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Journolist Excerpts Show Progressive Journalists’ Panties In A Twist Over Fox News

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Posted on July 21 2010 9:30 pm

Liberal journalists suggest government shut down Fox News” is definitely an eye catching Daily Caller headline, but it does not accurately describe the mindset shown in the leaked excerpts from Journolist, the 400 member listserv created by Erza Klein.

It does not show a grand liberal conspiracy to shut Fox News down, as it was simply suggested by one email, but it does show that Fox News has progressive journalists’ panties in a twisted bunch.

It  shows fear when Guardian columnist Daniel Davies, states “I am genuinely scared” of Fox.”  And it demonstrates intolerance of conflicting opinion when he writes, “In order to have even a semblance of control, you need a tough legal framework.”

The desire to see Fox News shut down is also demonstrated in Journolist messages from Jonathan Zasloff, a law professor at UCLA, when he asks why the “FCC couldn’t simply pull their [Fox] broadcasting permit once it expires.”

The back and forth between the Journolist members establishes fear, intolerance, and desire to see Fox News gone.  The discussion also raises the question of why one news station that is not slanted leftward gets these journalists so upset.

In September 2009, Pew Research did an in-depth analysis of the media from 1985 to 2009 and the results show the public perceives a liberal media bias in today’s journalism.

  • 60 percent say the press is politically biased.
  • 50 percent says press favors liberals.
  • 22 percent say the press favors conservatives
  • 27 percent says the no answer/don’t know.

In January 2010, Public Policy Polling (PPP), a Democratic leaning pollster, found that Fox News was trusted by more people than ABC News, CBS News, CNN, and NBC News.

Our newest survey looking at perceptions of ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News finds Fox as the only one that more people say they trust than distrust. 49% say they trust it to 37% who do not.

Despite, or perhaps because of, the perceived liberal media bias from today’s journalists, more and more people are drawn to Fox News and listing them as more trustworthy than not.

That is enough to enrage a liberal journalist.

A look into the popularity of Fox News, not from polls but from actual viewership, truly tells the story though.  The Journolist emails were dated March 2010.  A look at TV Newsers Scoreboard showing viewership for the top cable news networks for March 10, 2010, just a couple days earlier than some of those emails, shows the salt that was being poured into the wounds.

That is enough to get any progressive’s panties in a twisted bunch, but especially ones who consider themselves part of the news media.

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