Our Unbiased, Even-Handed, and Completely Impartial Press—Peter Robinson

 

As reported in the Washington Post, the fifth decennial survey of American journalists has just appeared. Whereas more than one in four journalists admit to being Democrats, the proportion that calls itself Republican is only one in fourteen.

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According to the story in the Washington Post, be it noted, “[t]he study…details that journalists are less happy in their jobs than ever before and that most believe the industry is headed in the wrong direction.”

Which means?

That there is a modicum of justice in this world after all.

 

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  1. Nick Stuart Inactive
    Nick Stuart
    @NickStuart

    Independents = 50.2%?

    When did “Independent” become a synonym for “Leftist?”

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  2. Western Chauvinist Member
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    @WesternChauvinist

    It means now that the Left has taken “liberty” out of “liberal,” progress from progressivism, and democracy from Democrats, it’s moving on to “independent.” Now the leftist conformist herd will proceed to remove all independence from “independent.” They’re so predictable.

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  3. Songwriter Inactive
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    @user_19450

    Nick Stuart:

    Independents = 50.2%?

    When did “Independent” become a synonym for “Leftist?”

     Beat me to it.  98% of those identifying themselves as “independent” were lying.  They are Democrats, too.

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  4. user_517406 Inactive
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    @MerinaSmith

    The “independents” are mostly lying.  Or deluded.

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  5. BuckeyeSam Inactive
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    @BuckeyeSam

    Who are in the “Other” category? Vegans?

    And with people like David Brooks and Kathleen Parker probably making up the Republican category, there are probably few who can be considered conservative–unless they’re hiding in the “Other” category with brown paper bags over their heads.

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  6. user_86050 Inactive
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    @KCMulville

    Peter Robinson:

    “…that journalists are less happy in their jobs than ever before and that most believe the industry is headed in the wrong direction.”

    Which means?

    That there is a modicum of justice in this world after all.

    Not necessarily. It depends on which direction they would prefer to go. Based on past performance, I’d guess they want to go from bad to worse. Obama wasn’t liberal enough for them, and now they want deBlasio. Next they’ll want Maduro from Venezuela, and the transformation to the dark side will be complete. 

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  7. user_1938 Member
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    @AaronMiller

    The classification of “Independent” should be abandoned. What you call yourself doesn’t matter. What matters is how you vote. If you regularly vote Republican or regularly vote Democrat, you are a Republican or a Democrat… at least for this purpose of identifying biases and affiliations. If you sometimes vote Democrat and sometimes vote Republican, you are a Swing Voter.

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  8. Guruforhire Member
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    @Guruforhire

    I think that we need scatter plots on the quadrant graph.

    Self-identification is utterly pointless especially in a time of low self-awareness and conceits.

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  9. user_82762 Thatcher
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    @JamesGawron

    Peter,

    I think this graph should be shown alongside another graph showing University Faculty.  You would see the same thing.  The significant minority that is respected and always has a voice is eroded into a marginalized afterthought.  Then the most banal left wing prejudice has nothing to counter it.  The atmosphere is much much worse.

    Regards,

    Jim

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  10. Seawriter Contributor
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    @Seawriter

    So, 14.6% of all journalist claim that rather than being Democrats, Republicans, or independents they belong to an “Other” party.

    Is this the party that “others” folks like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz?  Or does it mean that 2 out of every 14 journalists belong to:

    • The Libertarian Party
    • Green Party
    • Constitution Party

    or (as I believe more likely):

    • Communist Party USA
    • Freedom Socialist Party
    • National Socialist Movement
    • Socialist Equality Party
    • Socialist Party USA
    • United States Marijuana Party
    • Workers World Party

    A strange collection, but then, we are talking journalists.

    Seawriter

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  11. Yudansha Member
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    @Yudansha

    Merina Smith:

    The “independents” are mostly lying. Or deluded.

    I’m going with ‘lying.’

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  12. Roberto Member
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    @Roberto

    Songwriter:

    Nick Stuart:

    Independents = 50.2%?

    When did “Independent” become a synonym for “Leftist?”

    Beat me to it. 98% of those identifying themselves as “independent” were lying. They are Democrats, too.

     I disagree, more likely they are Socialists or Communists.

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  13. Eeyore Member
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    @Eeyore

    Lists like this always remind me of a call I heard on a talk radio show:
    “Now, I’m not a liberal. I’m a moderate. But it’s obvious that all opposition to Obama has to be racist.”
    Why is that?
    “Because there’s nothing in any of his policies that anyone could possibly disagree with,,,”

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  14. user_961 Member
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    @DuaneOyen

    Aaron Miller:

    The classification of “Independent” should be abandoned. What you call yourself doesn’t matter. What matters is how you vote. If you regularly vote Republican or regularly vote Democrat, you are a Republican or a Democrat… at least for this purpose of identifying biases and affiliations. If you sometimes vote Democrat and sometimes vote Republican, you are a Swing Voter.

     Yeah, but the super libertarians also tend to call themselves independent because the mainstream (“establishment”) GOP is too economically 20th century.  I do agree that the “independents” here are mostly “Occupy” partisans.

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  15. user_961 Member
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    @DuaneOyen

    Quick, Peter, call Glen Taylor and tell him to move faster!
    http://ricochet.com/one-big-improvement-coming-in-minnesota-and-mr-lileks-is-in-the-thick-of-it/

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  16. njberejan@gmail.com Inactive
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    @TarasBulbous

    Perhaps that 14.6% belong to the The Rent is Too Damn High party?

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  17. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    Seawriter:

    So, 14.6% of all journalist claim that rather than being Democrats, Republicans, or independents they belong to an “Other” party.

    Is this the party that “others” folks like Sarah Palin and Ted Cruz? Or does it mean that 2 out of every 14 journalists belong to:

    The Libertarian Party
    Green Party
    Constitution Party

    or (as I believe more likely):

    Communist Party USA
    Freedom Socialist Party
    National Socialist Movement
    Socialist Equality Party
    Socialist Party USA
    United States Marijuana Party
    Workers World Party

    A strange collection, but then, we are talking journalists.

    Seawriter

    I’m going to doubt that one.  Most are international socialists.  National socialism got a bad rap among the internationalists.  Just as an aside, the National Socialist Movement is headquartered in the City of Detroit.  There is another Nazi affiliate in the suburbs, but this one is right in the city.

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  18. Western Chauvinist Member
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    @WesternChauvinist

    Roberto:

    Songwriter:

    Nick Stuart:

    Independents = 50.2%?

    When did “Independent” become a synonym for “Leftist?”

    Beat me to it. 98% of those identifying themselves as “independent” were lying. They are Democrats, too.

    I disagree, more likely they are Socialists or Communists.

     And the difference would be?

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  19. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    Arahant: I’m going to doubt that one.  Most are international socialists.  National socialism got a bad rap among the internationalists. 

     As far as I am concerned, whether international or national, any socialist comes from the same [Words Banned By The Ricochet Code of Conduct] sewer.  They are the same [Words Banned By The Ricochet Code of Conduct] thing.

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  20. Arahant Member
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    @Arahant

    I agree, but they don’t.  You’ll get them dizzy and all in a tizzy.  After all, the fight with the far away enemy is never so vicious as the fight with the close neighbor.

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  21. Proud Skeptic Inactive
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    @ProudSkeptic

    Declaring yourself an “Independent” these days is very fashionable, especially among the intellectual elite (the press being the kiddie corps contingent of this group).  It suits their vanity to tell others that each and every decision they make is carefully weighed in the absence of pre-established values or beliefs.  It impresses themselves at least.

    Me…I refuse to identify as a Republican, though I typically vote for the Republican candidate or not at all (I stayed home in 2008…sorry).  They really are directionless these days.  Unfortunately, I am not elite enough to tell people I’m an Independent.  So I tell people I’m a Conservative.  It has the side benefit of letting them know Conservative and Republicans overlap sometimes but are by no means the same thing.

    BTW – I am currently a registered Democrat.  It amuses me.

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  22. Leigh Inactive
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    @Leigh

    To be fair to Independents, being partisan is meaningfully different from being ideological, even if it makes no difference in your actual votes.

    I have no problem registering as a Republican or identifying as such (though I prefer conservative) because I believe that the party represents my beliefs over the alternative the vast majority of the time and has room for disagreement on the others.  But I examine individual cases (down to the local level as much as possible) and reserve the right to not follow the straight party ticket, though in the t.  Some people who identify as Independent simply want to convey that idea.

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  23. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    Arahant: You’ll get them dizzy and all in a tizzy. 

     Yes, but that is how we want them.  Play chess (or any strategy game) with someone dizzy and all in a tizzy.  See who wins.

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  24. Goldgeller Member
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    @Goldgeller

    Proud Skeptic:

    Declaring yourself an “Independent” these days is very fashionable… It impresses themselves at least.

    Me…I refuse to identify as a Republican…

    …I tell people I’m a Conservative. It has the side benefit of letting them know Conservative and Republicans overlap sometimes but are by no means the same thing.

    BTW – I am currently a registered Democrat. It amuses me.

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Heck! I’m also still a registered Democrat (back from my high school days). I pretty much always vote R because… well, who else?

    I’m more interested in seeing who these people donate to– that’s what’s really telling.  I’m fairly certain the numbers reveal that the media is significantly more sympathetic to the Ds and to the left than they are to the Rs.

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  25. Songwriter Inactive
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    @user_19450

    Roberto:

    Songwriter:

    Nick Stuart:

    Independents = 50.2%?

    When did “Independent” become a synonym for “Leftist?”

    Beat me to it. 98% of those identifying themselves as “independent” were lying. They are Democrats, too.

    I disagree, more likely they are Socialists or Communists.

     one could make the argument that a lot of Democrats are really Socialists or Communists.  Take  the President, for example.

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  26. Proud Skeptic Inactive
    Proud Skeptic
    @ProudSkeptic

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Heck! I’m also still a registered Democrat (back from my high school days). I pretty much always vote R because… well, who else?

    I’m more interested in seeing who these people donate to– that’s what’s really telling. I’m fairly certain the numbers reveal that the media is significantly more sympathetic to the Ds and to the left than they are to the Rs.

     Nobody gets money from me these days (nobody in politics).  I tell the Republicans that since they don’t seem to have a problem running up a deficit then that can go ahead and borrow the money they want.

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  27. Goldgeller Member
    Goldgeller
    @Goldgeller

    Proud Skeptic:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. Heck! I’m also still a registered Democrat (back from my high school days). I pretty much always vote R because… well, who else?

    I’m more interested in seeing who these people donate to– that’s what’s really telling. I’m fairly certain the numbers reveal that the media is significantly more sympathetic to the Ds and to the left than they are to the Rs.

    Nobody gets money from me these days (nobody in politics). I tell the Republicans that since they don’t seem to have a problem running up a deficit then that can go ahead and borrow the money they want.

     I gave some money to Marco Rubio and Allen West (I was in West’s district). And I gave some money to the RNC just because I have some difficulty telling phone callers “no, I’m hanging up.” But the main thing is to follow the money. It would be heavily Democratic I think, regardless of how many people say they are “independent.” 

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