Is the Ledger a Conservative Bastion?

In a new report from Media Matters, syndicated columnist reach was studied. The organization contacted 1377 US English-language daily newspapers to find which columnists were published on their op-ed pages. They listed each columnist as conservative, centrist, or progressive. Of course, they contacted the Ledger:

Regular Columnists:

Cal Thomas, Conservative
David Brooks, Conservative
James J. Kilpatrick, Conservative
James P. Pinkerton, Conservative
Kathleen Parker, Conservative
Andres Oppenheimer, Centrist
David S. Broder, Centrist
Ellen Goodman, Progressive
Nicholas D. Kristof, Progressive

That list places the Ledger in the group of “conservative” newspapers. Do you think that’s a fair assessment?

I found one paragraph of the report very interesting in light of the previous post:

Furthermore, newspapers are the preferred news medium of those most interested in the news. According to a 2006 Pew Research Center study, 66 percent of those who say they follow political news closely regularly read newspapers, far more than the number who cite any other medium.4 And an almost identical proportion of those who say they “enjoy keeping up with the news” — more than half the population — turn to newspapers more than any other medium. These more aware citizens are in turn more likely to influence the opinions of their families, friends, and associates. — Media Matters

Further proof that newspapers still matter and the Ledger’s coverage choices do make a difference in the local political and social climates.

6 thoughts on “Is the Ledger a Conservative Bastion?

  1. The Ledger also runs Maureen Dowd on its op-ed pages. She’s a liberal, if I do recall correctly. I don’t often read the editorial pages, so I can’t elaborate, but just by not including Dowd, it certainly makes the paper seem imbalanced.

  2. The Ledger also runs Maureen Dowd on its op-ed pages. She’s a liberal, if I do recall correctly. I don’t often read the editorial pages, so I can’t elaborate, but just by not including Dowd, it certainly makes the paper seem imbalanced.

  3. oh my. A comment! :) I seemed to have posted this at a bad time, Ledger wise.

    The data evidently came from a Glenn Marston at the Ledger. Maybe Dowd wasn’t running at the time?

    I prefer the home grown columns to the syndicated. I’ll still read pretty much everything on the two pages. I’ll snort at some, but I’ll read them.

  4. oh my. A comment! :) I seemed to have posted this at a bad time, Ledger wise.

    The data evidently came from a Glenn Marston at the Ledger. Maybe Dowd wasn’t running at the time?

    I prefer the home grown columns to the syndicated. I’ll still read pretty much everything on the two pages. I’ll snort at some, but I’ll read them.

  5. I do still enjoy reading the newspaper, but I believe the content is spun to a
    particular left leaning opinion and agenda. There is nothing wrong with that but it would be better if the columnist and editors would be transparent and honest about their presuppositions.

  6. I do still enjoy reading the newspaper, but I believe the content is spun to a
    particular left leaning opinion and agenda. There is nothing wrong with that but it would be better if the columnist and editors would be transparent and honest about their presuppositions.

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