Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Journalists Cowed

tuhvgskdfjhfoxThis thing will probably show up on your Facebook at some point today, most likely under one of those two-sentence headlines that everyone sneered at last year and then started using exclusively in let's say… January? Like this one from the Washington Post: "Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That’s far fewer than even a decade ago."

There are other headlines that would also be accurate. "Just 28 percent of journalists identify as Democrats. That’s fewer than even a decade ago." Or: "Haha, so the whole libertarian journo-man thing is a 90s thing?" Or: "Finally, a majority of journalists have realized that identifying with a political party is more trouble than it's worth." Or: "Twenty years of screaming "BIAS" has had a measurable effect on how journalist take voluntary surveys." Or: "The internet did this." All of these would work! But none of these would work on Facebook. In any case this is possibly the least important graphic in what otherwise feels like an important document about fatigue and uncertainty.

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LondonLee (#922)

"Independent" because you never know when Fox will have a job opening

As an ex-journalist, I know that "Twenty years of screaming "BIAS" has had a measureable [sic] effect on how journalist take voluntary surveys." is a thing.

jfruh (#713)

Probably a good place to point out that people who register/identify as politically "independent" usually vote for one party just as consistently as people who register/identify with that party.

hockeymom (#143)

Thank you for letting me know that there's no reason whatsoever for me to check Facebook today.

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