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5 Statistics That Show Media Bias Is Real

Poll after poll shows that the public has some serious disdain for the media and it’s easy to see why: the media’s left-wing bias is shoved in the public’s face on a daily basis, especially during the age of President Trump, yet the media still puts on the facade that they’re objective.

The leftist bias that is pervasive in the media is borne out by various statistics. Here are five such statistics showing that leftist media bias is real.

1. Only 7% of journalists are Republican. This is according to research conducted by a couple of journalism professors at Indiana University, which also found that 28% of journalists are Democrats, meaning that Democrat journalists outnumber Republican journalists by a margin of 4-to-1. While it’s true that those numbers mean that 65% of journalists don’t identify with either party, journalist Judith Miller pointed out in a Prager University video that “by any fair measure this group is overwhelmingly on the political Left.”

2. In 2016, not a single White House reporter was a Republican. Naturally, 88% of them wrongly thought that Hillary Clinton was going to win the presidential election. That said, 60% of them were not registered to vote but 15 reporters said they would vote for either Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) while only three said they would vote one of the Republican presidential candidates.

3. 96% of media donations to presidential candidates went toward Hillary Clinton in 2016. According to the Center for Public Integrity, members media donated $396,000 to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. $382,000 was donated to Clinton, while only $14,000 was donated to Trump.

4. 51% of newspaper and Internet publishing jobs are in counties that Hillary Clinton won in 2016 by over 30 points. It’s even worse when focusing solely on online publishing jobs: (H/T: Politico Magazine)

Today, 73 percent of all internet publishing jobs are concentrated in either the Boston-New York-Washington-Richmond corridor or the West Coast crescent that runs from Seattle to San Diego and on to Phoenix. The Chicagoland area, a traditional media center, captures 5 percent of the jobs, with a paltry 22 percent going to the rest of the country. And almost all the real growth of internet publishing is happening outside the heartland, in just a few urban counties, all places that voted for Clinton. So when your conservative friends use “media” as a synonym for “coastal” and “liberal,” they’re not far off the mark.

In sum, the aforementioned statistics show that most members of the media are leftists who supported Hillary Clinton in areas that supported Clinton, which should make the following statistic a lot less surprising.

5. 80% of the media coverage in Trump’s first 100 days as president was negative. According to a study from Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Trump’s best week of coverage was when the tone was 70% negative and 30% positive; his worst was when the tone was 90% negative and 10%.

By contrast, the media coverage during Barack Obama’s first 100 days was 59% positive and 41% negative. George W. Bush’s were 57% negative and 43% positive and Bill Clinton’s were 60% positive and 40% negative.

And that trend has only continued beyond Trump’s first 100 days, as a Media Research Center study found that the media overwhelmingly covered the Russia investigation more than any other issue since mid-May.

No wonder most Americans despise the media.

This article has been modified to state that 51% of Internet and online publishing jobs are in counties Hillary Clinton by over 30 points.

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