Monday, January 29, 2007

Final 2006 Partisan Rankings for Columnists

Partisan: "a firm adherent to a party, faction, cause, or person; especially: one exhibiting blind, prejudiced, and unreasoning allegiance."

Lying in Ponds analyzes, tracks and measures Democratic and Republican bias and partisanship of a selection of regular political columnists from various sources, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal’s OpinionJournal, and the Washington Post. Here is the methodology used.

For the second year in a row Paul Krugman and Molly Ivins were the most partisan columnists in the U.S., they switched places in 2006 - Molly Ivins went from #2 in 2005 to #1 in 2006, and Krugman went from #1 in 2005 to #2 in 2006. The top four most partisan columnists are:

1. Molly Ivans (Democratic bias) - Creators Syndicate
2. Paul Krugman (Democratic bias) - NY Times and
Joe Conason, tie (Democratic bias) - NY Observer
3. Ann Coulter (Republican bias) - Universal Press Syndicate

See the
top 20 here. Note that David Brooks (NY Times), Charles Krauthammer (Wash Post) and George Will (Wash Post) are the most non-partisan unbiased columnists, and they criticize/praise Dems/Reps with almost equal frequency.

2 Comments:

At 1/29/2007 11:03 AM, Blogger Joe Conason said...

Your readers should be aware that Lying in Ponds uses fewer than half of the columns I write to reach its conclusions about my partisanship -- and that the results would certainly be different if they analyzed all of my columns, including those I write every week for Salon.com.

 
At 1/29/2007 3:58 PM, Anonymous Victor said...

Is there a report of people who do not show political associations at all? I would be interested in hearing from people who don't always talk in term of black or white. There is not an issue that I can think of that can be neatly classified into the categories that the two major parties identify.

 

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