I love it how everytime that someone accuses the media of liberal, the only response is "yeah, but what about Fox?" So, let me get this straight, there are hundreds and thousands of media outlets, the vast majority of which lean liberal, but that is someone balanced out by ONE major news station. Right, thought so...
As for academia, most of academia is very intelligent. But remember that even communism works on paper. It's easy to get things to work in a lab or in a controlled environment, but when you add human nature into the element, things don't work out so well. Furthermore, the reason that academia tends to be liberal is because they like to recruit their own. Do you think that Stanford is going to hire an conservative any time soon? How about a far left wing liberal? If you think it's all about credentials, you are way off of it.
Another thing that I've noticed is that the more money you have, the easier it is to be liberal (unless you reach the very top bracket). Why is it that people like John Kerry, heir to the Heinz fortune, can be liberal, but someone like Colin Powell, who grew up in Harlem, ends up a republican? My theory is that if you have money and power, it's easy to look down and say how much we should all feel a sense of duty toward them. But if you have been in that position and you have worked your way out, then that paternalistic look is sickening and pathetic. I'm in category two.
Anyway, that's my two cents.
Oh and by the way, if you ever want to be taken seriously, don't ever, ever, ever end a sentence with a "z". The "s" button is just as close and you don't look like a moron.