In a recent commentary, former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. exhorted Republican candidates not to whine about the allegedly liberal media ("How Republicans win in 2016," Nov. 25).
Of course, a few lines earlier, Mr. Ehrlich whined about just that, saying: "Remember that the major media are not exactly even-handed when it comes to candidate foibles. Nine out of 10 journalists vote Democratic. Most possess a left-leaning agenda."
Yet with the possible exception of The New York Times, the major media outlets in this country are owned by large, multinational corporations, most of whose top executives subscribe to a political outlook similar to Mr. Ehrlich's.
Why then are so many front-line journalists Democratic? Are they just hell-bent on disappointing their bosses and risking their careers?
Perhaps it is it simply that when one spends one's life immersed in the real world, as working journalists do, one witnesses the travails and challenges facing a large portion of the American population, and that tends to lead one to adopt what Mr. Ehrlich refers to as a "left-leaning agenda."
People who live in close touch with the real world tend to have values similar to the Democrats. Mr. Ehrlich and his GOP cronies have long since lost touch with reality.
John Bonn, TowsonCopyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times