Journalists Are Angry White Men, Fewer Republicans In Newsrooms Than In...

Picking up on the new survey of journalists nationwide conducted for the School of Journalism at Indiana University, San Francisco Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders offered two amusing takes on it in her Tuesday column:

> “The profession that dubbed the Republican Party a refuge for ‘angry white men’ is teeming with angry white men.”

> “At 7.1 percent last year, America’s newsrooms housed a lower percentage of Republicans than San Francisco (8.4 percent).”

From the top of her May 13 column, “Most journalists are angry white men, poll finds

A poll released last week reported that 7 percent of American journalists say they are Republicans. The survey also found that the news force is aging, having a median age of 47; 62 percent are male. A mere 8.5 percent of full-timers are minorities. Fewer than 1 in 4 is “very satisfied” with his job. In short, the profession that dubbed the Republican Party a refuge for “angry white men” is teeming with angry white men.

The irony here is wasted on the ink-stained-wretch community.

The University of Indiana has conducted this survey of more than 1,000 journalists every decade since 1971, so it measures changes in the industry. The 2002 survey reported that 18 percent of journalists identified as Republicans. At 7.1 percent last year, America's newsrooms housed a lower percentage of Republicans than San Francisco (8.4 percent).

No wonder conservatives don’t trust the media....

Two posts on the poll:

> May 6: “New Survey of 1,000 Journalists: Four Times More Identify as Democrats Than Republicans

> May 13: “Bernard Goldberg: ‘Ridiculous’ 50% of Journalists Are Independents, Likely 85% Voted for Obama

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center