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Friday, October 26, 2007
Softball Interview Watch
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center empire published a couple of interviews with conservatives the other day. While not as obsequiously fawning and enabling as, say, FrontPageMag's Jamie Glazov, they are quite friendly and devoid of challenging questions.

In an Oct. 24 interview of Ann Coulter, CNSNews' Randy Hall happily plays straight man:

  • "What was you reason for putting together a collection of what we would call your greatest hits?"
  • "In your new book, you thank one group of Americans as unyielding in their defense ofthe truth to every single attack on you. What is that group, and why do you think they support you so strongly?"
  • "Do you think all the food thrown at you by liberal college students should be collected and given to the poor?"
  • "Do they throw finer cuisine at conservatives who speak at Harvard University?"

Meanwhile, in an Oct. 25 interview of Evan Coyne Maloney, director of the anti-liberal film "Indoctrinate U," NewsBusters' Matthew Sheffield makes sure to work in the corporate line -- "You think, speaking of the media, do you think that part of the reasons that there hasn't been a lot of coverage [of Maloney's film] is that the media are liberal?" -- and he also finds common ground with Maloney on the horrible burden of being a conservative:

  • "Yeah, I've noticed kind of a similar thing. We just launched a comedy show on our web site but some of the audience doesn't quite get it. It's hard for them to understand anyone can be funny, and on film, and be conservative."
  • "I think it goes back-way back to the idea of the popular front. We on the right had to build up an intellectual structure to carry out our views ... And then you're supposed to go on to the mainstream."
  • "Yeah, exactly. What we need is someone on the right to say, hey that was a good idea that they had on the left to create a popular front so let's do the same thing, spend the money to train people to reach out to the average person."

Sheffield also lets slide Maloney's claim that "there's no right-wing George Soros handing out millions upon millions of dollars to groups like a conservative ." Has no one ever heard of Richard Mellon Scaife?

Posted by Terry K. at 2:33 PM EDT

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