Media Mashup: November 10, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-11-09 at 5.09.38 PMJournos’ Political Bias

American Thinker reports: “A mere 7 percent of journalists identify as Republicans, and when they do give money to political campaigns they usually donate to Democrats, lending evidence to Republican presidential candidates’ claims that they are facing a hostile audience when they deal with the press.

“As Republican candidates prepare for their fourth debate of the primary season tonight in Milwaukee, the people doing the questioning are increasingly in the spotlight, with their motives being questioned by the campaigns, voters and even by their fellow journalists.

And self-proclaimed Democratic journalists outnumber Republicans by 4-to-1, according to research by Lars Willnat and David Weaver, professors of journalism at Indiana University. They found 28 percent of journalists call themselves Democrats while just 7 percent call themselves Republicans — though both numbers are down from the 1970s. Those identifying as independent have grown.

“Among Washington correspondents, the ones who dominate national political coverage, it’s even more skewed, said Tim Groseclose, author of ‘Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind.’ More than 90 percent of D.C. journalists vote Democratic, with an even higher number giving to Democrats or liberal-leaning political action committees, the author said.”

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Supreme Court Will Hear Key Obamacare Case reports: “In Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, SCOTUS sided with Christian-owned Hobby Lobby, acknowledging their belief that life begins at conception.

“That decision did not protect nonprofits such as Little Sisters of the Poor. An international congregation of Roman Catholic women religious, Little Sisters of the Poor filed a class-action lawsuit against the HHS mandate, yet the administration threw out their challenge because the organization did not meet their exemption requirements.

“It seems SCOTUS will now give these Catholic nuns another chance to make their case, as well as other religious charities, schools and hospitals who have qualms with the mandate.”


Obama Administration Doesn’t Understand China

NationalInterest reports: “America’s problem relates not just to the optics of its activity and woeful coordination among the various branches of government in Washington, but it also appears to misread what China wants in the South China Sea. Indeed, this mirrors much of the commentary that has fixated on the narrow technical concerns and not on the larger strategic picture.”


A Friend Leaves CBS

When I worked for ABC News, I found most CBS producers and reporters were incredibly arrogant brats. Allen Pizzey was always a gentleman. His leaving CBS is a loss to the network. I hope he finds another place in journalism.

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist, who reported in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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