MRC Defers Media Bias Analysis of Terrorist Attack Coverage
The Media Research Center has decided to defer, for a few days,
documentation of any liberal bias occurring during coverage of the
Given the tragic events, involving the deaths
of thousands and still ongoing rescue efforts, we do not think it
appropriate to immediately highlight any political bias when the
overwhelming bulk of network coverage, with notable exceptions, is without
any political tinge. Furthermore, we realize that at this time the
interest of most people is directed at following developments and
discussing in what form retaliation should be manifested.
We are, however, monitoring as much of the
continuous coverage as we are able in order to identify any politically
skewed reporting or comments from journalists so we can report them at a
more appropriate time. As coverage progresses and the amount of time
devoted to analysis increases, liberal bias will most likely grow.
To follow developments online, refer to the
MRC's Cybercast News Service at http://www.cnsnews.com
Before ending this message, I'll pass along
just one quote from network coverage since no matter how sad the news
becomes CBS's Dan Rather still manages to utter his "Ratherisms."
At about 2:12pm EDT on Wednesday, a few minutes after he reported that New
York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had held up an airplane's "black
box" found in the World Trade Center rubble, Rather corrected his
fallacious assertion. Rather prefaced his correction: "I'd rather
be dragged behind a horse than be inaccurate."
Rather must have a lot of bruises.
-- Brent Baker
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