Limbaugh wrong on Pew report, said "80 percent of them [journalists] will admit" to being liberals
One day after FOX News Channel  host John Gibson  falsely claimed  that "80-some percent of reporters are self-described liberals," radio host Rush Limbaugh  repeated the same falsehood on the July 13 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show , specifically citing the poll that proves him wrong: "[M]ost of them [journalists] are liberals. Eighty percent of them will admit it in the latest press poll -- it was a -- that was a -- a Pew poll."
According to a report  by The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press  released on May 23, Limbaugh, like Gibson , was off by 46 percent for national journalists, and 57 percent for local journalists. The Pew report found that 34 percent of national journalists identified themselves as liberal; 54 percent identified themselves as moderate; and 7 percent identified themselves as conservative. Twenty-three percent of local journalists identified themselves as liberal; 61 percent identified themselves as moderate; and 12 percent identified themselves as conservative.
Even if Limbaugh had correctly stated the Pew report's numbers and said that 34 -- not 80 -- percent of national reporters "will admit" to being liberals, he would still have been disregarding commentary  that accompanied the Pew report, which, as Media Matters for America has previously noted , specifically warned against drawing such conclusions.