Special Reports

Are the media influencing Americans to duck responsibility for their own decisions and behavior? By undermining core moral values, are the media leading Americans away from a mature acceptance of personal responsibility for their own lives and for their obligations to others? According to the National Cultural Values Survey, a major study of American cultural and moral values, most Americans think so. The study, commissioned by the Culture and Media Institute, finds that large majorities of every significant demographic category of American adults believe the media are harming the nation's moral values. The first section of this CMI Special Report,... continue reading
See Full Report More than 600,000 homes are currently in foreclosure; both houses of Congress and the president have proposed different bailout plans for the mortgage “crisis;” and Americans are drowning in $2.4 trillion worth of red ink. But the problems of consumer debt are made worse because the liberal media ignore personal responsibility and instead use the issue to beat up on businesses that lend money to people who want to borrow. Two divisions of the Media Research Center analyzed evening news reporting on debt from Nov. 28, 2006, (shopping’s Black Friday) through Aug. 31, 2007. The Business &... continue reading
Executive Summary The Democratic takeover of Congress in 2007 quickly made one definitive change in the national media infrastructure. For the first time since Newt Gingrich became speaker in 1995, America's public broadcasting system didn't have a skeptical majority party that might sporadically ask questions about PBS using the taxpayer-funded airwaves for overt liberal activism. In previous years with Democratic control of Congress, PBS has played a more activist role within the media, dragging the rest of the national media further to the left and spurring more aggression and ill will against conservative and Republican leaders. Just as 2007 has... continue reading
Businessmen are in every city and town in America. They make the tractors that harvest your food, the jewelry you wear and the electricity that makes our society run. They sell vegetables at your farmers' market and help you get connected to the World Wide Web. They give heart surgeons a place to work and kids a place to play after school. And whether you work for one of them, a non-profit, or the government, they pay for your job. What do they earn for all of their hard work? Abuse. Just tune in to almost any episode of "Law... continue reading
See Full Report American businessmen and women put in hard work and take big risks to build successful companies. Those firms provide the jobs, products and services that drive the U.S. economy. When the work and risks pay off, businessmen become philanthropists who give billions of dollars to their communities and charities around the world. But when they are covered in the media – which isn’t often – they’re most likely to be attacked. In a yearlong study of evening newscasts on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News, the Business & Media Institute found businessmen little represented, even in... continue reading
Executive Summary When she founded her blog two years ago, Arianna Huffington made a pledge that was quoted by Newsweek : “If you’re looking for the usual flame-throwing, name-calling, and simplistic attack dog rhetoric....don’t bother coming to The Huffington Post.” But an MRC review of the first two years of the HuffPost’s content reveals that flame-throwing, name-calling, and hate speech against conservatives are all on the Web site’s everyday menu. True to everything pundits decry about the blogosphere, the official bloggers of The Huffington Post, from celebrity dilettantes to lesser-known attack dogs, have made wild mudslinging and hate speech, usually... continue reading
Executive Summary As the 2008 presidential campaign season gets underway, wide-open primary races in both the Republican and Democratic parties are competing for the media’s attention. So are the broadcast networks covering both sides equally, or are they tilting the campaign playing field in favor of liberal Democratic candidates? To find out, Media Research Center analysts reviewed all 517 campaign segments on ABC’s Good Morning America , CBS’s The Early Show and NBC’s Today from January 1 through July 31. Those three broadcast morning shows draw nine times the audience of their cable news competitors, and are geared toward everyday... continue reading
See Executive Summary Introduction It didn't take long for the new Congress to try to increase government regulation of health care through mandated prescription prices. Less than one month after taking power, House Democrats OK'd a bill requiring federal drug price negotiation for 23 million people covered by Medicare's prescription drug plan. The bill 'is likely to help shape the debate' over government control of drug prices, according to the Los Angeles Times. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform took the issue further and held hearings on allegations that the pharmaceutical industry was 'profiteering from public health programs... continue reading
See Full Report Liberal Democrats have taken charge in Congress, and one of the top targets for their anti-business rage has long been the pharmaceutical industry. In their “100 hours” plans, Democrats tried to institute price controls on Medicare prescription drugs. Have their attacks on industry encountered a receptive media? Yes. The Business & Media Institute (BMI) has found a recurring network news bias against the pharmaceutical industry, treating drugs as an entitlement rather than an expensive-to create product, refusing to credit and often ignoring entirely the companies that made the medicine. Even when one new drug was hailed as... continue reading
Executive Summary While every other country in the Western Hemisphere moved towards democracy, Cuba has remained a one-party state under dictator Fidel Castro, who held power without free elections from 1959 until health problems forced him to step aside in 2006. Castro's communist regime has executed hundreds of political opponents and driven tens of thousands more into exile; hundreds of dissidents today languish in Cuban prisons. The U.S. State Department , Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have all listed Castro’s Cuba as among the worst violators of human rights on the planet, while the Committee to Protect Journalists has... continue reading