Press Releases

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has issued the following statement regarding Paul Weyrich's passing: "Paul Weyrich was a foundational pillar of the modern conservative movement. He was a leader, a patriot and a friend, with an unwavering conscience that held fast to traditional values in good times and bad. Even as Republican leaders vacillated on issues like taxes, abortion and government spending, Paul never wavered, and when he admonished those leaders - even presidents among them - he spoke for legions of conservatives across America. He was a man of principle who not only stood firmly... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - CNN has responded to the Media Research Center's call for CNN to retract an accusation that wrongly accused National Review's Byron York of calling Gov. Sarah Palin "incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of the above" on the airing of The Situation Room on October 21, 2008. Reporter Drew Griffin read the quote to preface a question addressed to Gov. Palin, but the original context of Mr. York's full quotation revealed his critique of the media and their negative portrayal of the Republican candidate for vice president - NOT an attack on Gov. Palin on behalf of... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Speaking today on MSNBC's Morning Joe , former CBS news anchor Dan Rather noted that the traditional media is largely ignoring Democratic Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden's alarming comment on Sunday: "...(M)ark my words, within the next, first six months of this administration if we win, you're gonna face a major international challenge, because they are going to want to test him...." Rather pointed out "... (C)ertainly if Sarah Palin had said this it would be above the fold in most newspapers today... (I)f Sarah Palin had said this, the newspapers would have jumped all... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - On yesterday's Situation Room , CNN's Drew Griffin completely mischaracterized the nature of a "quote" from National Review's Byron York during his interview with Alaskan Republican Governor and Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin. Griffin said to Gov. Palin: "Governor, you've been mocked in the press, the press has been pretty hard on you, the Democrats have been pretty hard on you, but also some conservatives have been pretty hard on you as well. The National Review had a story saying that, you know, 'I can't tell if Sarah Palin is incompetent, stupid, unqualified, corrupt or all of... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Speaking today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, former CBS news anchor Dan Rather noted that the traditional media is largely ignoring Democratic Senator and Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden's alarming comment on Sunday: " ... (M)ark my words, within the next, first six months of this administration if we win, you're gonna face a major international challenge, because they are going to want to test him.... " Rather pointed out " ... (C)ertainly if Sarah Palin had said this it would be above the fold in most newspapers today... (I)f Sarah Palin had said this, the newspapers would... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In an interview for the upcoming New York Times's Sunday Magazine , and again in last night's Presidential debate, Illinois Senator Barack Obama singled out the Fox News Channel for scorn for how he feels they are covering his campaign. Excerpted Sen. Obama quotes from the Times Sunday Magazin e: "I am convinced that if there were no Fox News, I might be two or three points higher in the polls.... If I were watching Fox News, I wouldn't vote for me, right? ... Because the way I'm portrayed 24/7 is as a freak. I am the... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Sen. Barack Obama has launched a new TV advertisement in Spanish against Sen. John McCain that smears nationally syndicated talk radio show host Rush Limbaugh. The ad, which will run in Limbaugh's home state of Florida as well as Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico, flashes a picture of Limbaugh and quotes him saying, "Mexicans are stupid and unqualified" and "Shut your mouth or get out." Both excerpts are used to make Limbaugh appear racist and fail to include the context surrounding these phrases. Transcripts reveal that the former addressed jobs in Mexico, not immigrants (legal or illegal),... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - A new Rasmussen poll has determined that "this year by a nearly five-to-one margin voters believe they are trying to help Barack Obama." Specifically, "50 percent of voters think most reporters are trying to help Obama win versus 11 percent who believe they are trying to help his Republican opponent John McCain." Even among Democrats, more think journalists are aiding Democrat Obama than Republican McCain: "19 percent of Democrats agree, one percentage point higher than the number of Democrats who believe they are trying to help McCain." Most telling, "Unaffiliated voters by a 53 percent to 10... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - While interviewing Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward on Sunday's 60 Minutes , anchor Scott Pelley implied that President George W. Bush and the United States were to blame for the murders of innocent Iraqi civilians. Woodward quoted President Bush: "I don't understand that the Iraqis are not appreciative of what we've done for them," namely liberating them. To which Pelley responded: "But tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis had been killed in the invasion and through the occupation. He (Bush) didn't understand why they might be a little ungrateful about what had occurred to them?" MRC... continue reading
Alexandria, VA - Succumbing to increasing pressure from both within and outside the network, MSNBC over the weekend announced they were yanking the anchor team of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews as "news anchors" of their coverage of the 2008 Presidential race. Last week there were multiple protests by irate viewers, including on-air hecklers waving signs mocking MSNBC's overt bias. And at a panel discussion in Denver two weeks ago, NBC's Tom Brokaw acknowledged that Olbermann and Matthews had "gone too far" at times. Their reputations, and that of NBC News, were suffering sustained and increasing damage the longer MSNBC... continue reading