Friday, August 17, 2012

Second day coverage of the FRC shooting

The New York Times is one national media outlet that's seemingly reported Wednesday's shooting at the Family Research Council in a straight-forward manner. The Times has not shied away from the political aspects of the shooting. For instance, the Times on Thursday reported the following about FRC and the man accused in the shooting case:
The Family Research Council advocates socially conservative and Christian causes. An affidavit filed by prosecutors indicated that Mr. Corkins, who had volunteered at a Washington community center for gay men and lesbians, “has strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat homosexuals in a fair manner.”
The Times has also not shied away from the controversy of the Family Research Council being labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The Times' reporting included comments by both FRC President Tony Perkins and SPLC's Mark Potok regarding allegations the activist law center and self-appointed monitor of "hate groups" played an indirect role in what happened this week.

Many national broadcast and cable outlets apparently haven't been nearly so bold. According to Brent Bozell at, many networks have dropped coverage of the FRC shooting altogether. Others, in Bozell's opinion, have shown obvious "liberal" bias.

Has the political bias in cable and TV news really gone as far as Bozell describes?

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