Roger’s Rules

Surprises never cease department: Media bias 101

Here’s a headline for the ages:

Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1

What a surprise!

As William Tate goes on to note in his story in Investor’s Business Daily, the statistics are “overwhelming.” Nevertheless, and “true to form,” the media rankles at the natural conclusion–that there is deep and pervasive left-wing bias in the media. Their response is that “one candidate, Obama, is more newsworthy than the other. In other words, there is no media bias. It is we, the hoi polloi, who reveal our bias by questioning the neutrality of these learned professionals in their ivory-towered newsrooms.”

Right. And if you believe that, . . . But wait, before making me an offer, ponder some more of Tate’s story:

Given the pack mentality among journalists and, just like any pack, the tendency to follow the leader — in this case, Big Media — and since Big Media are centered in some of the bluest of blue parts of the country, it is highly likely that the media elite reflect the same, or an even greater, liberal bias.

A second is to analyze contributions from folks in the same corporate cultures. That analysis provides some surprising results. The contributions of individuals who reported being employed by major media organizations are listed in the nearby table.

The contributions add up to $315,533 to Democrats and $22,656 to Republicans — most of that to Ron Paul, who was supported by many liberals as a stalking horse to John McCain, a la Rush Limbaugh’s Operation Chaos with Hillary and Obama.

What is truly remarkable about the list is that, discounting contributions to Paul and Rudy Giuliani, who was a favorite son for many folks in the media, the totals look like this: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans (four individuals who donated to McCain).

Let me repeat: $315,533 to Democrats, $3,150 to Republicans — a ratio of 100-to-1. No bias there.

The amazing thing is that anyone not part of the media clique pays any attention whatsoever to the hosannas directed at St. Obama.

Now that I think of it, though, perhaps no one who is not part of that rancid fraternity actually does pay attention to their pious bleatings. “Americans Distrust the Media“: an old story with new traction.