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Friday, August 27, 2004
  When you need an easy target - visit Tech Central Station

I've hit on TCS before, here, here, here and here. These guys are such shills. And, just to show they have all of the journalistic standards of Rush LimpBowel, you don't have to go further than this current article, TCS: Tech Central Station - The GOP Takes Manhattan:
"Establishment media coverage makes Republicans look like yahoos and religious fanatics. That's hardly a surprise since members of the national press corps identify themselves as liberals over conservatives by five to one, according to a recent Pew Research Center study; American citizens, on the other hand, identify themselves as conservatives over liberals by three to two."
Which seems fairly reasonable, right? I mean they cited a Pew Research Center study, right? I mean, okay, they didn't provide the source for
"American citizens, on the other hand, identify themselves as conservatives over liberals by three to two"
But they did cite the source for the former.

Well, no. For those that didn't hit the link, it actually links to The American Enterprise: The Press and The Public Are Worlds Apart, which itself does not provide a link to the research, and identifies the title of the study as "Press Going Too Easy on Bush", but that is the subtitle of the report itself, and The American Enterprise conveniently omits the title, "Bottom-Line Pressures Now Hurting Coverage, Say Journalists".

And when you go to The Pew Research Center you find "Bottom-Line Pressures Now Hurting Coverage, Say Journalists
Press Going Too Easy on Bush"

The funny thing is that actual results from the report state:
About a third of national journalists (34%) and somewhat fewer local journalists (23%) describe themselves as liberals; that compares with 19% of the public in a May survey conducted by the Pew Research Center. Moreover, there is a relatively small number of conservatives at national and local news organizations. Just 7% of national news people and 12% of local journalists describe themselves as conservatives, compared with a third of all Americans.

In this regard, Internet journalists are similar ideologically to local journalists: 57% describe themselves as moderates, while 27% say they are liberals and 13% conservatives. Local TV and radio journalists include the lowest percentage of liberals of any of the journalist groups surveyed (15%). Even among local TV and radio journalists, however, just 13% describe themselves as conservatives.
So the numbers TCS used do reflect the content of the report accurately.

So, if you are going to link to a citation, why not link to the original report? Is it because most readers of TCS won't bother to follow the trail to the source? Probably. Is it because the tone of The American Enterprise article is inflammatory and supports the tone adopted in the TCS article? Probably.

Of course, a better question which may be asked is, "To what degree might the fact that the journalists are better educated than the average citizen explain the diffeence?"

I mean, come on! The average American can read beyound the 10th grade level. In fact, when you look at US literacy rates, consider State of Literacy in America: Introduction:
"What Does Level 1 Mean?

The NALS found a total of 21-23 percent - or 40-44 million - of the 191 million American adults (defined as age 16 or older) at Level 1, the lowest literacy level. Although many Level 1 adults could perform many tasks involving simple texts and documents, all adults scoring at Level 1 displayed difficulty using certain reading, writing, and computational skills considered necessary for functioning in everyday life."
And check out this graph. So, consider this when read our impressive literacy rate in the the CIA - The World Factbook -- United States:
"definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97%
male: 97%
female: 97% (1979 est.)"
and maybe those numbers won't impress you so much.

So, does the ability to read, lessens the chance that your conservative? I wonder if I could find any evidence that intelligent people tend to be liberal?[another post, back to studying] Hey, this is a blog, I'm allowed to be inflammatory, but at least I cite sources. And I cite the original source whenever possible.

Of course the entire tone of TCS: Tech Central Station - Where Free Markets Meet Technology is highly partisan. And with their complete lack of journalistic integrity, you might think Tech Central Station was a blog...
 
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