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Alexandria , VA - Iowan Tom Harkin today became the second Democratic Senator in less than a week to call for a return of the Censorship Doctrine, otherwise mis-known as the "Fairness" Doctrine. Harkin ended his interview with left-wing radio host Bill Press by saying "(W)e gotta get the Fairness Doctrine back in law again." Harkin has joined Michigan's Debbie Stabenow, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senator Chuck Schumer and an ever growing laundry list of liberal censors on the record calling for a return of the anti-free speech Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulation. The Censorship Doctrine was an FCC regulation... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - George Stephanopoulos' official role for ABC News is Chief Washington Correspondent and host of their Sunday morning news show This Week . Since joining the network's news team in 1997, however, his unofficial role has been in-house spin doctor for the Democratic Party. The MRC has been publicly demanding an explanation from Stephanopoulos and ABC News of a January 27 th Politico story in which it was reported that Mr. Stephanopoulos participates in daily strategy phone calls with now-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as well as with key Democratic strategists James Carville and Paul Begala... continue reading
February 9, 2009 Ms. Kerry Smith Senior Vice President of Editorial Quality ABC News 77 West 66 th Street New York, New York 10023 Dear Ms. Smith, Thank you for responding to my letter addressed to ABC President David Westin regarding the controversy surrounding George Stephanopoulos. I am pleased to see that ABC did not choose to ignore my concerns nor those of the multitude of viewers who called your network last week to voice their disapproval. However, it is unfortunate how inadequately, disingenuously and indeed dishonestly you chose to respond and remove focus on the matter at hand by... continue reading
Alexandria , VA - Kerry Smith, ABC's "Senior Vice President for Editorial Quality," has in an open letter responded to MRC President Brent Bozell's call to publicly address and resolve the apparent breach of ethics of its Chief White House Correspondent George Stephanopoulos. But while Ms. Smith succeeds in delivering distortions and hurling false allegations at Bozell and the MRC, she fails to at all address the journalistic problems reported in the original Politico story. On January 27 th , the Politico reported that Mr. Stephanopoulos participates in daily strategy phone calls with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm... continue reading
Letter to ABC News President Dear David Westin, Last week's Politico story broke the news that George Stephanopoulos, your Chief Washington Correspondent and the host of your Sunday morning news show This Week , has daily phone discussions with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, which help formulate and shape the thoughts of and messaging for the Democratic Party and the Obama Administration. As stated in the Politico : Everyone likes to deride the "conventional wisdom." In fairness, though, the wisdom is not yet conventional at the moment it is hatched. And in any given news cycle, it is... continue reading
Alexandria, VA - Media Research Center (MRC) President L. Brent Bozell, III has written a letter to ABC News President David Westin calling on him to publicly address and resolve what appears to be a clear violation of journalistic ethics by ABC's Chief Washington Correspondent George Stephanopoulos. Last week a Politico story broke the news that Stephanopoulos has participated in daily phone strategy sessions with now White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel throughout his tenure at ABC. Mr. Bozell on Thursday issued a statement demanding an explanation, and calling for Stephanopoulos to recuse himself from reporting on an Obama... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Tuesday's Politico broke the news that ABC News's Chief Washington Correspondent and the host of ABC's Sunday morning news show This Week George Stephanopoulos has daily phone discussions with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel during which he helps formulate and shape the thoughts of and messaging for Emmanuel and the Barack Obama Administration. And that he has had these conversations with Emanuel throughout his tenure at ABC. CNN liberal pundits Paul Begala and James Carville also participate in the daily round robin telephonic strategy sessions. In the article, Begala said he often can't remember the... continue reading
Alexandria, VA - President Barack Obama took a shot at conservative talk radio king Rush Limbaugh by warning GOP leaders that "You can't just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done." This attack came during a meeting on Capitol Hill held to discuss Pres. Obama's hefty $1 trillion stimulus package. One White House official attempted to cushion the jab by alleging that the President was pointing to the fact that "There are big things that unify Republicans and Democrats" and that "partisan politics" should not get in the way of accomplishing "very important things." President of the Media Research... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - After NBC's Today Show cancelled an appearance of Ann Coulter, the nation's top-selling conservative author, reports quickly spread through the news circuits late yesterday that Coulter received an alleged "ban-for-life" from the network. Even while the report has yet to be confirmed, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has offered his words of consolation: "Ann, as a veteran banee from NBC, I can well attest to the fact that you will, in fact, survive this ordeal. I can also tell you that they're not very good at banning people, however. During a two-year period while I was... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA. -- The Media Research Center today announced its Best Notable Quotables of 2008: The 21st Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting , and MSNBC's Chris Matthews "won" the dubious honor of Quote of the Year for gushing over a Barack Obama speech back in February: "I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don't have that too often....And that is an objective assessment." Top runner-up for Quote of the Year went to Reuters for this ridiculous post-election headline: "Media bias largely unseen in U.S. presidential race." MRC President Brent Bozell: "Year after year, the... continue reading