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Tuesday, June 08, 2004

NPR Ombudsman on the Liberal nature of the press

"how to keep journalists on the defensive in an election year"

Jeffrey Dvorkin examines a recent study by the Pew Center for the Public and the Press, which found that a majority of American journalists identify themselves as liberal.
This is only a small portion of the study. But it is likely to follow news organizations around for the rest of the political year like Marley's ghost. For some, Bush's rise or fall in November will be inextricably linked to this poll.

Of course, according to Dvorkin, "the poll may be a disservice" because it "never explains how or if bias has an impact on journalism."

Bias? Impact? Nah.

And btw, polls are surveys of public opinion for the acquisition of information; they are not meant to explain anything. The Ombudsman should know that.

Speaking of which, here's a good one. Explain this, if you will: "Belief that Jews were Responsible for Christ's Death Increases"
Q: Were the Jews responsible for Christ's death?

March 1997 Yes 19%

March 2004 Yes 26%
If your mind leaps to Gibson's movie, you're not the only one. Further results show that of those who have seen the movie, 36% percent "feel Jews were responsible," compared to 29% percent of those who plan to see the movie, and only 17% of those who have no plans to see it.

So there, O'Reilly.