Press Releases

ALEXANDRIA , VA - The Media Research Center released today a report documenting the dramatic decrease in Iraq coverage by the NBC, ABC and CBS evening news programs this year contrasted with 2007. The report additionally details the continued effort by the Big Three to put the war in Iraq in the most negative light possible. Violence in Iraq has fallen dramatically. From January 1 to July 15 2007, there were 597 U.S. deaths there; in that same period in 2008 there were but 214, a 64% decrease. Over the same periods, coverage of Iraq by the networks on the... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA , VA - In yet another example of slavish adoration, all three network evening news anchors, Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric, will accompany Illinois Senator Barack Obama on his trip to Europe and the Middle East in August, and deliver their daily broadcasts live from each of the locales along the way. How outrageous is this? Arizona Senator John McCain has made three trips overseas since March. No anchor has travelled with him on any of them and they provided little if any coverage of any of them. Sen. McCain went to Europe and the Middle East... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has issued the following statement regarding Tony Snow's passing: "The news of Tony Snow's death wasn't wholly unexpected, but it's still devastating. Tony was a man brimming with optimism and you just felt that if anyone could beat this cancer, he could do it. He was an absolute professional in his craft and always, always a gentleman. The conservative movement is diminished today and anyone who knew him is heartbroken for his wife, Jill, and his three children Kendall, Robbie, and Kristi. "Rest in peace, gentle warrior." To schedule an interview... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - With just three days left before Radio Independence Day, Congressman Mike Pence's Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA), which would kill once and for all the onerous Fairness Doctrine, remains stuck in jail and in committee, consigned there by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The discharge petition that will spring the bill for the full and fair up or down vote it deserves has 196 of the required 218 Congressional signatures. Not one of the signers is a Democrat. Two Democrats, Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania and John Yarmuth of Kentucky, are co-sponsors of the BFA but have not yet signed to... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - In today's Human Events, writer John Gizzi reported that Speaker Pelosi and the entire Democratic Caucus are actively seeking a return of the Fairness Doctrine. When asked whether she would allow Congressman Mike Pence's Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA), which would kill the Fairness Doctrine, onto the floor for a vote, the Speaker without hesitation said, "No." She elaborated, "The interest of my Caucus is the reverse," and said New York Democratic Representative "Louis Slaughter has been active behind this [revival of the Fairness Doctrine] for a while now." From 1949 to 1987, the Fairness Doctrine silenced radio... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has issued the following statement regarding Tim Russert's passing: "Whenever I've been asked to give examples of a fair, balanced and honest journalist, Tim Russert's name was the first name that came to mind. This was a view shared by everyone and was the ultimate testimony to his professionalism. As a moderator he was in a league of his own, always knowing when to speak and when to let his guests do the talking. As an individual he was an absolute class act, and always a gentleman. The world of journalism... continue reading
At a June 11 press conference on Capitol Hill, alongside nationally syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham, House Minority Leader John Boehner, House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, Representative Mike Pence, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and others, Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell III delivered the following statement : We are gathered here today to discuss a very serious and very real threat to free speech in America. This menace served for four decades to chill into silence an entire wing of the broadcast industry. When its onerous restrictions were finally lifted, we witnessed an explosion in the... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Media Research Center President L. Brent Bozell joined with House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO), Congressmen Mike Pence (R-IN), Greg Walden (R-OR) and Trent Franks (R-AZ), syndicated radio talk show host Laura Ingraham and President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist in declaring this July 4 th to be Radio Independence Day, and called for Congress to allow a full up or down vote on the Broadcaster Freedom Act (BFA). The BFA will kill once and for all the Fairness Doctrine, the onerous governmental policy that served to stifle free speech on the radio airwaves for... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Today the Media Research Center's Culture and Media Institute (CMI) released a position paper that argues powerfully why the United States should not bring back the so-called Fairness Doctrine, a federal regulation that the government has used in the past to attack the free speech of radio broadcasters. "Unmasking the Myths Behind the Fairness Doctrine," by CMI Senior Editor Brian Fitzpatrick, explains why America should not empower government regulators to force radio stations to air opinions with which they disagree in an unnecessary quest for "balance." Among the main findings: The Internet has exponentially increased the number... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, VA - Rasmussen Reports has released new polling numbers that bolster what the Media Research Center (MRC) has been documenting, exposing and neutralizing for twenty-one years: that the media are overwhelmingly liberal, and distort rather than report the news. And that this bias has been readily apparent in this year's Presidential campaign. Yesterday, Rasmussen Reports revealed that "j ust 17% of voters nationwide believe that most reporters try to offer unbiased coverage of election campaigns" and that "four times as many-68%-believe most reporters try to help the candidate that they want to win." And it is clear which candidate... continue reading