Putting Their Money Where Their Mouths Are

If you haven’t already seen it, this well-researched investigative report by MSNBC on political contributions by members of the media is entertaining. The central finding:

MSNBC.com identified 144 journalists who made political contributions from 2004 through the start of the 2008 campaign, according to the public records of the Federal Election Commission. Most of the newsroom checkbooks leaned to the left: 125 journalists gave to Democrats and liberal causes. Only 17 gave to Republicans.

No surprise there, of course. From this sample it appears that the New Yorker may be the most virulent of all publications. For example:

“Probably there should be a rule against it,” said New Yorker writer Mark Singer, who wrote the magazine’s profile of Howard Dean during the 2004 campaign, then gave $250 to America Coming Together and its get-out-the-vote campaign to defeat President Bush. “But there’s a rule against murder. If someone had murdered Hitler


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