By Jennifer Harper
The Washington Times
March 18, 2008
Conservatives remain scarce in the news media landscape.
Only 6 percent of the national press corps describe themselves as “conservative” in a population that includes reporters, editors and producers from major television and radio networks, daily newspapers, news wires and online sources.
Those who consider themselves “very conservative” amount to just 2 percent, according to a wide-ranging survey of 585 journalists and news executives released yesterday by the Project for Excellence in Journalism.
In contrast, 36 percent of the overall population generally consider themselves conservative.
There are more conservatives in broadcast than print — 10 percent and 2 percent, respectively. Among online journalists the figure was 8 percent.
The majority of nationally ranked journalists — 53 percent — described themselves as moderate, 24 percent were liberal and 8 percent “very liberal.”
The findings have remained “basically flat” since 2004 when a similar survey was taken, said Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the media research group.
However, the mainstream press might not be quite as elite as it used to be.