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87% of Journalists Tilt left in Elex Funds
June 22, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Nearly nine out of 10 journalists who made political donations gave to Democrats or left-wing groups, according to a bombshell new investigation into media bias - and perhaps the most shocking name on the list was the writer of "The Ethicist" column for The New York Times.
The probe by MSNBC investigative reporter Bill Dedman revealed the names of 144 employees - reporters, editors, producers - from media organizations nationwide who have lined the candidates' pockets since '04.
Underscoring the leftward tilt of the press, 125 of the workers, or 87 percent, ponied up only to Democrats and liberal causes, while just 17 chipped in only to Republicans. Two reporters gave to both parties.
Candidates are required to file with the Federal Election Commission the names of all donors and their employers, which provided MSNBC the starting point for its investigation.
The majority of political donors on the list work for mainstream daily newspapers and wire services.
Others come from ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as two donors from Fox News Channel and three from Fox affiliates around the country. Fox is the only one of the four networks that doesn't bar employees from making such contributions.
Timesman Randy Cohen, whose column "The Ethicist" is syndicated nationally, donated $585 to MoveOn.org in 2004 as the rabidly left-wing group was going full-throttle in its effort to oust President Bush, end the Iraq war and bounce a slate of other Republican candidates from office.
Cohen did not respond to a request for comment from The Post, but in an e-mail to MSNBC, he compared the donation to MoveOn.org to giving money to the Boy Scouts or the Catholic Church.
"Few papers would object to a journalist donating to the Boy Scouts or joining the Catholic Church,"
"But the former has an official policy of discriminating against gay children; the latter has views on reproductive rights far more restrictive that those of most Americans. Should reporters be forbidden to support those groups? I say not."
After thinking the matter over further, Cohen followed up with a second e-mail, saying: "That said, Times policy does forbid my making such donations, and I will not do so in the future."