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    5/19/2014 9:41:49 AM Posted by Ashley Pratte


    Young America's Foundation's 22nd annual "Commencement Speakers Survey" reveals that 43 liberal speakers and only 9 conservatives are scheduled to speak or have already spoken at the 2014 commencement ceremonies for the top 100 universities as listed by U.S. News and World Report.

    Star-studded examples of imbalance include Secretary of State John Kerry speaking at Yale University and Boston College. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will keynote at the University of California-Berkeley commencement, Michael Bloomberg is speaking to Harvard University, Janet Yellen will be speaking at New York University, and Vice President Joe Biden will give graduates one last dose of liberalism at the University of Delaware.

    Liberal media will be all over college campuses this spring, too. The  former New York Times Executive Editor, Jill Abramson will be speaking at Wake Forest University. A plethora of other liberal media talking heads, including MSNBC host Chris Matthews, is addressing graduates. For perspective on the overwhelming bias, News Corp., which owns Fox News, the number-one ranked cable news station and The Wall Street Journal, the newspaper with the largest circulation in the county, has zero personalities speaking this spring.

    It is interesting to note that of the 9 conservatives speaking, all except Jon Huntsman and Sen. Johnny Isakson (GA) are not prominent.

    Click here to see the full list.

    To be identified as "liberal" or "conservative" for the survey, speakers must have publicly supported ideological causes through speaking, writing, serving in public office, commentating, or financial contributions (28 had unknown political affiliation and 21 had various speakers or no speakers announced yet).


    For more information or to request an interview please contact Ashley Pratte at or call 800-USA-1776.

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