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MRC in the News

March 2005


Many media outlets — radio, television and print — regularly feature MRC guests on their programs, quote MRC spokespeople in their articles, and cite MRC research in their stories. Below is a sampling of MRC making news in the news media. Links are provided when available, and were active when posted.


The Washington Post
“My Bias for Mainstream News,” by Dana Milbank
March 20

…These partisans are determined to see a connection between the declining audiences of traditional outlets and the pervasive accusations of bias. An ad for "Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media," a 2004 book by L. Brent Bozell III, says "the liberal media's audience will continue to defect to the emerging alternative news outlets -- outlets more in tune with their perspective on the world." …

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The Washington Times
Inside Politics
“Tilting the Numbers,” by Greg Pierce
March 18

… "In fact, a Washington Post/ABC News survey released on Tuesday found that 56 percent support 'a plan in which people who chose to could invest some of their Social Security contributions in the stock market,' " the Media Research Center's Brent Baker writes at …

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The Union Leader
“Biased against Bush; Surprise! The Media Don't Like W” (editorial)
March 17

… We know what you're thinking. The report is from some right-wing outfit like the Media Research Center, so it cannot be trusted. Thing is, the report is from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. …


Human Events
“Fleischer Reveals the True Bias in the Media,” by L. Brent Bozell, III
March 16

Few have a better understanding of the liberal media elite than Ari Fleischer, who spent several years deflecting

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Jewish World Review
“Condi vs. Hillary?: GOP Dream Race Won't Happen,” by Russ Smith
March 16

the Senator any points with those Americans who want to eviscerate a broad swath of the First Amendment; the likes of James Dobson, Brent Bozell, Sean Hannity ...

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Family News In Focus
“Liberal Bloggers Seeking Slanted Coverage,” by Stuart Shepard 
March 15

Rich Noyes with the Media Research Center said the media is what forced conservatives to the Internet.

"Conservatives," Noyes said, "have been successful using the Internet partly because the mainstream media has been the big obstacle to getting the conservative message out. Liberals haven't faced that kind of an obstacle." 

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Empire Journal
March 15

In her affidavit, Anderson said that Rice had told her that he and Greer had discussed the Schiavo case at a ball game the night previous with Rice without other parties to the matter being present. Greer refused to recuse himself and Rice later denied that he had made the comments to Anderson. John Carassas, an assistant attorney general in the office of Charlie Crist, was also involved in the controversy.

Crist had previously denied that his office had ever received any allegations of abuse involving Terri Schiavo.

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“Freedom, "Freedom's gathering place on the Net," by 
March 15

“I have created a full service Internet provider strictly for the freedom movement. Subscribers will get an e-mail address that carries the freedom message (your They will get news with their point of view, provided by CNS News (Cybercast News Service), an arm of the Media Research Center. The biased news of the mainstream media will be replaced by news of concern and interest to people who love their nation and believe in its values.”

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Outside the Beltway
“State of the American News Media 2005,” by James Joyner
March 14

…It's unclear, though, what counted as a news report to begin with. Surely, "Hannity & Colmes" doesn't count as news; it's an opinion show. For that matter, Fox News' flagship program, "Fox Special Report with Brit Hume," is a pure news report for the first 40-45 minutes or so every weeknight and then culminates in a journalist roundtable where guests provide their analysis of the news. One wouldn't expect the roundtable to be opinion-free. NRO's Tim Graham is skeptical of this finding as well. …

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Hartford Courant
“Making Sport of It All,” by Liz Halloran
March 15

… There is a whole army of bloggers, radio hosts and TV people who have decided that any deviation from their political view is to be persecuted -- and the ``Olbermann Watch'' and [Brent] Bozell jokers [of Media Research Center and Parents Television Council] are foremost among them. We made just as much sport of Kerry as Bush during the campaign, but neutrality is not what they want. They want conformity and a deliberate, institutionalized, pro-Republican slant. Guess what? They're never going to get it. …


“FCC is waiting in the wings,” by Patricia Goldsmith (editorial)
March 15

A writer doesn't quite get it ["At the Oscars talk is business," Letters, March 8]. The reason ABC did not want Robin Williams to do his original bit was not about viewers but about the threat of incredibly high government fines. Because freedom-hating, moralizing right-wing fringe groups like Focus on the Family and the Media Research Center file thousands of complaints at any perceived "indecency" on television, broadcasters are afraid.

The Federal Communications Commission under the Bush administration has imposed enormous fines. Because the government is holding the threat of these fines over broadcasters' heads, the government is ultimately responsible for the censorship of Williams. Since we are also talking about the "public airwaves" given to broadcasters for free, Williams has every right to express his opinion when given the opportunity.


Pittsburgh Tribune Review
“Media Monday: New York Times Edition” (no byline)
March 14

Here are some of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes from The New York Times, courtesy of the Media Research Center: 

This is "deep"?: "Increasingly, Mr. Bush has pushed to put his mark on foreign aid policy, stressing help for countries meeting his criteria for responsible government. In the new budget, foreign aid was spared the deep cuts made in many domestic programs." 
-- Reporter Elisabeth Becker. The president proposes domestic spending cuts of 0.5 percent to 0.8 percent. 

Bad news, that democracy: "Less than six weeks after President Bush's Inaugural Address appealing for democratic reforms in the Middle East, the United States is coping with an unaccustomed problem: a region churning with fresh demands for democracy, fresh opportunities and fresh potential for instability." 
-- Diplomatic correspondent Steven Weisman. 

Liberal "independent" analysts: "Still, Mr. Bush's argument that the (Social Security) system is approaching bankruptcy -- a contention disputed by Democrats and independent analysts -- seems to be taking hold." 
-- Reporters Adam Nagourney and Robin Toner.


Chattanooga Times Free Press
“Campuses Embrace Professor Who Likened Sept. 11 Victims to Nazis” no byline
March 13

…National Public Radio has barred its reporters from using the word reform to describe President Bush's plan to overhaul Social Security.

The unfailingly interesting and valuable Media Research Center transcribed the comments of NPR Washington editor Ron Elving on NPR's "Morning Edition." …


Washington Times
Inside Politics
"Dan's apologists, by Greg Pierce"
March 11

departure from the 'CBS Evening News,' on Wednesday some reporters and reviewers delivered rather sycophantic praise," the Media Research Center's Brent Baker

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Nashua Advocate
"Meet the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss: Brent Bozell Supplants Jeff Gannon As Man Most Likely to Be Accused of Involvement in Bush Propaganda Scheme," by Advocate Staff
March 11

In 1996, Brent Bozell founded the Conservative Communications Center, or "C3."

In 1998, Brent Bozell founded the current news service for, Cybercast News Service (CNS).

At the time Bozell founded C3 in 1996, he was the Chairman (and indeed founder) of The Media Research Center, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

[As noted at the bottom of their website: "Founded in 1987, the MRC is a 501 (c)(3) non profit research and education foundation"].

To qualify as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, an organization must, according to the Internal Revenue Service website, be organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the purposes set forth in IRC Section 501(c)(3), and none of the earnings of the organization may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate at all in campaign activity for or against political candidates.

The organizations described in IRC Section 501(c)(3) are commonly referred to under the general heading of "charitable organizations." Organizations described in IRC Section 501(c)(3), other than testing for public safety organizations, are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions in accordance with IRC Section 170.

The exempt purposes set forth in IRC Section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and the prevention of cruelty to children or animals. The term charitable is used in its generally accepted legal sense and includes relief of the poor, the distressed, or the underprivileged; advancement of religion; advancement of education or science; erection or maintenance of public buildings, monuments, or works; lessening the burdens of government; lessening of neighborhood tensions; elimination of prejudice and discrimination; defense of human and civil rights secured by law; and combating community deterioration and juvenile delinquency.

The Advocate does not know, but presumes, that the Media Research Center was founded under the "educational" exception to 501(c)(3). Only a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request could determine this conclusively, as it would enable a citizen to review the organization's application for 501(c)(3) status.

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Media Matters for America
"Miscellany,” by Jamison Foser
Week ending March 11

... Of course, according to Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center and his brethren, even those hints reflect left-wing bias. And sometimes they do. ... 

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Nashua Advocate
"New GOPUSA News Service, Cybercast News, Replaces Talon News; Now Embroiled in Scandal Over Flooding Google News With Identical Jeff Gannon Articles," by Advocate Staff 
March 11

Now, the new "news service" client being contracted with by, Cybercast News Service (CNS), has found itself embroiled in a scandal just days after replacing the controversial Talon News Service for which now-disgraced "reporter" Jeff Gannon was a writer.

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Washington Times
"So long . . . so very long," by Rich Noyes
March 10

Dan Rather's departure from the CBS Evening News has some fretting that last September's "60 Minutes" forgery fiasco is being blown out of proportion, that this week's media coverage should paint Mr. Rather as a fearless journalistic truth-teller, not as a sloppy partisan operative. 

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Washington Times
"Rather bids 'good night' with message of gratitude," by Jennifer Harper
March 10

"Dan Rather spent his career at CBS spinning the news to further a partisan political agenda," said Brent Bozell, president of the Virginia-based Media Research Center, a conservative media watchdog group. "He leaves behind a news organization that is a mere shadow of its former self." 

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The Orange County Register
"Goodbye - and good riddance: One mistake? Bunk! Rather's whole career is full of examples of overt bias," by Rich Noyes
March 9

Dan Rather's departure from the "CBS Evening News" has some fretting that last September's "60 Minutes Wednesday" forgery fiasco is being blown out of proportion, that this week's media coverage should paint Rather as a fearless journalistic truth-teller, not as a sloppy partisan operative. Former New York Times reporter Alex Jones, now a Harvard media expert, told USA Today that it would be a "gross disservice" to emphasize Rather's bogus National Guard story. "It doesn't diminish his decades-long career of distinguished broadcast journalism," Jones insisted.

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Washington Times
Inside Politics
"Still in denial," by Greg Pierce
March 9

"Dan Rather is going out denying any liberal bias and with a CBS News bio segment dismissing any such contention," the Media Research Center's Brent Baker writes at

"In a Sunday Philadelphia Inquirer profile, Rather attributed the liberal-bias charge to how he's 'a passionate' and 'aggressively independent reporter' and 'when you handle hot material, you're going to catch flak.' 

"In a CBS 'Sunday Morning' review of Rather's career, Lee Cowan declared that as for the liberal label applied to Rather: 'Those who know him best say Dan never played just one side of the fence.' Cowan also ridiculously praised Rather for taking 'responsibility' for memogate." 

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News Hounds
"Dan Rather Saying Good-Bye," (no byline)
March 9

Gibson interviewed Rich Noyes, from Media Research Center, and Ellis Hennican, Newsday columnist and fox News contributor. The interview was preceded by a report from Rich Leventhal about Rather's career.

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The Conservative Voice
"Impech Justices on the US Supreme Court," by Senior Editor
March 9

According to the Media Research Center, "NBC anchor Brian Williams heralded how the ruling 'ends a practice that drew ridicule for years from some of America's closest friends around the world.' Peter Jennings trumpeted how 'this brings the U.S. into line with much of the world.' 

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National Review Online
"Hotter Than a Rooster on Viagra," Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez
March 9

NRO: You emphasize that you're not another Brent Bozell, and take a little swipe at the Patriot Act. Did you even vote for Bush?

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"Blogged Down," by Garrance Franke Ruta, The American Prospect
March 9

They are, at best, the intellectual heirs of L. Brent Bozell of the Media Research Center and Reed Irvine, who founded the ultraconservative, media-hounding nonprofit organization Accuracy In Media (AIM) in 1969 as part of the first generation of post–Barry Goldwater right-wing institutions. At worst, they're the protégés of conservative fund-raiser Richard Viguerie and dirty-tricks master Morton Blackwell, who has tutored conservative activists since 1965, most recently mocking John Kerry at the Republican national convention by distributing Band-Aids with purple hearts on them.

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Richmond Times Dispatch
"Rather drops 'anchor,'" by Douglas Durden 
March 9

Not even Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center and among Rather's loudest critics, appears satisfied with Rather's re-assignment to "60 Minutes," using biblical terms in referring to Rather's "fall from grace."

See Story


Montana News Association
March 9 

According to the Media Research Center, in a study of 217 news stories from ABC, NBC, and CBS, analysts found the networks only described the procedure in 18 stories, and 15 of those reports were before 1998. 

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"I Am a Reactionary Libertarian: Or Why I Believe in Fusionism," by Ira Katz 
March 8

... opposite inclination in the person of Frank Meyer, who "was a long-time editor of National Review and the originator of what Brent Bozell called ‘fusionism ... 

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Newtown Bee
“Social Security Reform is 'Voluntary,' But Major Media Quiet,” by Dan Gainor and Hermain Cain 
March 3

One thing is certain, President George Bush has ended Social Security reform's reputation as the "third rail of American politics." Now the only shocking thing about Social Security is how poorly the major media are covering reform.

First, some facts. Baby boomers start retiring in 2008, which is when tax revenues for Social Security start to decline. In 2018, the gravy train runs off the rails and Social Security will start to cost the government more money each year than taxes bring in. According to a Washington Post survey, 69 percent of Americans agree Social Security will run out of money in the next 20-40 years. Yet only one-fourth call the situation a "crisis." You can thank the major media for that statistic.

The major media have done nothing short of a full-court press against Social Security reform.

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WFLA – AM Tampa, FL 
March 3

Media Research Center’s Free Market Project Director Dan Gainor discussed “Media Malpractice.”

The same topic was discussed on the following radio station:

WSBA - York, PA
March 1


The New York Post
“Soros blames Scaife for dogging him” (no byline) pg.10
March 3

LEFT-wing billionaire George Soros claims right-wing billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife is trying to smear him by posting an embarrassing story on the Internet. Soros is being sued for $6 million by a carpet installer who claims the investor's Labrador attacked him in 2004 when he came to work at Soros' Westchester estate. Yesterday, Cybercast News Service ( posted a story claiming that Soros and his son, Gregory, acted negligently. Soros' rep, Michael Vachon, told PAGE SIX that Scaife funds the site through his Media Research Center and called the story a "smear attack" Scaife has launched against Soros. But CNS's Scott Hogenson denies there was any agenda, and sniffed: "Soros knows a thing or two about smear campaigns, having spent $23 million on them in the last election, but when a public figure gets sued, it's news. That's all there was to it."

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“Media Give Short Shrift to Tort Reform, Study Shows,” by Staff 
March 2

Lawsuit reform has been a popular topic at the White House and on Capitol Hill in early 2005, as it was during the last presidential campaign when a former trial lawyer shared the Democratic presidential ticket. But the issue has been largely ignored by much of the establishment media, according to a new report released Tuesday.

The study by the Free Market Project (FMP), which tracks media coverage of economic issues, found that only six percent of 276 news reports on civil litigation over the course of a full year contained a "prominent discussion," of tort reform, with much of that news coverage skewed in favor of plaintiffs and excluding the perspective of businesses named as defendants.

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“Rather’s Retirement and “Liberal Biast,” (no byline)
March 2

According to the Media Research Center (6/6/04), Rather appeared choked up during a June 5 broadcast dedicated to Reagan, during which he said, "May we share his optimism and may his steed hold steady as he completes his journey. We will think of him always when the West wind blows."

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