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Monday, September 29, 2008
Sheffield Baselessly Claims Most Top Papers Are Liberal
Topic: NewsBusters

In making a big deal out of Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell's claim that most editorial cartoonists are liberal, Matthew Sheffield claimed in a Sept. 28 NewsBusters post that "Just two of the top twenty editorial pages in the U.S. lean conservative," and offered a list. Sheffield offered no evidence to back up his assertion -- and indeed, there are problems with his list. For instance:

  • He claims the Chicago Tribune is "liberal," even though it has endorsed only Republican presidential candidates for the past 130 years or so.
  • He claims the Washington Post is "liberal" even though it has often shared editorial positions with the "conservative" Wall Street Journal.

While it may be treated as a given inside the MRC offices that everyone in the media is liberal, out here in the real world, we require evidence, and not the circumstantial kind.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:05 PM EDT

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