One of the reasons why there are so few conservatives in America's newsrooms is because the profession of journalism is relentlessly derided by those who claim to speak for the conservative cause. No kid who grew up listening to talk radio could possibly believe that becoming a reporter is a worthy ambition. (To be a talking-head pundit on cable TV, yes; to be a mere reporter, no.) And this blanket condemnation of journalism qua journalism is sufficiently broad enough to encompass . . . well, me.

How many times have I gone to political events and seen Republican Party operatives tighten up and mind their words, speaking only in scripted talking points, when they learn that I am a reporter? Even when I assure them that I'm a conservative and I'm not there to play "gotcha," the instinctive Republican dread of journalists is such that all reporters are automatically viewed as dangerous.

Well, there are indeed such things as conservative journalists, but it is a corollary of the anti-journalism worldview of Republicans that conservative journalists are judged not by their skill -- the accuracy of their reporting, the readability of their prose, etc. -- but by how useful they are in the service of advancing GOP political objectives. Republicans treat conservative journalists with a special disdain, as mere errand boys or stenographers whose job it is to spread the GOP message.

Although most journalists are indeed liberal, all journalists prefer to think of themselves as independent-minded and fair, their primary allegiance being to report the truth. And this self-concept is in direct conflict with the stenographic role that Republicans consider appropriate to conservative journalists. So when a conservative journalist discerns an objective fact that doesn't fit the GOP script, he finds himself in a conflict between his professional self-concept and his prescribed task as partisan publicist.

-- Robert Stacy McCain (read the rest here)