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February 5, 1999
Keith Appell (703)-683-5004

MRC Blasts Networks For Spiking Vindication of Gingrich
"The Same Shameless Media Who Attacked Newt Gingrich 
For Months Refuse To Acknowledge His Innocence"

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. --- "Bias defined." Those are the words Media Research Center Director of Media Analysis Tim Graham is using to describe the extraordinary decision by the Big Three network news departments to spike the story of Newt Gingrich's vindication by the IRS.

"The same shameless media who attacked Newt Gingrich for months now refuse to even acknowledge his innocence and vindication. This is bias defined, pure and simple," Graham said.

Graham noted that despite an Associated Press report picked up by many newspapers, as well as a New York Times story yesterday, the Big Three network morning news shows didn't even run a mention of Gingrich's vindication. Neither have the evening network newscasts mentioned the Gingrich story. The only network to run a story was CNN, a full report by Brooks Jackson on CNN's Inside Politics and a mention of the story on the CNN 8:00pm eastern time newscast as well.

"The same unfailingly partisan media which feverishly demanded Gingrich's head on a platter over this non-scandal thinks perjury and obstruction are sorry subjects to be glossed over," Graham said.


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To schedule an interview with Mr. Graham, MRC Chairman Brent Bozell, or another MRC spokesman, contact Bob Adams at (703)-683-5004, ext. 116, or Keith Appell at ext. 112.





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