# Interviewing Jim Bunning on his March 4 Fox News show, Hannity told the Republican Senator: "NewsBusters, this is Brent Bozell's website, had a piece out and said that ABC News covered your issue involving your filibuster, if you will, six times more than the coverage that they gave to Charlie Rangel's scandal, which is a real scandal."
Hannity continued, shifting into a question about Bunning's insistence that a $10 billion unemployment bill actually be properly funded: "...Do you think that there are enough people in Washington with the political courage to say what you're saying and take the tough political stands to bring America back to balanced budgets?"
As MRC's Scott Whitlock reported in a Thursday BiasAlert : "Over the last three days, ABC's World News devoted almost six times as much coverage to Senator Jim Bunning and his temporary hold-up of an unemployment bill as the program did for the ongoing revelations that Democratic Charlie Rangel violated House ethics with his trips to the Caribbean."
"World News investigated and followed the Republican for four minutes and 38 seconds over two days. In comparison, the program could only manage a scant 48 seconds of coverage for Rangel."
Berry was making the point that new media technologies such as Facebook lets citizens inform each other and mobilize to affect public policy without being dependent on a relatively few unrepresentative journalists: "The ability for people to communicate and to interact in the way that Facebook allows is an absolute game changer....People that can't get hired at big newspapers or big TV stations [are now] changing public policy in profound ways."
For more of what Berry had to say, check out a more detailed item  at our NewsBusters blog.
-Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center.