The Media Research Center operates under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
(Yes, that is the type of organization the IRS wishes to suppress.) As it happens, the Media Research Center (MRC) was founded in 1987, before the current ideological shift in the IRS.
L. Brent Bozell, III (a nephew of William F. Buckley) started the venture. That’s interesting, as well as this fact: While the MRC often promotes conservative principles, Mr. Bozell says he is not a Republican.
All this is by way of introduction to an MRC study that is out today. It analyzes the slant of the evening newscasts for ABC, CBS and NBC in covering the partial shutdown of the American government. The three networks had 124 stories covering the shutdown, from October 1 through October 15. Here is the significant finding:
Of the 124 full stories and brief items about the shutdown or the pending debt ceiling deadline, 41 blamed Republicans or conservatives for the impasse, 17 blamed both sides, and none specifically blamed Democrats.
The article has a chart and some anecdotal information, but the conclusion is about polling data. Each of the three networks conducted polling of the American public and found that Americans blame Republicans for the problems of our government.
ABC, CBS, and NBC let Americans know this is what is "right and natural."