UCLA professor Tim Groseclose wrote "Left Turns: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind." Of 20 major news outlets, he found 18 were left-wing. Only two tilted to the right -- The Washington Times and "Fox News Special Report." Groseclose argues that media bias gives Democrats an 8- to 10-point electoral advantage. Take away the leftist bias, he says, and states would vote like Texas. A powerful pulpit like the Times in non-liberal hands could chip into that advantage.
How left-wing is the L.A. Times?
Consider this December 1993 editorial in which the paper effectively urged the repeal of the Second Amendment:
"You will not feel safe, your children will not be safe, until there are almost no guns on the streets and in the homes. No guns, period, except for those held by law enforcement officers and a few others, including qualified hunters and collectors. ... We must, as a nation, move toward a very different model, one that presumptively bars private citizens from owning a firearm unless they can demonstrate a special need and ability to do so. ... We think the time has come for Americans to tell the truth about guns. They are not for us; we cannot handle them. They kill people, our children included. It's time to get rid of them. Period."
The Los Angeles Times does not have a single local, regular non-leftist columnist who writes about politics. Not one.
Before the Supreme Court decision upholding ObamaCare, Times' columnist David Lazarus questioned the motives of ObamaCare opponents: "That's an act of pure selfishness (even though we'd all benefit from having fewer people relying on emergency services for treatment). It's also a display of heartlessness unbefitting a country that claims to define itself by love-thy-neighbor Judeo-Christian values."
Another columnist, Patt Morrison, thinks that the legal basis for ObamaCare rests in the preamble to the Constitution. "You know," she said to me, "the part that says 'provide for the domestic tranquility.'"
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