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A whopping 97 percent of the media elite are pro-choice, according to a 1995 survey conducted by Stanley Rothman and Amy E. Black, which attempted to partly replicate a 1981 study of journalists working at top media outlets. Reporting their findings in a Spring 2001 article for the journal Public Interest, Rothman and Blacks found that the media elite held strikingly liberal views on abortion and a range of other issues. Among the findings:

  • Nearly all of the media elite (97 percent) agreed that “it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion,” and five out of six (84 percent) agreed strongly.
  • Three out of four journalists (73 percent) agreed that “homosexuality is as acceptable a lifestyle as
    heterosexuality,” and 40 percent agreed strongly.
  • Three-fourths (75 percent) agreed that “government should work to reduce the income gap between the rich and the poor,” and more than a third (34 percent) strongly agreed.
  • Relatively few journalists (39 percent) agreed that “less government regulation of business would
    be good for the economy,” and just five percent strongly agreed with this sentiment.

The earlier 1981 study, which was conducted by S. Robert Lichter and Stanley Rothman, covered 240 journalists at top media outlets — including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS — and found that “Ninety percent agree that a woman has the right to decide for herself whether to have an abortion; 79 percent agree strongly with this pro-choice position.” As if that were not bad enough, 54 percent did not view adultery as morally wrong, compared to just 15 percent who did. The journalists themselves acknowledged that they were a biased bunch: “Fifty-six percent said the people they worked with were mostly on the left, and only 8 percent on the right — a margin of seven-to-one.”

And that’s not all. In 1992, Professors David H. Weaver and G. Cleveland Wilhoit, from Indiana University, performed a broad survey of 1,410 journalists who “work for a wide variety of daily and weekly newspapers, radio and television stations, news services and magazines throughout the United States.” The authors presented their research in the Fall 1992 Media Studies Journal. Among the findings:

  • More than half of journalists (51%) said abortion should be “legal under any circumstances,” compared to just 4% who thought abortion should be “illegal in all circumstances.” (The corresponding figures for the general public are 33% and 14%, respectively.)
  • “The percentage of journalists rating religion or religious beliefs as ‘very important’ is substantially lower (38 percent) than the percentage in the overall U.S. population (61 percent).”
  • Nearly half of the journalists surveyed (47 percent) called themselves “liberal,” compared to 22 percent who described themselves as “conservative.”

A 2014 report in the Atlantic corroborates these findings: it finds that “among journalists who align with one of the two major parties, four in five said they’re Democrats,” adding that the median age for journalists is 47 (compared to 37 for the general population), and that “92 percent of journalists were white in 2012” (the same proportion as in 1992) and that 62 percent are still male (down from 80 percent in 1971). They’re also well-educated: 92 percent have college degrees (compared to 30 percent for the population as a whole). However, their median salary ($53,600)is about 35 percent lower today, in real terms, than what it was in 1970. Given their college background and falling income prospects, it is hardly surprising that these mostly white, mostly male, mostly middle-aged journalists tend to gravitate towards the liberal end of the political spectrum.

Bear that in mind, the next time you read news reports of the Colorado Springs shootings, accusing pro-lifers of creating a climate of hatred against Planned Parenthood, and of demonizing the organization, based on what they refer to as “fake” or “edited” videos (oh no, they’re not) by the Center for Medical progress (CMP). The CMP videos, far from having been debunked, are in fact truthful and accurate – see here, here, here and here. What’s more, Planned Parenthood has broken the law on at least four counts: illegal profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; performing illegal partial-birth abortions; illegally manipulating abortion procedures; and illegally performing abortions with the knowledge that the fetal body parts will be “donated” to research. If that doesn’t warrant condemnation, then I can only ask: what does?

Finally, let us recall the apostle of non-violence, Dr. Martin Luther King, who, in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, responded to critics by saying, “it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence.” Or as Catholic apologist and speaker Trent Horn aptly puts it: “Abolitionists and critics of segregation should not have censored their descriptions of the barbarisms of slavery or racism anymore than abortion abolitionists should censor their descriptions of the barbarism of abortion.”

In other news, a New York Times article (November 29, 2015) has brought to light more details about the suspect in the Colorado Springs shootings. P.Z. Myers, writing on his blog, considers the suspect to have been religiously motivated on account of his having read the Bible cover to cover as a young man, and written a short 2005 post saying that “we are in the end times” and urging people to accept the Lord Jesus while they can. However, no-one who knew him recalls him talking much about religion, and the suspect’s apparent interest in bondage and sadomasochistic sex (which Myers does not mention) suggests that he was anything but religious. I wonder how many media reports about the suspect will highlight this fact, over the next few days. To thoughtful people who reject the mindless liberal mantra that any sexual practice is OK, so long as it’s between “consenting adults,” it should be blindingly obvious that cruelty begets cruelty. Torture is torture.

The article also reveals that the suspect was also a regular marijuana.user, who sought out other people with whom he could smoke the drug. While marijuana can make many users feel mellow and relaxed, it can also make some people feel paranoid, scared and panicky, leading to a “bad turn” and an outburst of violent behavior. (I’ve known of such cases.) Additionally, cannabis can make some people feel dissociated: if they perform violent acts, they may not realize that their actions are real. It is reasonable to suggest that marijuana use may have been a factor in the shootings that took place in Colorado Springs. But somehow, I don’t expect America’s media reporters, who, being liberal, are much more likely to support marijuana legalization, to follow up that avenue of research.

For those who are interested, here’s my 2011 post, Media conspiracy: now it’s official, and my recent post, Slain officer in Colorado Springs was a pro-life pastor.

What do readers think?

Thanks for your response. The link you gave describes some actual facts--the kinds of things that aren't being found by investigators looking into the "profiting by selling baby parts" claims. It's also a good example of highly biased media coverage, trumpeting every code violation (some as minor as an unlocked closet) as if it were a capital crime, while admitting the facility was found to be in compliance by the regulators. The rest of your links establish how much Planned Parenthood is hated by conservative politicians. But they don't establish the legal violations you're claiming are fact. Nothing establishes those, as far as I can tell, except the breathless condemnations of highly biased, and severely underinformed, sources. Frankly I think "Live Action News" is a terrible source. For example, you use it to establish that "the states where there’s the most cause for concern have received the least scrutiny." But that link says that Texas is one of the problem states--and Texas did investigate, and was unable to find any proof of these allegations. So did Congress. And yet, conservative commenters are still announcing that Planned Parenthood was selling baby parts for money. The standard here is not "innocent until proven guilty," but "guilty even if investigated and exonerated." The shooter in Colorado said "no more baby parts" when he was arrested. If we applied your standard, we could conclude that he was motivated by these wild, unproven claims. It wouldn't be fair, but that's why we should wait for facts before we condemn. Pro Hac Vice
PHV: Short answer to your question: the states where there’s the most cause for concern have received the least scrutiny. The vast majority of states in the union either haven’t concluded their investigations or haven’t launched any at all: http://liveactionnews.org/giving-lie-another-try-thinkprogress-misleads-readers-planned-parenthood/ http://liveactionnews.org/course-pro-abortion-bloggers-falsely-declare-planned-parenthood-exonerated/ There's no real doubt about Planned Parenthood's law-breaking activities: http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-caught-storing-babies-janitors-closet/ Senate Republicans plan to defund Planned Parenthood: http://liveactionnews.org/despite-opposition-senate-republicans-still-plan-defund-planned-parenthood/ Oklahoma's governor is calling for an end to Planned Parenthood funding: http://liveactionnews.org/oklahoma-governor-calls-for-end-to-planned-parenthood-contracts-cites-overbilling/ Ohio's house has passed a vote to defund Planned Parenthood: http://liveactionnews.org/ohio-house-passes-bill-to-defund-planned-parenthood/ Missouri's revocation of Planned Parenthood's license is currently being blocked by a judge: http://liveactionnews.org/judge-blocks-missouri-planned-parenthood-license-revocation/ One possible reason why Colorado isn't doing anything about the CMP videos is that its governor is pro-choice: http://liveactionnews.org/colorado-the-land-of-planned-parenthood/ Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood is busy launching counter-suits: http://liveactionnews.org/planned-parenthood-threatens-sue-missouri-columbia-halts-abortions/ http://liveactionnews.org/breaking-planned-parenthood-sues-texas-reinstate-medicaid-money/ vjtorley
What’s more, Planned Parenthood has broken the law on at least four counts: illegal profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; performing illegal partial-birth abortions; illegally manipulating abortion procedures; and illegally performing abortions with the knowledge that the fetal body parts will be “donated” to research. I looked at your link, and it goes to an analysis of Nucatola's comments. And one that does not make serious legal arguments; for example, it seriously misstates the 289g-1 regulation. As far as I know, no state or federal investigation has found that these allegations are true. And it's not like Missouri and Texas are in the grips of a liberal conspiracy to protect Planned Parenthood. So why aren't actual investigators finding the facts that internet commenters find so easy to establish? Does the Missouri AG not have Google, or is it possible that the analyses you find online are wrong? How confident are you that Planned Parenthood broke the law? And if it's less than 100%, are you contributing to misinformation by flatly stating that it's a fact? Pro Hac Vice
i knew this. Its clear the top media is not a cross section of America. What would it be like if it was? What is the media was 97% pro0life? I bet there would be a rant about lack of diversity. By the way it follows also identity. The identities that are conservative are not welcome or there in the big media. it also is why its lost influence and attention. its simply not as intelligent and so interesting. its not fair or mainstreet USA. Conservative talkshows etc have taken over the real interest and intelligent conversation on the issues covered historically by the big media. Affitmative action? Naw. Reaching out for diversity? Naw. The only thing that matters is a vibrant public holding the media to a high level of truth, fairness, and competence. This would neutralize the left wingism of the big media. its really stupid and dumb and worthless to see important players in affairs of the nation being so unreflective of the nation and the better part of the nation. Yet with all that bias the liberal side still fails to prevail. DUMB. Robert Byers
VJT, media today are actually mostly unnecessary. Anyone on the Internet can assemble their own news channel. Legacy media survive as PR for progressive attitudes, values, and beliefs. Anyone who does not share their mindset, who chooses to rely on them for news, is showing bad judgment. The way they behave around the PP vids and the Colo Springs shooting is the exact way they will behave if the reader is victimized, unless said reader belongs to a group currently favoured by progressive governments, for their own ends. News
97% of us like VJT. That's a consensus. Mung
#1 Joe; the allegations are based on what the leaders of the PP clinics did and admitted on video. Whether they will be prosecuted is a different matter. The videos speak for themselves and no matter what the media says, they are guilty of the accusations made against them. If they are not then they could bring libel and slander lawsuits against the organization and possibly any organization that called them what they are. BUT in a civil lawsuit they cannot claim that their privacy rights were violated and have the videos thrown out of court. Their silence is deafening. jimmontg
Most people don't trust mass media anymore. Pleasant surprise is that younger generation trust media less than the older. People eventually figure out media's purpose is to brainwash everyone. Gallup poll page: "Bottom Line Americans' trust level in the media has drifted downward over the past decade. The same forces behind the drop in trust in government more generally, as well confidence in many U.S. institutions, may also be at work with the media...." http://www.gallup.com/poll/185927/americans-trust-media-remains-historical-low.aspx Eugen
"What’s more, Planned Parenthood has broken the law on at least four counts: illegal profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; performing illegal partial-birth abortions; illegally manipulating abortion procedures; and illegally performing abortions with the knowledge that the fetal body parts will be “donated” to research. " I am from north of the border so I have not been following the PP issue. Have they been charge and/or convicted of these crimes? Or are these allegations? joehalfgallon

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