Brent Bozell on the Need for MRC Latino: 'The Conservative Perspective Must Be' Presented

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared at the Newseum on Tuesday to launch MRC Latino, a project that will fight for unbiased coverage from Hispanic media outlets. Explaining an analysis of Univision and Telemundo, Bozell announced, "What we're finding with this study, unfortunately, is that the Latino media are not even close to achieving balance." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] 

In his closing remarks, Bozell informed, "It is not a very smart thing for the owner...of that company to say that electing Hillary Clinton is a big dream of his." (This was a reference to Univision's Haim Saban.) 

Referring to a new partnership between Hillary Clinton and Univision, he added, "It is shocking when one hears that a network announce that it is giving a purported presidential candidate a free forum to project her political agenda." 

Bozell concluded,  "In no way do we suggest that the liberal perspective shouldn't be presented in the news...But the conservative perspective must be there alongside it."

To read the full study, go here.

To see video of Senator Rand Paul's speech at the MRC Latino launch, go here.

To see video of Paul and Bozell's question and answer session, go here

To see video of MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Mendez as he talks about the study, go here

To see a panel discussion on the event, go here.

A partial transcript of Bozell's remarks can be found here: 


BRENT BOZELL: We're all biased. The question is not whether you have a bias, but the question is whether you can keep that bias in check. Objectivity may not be real, but it is a holy grail to aspire to. It is something you project yourself toward and you do that by incorporating balance into your work. You recognize what your biases are and you make the effort to get the other side of the story. 

What we're finding with this study, unfortunately, is that the Latino media are not even close to achieving balance. Now, there's been an awful lot of talk today, and constructive talk, about how this is a two way street and how conservatives have to put their– make their efforts a little more forceful on this front. But at the same time, the Latino media have to be a lot more responsible then they've been. It is shocking when one hears that a network announce that it is giving a purported presidential candidate a free forum to project her political agenda. It is -- It is not a very smart thing for the owner or the president of that company to say that electing Hillary Clinton is a "big dream" of his. It is not good journalism for a network to announce that it is using its newscast to project ObamaCare, which is what Univision has done and said. These things need to be walked back. 

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BOZELL: In no way do we suggest that the liberal perspective shouldn't be presented in the news. That's never been an issue for us. But the conservative perspective must be there along side it. 

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org