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Bozell: Media Treatment of the Shooting at FRC

By Brent Bozell

Floyd Corkins, a volunteer for the last six months at the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, marched into the Family Research Center with a gun and serious ammunition, denounced FRC's policy positions and shot a security guard in the arm before being subdued. Another hate crime, but this time against, perhaps, the pre-eminent pro-family organization in America. CBS gave the story 20 seconds. NBC spent 17 seconds.

Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group's headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, opened fire and wounded a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be  breaking news!  and for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.

These networks are aiding and abetting liberal violence by refusing to identify it as liberal violence. Whether it's vandalism at Chick-fil-A or rapes in Occupy Wall Street camps, these networks simply cannot find "news" in liberal violence of any kind.

One can easily imagine how the national media elite justify their decision to spike the story.  No one was killed or in danger of dying. There are dozens of shootings a day in the D.C. area; this is just one more. We have more important things to cover.  Both CBS and NBC spent more than two minutes promoting team Obama's "DREAM Act" amnesty for students. NBC devoted two minutes and 45 seconds to a Chelsea Clinton story on orphaned baby elephants in Africa.

These same media outlets pounce on allegations of conservative hatred, even when there isn't a scintilla of evidence. The Oklahoma City bombing was caused by hatred from right-wing talk radio. The Aurora, Colo., killer was a member of the tea party. So, too, was the man who shot Gabby Giffords. On and on it goes; and over and over it turns out not to be true.

ABC led "World News" with the story on the FRC shooting and saluted the heroic security guard for saving the FRC from a mass shooting in their offices. They were the exception.

Our taxpayer-funded media were silent. The "PBS NewsHour" offered nothing. It did have time to announce, "About four million Bumbo baby seats are being recalled because infants can fall out of them." NPR offered no story on "All Things Considered" on Wednesday night but did find time to report on cheating at a national Scrabble tournament. NPR also skipped it on Thursday's "Morning Edition" but covered the riveting story of "inter-tribal cattle violence" in South Sudan.

MSNBC's primetime lineup, starting with Chris Matthews, said nothing about the shooting at FRC -- except for Rachel Maddow, who offered a slightly longer brief than Brian Williams. This is the same network that went over the top and around the bend that someone at a tea party rally was carrying a weapon at a rally. So why can't they produce one full story on an actual shooting at a conservative office?

On Thursday morning, the network pattern continued: ABC offered another full story (adding the LGBT volunteer connection). By contrast, NBC offered a tiny anchor-read update. CBS aired nothing but did find the time for a story on the 40th anniversary of the movie "Deliverance." Burt Reynolds in make-believe is somehow more newsworthy than a left-winger aiming to massacre up an office of conservative Christians.

CNN was the most offensive of all. Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage was interviewed on Thursday morning's "Early Start" and protested how the Southern Poverty Law Center's "hate group" designation for several Christian conservative groups -- including FRC -- is obviously now causing real harm.

In reply, with zero sense of post-shooting decency, CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin suggested the FRC absolutely deserved the SPLC's "hate group" label, reading from a 1999 FRC pamphlet on the National Man-Boy Love Association and gay activists. She berated Brown: "It is spewing hate, isn't it? ... So it's hate spewing hate."

Within 24 hours of a gay-left activist shooting at the FRC, the world-class jerks at CNN are still demeaning FRC and social conservatives as "hate groups" that should be drummed out of the public conversation.


L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center.


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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    August 17, 2012 @ 8:32 am

    Since Liberals ALWAYS miss the mark, even when disguised as gay political assassins, and never hit the object that they are aiming at or the problem they seek to resolve, if it comes to mass gunning down your opposition, even at the voting booths, we had better hire some straight shooting gun experienced Conservatives to get the job done proper,,,,the same applies to elections with straight shooting Conservatives who need to get rehired to hit the mark, shoot down the problems and move on to better hunting grounds. You should never hire a short-sighted, short barreled Liberal to shoot down problems that will occur in the distance as they always miss the mark even when given a scope to see clearly.,,,,like our Constitution. The sweat of their rolling down passionate hate always blinds their aim. When it comes to real ideas and real solutions they are always short on real ammunition,,,,like workable ideas.

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  2. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    August 17, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    I suppose we should be glad they only did minimal reporting. Otherwise the MSM would probably be praising the shooter and saying that the FRC “deserved” the attack. Or maybe they would be claiming that all those Chick Fil A sandwiches made the guy crazy.

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    • Le SellersComment by Le Sellers
      August 17, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

      You see, the FRC did bring it on themselves. Many members of the FRC and their supporters are also members of the TEA Party. So, indirectly, the TEA Party is responsible for this atrocity.

      ‘Sides, many TEA Party members like guns ,and want to carry them and observe the II amendment.

      You have to understand how it works.

      Mr. O’bama, where are the Jobs?

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  3. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    A bit off the immediate subject, but how people ‘vote’ with their ‘feet’ and pocketbooks.

    Monday, on a little shopping trip, I had lunch at Chick-Fil-A. Close by to CFA were a McDonalds, Burger King, and a Popeyes. CFA’s parking lot was full, there was a line for takeout, I did find one seat in the building. All the others I mention were near empty. This was NOT CFA Wednesday! BTW, that CFA, probably the closest one to me, is 15 miles from my home.

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  4. sistertereseComment by sisterterese
    August 17, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    “Imagine a volunteer for the Family Research Council marching into some gay group’s headquarters with a gun, and after shouting his opposition to the homosexual agenda, opened fire and wounded a guard before being subdued. Never mind evening news. This would be breaking news! and for days there would be seemingly endless coverage of continued conservative hatred.”

    Well, we got a taste of this just recently when the CEO of Chik-fil-a made a statement that he supports traditional marriage…look at the firestorm THAT created! The homos weren’t satisfied with just protest marches, Nooooooo…they had to use their typical “get-in-your-face” tactics by having a “kiss-in”… Well THAT sure drummed up a lot of support for their “cause”, didn’t it?

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  5. makesenseComment by makesense
    August 19, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Mr B. Boswell,

    Have you watched the movie 2016 Obama’s America? If not, please see it and write what you think of it’s message. The future of our country is at stake and this movie explains it very well Thanks.

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