Journalists and the candidates they support

Newspaper policy forbids the Insider from making any political donations. Even if this were not the case, gifts to candidates still would not be allowed – not while Mrs. Insider is stuck behind the wheel of an ancient mini-van.

But 235 people who have identified themselves as journalists – or something close – don’t have those restrictions, and have given more than $469,000 to federal contestants during the 2010 election cycle, according to an analysis published today by the Center for Responsive Politics:

People identifying themselves as working for hard news outlets such as the Washington Post, the New York Times, the New York Post, News Corp., Vanity Fair and Reuters are among the listed donors. Also listed are employees from outlets offering lighter fare — ESPN,Vogue — or community news. Some have donated thousands of dollars.

The average contribution per person identified is eight times Hayes’ amount, and because of some big-spending media professionals, that number is slightly skewed upwards — with the median amount donated coming in at $500. Sixty-five percent of all identified donations went to Democrats, the Center’s research indicates.

The site linked above includes an Excel spreadsheet with all the details.

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September 14th, 2010
3:38 pm

65% of the contributions went to Democrats. That is based on number of contributions, not dollars.

[...] Political Insider’s Jim Galloway has just come across a jarring analysis on journalists who donate to political campaigns and the potential conflicts of interest  – not to mention threats to objective reporting – this practice might create: 235 people who have identified themselves as journalists  …  have given more than $469,000 to federal contestants during the 2010 election cycle, according to an analysis published today by the Center for Responsive Politics. [...]


September 14th, 2010
3:59 pm


The ONE time that I thought I could tell who you supported was in the last Mayor’s race. i thought it was obvious you liked Mr. Reed. I would love to ask you in person if I am right.


September 14th, 2010
4:27 pm

Pretty damaging news for Republicans. It sure speaks for itself. 65%! Wow, that’s a big difference.

These journalists are covering politics every single day, 12 months out of the year come in contact with all the Republican crazies on a daily basis. They observe first hand the lunatic Glenn Beck tell another whopper that they end up having to research, of course then proving Beck wrong yet again, or catching him in a flat out lie. Then there is the rest of the crazies. O’Reilly, Limbaugh, Guckert/Gannon, Coulter, Hannity, frightening.

Yep, people in the media have to cover the Republican ’star’ politicians too. Like Sarah Palin. Palin interviews are uncomfortable to watch, imagine the poor reporter that has to ask Palin “simple” questions in order to get a half way cognizant answer. Michelle Bachman? LOL.

Then there is the Republican base!!! These people are FREAKS. Orly Taits! LMAO! The dumb son of a gun holding the “Keep the Government Hands off My Medicare” sign. Try being forced to interview one of the “Sign Holders.” They have “American Flag Pin Rage,” “Obama is a Muslim Rage,” “Obama is a Keyan Rage,” “Obama is a Socialist Rage” If you are covering Republicans you are covering social misfits all day.

Then there are the Republican sex scandals. LMAO!!!! Here in Georgia, Speaker of The House has an affair with a short skirted lobbyist. In neighboring South Carolina the Governor chases a hot Argentine women. Louisiana will soon re-elect a hooker (and diaper) loving Republican Senator. Rev Haggard loves meth and hustlers. Sen Craig likes sex in public restrooms, with men. Newt! Gannon/Guckert! The hypocrisy of Mehlman. Focus on The Family founder busted with boy. Sex Club expense accounts.

Imagine being sent to interview Palin, Angle, and/or the Arizona Governor? And keeping a straight face. Its shocking that its not 85% of journalists giving to Democrats. Fox News personnel must be skewing the averages. We sure know of a million Fox News donated to, Republican Governors.

These journalists are also well aware the Republicans selective memory goes back a few short months. The Republican record is horrible and Republicans prefer to ignore it. The Republican record, embarrassing. Republican media, embarrassing. Republican star politicians embarrassing. Republican base, embarrassing. Republican memory, embarrassing.

Its shocking that 99% of all journalists aren’t giving to Democrats.

Matt D.

September 14th, 2010
8:02 pm

This comes as no surprise to me. Whereas 65% donated to democrat candidates, it does NOT say that the remaining 35% went to Republicans. The liberal bias of these so-called “jouralists” is legendary.

Max Sizemore

September 14th, 2010
9:49 pm

Danny, I don’t normally read political blogs, but your comment today is a standout. Unfortunately, your analysis is spot on. It’s too bad more folks don’t realize this.

Burroughston Broch

September 14th, 2010
11:06 pm

Why is this newsworthy now?, It was reported elsewhere last week in headlines, not buried in the political column.
And why should we be surprised, given Gwen Ifill’s open support of Candidate Obama on PBS and in her book that was conveniently published just after election day 2008?

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 15th, 2010
11:33 am

Even more “interesting” is the non-financial support “journalists” give candidates for public office. To wit:


Georgia Supreme Court Justice David Nahmias and attorney Christopher J. McFadden came out on top in a poll asking the state’s lawyers to rate candidates in this year’s two contested statewide judicial races.”

It is curious that the same “AP” which has failed, as “journalists” to shine the light on Bush’s and Cheney’s proven treason of 9/11 (Viz. “The New Pearl Harbor,” Griffin, Ph.D.) is also suggesting, in a state dominated by Baptists and Freemasons, both Black and White, a “poll” of Georgia’s “lawyers” places two Roman Catholics “on top.”

Like PolitiFact’s intentionally skewing the Dem primary race in favor of known corrupt Ken Hodges, the AP, supposedly a resource for unbiased “journalism,” is obviously skewing, or out-right fabricating, these imaginary “poll” results.

Paddy O

September 16th, 2010
9:35 am

DAnny – what % of the population are journalists? Less than 1%, yes? It is fairly well established that the US is a right leaning country. Why did people vote out Republicans? They failed to deliver on their “small government” , “Lower taxes” promises. Also, Bush made a gigantic mistake invading Iraq. Also, Bush governed like a Democrat – with TARP and outlandish spending. The TEA party has one goal – reducing taxes. How do you protest that? You really enjoy throwing away tax money on AIDS prevention in Africa or economic development in Haiti? Do you enjoy funding socialogical studies that don’t solve a thing? We must have a balance budget amendment – if that requires pullling troops out of Korea & eliminating 50% of naval ships, so be it -we are not the world’s police.

Paddy O

September 16th, 2010
9:36 am

Will – please expound upon Bill Clinton’s roll in the 9/11 attacks, please.

Paddy O

September 16th, 2010
9:37 am

Poor Will JOnes, just can’t keep hating RC’s. What is worse, he commits errors of logic when throwing a temper tantrum about the latest story on RC excellence.


September 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Without the news media exposing politicians, we civilians would never know what is going on.
And I think that the mainstream new media will out even their own favorites when they find them doing something dirty.
Now Rush Limbaugh and his ilk,, I’m not sure they would tell on their own kind.