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…