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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today expressed concern over the New York Times ' naming of columnist Bill Keller as the newspaper's new executive editor. A review of Keller's writings, released today by the MRC's Times Watch project, reveals him to just as liberal - perhaps even more so - than his predecessor Howell Raines who resigned in disgrace. Mr. Keller's writings are indistinguishable from the hyperbolic liberalism coming from the most left-wing Democratic presidential candidates. The essential question - can Keller erect an effective firewall between his personal liberalism and professional responsibilities? - has yet... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell today praised MSNBC for firing host Michael Savage for wishing death to a caller into his show over the weekend. But he also pointed out the hypocrisy: The same media turn a blind eye to liberals in the media who spew the very same hateful venom at conservatives. MSNBC was right to fire Michael Savage. His comments have no place in civilized debate. But neither did comments that have come from liberal icons of television such as Bryant Gumbel, Nina Totenberg and Julianne Malveaux - all of whom have said hateful... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement today, reacting to the resignations of New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd: Now that Mr. Raines and Mr. Boyd have resigned, Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. has a crucial decision to make. He can either continue to use the Times to promote an arrogant, left-wing advocacy agenda or he can return to the news. The New York Times return to respectability is dependent upon whether it presents the news in an accurate, evenhanded manner. All the news that's fit to print is... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The director of the Media Research Centers Timeswatch project, Clay Waters, is demanding New York Times executive editor Howell Raines come forward and clearly answer the question of whether the Times put quotas over quality in its handling of reporter Jayson Blair, who left the Times under a cloud of plagiarism. In recent broadcast interviews with both National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting, Raines dodged direct questions about whether or not the Times ignored many warning signs about Blair because it wanted to increase and maintain minority representation on its staff. Mr. Raines needs to stop dodging... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The liberal media are once again displaying a blatant double standard in covering the remarks of liberal and conservative politicians. In December, Sen. Patty Murray, then the leader of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, compared Osama bin Laden favorably to the United States, saying he allegedly built hospitals and day care centers in the Third World, and "We have not done that." The national media, print and television, almost completely ignored it. In 2001, Sen. Robert Byrd, the former Democratic majority leader, said "There are white niggers, Ive seen a lot of white niggers in my time"... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The Media Research Center today released its report card for network war coverage, issuing grades for overall network reporting, anchors, embedded reporters and Baghdad reporters. Fox News Channel led the networks while Foxs Brit Hume, CNNs Wolf Blitzer and CBSs Dan Rather had the best grades among the anchors. Among the worst grades were those given to ABC News anchor Peter Jennings and NBC/MSNBC reporter Peter Arnett, who was actually fired for his propaganda-like comments in an interview with Iraqi television. Fox News did the best job of all the networks, and Fox anchors Brit Hume and... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell issued the following statement today, in the aftermath of shocking revelations made last week by CNN Executive News Chief Eason Jordan. Mr. Jordan revealed CNN withheld a great deal of information about the regime of Saddam Hussein and the plight of the Iraqi people in order to maintain its access to officials in the Hussein regime. CNNs credibility is crushed. From Peter Arnett during Gulf War I to CNNs promotion of anti-war protests in Gulf War II; and from the Operation Tailwind non-story scandal to CNNs shameless pro-Castro reporting from Havana,... continue reading
Alexandria, VA Augusta National Golf Club representative Jim McCarthy has responded to the New York Times Sunday editorial, the most recent in a series of Times attacks on the home of the Masters which opens Thursday. Martha Burk of the National Council of Women's Organizations has been pressing Augusta to renounce its all-male club status and admit women, a cause the Times has vociferously advocated in both news stories and editorials. The Augusta rep's response took the newspaper to task for being grossly biased and one-sided, and is available exclusively at the Media Research Center's Times Watch web site (... continue reading
Alexandria, VAOn Thursday March 27th the Media Research Center , Americas Media Watchdog, will host its annual Dishonors Awards Dinner at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington D.C. This year the MRC will roast the most outrageous reporting from 2002. WHAT: MRC 2003 DISHONORS AWARDS WHEN: MARCH 27th at 6:00pm Eastern WHO: Host Brent Bozell; Master of Ceremonies Cal Thomas; Award Presenters Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham; Award Acceptors Wayne LaPierre, Rich Lowry, Stephen Moore, and Judge Robert Bork. WHERE: Omni Shoreham Hotel Regency Ballroom 2500 Calvert Street NW Washington, D.C. To more information on the MRC, and... continue reading
ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Media Research Center President Brent Bozell has written new CNN Chairman Jim Walton, informing him the MRCs analysis of CNNs coverage of anti-war protests this past weekend reveals CNN was biased and made virtually no effort to provide context. I regret that my first communication to you as the new chairman of the CNN News Group must be to alert you to the biased nature of CNNs coverage of war protests. This regret is tempered, however, by the hope that under your leadership, the kind of coverage aired over the weekend will not be repeated, Bozell wrote... continue reading