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MRC in the News

August 2002


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.

WOOD - Grand Rapids, MI, August 20, 2002

MRC Director of Media Analysis Rich Noyes on networks' failure to cover tax-cutting solutions to economic problems.

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New York Newsday, August 20, 2002
Bait & Twitch
"Ann Coulter says she's baiting liberals to read her book" 
by Aileen Jacobson (excerpt)

Flirty and formidable at once, Ann Coulter strides into the appointed restaurant wearing tight capris and a skimpy top....

This must be her umpteenth interview since her book debuted in June ("My publicist is going on the theory that it's impossible to be overexposed"), but she retains both the liberal-bashing fury displayed so spectacularly in her No. 1 bestseller, "Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right" and her ability to bond with an admittedly leftist interviewer....

"She says what's on her mind, which so often parallels what's on the minds of millions of people out there, but others are unwilling to say so," says L. Brent Bozell III, founder of Media Research Center, a conservative think tank, mentioned kindly in Coulter's book, that tracks media bias. Bozell was particularly impressed, he says, by Coulter's analysis of media reaction to conservative books that reach bestseller status: It's always a "surprise," she argues in her book, though it happens frequently.

As for her name-calling, "Anything she says simply doesn't rise to the level of invective about conservatives," such as accounts that Bozell says accused Rush Limbaugh of "being party to the Oklahoma City bombings."...See story 

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WRUF - Gainesville, FL, August 19, 2002
Front Page on the Air

MRC Director of Communications Liz Swasey on networks' failure to cover tax-cutting solutions to economic problems.

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The Los Angeles Times, August 19, 2002
"No One Can Blame TV for Big-Biz Mess" 
by Howard Rosenberg

.... Corruption reeking at the loftiest corporate levels? Possible criminal behavior by the rich and mighty?

A perfect greed-driven scenario for TV drama....

Yet it was only five years ago that left-bashing Bozell and his conservative watchdog, the Media Research Center of Alexandria, Va., were crowing about their 26-month study declaring broadcast TV's prime time guilty of "cynicism toward business that it does not show toward any other" occupations....

The 1997 study, for example, found that TV's business characters committed more crimes, including murder, than those depicted in other occupations, and were more likely to cheat than contribute to society. Characters in big business, moreover, were portrayed by TV as more contemptible than those in small business....See story

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KFRU - Columbia, MO, August 16, 2002
Rose & Griggs

MRC Director of Media Analysis Rich Noyes on networks' failure to cover tax-cutting solutions to economic problems. 

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National Review Online, August 13, 2002 
"Introduction to Politics," by Kathryn Jean Lopez, NRO Executive Editor (excerpt)

....But all of that is just the tip of the iceberg. The real stupidity comes when the pundit game becomes Right-vs.-Left. Things that would be considered hate crimes if lobbed at liberals are par for the course when it's conservatives who are the targets. 

And, of course, it's not only the pundits. If it were just the pundits, we wouldn't be complaining. It's the news anchors. It's the front-page news editorialists posing as reporters in the nation's most-read papers.

It's no breaking news, of course. But in Slander, Ann Coulter does an excellent job of throwing example after example in the faces of many of the media folks she's finding herself head-to-head with now that she's in book-tour mode. That her "interview" with Katie Couric was widely hailed as a win for Coulter is remarkable -- and the whole interview, and others like it, are proof that Ann is far from delusional. 

If you think it's all conservative whining, pick up Ann Coulter's book and take a look for yourself....

Coulter's book is a success and some of the liberal media types surely hate her for it. But if she's right -- and the evidence seems to suggest that she is -- they've had some practice. And Slander evidently has had some resonance beyond the Media Research Center fundraising base, because the book is hot-topping the New York Times and lists for multiple weeks. Katie Couric may have been snippy, but the book was unveiled on The Today Show. She's debated Phil Donahue about it. Last night I walked into the 42nd Street bus terminal in New York City and saw it there, prominently displayed at the first Hudson News newspaper hut. You really can't beat that for getting word out. And maybe, just maybe, below the protests, Katie, Phil, & co. know it's true. 

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The Tampa Tribune, August 13, 2002
"News Leaks Serve Purpose," by Brad Smith (excerpt)

TAMPA - When The New York Times published a story last month detailing a leaked Pentagon plan for an Iraq invasion, it reverberated around the globe. 

The detailed, front-page account was based on a 5-inch- thick classified dossier prepared by military planners at U.S. Central Command in Tampa, according to the key anonymous source in Times reporter Eric Schmitt's lengthy July 5 piece. ...

Richard Noyes, director of media analysis at the Media Research Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that tracks liberal media bias, said readers should take leaked stories with a big grain of salt. 

``It's very difficult to gauge what the motive is unless you're the reporter,'' Noyes said. ``And there's a great luxury for people to speak on background when they can later deny they ever said anything.'' See story


KURV - Edinburg, TX, August 12, 2002
Davis Rankin Show

MRC Director of Communications Liz Swasey on a new poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press that found the public’s grades for the news media have “tumbled” since a temporary increase in the aftermath of September 11th.

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The Washington Times, August 1, 2002
"Inside Politics," by Greg Pierce (excerpt)
Hero Worship

The Fox News Channel became the first TV network to break the silence about former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin's links to the Enron scandal, the Media Research Center's Brent Baker writes at "'It's striking,' FNC's Brit Hume contended Monday night, how 'there is one person whose name almost never comes up' in media reports on corporate corruption, 'and that is the Treasury secretary under the Clinton administration, Bob Rubin,' especially since he tried to get the Bush administration to pressure bond rating agencies to prop up Enron's rating, a move which would have benefited Rubin's new employer, Citigroup, which had arranged questionable financing for Enron. "Hume's comments led into a July 29 panel discussion on his 'Special Report with Brit Hume' in which Jeff Birnbaum, Fortune magazine's Washington Bureau Chief, marveled: 'It is remarkable, I think, the near deification of Rubin by a lot of elements of the press.' "Hume still wondered: 'What accounts for the fact that we discussing this here at this table are probably the first group of journalists on television to do so, and we certainly aren't seeing a lot of it in the newspapers?' Morton Kondracke echoed Birnbaum, pointing to the media's 'deification' of Rubin."

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