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Alexandria, VA A new study released today by the Media Research Center, TVs Bad News Brigade, reveals the three commercial network nightly news broadcasts have been overwhelmingly biased in their coverage of Iraq. The MRC analyzed all broadcasts of ABCs World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, and the CBS Evening News from January 1 through September 30 and found 61 percent of the stories were negative or pessimistic while only 15 percent of the stories were positive or optimistic a four-to-one ratio. The trend in coverage has also become increasingly negative during 2005, with pessimistic stories rising to nearly three-fourths... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In an amazing leap of illogic and an exercise in poor journalism, AP writers Tom Coyne and Ashley Heher brand Supreme Court nominee John Roberts a possible racist because he grew up in a town that banned the sale of homes to blacks and Jews. "[T]he exclusive lakefront community where Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. grew up during the racially turbulent 1960s and '70s once banned the sale of homes to nonwhites and Jews. Just three miles from the nearly all-white community of Long Beach, two days of looting and vandalism erupted when Roberts was... continue reading
Alexandria, VA Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center, today blasted the major liberal news media for refusing to cover the Air America radio network scandal. Air America, launched in 2004 with much media fanfare as a liberal alternative to conservative talk radio received $875,000 in loans from financially-strapped kids charities, which are now bankrupt. Yet now the same liberal media arent saying much of anything, even though the scandal broke three weeks ago. Highlights of this media double standard include the following: Two-and-a-half weeks after the story broke, the New York Times published one bland story, inside the... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. Media Research Center President Brent Bozell assailed the New York Times today for a three-week blackout of the mounting Air America scandal, a national issue involving a national radio network. The Times , which splashed Air Americas Al Franken on the cover of its magazine when the network launched last year, has buried coverage of the liberal radio networks receiving questionable loans (almost $900,000) from financially struggling childrens charities on whose boards the former chairman of Air America sat. With this scandal, the Times has only run a small story with a misleading headline published in its regional... continue reading
The following is a statement from L. Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center: All the media outlets that trumpeted and championed the launch of the liberal talk-radio network Air America are silent as it finds itself awash in a mushrooming scandal. The chairman of Air America, Evan Montvel Cohen, arranged for one of the loans when he was also the development director for the Gloria Wise Boys and Girls Club. Both the Boys and Girls club and another childrens charity, Pathways for Youth, have since gone bankrupt after loaning Air America close to $900,000. Where are the stories... continue reading
Alexandria, VA The Media Research Center today launched its new blog, www.NewsBusters.org , joining forces with the creators of the influential Web site RatherBiased.com, Matthew Sheffield and Greg Sheffield. NewsBusters.org will provide immediate exposure of liberal media bias, insightful analysis, constructive criticism, and timely corrections to news media reporting while also providing readers the opportunity to take part and be interactive. Like the Media Research Center, in many ways the blogosphere is a reaction to the liberal bias in the media. Its impact was felt heavily in the 2004 election. We welcome the opportunity to participate, using our experience and... continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement regarding the Public Broadcasting Systems production and airing of TV commercials nationwide that call on viewers to lobby Congress for more PBS funding. Now that PBSs overwhelming liberal bias is well-documented and under the microscope, Congress has wisely decided to cut PBSs funding. In defiance of Congress, PBS, using taxpayers money, has produced and is airing highly deceptive TV commercials that warn about threats to children and Clifford the Red Dog, said Mr. Bozell. This is outrageous, and is one more example of how far liberal media... continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today blasted Bill Moyers, former host of the PBS show Now , for his character assassination attempt against Corporation for Public Broadcasting Chairman Ken Tomlinson. In a recent speech in St. Louis, Moyers accused Tomlinson of participating in the blacklisting of several prominent Americans keeping them from speaking and lecturing on behalf of the U.S. Information Agency when Tomlinson ran the Voice of America in the mid-1980s. VOA is part of USIA. Moyers presented no evidence for his charge. This is character assassination, pure and simple. This is just another Newsweek... continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C . - Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement reacting to Newsweeks refusal to retract a false story that sparked riots15 dead, 100 injuredin several Muslim countries. Newsweek is guilty of pushing a false story they knew was unconfirmed but wanted to believe was true, and this time the result was tragic. The Newsweek story is the same CBS/National Guard gotcha journalism story all over again, only this time with riots and deaths as the deeply regrettable consequences. This is the painful legacy of news organizations whose anti-Bush agenda predisposes them to running negative stories... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Media Research Center and its president, Brent Bozell , along with conservative luminaries such as Cal Thomas, Sean Hannity, Neal Boortz and Ann Coulter, roasted the media elite by presenting its awards for the worst reporting of 2004 at last nights annual DisHonors Awards Dinner. The winners were selected by a panel of 16 distinguished media observers, including Rush Limbaugh, William F. Buckley, Lucianne Goldberg, Michelle Malkin and Robert Novak. After the awards ceremony, Bozell presented the MRCs Conservative of the Year award to the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth for their courageous role in... continue reading