If you’re tuning in to Sunday’s lineup of network TV news shows, remember this interesting fact: Democrats received 88 percent of 2008 political contributions from ABC, CBS and NBC executives, writers and reporters. Their donations to Democrats totaled more than $1 million.
The Washington Examiner’s Mark Tapscott has the scoop. Working with the Center for Responsive Politics — proprietor of OpenSecrets.org — Tapscott discovered the overwhelming imbalance. Here’s a breakdown of the data by party affiliation:
- The Democratic total of $1,020,816 was given by 1,160 employees of the three major broadcast television networks, with an average contribution of $880.
- By contrast, only 193 of the employees contributed to Republican candidates and campaign committees, for a total of $142,863. The average Republican contribution was $744.
Why is this relevant
Not only does it once again demonstrate the liberal bias of newsrooms, but it also serves as a strong counter to the recent attacks on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association.
The large gap between Democrats and Republicans during the 2008 cycle could be attributed to journalists’ love affair with then-candidate Barack Obama. Nearly half of the money donated to Democrats by the network TV employees filled Obama’s campaign coffers:
- President Obama received 710 such contributions worth a total of $461,898, for an average contribution of $651 from the network employees. Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain received only 39 contributions totaling $26,926, for an average donation of $709.
The Center for Responsive Politics compiled the data based on information provided by donors. Those who listed their employer — in this case, ABC, CBS or NBC — were included, meaning the numbers are probably low. Some network TV employees may have chosen not to list their employer.