NBC 'Today Show' co-host Matt Lauer, rear, and weatherman Al Roker ride a toboggan down a slope of snow imported onto the show's Rockefeller Plaza set in New York, Thursday, March 1, 2007 in a tribute to the nation's winter festivals.
MRC Director of Media Analysis and NewsBusters Senior Editor Tim Graham appeared on the March 2 Your World with Neil Cavuto. Graham discussed how former Vice President Al Gore insists that presenting a balanced debate on global warming is actually biased.
The MRC's Business & Media Institute (BMI) recently issued a new Web page, "Climate of Bias," that links to previous MRC, BMI, and CNSNews.com coverage on the media's biased reporting on climate change.
NB's Matt Sheffield was featured in a panel discussion at the CPAC conference today about "Conservative Victories with New Media."
What impact will conservative bloggers have in the next two years in furthering conservative ideas on the 2008 campaign trail by holding the candidates to account for their policy stances? To what extent with conservative bloggers and vloggers break news about 2008 candidates that the mainstream media ignore or underreport?
Rich Noyes, Director of Research at the Media Research Center and Senior Editor of NewsBusters, appeared at about 5:37pm EST Thursday afternoon on The Big Story with John Gibson on the Fox News Channel. He addressed the liberal bias at NBC News and how, after a ratings slide that has left NBC Nightly News in second place behind ABC's World News, NBC is replacing the Executive Producer of the newscast, the New York Times reported.
Rich raised how ABC's World News, but not the NBC Nightly News, aired a story important to pro-lifers about the survival of the earliest-born ever premature baby, coverage detailed in this NewsBusters item. Gibson asked about the role of controversy over William Arkin, the NBC News military analyst who called troops in Iraq a “mercenary force” and scolded them for daring to criticize Americans for saying they support the troops but not the mission.
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MRC President Brent Bozell just appeared on "Fox & Friends" to address the Discovery Channel's decision to air "The Lost Tomb of Jesus" on March 4. The documentary, produced by filmmaker James Cameron, claims to have found a tomb bearing the remains of Jesus Christ, but archaeological experts dispute Cameron's claims.
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Bozell argued: "The Discovery Channel calls itself, bills itself, as the number one network of nonfiction on television today. The only problem being, this [documentary] is fiction. There is nothing accurate about this piece of nonsense that's going on the air. As a matter of fact, it is not — it's being denounced not just by all manner of religious scholars, but the scientific community has denounced this.
In a press statement released today, MRC President Brent Bozell urged the Discovery Channel to table the misleading James Cameron documentary "The Lost Tomb of Jesus."
“If the Discovery Channel fails to
cancel this slanderous ‘documentary,’ it will have to explain why it is
intentionally misleading the public,” said L. Brent Bozell III,
president of the Media Research Center, referring to Sunday’s upcoming
airing of The Tomb of Jesus. “They should be embarrassed by this plunge
into sensational speculation masquerading as ‘science.’ To slander
Christianity at the start of the Lenten season is unconscionable.”
U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) (R) speaks in front of George Stephanopoulos of ABC News at a Democratic Presidential Candidates Forum sponsored by AFSCME in Carson City, Nevada, February 21, 2007.
Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center which operates NewsBusters, appeared Sunday night on FNC's Hannity's America. Sean Hannity set up the February 11 segment by playing an exchange Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton had in New Hampshire with a voter who wanted her to apologize for her pro-war resolution vote and to apologize for it. After Hannity ran video clips to contrast Clinton's current distancing from the Iraq war with how before the war she warned of the threat from Iraq and advocated war, Hannity and Bozell discussed how the news media have avoided pointing out such contradictions.
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Roy Chase (L) of CBS News and Vince Lugo, a cameraman for 'Entertainment Tonight', read a newspaper story about the death of Anna Nicole Smith while waiting for a news conference scheduled to follow the autopsy of Smith at the Broward County Medical Examiner's office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida February 9, 2007
Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News, walks with the aid of crutches as he leaves U.S. Federal Court, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Washington. Russert is key prosecution witness in the I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby CIA leak trial. (AP Phoito/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
MRC/NB media watcher Tim Graham was interviewed on the Fox News Channel show "Hannity & Colmes" on Wednesday night on media coverage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request to be flown to San Francisco on (some say extravagant) military aircraft with 42 seats and a crew of 16. The other guest was former ABC News veteran Bob Zelnick. Video: Windows (2.4MB) or Real (2.86MB) Plus: MP3 (1.1 MB)
Zelnick expressed satisfaction that the story was being aired. Tim disagreed, saying the Pelosi story has not aired on ABC, NBC, NPR, and so on. (CBS aired their first story on Wednesday's Evening News.) Print coverage is also lacking: no story in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, or USA Today. The Washington Times was first on the story last week, and the Washington Post ran a small 273-word piece on A-15 on Tuesday.
Former vice-president Al Gore stops briefly to speak with reporters as he enters Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. Gore was in town to speak about global warming. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)