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  •  Good discussion. (8+ / 0-)

    One note, though: the MRC is actually fairly new to the bias-accusation game. The liberal bias charge has been around MUCH longer -- at least since the 1960s (and foreshadows of it could be heard in earlier decades as well among conservative intellectuals and politicians).

    The first book-length treatment of it was Edith Efron's The News Twisters from 1971, and the first MRC-type organization was actually AIM (Accuracy In Media), which goes all the way back to 1969.

    Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

    by cardinal on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:36:29 PM PDT

    •  From my research the MRC... (4+ / 0-)

      ...kind of took up all of the loose ends and multiple sources screaming about Liberal Bias and combined them into a one stop shop. the meme has been around longer than MRC; however, MRC is the big boy on the block that is pushing it.

      "Republicans only care about the rich" - My late Father (-8.25, -7.85)

      by Mark E Andersen on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:40:07 PM PDT

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      •  They've done a (6+ / 0-)

        good job taking advantage of the immediacy of the Internet to amplify the charge -- but I'd characterize them more as stepping into an already pervasive meme and helping to amplify it, rather than being the "big boy on the block."

        The charge had two major surges in the American consciousness: The first was in the late '80s and early '90s. The main factor was that the elimination of the Fairness Doctrine enabled Rush Limbaugh and his zillions of clones to dominate AM radio -- and thus, for the first time, the charge had a high-profile venue through which to be communicated. The first Bush administration served as great fodder for the bias cops, as he was widely perceived by conservatives to be mistreated by the press (see, for example, Dan Rather's horrible live interview with him during his candidacy in early 1988. Conservatives also universally blame the press for his 1992 defeat).

        The charge died down a bit during the late Clinton years -- I mean, how could you argue that the press favored him when they spent a whole year talking about a blow job? -- but it resurged with a vengeance in 2002 with Bernard Goldberg's huge best-seller, Bias. This time it was amplified by Fox News as well as talk radio, and it's never really gone away.

        As for MRC, they didn't even exist during the first surge; and, while Brent Bozell can be seen frequently on Fox, I've never seen evidence that his MRC is the "big boy" in the bias-charge universe. They do provide a lot of material to the media-based bias cops, however.

        Hope you fall on your burger and fries.

        by cardinal on Sun Jun 16, 2013 at 03:52:27 PM PDT

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