“A 97 percent consensus that’s real”

A lengthy quote, from the article, A 97 percent consensus that’s real

A whopping 97 percent of the media elite are pro-choice, according to a 1995 survey conducted by Stanley Rothman and Amy E. Black, which attempted to partly replicate a 1981 study of journalists working at top media outlets. Reporting their findings in a Spring 2001 article for the journal Public Interest, Rothman and Blacks found that the media elite held strikingly liberal views on abortion and a range of other issues. Among the findings:

  • Nearly all of the media elite (97 percent) agreed that “it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion,” and five out of six (84 percent) agreed strongly.
  • Three out of four journalists (73 percent) agreed that “homosexuality is as acceptable a lifestyle as
    heterosexuality,” and 40 percent agreed strongly.
  • Three-fourths (75 percent) agreed that “government should work to reduce the income gap between the rich and the poor,” and more than a third (34 percent) strongly agreed.
  • Relatively few journalists (39 percent) agreed that “less government regulation of business would
    be good for the economy,” and just five percent strongly agreed with this sentiment.

[…snip…]

A 2014 report in the Atlantic corroborates these findings: it finds that “among journalists who align with one of the two major parties, four in five said they’re Democrats,” adding that the median age for journalists is 47 (compared to 37 for the general population), and that “92 percent of journalists were white in 2012″ (the same proportion as in 1992) and that 62 percent are still male (down from 80 percent in 1971). They’re also well-educated: 92 percent have college degrees (compared to 30 percent for the population as a whole). However, their median salary ($53,600) is about 35 percent lower today, in real terms, than what it was in 1970. Given their college background and falling income prospects, it is hardly surprising that these mostly white, mostly male, mostly middle-aged journalists tend to gravitate towards the liberal end of the political spectrum.

Bear that in mind, the next time you read news reports of the Colorado Springs shootings, accusing pro-lifers of creating a climate of hatred against Planned Parenthood, and of demonizing the organization, based on what they refer to as “fake” or “edited” videos (oh no, they’re not) by the Center for Medical progress (CMP). The CMP videos, far from having been debunked, are in fact truthful and accurate – see here, here, here and here. What’s more, Planned Parenthood has broken the law on at least four counts: illegal profiting from the sale of fetal tissue; performing illegal partial-birth abortions; illegally manipulating abortion procedures; and illegally performing abortions with the knowledge that the fetal body parts will be “donated” to research. If that doesn’t warrant condemnation, then I can only ask: what does?

Finally, let us recall the apostle of non-violence, Dr. Martin Luther King, who, in his Letter from a Birmingham Jail, responded to critics by saying, “it is wrong to urge an individual to cease his efforts to gain his basic constitutional rights because the quest may precipitate violence.” Or as Catholic apologist and speaker Trent Horn aptly puts it: “Abolitionists and critics of segregation should not have censored their descriptions of the barbarisms of slavery or racism anymore than abortion abolitionists should censor their descriptions of the barbarism of abortion.”

A good read, all of it.

But let me focus on one paragraph, with bolding:

A 2014 report in the Atlantic corroborates these findings: it finds that “among journalists who align with one of the two major parties, four in five said they’re Democrats,” adding that the median age for journalists is 47 (compared to 37 for the general population), and that “92 percent of journalists were white in 2012″ (the same proportion as in 1992) and that 62 percent are still male (down from 80 percent in 1971). They’re also well-educated: 92 percent have college degrees (compared to 30 percent for the population as a whole). However, their median salary ($53,600) is about 35 percent lower today, in real terms, than what it was in 1970. Given their college background and falling income prospects, it is hardly surprising that these mostly white, mostly male, mostly middle-aged journalists tend to gravitate towards the liberal end of the political spectrum.

Our Glorious Lords and Masters? They’re increasingly reflective of a bygone time, and they’re on the way out.

Christians should move to capitalize on this fact.

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