In yet another example of the implicit liberal bias among the mainstream media, a new report has found that award-winning journalists have forked over $382,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, including New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum and ABC World News Tonight anchor Carole Simpson. That’s compared to contributions of only $14,000 from right-leaning journalists to Donald Trump's campaign.
From Public Integrity:
In all, people identified in federal campaign finance filings as journalists, reporters, news editors or television news anchors — as well as other donors known to be working in journalism — have combined to give more than $396,000 to the presidential campaigns of Clinton and Trump, according to a Center for Public Integrity analysis.
Nearly all of that money — more than 96 percent — has benefited Clinton: About 430 people who work in journalism have, through August, combined to give about $382,000 to the Democratic nominee, the Center for Public Integrity’s analysis indicates.
About 50 identifiable journalists have combined to give about $14,000 to Trump. (Talk radio ideologues, paid TV pundits and the like — think former Trump campaign manager-turned-CNN commentator Corey Lewandowski — are not included in the tally.)
According to the report, the law requires disclosure of names only when the donation exceeds $200, meaning the numbers could swing even higher.
Nussbaum, a Pulitzer Prize winner, has been actively knocking Trump this election cycle as running an “ugly and xenophobic campaign.” She said, “I rarely write about politics, but it's true that the RNC-on-TV posts verged on punditry, and I can understand the concern about disclosure.” Nussbaum gave $250 to Clinton.
Most major outlets forbid their journalists from making contributions. Oddly enough, the clearly “we’re with her” New York Times states in its ethics handbook: “Any political giving by a Times staff member would carry a great risk of feeding a false impression that the paper is taking sides.” The Associated Press and CNN also ban its journalists from donating to political campaigns.
These rules generally apply to the political journos on staff but as Public Integrity states, it’s “play ball” for sports writers, restaurant critics, or arts correspondents.
Smaller outlets, on the other hand, have much more lenient policies for its news reporters. For example, Ryne Dither works for Liberty, Missouri’s Liberty Tribune. He gave $625 to Clinton’s campaign. His managing editor, Amy Neal, said she’s not worried about bias at her publication:
“We support the individual’s right to align themselves in their personal lives with the political ideologies that they choose, just as we support their right to worship — or not — in the way they choose. As journalists, we expect accuracy, objectivity and fairness from our staff. Ryne Dittmer’s work certainly reflects those standards.”
Several editors of national publications, like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, Hollywood Reporter, and Marie Clare have each given $2,700 to Clinton. Likewise, the same contribution was made by famous host Larry King, who is voting for Clinton though he considers Trump a friend.
Trump campaign spokesman responded to this study, saying, “Considering that we’re witnessing the single biggest coordinated media attack in political history, it should come as no surprise. If the [Federal Election Commission] viewed their biased hit pieces against Mr. Trump as in-kind contributions, they would have exceeded their maximum allowable gift limits a long time ago."
In 2014, a study found that over 50% of journalists didn’t affiliate with either political party, while 28% tied themselves to the Democratic Party, 7% identified as Republicans, and 14% said other.
There are some big names in that 28%, including longtime Clinton friend and ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos who disclosed giving the Clinton Foundation a whopping $75,000 between 2012 and 2014. It’s understandable with that much of an investment one might be a bit skewed in their personal passions, and thus bias might seep through during a broadcast or two.
As for Nussbaum, she has changed her policy and will now decline to contribute to campaigns in the future.
Sure, that ought to fix the bias.
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