NZ journalists lean heavily left

The Worlds of Journalism Study asked a number of interesting questions on NZ journalists. The aspect of most interest to me was their self-professed political views. The results were:

  • Left of centre 81%
  • Right of centre 15%

Of the 81% who said they were left of centre, a quarter (or 20% of all journalists) said they were hard or extreme left.

If you compare those who say they range from left to extreme left (42%) to those who range from right to extreme right (1%) it shows how the worldview of most journalists is so far out of sync with the population.

This doesn’t mean they are consciously biased. It just means many have a worldview where they simply don’t understand the values of half the population

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