Special Reports

This is the third part of a BMI report related to BPA, a chemical commonly found in plastics. Part one: Ignoring Science, 97% of Stories Hype BPA as Health Threat Part two: Lefty Group Uses Pink to Camouflage Green Activism, Attack Business The science against BPA isn’t very convincing, yet the left-wing onslaught from environmental groups , activist scientists and the media has convinced many consumers that soup cans, soda bottles and plastic storage containers are going to make them sick. In the case of BPA, perception and reality are far different, but false perceptions can still cost businesses millions... continue reading
This is the second part of a BMI report related to BPA, a chemical commonly found in plastics. To read part one click here . The media haven’t been alone in the campaign against supposedly “toxic” chemicals like BPA. Liberal Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced a bill in Jan. 2011 that would ban it in all food and beverage containers . That is exactly what many left-wing groups have also been pushing for. On March 6, 2012, Markey’s office also sent a letter to several food companies fishing for information regarding their use of BPA (PDF is attached). Environmental activists... continue reading
The news media - and the networks in particular - have a problem. The candidate they strongly backed in 2008 is facing a difficult re-election campaign in 2012. With a tough economy, high unemployment and skyrocketing debt, the election is shaping up as a referendum on President Barack Obama's policies. Without much to work with, journalists have changed the subject to targeting his potential opponents - by using, the GOP candidates' religion against them. Despite the fact that 75 percent of Americans identify themselves as Christians and 93 percent profess a belief in God, according to the Pew Forum on... continue reading
With the 2012 elections less than a year away, the liberal media are attacking President Obama's potential opponents on a number of fronts, but especially on religion. ABC, CBS and NBC have used religion in two ways, either painting the field of GOP primary challengers as a God Squad of religious zealots or playing up differences in their faith. Whether they're letting viewers know that "Rick Perry's gonna have to answer some questions about the people" he prays with, fretting that God "told Michele Bachmann," to enter politics, or devoting no less than 40 segments to the question of whether... continue reading
Executive Summary In January, the story broke that President Obama’s White House had been the scene of a lavish, star-studded 2009 Halloween party designed by director Tim Burton and including film star Johnny Depp. The Washington Post had it on page 1 of its “Style” section. The New York Times, USA Today and a host of other publications covered it, complete with photos. But network evening news viewers only saw 30 words on ABC “World News Sunday.” NBC and CBS ignored it completely. In mid-February, Obama visited Hollywood for two $36,000-a-plate fundraisers that featured Grammy-winning rock band The Foo Fighters... continue reading
It was the kind of story the media love: Glamorous liberal celebrities mingling with glamorous liberal politicians. In 2009 the White House hosted an exclusive, lavish Halloween party themed around the new “Alice in Wonderland” movie. Director Tim Burton designed the elaborate decorations, and star Johnny Depp (in full Mad Hatter getup) hobnobbed with guests. Someone worked the East Room dressed in the authentic “Chewbacca” costume from the “Star Wars” movies, on loan from creator George Lucas. The Obama administration, fearing how the party would appear to a nation still deep in recession, kept the story from the press. It... continue reading
Fear of chemicals and “toxins” is rampant among the so-called “environmental” left. Unfortunately, that phobia infects national media coverage as well. For more than a decade, the left has been on the attack against BPA, a chemical that is commonly found in plastics and other products. Anti-chemical groups such as the Breast Cancer Fund and some scientists have crusaded against BPA (known formally as bisphenol A), connecting it to cancer and reproductive problems and claiming that it is “a threat to human health,” despite government agencies that have declared it “ harmless ” even in baby bottles. Much of the... continue reading
Four years ago, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning shows celebrated the “rock star” Democrats running to replace George W. Bush, and no candidate set journalists’ pulses racing faster than Barack Obama. Now, after three years of high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits and an onerous new health care law, how are those newscasts covering Obama’s re-election campaign and the candidates vying to replace him? To find out, Media Research Center analysts examined all 723 campaign segments which aired on the three broadcast network weekday morning programs from January 1 to October 31, 2011, using the same methodology we employed to... continue reading
Executive Summary Congress has debated this year whether taxpayers should provide a half-billion dollars for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (which in turn, funds PBS and NPR). House Republicans proposed on September 29 that the federal funding for CPB should end. Fiscally, it’s an obviously non-essential expense in an era of trillion-dollar deficits – not to mention hundreds of programming choices on cable TV, the Internet, and satellite radio. But there is another reason for defunding: the absolute refusal of the taxpayer-subsidized public-broadcasting empire to attempt balance and objectivity in all “programming of a controversial nature,” as it says in... continue reading
Executive Summary The premeditated murder of thousands of Americans on September 11, 2001 unified the United States, in grief over the attacks and in resolve to never let it happenagain. Just as Members of Congress stood together as one on the Capitol steps to sing “God Bless America,” the American major media united with the people in their collective shock and outrage. But that feeling did not last. Within a month, America went to war in Afghanistan, and the media returned to its traditional pose of being above “nationalistic fervor.” Instead, the media coverage grew dark and foreboding, presenting America... continue reading