For Immediate Release
October 11, 2005
Contact: Elizabeth Ruiz
800-752-6562, ext. 202
New Study of 18 Elite Law and Journalism Faculties Shows that Democrats Outnumber Republicans by 7-1
On at least one campus the ratio is as high as 28-1
A study of 18 elite Law and Journalism faculties by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, shows that faculty Democrats outnumber Republicans by a factor of 7-1. The total number of Democrats on the 18 faculties studies was 494 while the total number of Republicans was 74. A Stanford Law the ratio waas 28-1 and at Columbia Journalism School 15-1. Researchers could not identify a single Republican on the faculty of the Journalism School at the University of California Berkeley. Reputedly conservative law schools like the University of Chicago had a greater ratio of Democrats to Republicans (6.5-1) than did reputedly liberal law schools like Harvard (6.9-1).
” When a school promises a diverse and inclusive education,” comment the authors of the study, “it has an obligation to provide it. When the training institutions of entire professions — in this case law and journalism — fail to honor their commitment to academic freedom and intellectual pluralism, they and the nation at large have a serious problem.”
Commented David Horowitz, the president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, “when people wonder why the press slanted or why the judiciary is pursuing activist agendas, they should consider the partisan state of our premier training institutions in journalism and law.”
The study is based on party registrations in state primaries and was conducted during the 2004 and 2005 using faculty listings obtained late in the summer of 2005.
A copy of the study is available at www.frontpagemag.com and a commentary on the report by John Tierney is available in today’s New York Times (October 11, 2005).