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Monday, July 02, 2007

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

What does the cartoon above tell us? That all reporters are Democrats and that the news has a well-known liberal bias*. Right?

Well, that's what it wants us to think. The data come from a recent study, but there was a bit of elision performed: what the study actually showed was that, of the less than one percent of journalists (143 out of 100,000+) who actually contributed money to political candidates, 87% of them contributed small sums to the Democrats.

Additionally, what is left unspoken is that the majority of OWNERS media outlets (newspapers, radio and television stations) contributed much larger sums of money to the Republicans.

Besides, who gets to decide what is shown on the TV or written in the newspaper–the hired hand (reporter) or the owner (via his editor)?

As A. J. Liebling said, "Freedom of the press belongs to the man who owns one. "

*As Stephen Colbert once said, the FACTS have a well known-liberal bias, and that is why Fox has decided to go with a fact free format.



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