Right-Wing Voices Get More Ink

Report: 60% of papers run more conservatives, 20% more liberals
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2007 1:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) –  Voices from the right dominate those from the left in US newspapers, with the former reaching 152 million buyers and the latter only 125 million. Sixty percent  of papers print more conservative syndicated columnists, while just 20% run more liberals, according to a report by Media Matters for America. In 38 states, the red voice dominates; the blue rules in only 12.

In the first-ever study of the distribution of syndicated columns, the liberal media watchdog contacted each individual paper to assemble the data. And don't write off the influence of print, Media Matters says; newspapers are still the most important form of news media. Daily papers reach 116 million readers and the Sunday news is read by a whopping 134 million.