Media Analyst Claims News Coverage Biased
A. J. Panian, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
As the FBI investigates electronic messages sent by former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, to teenage male congressional pages, Media Research Center founder and President L. Brent Bozell wants the media to remember one name: Gerry Eastman Studds.
Studds, a Democratic congressman from Massachusetts, was censured by the House in 1983, after it was discovered he had a sexual affair with a 17-year-old male page 10 years earlier. Nevertheless, Bozell said, party leaders supported Studds for re-election and he subsequently served five additional terms.
"I cannot condemn what Foley did more strongly, but I just put out a statement in which I point out that the Democratic leadership has no right whatsoever to participate in this conversation, because they have a history of coddling adulterers and pedophiles in their own leadership ring," Bozell said. "If the media were covering this in a fair and honest way, they'd be saying this."
Bozell voiced such views on alternative and conservative media practices to roughly 120 audience members Wednesday at St. Vincent College in its latest "Civatas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life."
Also on hand were Acton Media Director Jay Richards; Michael Anton, chief speech writer for News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch; and Nick Shulz, editor of TCSDaily.com.
Bozell's address yesterday dealt primarily with the effects of what he deems an enduringly "leftist" approach to daily news coverage in the United States.
In 1987, Bozell founded the Media Research Center with the belief that conservatives could educate the public about bias in the national media and, therefore, create a marketable demand for alternate forms of information. …