CHICAGO - Journalism has become a prominent occupation for Left-leaners, but that's not news for conservatives. There are four Democrat-identifying journalists for every one Republican, a new poll shows, and those numbers could very likely be even more skewed in Democrat-controlled Chicago media.
Still, more journalists say they are political independents than ever before - backing away from the most common "Democrat" and the least common "Republican" identifications. The number of self-identifying independent journalists was over half in 2013, NewsBusters writes:
In a just-released survey conducted in late 2013, of 1,080 television network, print and online journalists, 28 percent self-identified as Democrats and only one-fourth as many, a piddling seven percent, called themselves Republican. That four-to-one disparity is up from two-to-one (36 to 18 percent) in the same poll taken in 2002, as the share of Republicans has plunged by 11 points.
The numbers come from “The American Journalist in the Digital Age,” the latest in a decennial poll of journalists conducted, since the early 1970s, by the School of Journalism at Indiana University.
The biggest change since the previous survey eleven years earlier came in the percent who maintained they are “independents,” not a surprise since you’d expect some liberals in the media to pretend they are something else so such polls as this would under-count liberals. From the press release: “In 2013, about half of all journalists (50.2 percent) said they were political independents, up about 18 percentage points from 2002.”
The make up of the poll, overseen by Professor Emeritus David Weaver and Professor Lars Willnat: “The random sample of 1,080 included 358 daily newspaper journalists, 238 from weekly newspapers, 132 from television stations and networks, 97 from radio, 92 from online news organizations, 103 from the wire services and 60 from news magazines."
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