New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat

According to voter registration records, New York Times Editor Bill Keller is a registered Democrat.

Keller has been registered as a Democrat since 1998 with his Manhattan apartment listed on forms as his address.

The New York Times has long been criticized by conservatives as politically biased in favor of Democrats. In 2007 a Rasmussen poll found that 40% of Americans believe the paper has a liberal bias.

Bob Christie, senior vice president for corporate communications of The Times Company, told The Daily Caller, “in terms of Bill’s affiliations, the fact that he votes is a matter of public record and how he votes is his personal business.”

Christie refused to answer any questions regarding public perception that The Times has a political bias, or what affect this disclosure would have on that perception.

Keller wrote in 2006, “when editors are partisans, there is also a risk that reporters, whom we exhort to be impartial, might tailor their writing to the editor’s perceived convictions.”

The New York Times Public Editor’s office, which has been tasked in part with monitoring political bias within the paper, declined to comment for this story.

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  • TallDave


    I knew there was a reason to read this site other than Treacher. Nicely done, Steven, nicely done.

    BTW, you guys need to fix the “Login to comment” thing. Tell your programmers it should take you back to the article you wanted to comment on, not the front page.

  • Buckoux

    By being registered to any party, the publisher of a national newspaper, the CEO of a national or international corporation, or officers in the military do a disservice to the institutions they lead. They can still vote their convictions, but their party preference should be unknown. Keller has no class.

  • hampton

    Hey, Steven. What party are you registered with? Fess up. Fess up Daily Caller writers, editors.

    Why stop with “outing” one New York Times editor? Lets see the voter registrations for the Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, Fox News… etc.

    How about asking all these other folks “questions regarding public perception that [their venue] has a political bias, or what affect this disclosure would have on that perception.”

    When you pick on the New York Times only, you’re showing your own bias, Stevie boy.

  • J L Fuller

    What difference does it make? Professional writers and editors who follow politics must be interested in the subject and obviously have opinions. It makes more sense for them to acknowledge their political leaning rather than deny they exist. They don’t have to print a statement with each piece they work on but a statement somewhere on the organization web site is appropriate. They should vote too.