Accuracy in Media

ABC News reporter Terry Moran made a name for himself by challenging White House spokesman Scott McClellan’s request that Newsweek do more to correct the damage it inflicted on the Muslim world by publishing the false Koran-in-the-toilet story. Moran asked whether McClellan was trying to act like editor of Newsweek. McClellan might have made a better editor. After all, Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker was traveling and didn’t see the final version of the dubious story before it was published.

Moran also made news when he went on the Hugh Hewitt radio show and not only acknowledged an anti-military bias in the press, but said that some members of the White House press corps hate President Bush and 70 percent or more of them are pro-Kerry. 

Hewitt, an influential blogger and radio host, wanted to know how many members of the White House Press Corps actually hate Bush. A small number, Moran said, “but some big fish.” He didn’t name the fish. What about the percentage of the White House Press Corps that voted for Kerry? “Oh, very high. Very, very high,” he replied. He said it wasn’t 95 percent, but “upwards of 70, maybe higher. You know, it’s hard for me to say, but I would say very, very high.”

Moran’s statement comes in the wake of the release of a survey from the University of Connecticut Department of Public Policy confirming a strong pro-Democratic Party bias in the media. It conducted a survey of 300 television and newspaper journalists and found that, of those who voted, 68 percent favored John Kerry in 2004 and only 25 percent favored George W. Bush.

This survey found that 33 percent of journalists claim to be Democrats, but only 10 percent say they are Republicans and half say they are independent. While only 10 percent of journalists say they are conservative, 34 percent of Americans identified themselves as conservative. The obvious conclusion is that conservatives and Republicans are severely underrepresented in the media. That’s what Terry Moran, an eyewitness to the bias in the press corps, was saying.

There is a battle between old media and new media. By agreeing to be interviewed by Hugh Hewitt, Moran was throwing a bone to new media. But that bone turned out to be a boomerang. Hewitt gave Moran the rope with which to hang himself and his colleagues. Moran has confirmed everything we knew to be wrong with the major media. In fact, it’s worse than we thought, for Moran confirmed that the media have an anti-military agenda as the U.S. fights for its very survival in the war on terrorism. Does this agenda extend to wanting the U.S. to lose?

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