Stu, so are you saying that anyone and everyone who leans more towards being a liberal cannot report news objectively?
Some jobs attract a certain kind of person. Statistics show that the majority of professors are liberal leaning. This is not to be mean, but they say that the more education someone has makes them more open-minded and thus more liberal.
So it's possible that journalism is attractive to more liberal-leaning people.
To answer your question I would answer it this way: Yes, I'am sure "some" can be honest, & objective.
BUT....here IS the dillemma: Liberals as you say have their core belifs etc, okay, BUT have you noticed their nuance when it comes to focus groups, abortion, topics of race, ethnicity, socialism vs capitalism, class differences, multi-culturalism,& individual rights;..they seem to have a flair for making a mountain out of a mole hill, & appear to give sympathy, promote controversy where their should be NONE in an effort to sway public opinion to their own personal ideology base to THEIR OWN personal policy preferences.
It can be with tougue, & cheek...perhaps even a touch of sarcasm, a wink of an eye, & even by what they say, & how they say it when writing their articles.
It is NEVER "just news" of events that happen. I do not begrudge those that do editorialize, as THAT is part of journalism but for me as well as others, it is painfully obvious that MANY of them are agenda driven!
Dan Rather was a perfect example of this, & it cannot even be debated any longer, nor can most writers for "Time" magazine, & other magazines!
The same with "The new York times"...if a democrat does something wrong, it is NOT presented in the SAME fashion, & anybody can almost hear the way it is printed, & editorialized.
The Clintons recieve MANY passes, as did Sandy Berger. THe stories were reported alright...but not in the same fashion, & efforts were ALWAYS made to PRESUME their innocence, ..unlike the treatment of most republicans/conservatives etc.
Quite frankly the modern media's grades are about as bad as Bush's numbers; & most people simply do not trust the major news sources as they did decades ago.
IMO, ..& it can be argued, I beleve it is the amount of "piling on" by the media that helps determine the battles between the democrats & the republicans, ..& it IS ideologically driven; & it is BECAUSE the media is so overwhelmingly liberal in their core beliefs is exactly as to WHY this is happening.
The media CREATES the controversy where there should be NO controversy,.. IF they were merely just reporting the news as it happens.
I would like to add one more observation: Most kNOWN repubs/conservatives etc within the universities who study journalism etc., are NOT treated in the same fashion as young liberal students are, ..AND many of them are NOT hired by leading newspapers & magazines etc because of THAT very fact, & those that do;.. generally assist, & do not get many roles in advancing their careers within those establishments. Some do, but most do not!