Pro-Abortion Obama, Democrats Got 88 Percent of Media Donations in 2008

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 15, 2010   |   12:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Abortion Obama, Democrats Got 88 Percent of Media Donations in 2008

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 30
, 2010

Washington, DC ( — When the mainstream media issues biased news stories on abortion issues, it should come as no surprise to pro-life advocates. That’s because a new analysis of campaign donations by media reporters, producers and writers finds 88 percent of them went to pro-abortion candidate Barack Obama in 2008.

The Washington Examiner found employees of ABC, NBC and CBS gave more than $1 million to Democratic candidates in 2008.

Compiling data from the Center for Responsive Politics, the newspaper found 1,160 employees of the three television networks gave Democrats a total of $1,020,816 while just 193 employees gave $142,863 to Republicans.

When it comes to the 2008 presidential contest, employees of the three networks — which are constantly taken to task for their biased and inaccurate abortion reporting — found Obama received 710 contributions from the employees for $461,898.

On the other hand, John McCain, who had the backing of pro-life voters and groups, received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926 from the media employees, the newspaper indicated.

While 96 employees donated to the campaign arms of the Democratic Party, just 38 employees gave to Republican campaign arms, the Examiner reported.

ABC News president Lloyd Braun gave $1,000 to a liberal political action committee while ABC Radio Networks president Jim Robinson gave $250 to pro-life Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson.

ABC reporters Sarah Amos, Clarisa Ward, and Kristina Wong all gave to either pro-abortion candidates or the Democratic Party.

Seth Davis of CBS News, CBS Corporation vice president and editor-in-chief Jane Goldman, CBS Radio "host" Mike Omeara, and CBS’ Beverly Williams all made donations to Obama.

And Saturday Night Live producer Jeffrey Ross, NBC Universal CFO Jennifer Cabalquinto, and NBC Universal "editor" David Mack all gave money to Obama as well.

Media bias when it comes to politics, political candidates and the abortion issue is nothing new.

A May 2004 Pew Research Center for The People and The Press poll of 547 journalists found just 7 percent say they are conservative and, in July 2001, a Kaiser Family Foundation poll found just 4% say they are Republican and just 6% conservative.

A 1995 Stanley Rothman and Amy Black poll of news media elite found 97 percent agreed that "it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion," and five out of six (84 percent) agreed strongly.

A 1992 Media Studies Journal poll found more than half of journalists (51%) said abortion should be "legal under any circumstances," compared to just 4 percent who thought abortion should be "illegal in all circumstances."

Despite the clear bias, a 2005 Annenberg Public Policy Center poll found nearly all journalists (95%) rated "the ethical practices of journalists" as either "very good" or "somewhat good." Most journalists also said they thought "news organizations get the facts straight" (86%) and that "most news organizations quickly report" any mistakes (74%), compared to just three percent who saw a propensity to "try to cover up" mistakes.

Americans, however, have a different picture of the news media.

A Pew Research Center for the People and the Press survey released in October, 2009, found, by a margin of 70%-9%, Americans say most journalists want to see Obama win. Another 8% say journalists don’t favor either candidate, and 13% say they don’t know which candidate most reporters support.

A June 2010 Rasmussen Reports survey found most Americans (51%) say the average reporter is more liberal than they are, and nearly as many (48%) think the media are “are trying to help” President Obama pass his left-wing agenda. Perhaps as a result, the poll finds an astonishing two-thirds of the public (66%) say they are angry with the media, “including 33% who are very angry” with the press.

Most Americans seem to have a low view of journalists’ integrity and professionalism. Rasmussen discovered that “68% say most reporters when covering a political campaign try to help the candidate they want to win,” vs. 23% who think most reporters “try to offer unbiased coverage.”

At the same time, “54% of voters think most reporters would hide any information they uncovered that might hurt a candidate they wanted to win, up seven points from November 2008.”


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