Liberal journalists have acknowledged that the media is largely left-leaning, but several offensively justified this by explaining that they’re “not evangelical Christian.” The comments came from a discussion with CNN star Jake Tapper, New York Times Magazine’s Mark Leibovich, New York Times reporter Peter Baker and NBC political reporter Kelly O’Donnell, all of whom answered “yes” when asked if the media leans left.
Tapper explained that the type of person who becomes a reporter in Washington D.C. or New York “has never has never worked a minimum wage job outside of high school, has never experienced poverty, is not an evangelical christian. There is an awareness of that and when there is that awareness is when the best journalism can happen. It’s not just that the media leans a little bit left. Most publications give you a sense of what the editors are thinking.”
Leibovich echoed many of Tapper’s sentiments and said that left-leaning reporting often comes down to the interests of people in a specific region. “I live in Northwest Washington. None of my neighbors are evangelical christians. None of the people in my kids’ pre-school are pro life,” he said. “You see cleans there is absolutely a leftward lean.”
O’Donnell, who has covered Republican politics at points in her career, said she believed quality reporters can legitimately cover news on all sides of the spectrum. “I’ve worked very hard throughout my career to be as intellectually aggressive on both sides as possible. I don’t feel very swayed one way or another and when you’re covering politics, it’s important to be at arms length,” she said. “I’ve been assigned to cover Republicans and people often think that you’re choosing to cover Republicans. They don’t understand that sometimes that’s what you’re assigned.”
Check out the video of the conversation here.