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MRC in the News

November 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.

The Hill
"Media fairness questioned in wake of midterm elections," by Jeff Dufour (excerpt)
November 21, 2002

Coverage of the midterm elections has spawned a fresh round of charges about media fairness, with liberals and conservatives trading charges that the coverage lacked balance.....

Appearing on C-SPAN Friday, Jack White, a former Time magazine columnist and now writer in residence at Howard University, pronounced liberal bias dead.....

Al Hunt, a Wall Street Journal columnist, has written that the current press corps is “the most acquiescent since pre-Watergate; those liberal media conspiracy theorists never contrast the coverage of the Bush and Clinton White Houses.”

In fact, some do. Rich Noyes, director of media analysis for the Media Research Center (MRC), the leading conservative media watchdog, said President Clinton “got negative coverage for his personal behavior and ethics, but he never had a press corps attacking his policies from the right.”...

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National Review Online
The Corner (excerpt)
November 18, 2002

The Media Research Center complains about the following lines spoken by William Hurt, playing Soviet spy Robert Hanssen in the recent CBS movie: "Anybody who ever voted for Gore ought to be shot. The very thought of Gore daring to be President, toitering up to that psychopath and sociopath Bill Clinton for eight years. Makes my blood boil." I see why the MRC is upset....

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November 18, 2002 (excerpt)

HOST ARTHEL NEVILLE: And welcome back everybody. Want to know what goes on behind closed doors at the White House? Bob Woodward will talk about his new book, "Bush at War," and dish with Larry King tonight at 9:00 Eastern.

Now, the book is raising questions about the actions of one leading media executive. Woodward says that following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Roger Ailes, chairman of the Fox News Channel, sent a confidential memo to the White House.... Now, Woodward said the message had to be confidential, because Ailes, a flamboyant and irreverent media executive, was currently the head of Fox News, the conservative-leaning television cable network that was enjoying high ratings....

NORMAN SOLOMON, AUTHOR, "HABITS OF HIGHLY DECEPTIVE MEDIA": Yes. When Fox News has an 8 to 1 ratio of Republicans to Democrats on the air, and CNN has about a 50/50 ratio, you're missing the boat here. You're not dealing with the realities of the content of that network.

ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS, SYNDICATED COLUMNIST: And what are you basing your facts on, on this ratio, with Fox?

SOLOMON: I am basing the facts on a documented, unchallenged report by the media watch group, FAIR. Everybody can go to their Web site, The statistics were nailed down...

WILLIAMS: Well, I read the Media and Research Center with Brent Bozell, and his statistics are quite different from yours.


The American
Published 11/15/02 3:26:00 PM

Closer to home we have our Putins. One of them called up the vigilant Media Research Center to denounce its characterization of his work. St. Aaron Brown, still in mourning after CNN's losses on November 5, took issue with an MRC suggestion that he might not have relied on the New York Times in denouncing the effort to have the Sniper Duo tried in Virginia, where they are more likely to receive the death penalty. In what's been described as an angry phone call, he expressed his displeasure at how the MRC characterized his report, and demanded an apology and home page correction. Of course the real outrage was the substance of his argument, to the effect that use of the death penalty in Virginia would deprive families of the Snipers' victims in anti-death penalty Maryland a true measure of justice. Is Aaron Brown as loco as Tom Daschle these days? You decide. We'll just note he's our Enemy of the Week.

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