April 27, 2009
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Bozell: "The Media and Obama: 100 Days and Still Madly in Love"
Alexandria, VA –
President Barack Obama has put forward policies representing the
most radical government intervention in the free market in American
history, with more proposals for even greater government
interference on the way. But according to the Media Research Center
(MRC), DURING Obama’s first 100 days in office the media have
steadfastly refused to report this. In fact, rather than challenging
the President’s radical policies, network news reporters have often
celebrated Obama’s radical agenda.
MRC analysts examined all 852 stories
on the Obama administration from January 20 through April 15 on
ABC’s World News, the CBS Evening News and the NBC Nightly News. We
will publish a detailed report on coverage of Obama’s first 100 days
(ending April 29) in May. The trends, however, are evident.
Among the key
findings thus far:
Sanitizing Obama’s Socialist Agenda.
None of the three broadcast network aired a single story focused
on whether President Obama’s economic policies were driving the U.S.
towards European-style socialism. Not a single network news
reporter used the term “socialist” to describe how Obama’s policies
are shifting economic authority to the federal government, away from
the free market. On only four occasions was the word “socialist”
used on-camera at all – all by outside sources, once by a random
- Obama is not a “Liberal,” Either.
Amazingly, network reporters never called Obama or his
agenda even “liberal.” NBC and CBS never used the word, and ABC
only aired the term twice, citing Republicans using the word
“liberal” to describe Obama’s policies.
On three of Obama’s major economic policies and plans - his banking
bailout, his auto bailout and his plans for universal health care -
the networks never had a single sound bite from a
conservative or a free market expert.
- One out of four
bank bailout stories (17 of 74) discussed the concept of outright
government bank nationalization. In only two was a free market
person allowed to rebut.
Center President Brent Bozell:
“For the pro-Obama liberal media, the Obama honeymoon
is nowhere near over. His is the most radical agenda ever presented
to the American people. It is a socialist agenda. Why won’t the
media – accurately – label him a socialist? Why do they refuse even
to label him a “liberal”? Because they are completely in the tank,
working overtime to help him succeed. “The liberal media’s dedicated defense of Obama knows
no bounds. Reporting his bank bailout, his auto bailout and his
socialist health care plan without including ANY conservative or
free market voices is not the work of real journalists, but it
certainly is a labor of love.“The liberal media deserve the Tammy Wynette Award
for their coverage of Obama’s radical agenda, as they continue to
devotedly stand by their man.”
To schedule an interview with MRC President
Brent Bozell or another MRC spokesperson,
please contact Tim Scheiderer (x. 126) or Colleen O’Boyle (x.
122) at (703) 683-5004.
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