about Republicans and Democrats. Last year, he stated that he didn't think there were "any" reporters working in the business who believed that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin should become president of the United States.

While he is now more willing to talk about the Democratic dominance of the media industry, VandeHei's remarks contradict his earlier expressed belief that the news media favor "centrist" politicians and policies. Several months before his admission that the media dislike Palin, VandeHei wrote with his fellow Politico co-founder John Harris that the national political press is against "ideological zealoutry" and is "centrist:"

Conservatives are convinced the vast majority of reporters at mainstream news organizations are liberals who hover expectantly for each new issue of The Nation.

It’s just not true. The majority of political writers we know might more accurately be accused of centrist bias.

That is, they believe broadly in government activism but are instinctually skeptical of anything that smacks of ideological zealotry and are quick to see the public interest as being distorted by excessive partisanship. Governance, in the Washington media’s ideal, should be a tidier and more rational process than it is.

Assuming he hasn't come to a different opinion and that the infamously liberal Harris didn't write the above paragraphs, it appears VandeHei believes the media are biased in favor of centrist Democrats.

Unfortunately, as NewsBusters has persistently demostrated, liberal Democrats are far less likely to be labeled or be perceived as such by the national press. That makes sense, since one is less likely to perceive as extreme one's ideological fellows. While VandeHei may believe his colleagues favor moderate Democrats, in reality, this translates to a bias in favor of Democrats generally.

So while we can give kudos to VandeHei for admitting what surveys of journalists have consistently shown (see our recently released Media Bias 101 for full details), it looks like he may still have a ways to go before he can admit that liberal Democrats dominate the elite media, not centrist ones.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: duh
Paging Captain Obvious........
1 posted on 04/23/2012 9:53:19 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

if the guy is admitting that “most” journalists he knows are rats it really means 99.9% of them are...


2 posted on 04/23/2012 9:56:07 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Sub-Driver

This just in...”Most Rabbis are Jewish”.


3 posted on 04/23/2012 9:56:58 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Sub-Driver

In other news: “Scientists discover that rocks are hard - water is wet”


4 posted on 04/23/2012 10:03:14 AM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Sub-Driver
... that the national political press is against "ideological zealoutry" and is "centrist:"

Yes that makes sense when you realize that that same group thinks that Fox News is far right and that the National Democrat Party is also 'centrist'. If your perspective is already left of center, then everything else is skewed and the nice thing about being a progressive is that everything to the right of you is EVIL.

5 posted on 04/23/2012 10:03:41 AM PDT by SES1066 (Government is NOT the reason for my existance!)
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To: Sub-Driver

I have no doubt.

Conservative crusaders go into business, the military, etc. They want to make a difference.

Liberal crusaders go into journalism. They want to talk about people who make a difference.

SnakeDoc


6 posted on 04/23/2012 10:08:16 AM PDT by SnakeDoctor ("I've shot people I like more for less." -- Raylan Givens)
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To: Sub-Driver
[gasp!] REALLY?!
7 posted on 04/23/2012 10:08:36 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Sub-Driver
"most of them vote Democratic"

Who knew?

8 posted on 04/23/2012 10:18:52 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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Taqiyya Taqiyya




9 posted on 04/23/2012 10:19:06 AM PDT by devolve (---- --------insanity_is_alive_and_mucho_malignant----------)
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To: Sub-Driver
if you put all of the reporters that I’ve ever worked with on truth serum, most of them vote Democratic,"

so he's admitting that, not only do most reporters vote Democrat, but, that they also will lie when necessary.

10 posted on 04/23/2012 10:21:11 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Signalman

>>>This just in...”Most Rabbis are Jewish”.

And most Popes are Catholic...


11 posted on 04/23/2012 10:22:14 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Willard Romney, purveyor of the world's finest bullmitt. | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: YHAOS

I’m waiting for the Captain Obvious post.


12 posted on 04/23/2012 10:26:51 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: SnakeDoctor

“Liberal crusaders go into journalism. They want to talk about people who make a difference.”

That’s the reason that SOUNDS good. The REAL reason is that they want to hob-nob with the rich & famous, get invited to Georgetown cocktail parties and White House shindigs, and maybe get laid.


13 posted on 04/23/2012 10:30:12 AM PDT by bopdowah ("Unlike King Midas, whatever the Gubmint touches sure don't turn to Gold!')
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To: Sigurdrifta
"I’m waiting for the Captain Obvious post."

Check post #1. ( ^8 }

14 posted on 04/23/2012 10:31:02 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Sub-Driver

In other news, bears crap in the woods.


15 posted on 04/23/2012 10:33:59 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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To: Darren McCarty

In other news, the Red Wings flop in the playoffs.


16 posted on 04/23/2012 10:34:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Sub-Driver
VandeHei's remarks contradict his earlier expressed belief that the news media favor "centrist" politicians and policies.

Not a contradiction at all...it's a distinct difference in what defines "centrist".

As a DU lurker, I can assure you there are hard core lefties who think Maddow is a mainstream moderate.

17 posted on 04/23/2012 10:39:16 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: dfwgator

Cubs don’t win World Series!


18 posted on 04/23/2012 10:45:22 AM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: Sub-Driver
The question is why? and how do we fight it?
19 posted on 04/23/2012 10:45:40 AM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Sub-Driver

But just why are newspeople and professors Democrats? It’s been so for quite some time.


20 posted on 04/23/2012 10:48:14 AM PDT by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: Sub-Driver

I’ve seen polls which indicate only about 7% of journalists have been to a religious service within three years. There is a famous clip on YouTube where Obama quips to a large group of reporters that Obama knows, “most of you supported me”. Other surveys have shown a 90ish % majority who consider themselves liberal.

It’s always puzzled me that mainstream journalists are NEVER Conservative. Surely if the vocation promotes based upon merit or qualification there would occasionally be a Conservative news anchor in a country which boasts 40% conservatives?

Very strange indeed.


21 posted on 04/23/2012 11:20:49 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: YHAOS

Well. I meant that neat picture I have seen!


22 posted on 04/23/2012 11:31:11 AM PDT by Sigurdrifta
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To: Sub-Driver

Ha, ha, this clown says most journalists he knows are centrists. However, “they do believe strongly in government activism.” Someone should send this moron a statement about the differences between conservatives and liberals from Mark Levin.


23 posted on 04/23/2012 11:32:06 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Sub-Driver
vast majority of reporters at mainstream news organizations are liberals

NO, NO, NO - they are leftist. We need to stop using the warm and fuzzy term "Liberal". Call them leftists, socialists, Marxist or communist, but NOT LIBERal. They are anti-LIBERal, they are anti-Freedom.

Stop the Insanity! Take back the language!

24 posted on 04/23/2012 11:35:08 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty and Justice for ALL)
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To: LucianOfSamasota
Very strange indeed.

... those with a proclivity for journalism are of a liberal persuasion early on. They attend college and major in journalism attending classes taught by ultra-liberal professors. They go on into journalism careers and are surrounded in their insular world by like thinking journalist robots. Nothing strange here ... whatsoever.

25 posted on 04/23/2012 11:35:28 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: Sub-Driver

“Most”???????


26 posted on 04/23/2012 11:40:14 AM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Sub-Driver

No kidding...kinda a “Most water is wet” moment.


27 posted on 04/23/2012 11:42:38 AM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: FreeAtlanta

Yeah, I’m with you.
Time for more people to grow a pair and call them “communists” as they are.

It’s funny though, that leftists REALLY get their back up when you call them communists.
Usually, it’s when you call them “socialist” and they point to the dictionary and say that they don’t fit the definition.

At which point, it’s time to concede the point and tell them that it is indeed true that they fit the definition of “fascist” better than “socialist”, but you were trying to be nice.


28 posted on 04/23/2012 11:46:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: FreeAtlanta

>> We need to stop using the warm and fuzzy term “Liberal”. <<

Couldn’t agree more. And while we’re at it, let’s ban the terms “red states” and “red counties” when referring to jurisdictions with GOP majorities. Red stands for leftism, blue stands for patriotism!


29 posted on 04/23/2012 11:46:23 AM PDT by Hawthorn
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To: DannyTN
We know conservative students are discouraged from pursuing journalism degrees in colleges. How do we change this?

There's no money in it. Seriously. Starting salaries in journalism are awful . . . at least they were back when I was getting started in the early 1990s. Hell, my editor worked a second job at a mall selling jeans.

The only way you can hang in journalism as a young buck is with a trust fund, or indulgent parents.

30 posted on 04/23/2012 11:46:29 AM PDT by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: dfwgator

That one hurts. It’s because the Wings never replaced McCarty. The real one.


31 posted on 04/23/2012 12:53:52 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (The Republican Party is bigger than the presidency.)
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