Conservative columnists dominate U.S. editorial pages

NEW YORK (AP) — George Will's column runs in more U.S. newspapers than any writer in the country, said a new study by a liberal media watchdog group that concludes conservative voices such as his dominate editorial pages.

Will's syndicated column runs at least once a month in 368 newspapers with more than 26 million in total circulation, said the Media Matters for America. The organization surveyed 96 per cent of the 1,430 English-language U.S. daily newspapers.

"He reaches half of the newspaper readers in America," said Paul Waldman, the study's author.

"He has a huge megaphone, probably bigger than anybody else in America."

His group found 60 per cent of the daily newspapers print more conservative syndicated columnists each week than liberals. Twenty per cent of the papers are dominated by liberals and 20 per cent are balanced. Media Matters had no information on local columnists.

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cato said...

George Will is a very smart individual.

Read his Sept. 11th article.

Will writes:

A democracy, wrote the diplomat and scholar George Kennan, "fights for the very reason that it was forced to go to war. It fights to punish the power that was rash enough and hostile enough to provoke it — to teach that power a lesson it will not forget, to prevent the thing from happening again. Such a war must be carried to the bitter end." Which is why "unconditional surrender" was a natural U.S. goal in World War II and why Americans were so uncomfortable with three "wars of choice" since then — in Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.

What "forced" America to go to war in 2003 — the "gathering danger" of weapons of mass destruction — was fictitious. That is one reason this war will not be fought, at least not by Americans, to the bitter end. The end of the war will, however, be bitter for Americans, partly because the president's decision to visit Iraq without visiting its capital confirmed the flimsiness of the fallback rationale for the war — the creation of a unified, pluralist Iraq.

After more than four years of war, two questions persist: Is there an Iraq? Are there Iraqis?

666 said...


Do you think -- if Bush really believed what he said -- he would visit Bahgdad and possibilly stroll the streets taking in the ambiance of the democracy he installed?

I find it rather interesting that Bush and his now flacid flunkies think that you can force democracy on to a country. Is that naive or what? It's definately not the American way. Don't we usually side with the land owners that control the power and wealth in the country and make sure that anything left of the facist power group gets label communism...even if it's democracy?

Do you think that a large percentage of drugs confiscated at the border are being consumed in the White House and in the board room of the Weekly Standard?

Cato said...


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