Wednesday, November 16, 2011, Keven Ann Wiley, an editor of local Dallas Morning News attempted to defend the liberal leanings of the local newspaper – admitting, ” A popular myth is that liberal newspapers publish only liberal columnists and conservative papers publish only conservative columnists.”
So with no denial that the DMN is, indeed, a liberal paper – Wiley touted October stats as proof that, in spite of their liberalism, there is an ongoing effort to offer balanced opinions. Much more balanced in October than in — say, September?
“At the risk of triggering a similar avalanche, I’m going to post our monthly figures again. These are from the month of October and were carefully compiled by editors Sharon Grigsby and Nicole Stockdale, who among myriad other duties, oversee our op-ed operations – Sharon at Viewpoints and Nicole at Points.
Last month, we published columns by 44 conservatives, which brought our percentage year-to-date to 34 percent.
During the same time period, we publshed columns by 44 liberals, which brought our year-to-date number to 34 percent.
And we published 33 non-ideological columns by columnists who aren’t identified as liberal/conservatives and/or whose topics are non-ideological/partisan. We’re at 32 percent here for the year.”
A commenter has “Foul” though, saying it’s a bit of a stretch to count liberal conservatives (RINO) who support a liberal president, on the conservative side of the pile and accuses the paper of handling President Obama with kid gloves while having a record of blasting Bush.
An excerpt of that comment follows and the rest is available on the DMN:
Counting columns by the liberal and conservative labels of the columnist is meaningless unless you also have balance on subject matter and the ideological committment of the columnists in their columns. A column by a squishy moderate Obama supporter like Kathleen Parker criticizing conservatives does not get to go into the conservative column. That would be a point in the liberal column. If certain subjects are mostly addressed from a liberal perspective while conservative colums are on different topics then you do not have balance. You should always have opposing viewpoints on each topic. They should be printed at the same time. If you have a column by a liberal criticizing a conservative position and you do not have a conservative speaking in response on the same topic then you do not have balance. You also have to take into account the topics you choose to ignore and the ones you choose to address.