Friday, March 17, 2006


Newspapers' future depends on diverse views


From "The State of the News Media 2006," a new report by the nonpartisan Project for Excellence in Journalism, a research group affiliated with Columbia University.

A solid majority (60 percent) believes the press should watch over politicians, but only 43 percent find journalists "moral."

The survey found that only 6 percent of journalists believe that faith in God is necessary to be moral, while 58 percent of the general public believe that; while 20 percent of the public describe themselves as "liberal," 34 percent of journalists are self-described liberals; 33 percent of the public say they are conservative, but a paltry 7 percent of journalists claim to be conservative.

"Most liberals don't see a liberal point of view," the researchers said.

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