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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Bias In The "Main Stream Media"...UPDATED and now bumped!

***Media Research Center CyberAlert Special***
3:55pm EDT, Thursday August 30, 2007

MRC President on FNC's Hannity & Colmes Tonight About MRC Study

Media Reality Check: "New Network, Same Old Biased Katie"

Brent Bozell, President of the MRC, is scheduled to appear tonight (Thursday) on the Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes. He should appear about 20 minutes into the hour-long 9pm EDT show, so 9:20pm EDT, 8:20pm CDT, 7:20pm MDT and 6:20pm PDT. Hannity & Colmes re-runs at midnight EDT (11pm CDT, 10pm MDT and 9pm PDT).

Topic: The MRC's Study, by Rich Noyes, released Wednesday: "Rise and Shine on Democrats; How the ABC, CBS and NBC Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House"


Original post is below:

Bias In The "Main Stream Media"...UPDATED!!

"Shirley" you jest!!

I received the following in my email from Media Research Center:

***Media Research Center CyberAlert Special***
3:05pm EDT, Wednesday August 29, 2007

MRC Study: "Rise and Shine on Democrats; How the ABC, CBS and NBC
Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House"

Below is the text of the Executive Summary for a study coordinated and written by MRC Research Director Rich Noyes, with research assistance from MRC news analysts Geoffrey Dickens, Scott Whitlock and Justin McCarthy, which was posted today.

The Executive Summary online: Rise and Shine

For the PDF, which matches the hard copy, of the entire 18-page report: Rise and Shine(pdf)

The HTML version of the full report, with a couple of video clips: Rise and Shine (HTML)

Now, the text of the Executive Summary for the August 29 Special
Report study:

Rise and Shine on Democrats;

How the ABC, CBS and NBC Morning Shows Are Promoting Democrats On the Road to the White House

As the 2008 presidential campaign season gets underway, wide-open primary races in both the Republican and Democratic parties are competing for the media's attention. So are the broadcast networks covering both sides equally, or are they tilting the campaign playing field in favor of liberal Democratic candidates?

To find out, Media Research Center analysts reviewed all 517 campaign segments on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS's The Early Show and NBC's Today from January 1 through July 31. Those three broadcast morning shows draw nine times the audience of their cable news competitors, and are geared toward everyday voters, not political junkies. These programs are therefore a prime battleground in each campaign's quest for positive media attention.

The results are astonishing: Not only are the network morning shows overwhelmingly focused on Democrats, they are actively promoting the Democrats' liberal agenda.

Among the major findings:

# The networks offered nearly twice as much coverage of the Democrats. More than half of all campaign segments (284, or 55%) focused on the Democratic contest, compared with just 152 (29%) devoted to the Republicans. The remaining stories either offered roughly equal discussion of both parties or did not focus on the major parties.

# All three Democratic frontrunners received more attention than any of the top Republican candidates, with New York Senator Hillary Clinton receiving the most coverage of all.

# Undeclared liberal candidates such as former Vice President Al Gore and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg received more network TV attention than many of the declared Republican candidates.

# The network morning shows doled out nearly three times as much airtime (4 hours, 35 minutes) to interviews with the various Democratic campaigns. In contrast, the Republicans received just 1 hour and 44 minutes of interview airtime.

# In their interviews with the candidates, the network hosts emphasized a liberal agenda. Of the substantive questions that could be categorized as reflecting a political agenda, more than two-thirds (69%) of the questions to Democrats reflected a liberal premise, and more than four-fifths (82%) of the questions to Republicans came from the same perspective.

# The top Democratic candidates received much more favorable coverage than their GOP counterparts, with Senator Clinton cast as "unbeatable" and Illinois Senator Barack Obama tagged as a "rock star." The most prominent Republican, Arizona Senator John McCain, was portrayed as a loser because of his support for staying the course in Iraq.

# Not once did network reporters describe Senator Clinton and former North Carolina Senator John Edwards as "liberal," while ABC only once labeled Obama as "liberal." Yet the networks showed no hesitation in attaching the "liberal" label to Republican frontrunner Rudy Giuliani, who was so branded 12 times.

These early returns suggest that ABC, CBS and NBC are skewing their news in ways that will benefit the Democratic candidates in 2008. The broadcast networks have a responsibility to cover both parties in a fair and even-handed manner -- not for the sake of the candidates, but for the voters. That means giving viewers a chance to hear from all of the major candidates in interviews, asking them similar questions, and balancing the day-to-day news coverage to keep both Democratic and Republican primary voters equally well-informed.

END of Executive Summary for the MRC's Special Report


- Brent Baker

I wonder if "they" would agree with the Fairness Doctrine if it was aimed at them...

Is it any wonder why we in The New media are a requirement?

One may want to read this or this post exposing the media bias on 7/8/07 or this. The evidence of the slant towards supporting the Leftinistra by The Big Three is all so obvious and if it ever went to court, they would lose.

UPDATE!

Anti-War Agenda

Media: CNBC and MSNBC have refused to air educational commercials that support the war in Iraq. That's their privilege. And it's our privilege to point out the networks' rank hypocrisy.

The commercials were created by Freedom's Watch, a new tax-exempt advocacy group. Its $15 million campaign includes at least four ads it wants to run in 20 states through mid-September. They feature Iraq War veterans, some of them wounded, and military families, some whose loved ones have died in the war.

The goal is to provide a view of the war that old-line media don't care to report and to urge Congress not to give up on the troops.

So far Fox and CNN have aired the commercials. But CNBC and MSNBC won't touch them. Bradley Blakeman, president and CEO of Freedom's Watch, has written John Kelly, senior vice president for NBC News' network sales, asking why and requesting an "explanation of your basis in writing or station policy."

"It is our understanding," Blakeman says, "that the purported basis for the denial is a network policy denying access to groups that wish to sponsor advertising on controversial issues of public importance." Then he points out that that NBC has a "recent history of airing such ads."

There's been no response, but none is necessary. The real reason the networks are refusing is clear: The spots are at odds with their position on the war.

So much for "fair and balanced" and "no political bias here" garbage, eh?