|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCTOBER 19, 2006
|CONTACT: TIM SCHEIDERER OR
COLLEEN O’BOYLE AT 703.683.5004
TV News Networks Give Free
Ride to ‘Speaker Pelosi’
But Blasted ‘Ruthless’
Gingrich and GOP in 1994 Race
Alexandria, VA–As the November election
nears, the TV networks – ABC, CBS, NBC – have given glowing, largely
uncritical coverage to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who would
become Speaker of the House if the Democrats win enough
congressional seats. This positive coverage is in stark contrast to
how the networks treated would-be Speaker Newt Gingrich and the GOP
in 1994. And it further confirms the liberal media bias of the
networks, as detailed in a report released today by the Media
Research Center, TV News Gives Free Ride to “Speaker Pelosi.”
The report is based on an analysis of 106 ABC, CBS, and NBC evening
news stories that have mentioned Rep. Pelosi since she was picked to
lead House Democrats in 2002. Some of the findings include:
The last time an evening news reporter called
Pelosi a “liberal” was Nov. 14, 2002. Yet the liberal Americans for
Democratic Action give her a 99% approval rating, while the American
Conservative Union gave her a 3% rating.
Since 2002, Pelosi has been the subject of just
16 evening news stories, eight of which were flattering vs. two that
cast her in a negative light – a 4-to-1 tilt in Pelosi’s favor.
ABC’s World News Tonight picked Rep.
Pelosi as one of its five heroes of 2002.
Most of the time, the evening newscasts gave
Pelosi a podium from which she could attack Republicans. 63 stories
included anti-GOP soundbites from Pelosi; in another 10, the network
reporters simply read Pelosi’s attack quotes to viewers.
“Back in 1994, as the GOP challenged the
Democrats for control of Congress, the networks savaged Newt
Gingrich as ‘bombastic and ruthless,’ and the poster boy for
‘resentment and rage.’ And that went on for years,” said MRC
President Brent Bozell. “But now, as the Democrats challenge the GOP
for Congress, the coverage of Nancy Pelosi is overwhelmingly
positive, almost idolatrous. She is a hard-core leftist, but the TV
news media are covering for her. Could any other example of liberal
media bias be more obvious?”
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