We learn some not-so-shocking news today from liberal think tank Media Matters for America that conservative syndicated columnists dominate their progressive counterparts in Texas daily newspapers.
The findings of the report, titled “Black and White and Re(a)d All Over: The Conservative Advantage in Syndicated Op-Ed Columns,” include:
Conservative Syndicated Columnists Dominate Texas Daily Newspapers Each Week -- Conservative syndicated columnists appear a total of 180 times per week in Texas newspapers. Centrist columnists appear a total of 46 times, while progressive columnists appear a total of 102 times.
Conservative Syndicated Columnists Reach Texas Readers Almost 1.7 Million More Times Each Week Than Progressives -- Nationally syndicated conservative columnists account for 45 percent of the column impressions in Texas each week, while nationally syndicated progressive columnists account for only 33 percent. Those conservative columnists reach Texas readers 1,683,857 more times each week than their progressive counterparts.
Top Syndicated Columnists in Texas Are Mostly Conservative Each Week -- The top nationally syndicated columnists published regularly in Texas consist of seven conservatives, two centrists, and two progressives. The top conservative columnists appear regularly twice as often as progressives.
Give the Hearst-owned Houston Chronicle and Beaumont Enterprise props for allotting exactly equal amounts of space for both sides, according to the study.
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We’re not exactly sure to do with these revelations. Our first response is to mourn the loss of Molly Ivins. But, then, people don’t actually read George Will and Kathleen Parker, do they? – Todd Spivak