A week ago last Wednesday, Media Matters for America a progressive media watchdog published a report on the political balance of op-ed pages for the nation's newspapers.[Link] According to the summary of the report "Conservative syndicated columnists reach millions more than progressive columnists." That sixty percent of the nation's newspapers print more conservative columnist every week than they do progressive columnists.[Link] According to Media Matters, however, their own research shows that the Union-Tribune has more centrist columnists than they have either conservative or progressive columnists on their op-ed pages.[Link]
Now, I'm not one to quibble with the research that Media Matters has done regarding op-ed pages, but I can tell you that when it comes to covering local stories pertaining to any number of progressive issues, the UT has a decisive conservative slant. Don't believe me, then ask any number of local Democratic candidates who have sat down with the editorial board regarding endorsements.