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:
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.