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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 09:21 AM
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"The Great White Mancave" ---- (FAIR's Latest Report)
(Sigh.. Even with Newpaper readership in decline and criticism for years about Conservative seems the "same old" Op-Ed writers still have the biggest voices in not only their own Big Three newspapers, but what get's sent out as OpEds in thousands of newspapers all over the country.)


The Great White Mancave

April 13, 2012 By Emily Schwartz Greco
A study of three prominent op-ed sections highlights their byline diversity problem and the conservative tilt of the nation's top columnists.

For years, researchers have parsed the nation's top op-ed sections and deemed them to be too male and too white. With this problem so openly acknowledged, you'd think that there'd be some improvement. Well, you'd be wrong.
The media reform organization FAIR, an OtherWords partner, reviewed the commentaries featured in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal between September and October 2011.


FAIR's report also notes that these three prominent opinion sections range from right-of-center to conservative. I've noticed the same thing. The Washington Post touts centrists Dana Milbank and Richard Cohen as being part of its "left-leaning" lineup. The Post's right-leaning squad, however, is packed with "severe conservatives" like George Will and Charles Krauthammer.

FAIR also found that the Occupy movement's arrival during the period studied didn't make a dent on the overall conservative tenor of the commentaries these newspapers published. "While coverage in papers news sections increased dramatically from September to October (2011), the opinion pages at the Times, Post and Journal remained entirely free of the voices of those involved," wrote researcher Nick Porter.

Because the Post, Times, and Journal are widely syndicated, the imbalance in their lineups is magnified throughout the media. Their columns run in hundreds of newspapers and new media outlets.

In 2007, Media Matters released an in-depth study on the rightward tilt of op-ed sections. It found that the top three, measured in terms of the number of newspapers in which they are featured, were George Will, Cal Thomas, and Kathleen Parker. Will, Thomas and Parker all appear on, which bills itself as "the leading source for conservative news and political commentary and analysis." Today, Thomas and Will are in about 500 newspapers and Parker's in more than 350.

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 07:49 PM
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1. This is one of the reasons WHY Newspaper readership is in decline...
Of course it doesn't help that twenty-something "lifestyle hipsters" have reflexively abandoned "old media" for fashion reasons, and hence don't demand any better... they're still perfectly willing to get their daily dose of propaganda from cable, which is less "old" than the less-biased broadcast news. The perils of an un-examined life...

I can tell you one thing, I used to watch news and read papers and listen to NPR all the time, and it is AMAZING what a propaganda impact they have... I grew tired of trying to filter out the propaganda mentally and gave up listening to it and collecting news articles just to tear out the propaganda paragraphs inserted by Post editors.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-18-12 11:30 PM
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2. IMO, newpaper purchasing is in decline. People are still reading the newspapers online.
We read them here at DU. Magazines, too.

Newspaper and magazine articles and what is on TV and radio is what we discuss here.

Thing is, the sources of hard news are few. Many sources simply reprint Associated Press articles.

I think something like five--used to be 7, may be under 5 now--corporations own most of our sources of news.

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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 11:37 AM
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3. And ...therein is the problem....We read online...yet online we,
who have the ability to seek and search for a broader viewpoint, have more information sources available. Many people ,though, like their news in one place or only have time to read one or two news sources in a day. When that news becomes so limited in only the same OP Ed Writers get coverage nationwide..then fewer people will find it interesting to read except those with more conservative views who read to have opinion reinforced.

Internet is a factor in declining newspaper readership for sure...and cable news is another. But, that these conservatives or quasi-conservatives are still pitched as Liberal vs Repug opinons (when they are really conservative Dem vs Conservative Repug}... is still worth pointing out. Their views get picked up by Cable and online new sources and they have broader "soap-box power" than the effect of declining readership of newspapers would seem to suggest.

just saying...

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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-19-12 11:42 AM
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4. Absolutely.
As a former newspaper reporter and columnist, I agree wholeheartedly. The information environment is polluted and the denizens are on to those who dunnit. The trick is in getting things to change. Well, I keep hoping anyway.
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