3 WEEKS AND COUNTING - Press Release - Media Research Center

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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 edition.

Once again the New York Times is invoking a double-standard. Air America is a national network but the Times has not given it national coverage the same coverage it gave the launch of the liberal radio network last year, Bozell said. This is now three weeks and counting, when will the Times report the Air America scandal to all of America?

Clay Waters, editor of the Media Research Centers www.TimesWatch.org Web site, noted the Times was quick to pile on conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh when he announced his addiction to prescription painkillers on October 10, 2003.

The story made the front page of the New York Times the very next day. And the paper followed up with several stories referencing Limbaugh's addiction, Waters said. Yet for Air America, the New York Times isnt saying much.

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