Topic: Media Research Center
Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell issued a threat to the Republican National Committee last week, vowing in a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus that he won't raise any more money for Republicans if they allow taxes to be raised during the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations:
Reince, it pains me to say this, but if the Republican Party breaks its word to the American people and goes along with President Obama with tax increases, it will have betrayed conservatives for the final time. I will make it my mission to ensure that every conservative donor to the Republican Party that I have worked with for the last three decades— and there are many and they have given tens of millions to Republican causes—gives not one penny more to the Republican Party or any Member of Congress that votes for tax increases. The GOP will not deserve their support.
Of course, it's a little untoward -- if not illegal -- for Bozell, as the head of a 501(c)3 nonprofit like the MRC that's supposed to not take partisan stands, to make a very partisan stand on fundraising, so technically he's speaking as the head of his superPAC-ish 501(c)4 group, For America.
Bozell's "news" outlet CNSNews.com, of course, promoted Bozell's tantrum in a Nov. 29 article by CNS managing editor Michael Chapman , who bizarrely quotes Bozell talking to him during a "telephone interview." Huh? Don't they work down the hall from each other at the MRC's Virginia headquarters?
And despite CNS' mission statement to be a news source that puts "a higher premium on balance than spin and seek news that’s ignored or under-reported as a result of media bias by omission," Chapman includes no criticism of Bozell's threat.