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December 16, 2003
Katie Wright at (703) 683-5004 ext. 132

MRC President Bozell Condemns ABC's Hussein Coverage

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Statement by Brent Bozell, President, Media Research Center:

“ABC News – both TV and radio – is stooping to new lows of ridiculous pessimism in the aftermath of Saddam Hussein’s capture by American forces. This network sounds like a homegrown version of al-Jazeera, highlighting every negative development and submerging every positive development in waves of yes-buts, so-whats, and blatant omissions.

“Within an hour of the Saddam story breaking, ABC’s Terry Moran was emphasizing how a trial of the Iraqi dictator would be 'embarrassing' for America. Yesterday, Charles Gibson repeated the U.S. embarrassment line, since ‘we supported him for so long’ and ‘gave him some of the instruments that he used to terrorize his people.’

“On Sunday night, Peter Jennings made a statement that’s absolutely amazing in its self-delusion. After viewers saw Iraqis cheering and waving banners in the streets all day, Jennings said: ‘People have suggested to us today, there’s not a good deal for Iraqis to be happy about at the moment.’ That’s not just biased. It’s an absolute failure to report the truth.

“ABC is so anti-Bush, it actually suppressed news about its own poll, showing improving approval ratings for the President. Instead, it emphasized that ‘most Americans don’t believe Saddam’s capture means the job is done there.’ ABC is not reporting honestly, objectively, and in good faith.”



To schedule an interview with Mr. Bozell, or another MRC spokesperson, contact
Katie Wright at (703)-683-5004, ext. 132.











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