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Posts Tagged ‘Brent Bozell’

Sarah Palin on Martin Bashir Resignation: ‘Accept His Apology’ and ‘Move on’

sarah palin_304x200In the wake of Martin Bashir‘s resignation, Sarah Palin reiterated that she accepts his apology, saying it’s time to move.

“My role is to accept his apology, and be humble enough, accept it and move on,” Palin said on “Fox and Friends,” adding she hopes that “unprovoked attacks like that” don’t prevent people from jumping into the public arena.

Often a critic of the “lamestream media,” Palin praised those in the media who came to her defense.

“It was refreshing to see that many in the media did come out and say… look our standards have got to be higher than this, those with that platform, with the microphone, a camera in their face, they have to have some more responsibility taken.” (Watch after the jump).

Another recent casualty of MSNBC’s revolving door, Alec Baldwin, took to Twitter to praise Bashir.

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Ed Schultz to Sean Hannity: Let’s Debate

SchultzMSNBCIn the  good ol’ days, it was O’Reilly vs. Olbermann. Now, there’s another cross-network challenge afoot.

Last week, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz referred to the Speaker of the House as “the treasonous John Boehner.” A few days later, FNC’s Sean Hannity discussed Schultz’s “frothing at the mouth.”

“I wonder what Williams, Brokaw and Lauer think of this knucklehead… this idiot,” said Hannity.

So on his show Monday, Schultz challenged Hannity to a debate: “You name the place, the time, you can even take the gate, because I know you like doing that kind of stuff,” said Schultz, adding, “Come on, give me a chance, Sean. Let’s see if I’m the knucklehead that you think I am.”

What do you think? Who’d win this debate?

CNN Responds to Criticism Over Catholic Church, Birth Control Mandate Story

CNN SVP and DC bureau chief Sam Feist fired off a letter to Brent Bozell, of the Media Research Center, after Bozell had criticized CNN, and other networks, for the lack of coverage of the Obama administration’s rule requiring religious schools and hospitals to provide employees with access to free birth control.

On Monday Bozell, founder of the conservative MRC wrote, “The broadcast and cable television networks need to report the current, unprecedented assault against freedom of religion in this country,” and singled out ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN as networks that had under-covered the story.

“We would respectfully request that you update your story and credit CNN with being among those that have been out front on this important story,” Feist writes to Bozell. “I would like to draw your attention to your own MRC/Newsbusters piece written by Tim Graham that credited CNN’s Candy Crowley with raising this issue on CNN’s State of the Union Program.”

TVNewser caught up with Bozell as he was catching a flight this afternoon. He’s gotten Feist’s letter and acknowledges, “Candy Crowley did a very good report, but one good report does not good network coverage make.”

“They were some 10 days late in getting into the story on CNN,” says Bozell, adding, “Everyone was minutes from reporting the Komen story. So, CNN could do a better job.”

See Feist’s letter after the jump…

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Activist James O’Keefe Tries to ‘Punk’ CNN Reporter

Conservative activist and filmmaker James O’Keefe tried to trick CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau into boarding  a boat filled with sex toys and other explicit material in an effort to prank her and the network.

The goal, apparently, was to get CNN to “report” on a fake news story–most likely about tea party racism–and then turn the tables when Boudreau showed up by attempting to “seduce” her on the boat:

CNN was alerted to the prank shortly before Boudreau was set to meet with O’Keefe. According to planning documents obtained by CNN, O’Keefe and his partners even had snappy dialogue written for the meeting on the “pleasure palace.”

Some of the quips were  ”I want to take you to a higher place, CNN must be a tough place to work, let’s make some headline love,” and “It’s not news, it’s CNN.”

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ABC Officially Responds to Stephanopoulos-Emanuel Phone Call Questions

rahm_2-5.jpgSince last week’s Politico story about the regular phone calls between former Clinton White House’ers Rahm Emanuel, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Begala and James Carville, several conservative outlets have raised the question of a conflict of interest.

Media Research President Brent Bozell has been one of the most vocal critics (Rush Limbaugh‘s callers also jammed the ABC News phone lines). Bozell, who makes a claim not part of the Politico story that these are “strategy phone calls,” requested ABC respond to the story on Newsbusters and in an open letter. “With each passing day, ABC’s failure to speak to and about this issue tarnishes further the network’s reputation as a legitimate news entity,” he writes.

Today, ABC responded to Bozell and other critics, although they say there have been several prior on-the-record responses ignored by Media Research Center. “To be crystal clear, George Stephanopoulos does not advise Rahm Emanuel nor anyone else in the Obama Administration,” says the letter from SVP of editorial quality, Kerry Smith. “He reports on the Obama Administration. He speaks to Mr. Emanuel, a friend he has known for nearly two decades, as a source, just as he speaks to countless sources across the political spectrum each and every day.”

Politico also later wrote “I don’t think they have the story quite right,” regarding Bozell’s claims.

Click continued to see the full response letter from ABC…

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Garrett Defends Obama’s FNC Availability

garrett_11-3.jpgThe Huffington Post’s Danny Shea obtained an email of the original rundown for today’s Fox & Friends, as well as correspondent Major Garrett‘s issues with one of the segments.

The segment involved a discussion with Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell. The rundown, sent to producers, anchors and correspondents at 7:59pmET last night, describes the Bozell segment as: “WILL OBAMA TRY TO CONTROL THE MEDIA? EXAMPLES HE’S ALREADY DONE- KICKED REPORTERS OFF PLANE, IGNORE FNC, BIDEN FL AV INTVIEW.”

Garrett responded to the email at 9:23pmET:

In the context of the 6:15 am B Block “IGNORE FNC” segment, may I point out Obama has done 5 interviews with me and one with Chris Wallace, one with Brit Hume and one with Bill O’Reilly. That’s 8 interviews. Would I like more? Yes. Would Chris Wallace? Yes. Would Brit and O’Reilly like more? Of course…Just a note to add some real numbers and a grain of context. Apologies if I left out any other big interview of Obama of Clinton on our network.

When Bozell appeared on the show at 6:25amET, the segment had changed with Bozell talking about Obama’s “coal” comments. Co-host Brian Kilmeade started the interview by saying, “Brent, we were going to talk about something different…this is now [the] big headline.”

In March it was Wallace who called out F&F on air for its Obama coverage, saying, “Two hours of Obama bashing is enough.”