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Friday, February 1, 2008
MRC-Fox News Appearance Watch
Topic: Media Research Center

The MRC Business & Media Institute's Dan Gainor appeared on the Fox Business channel to discuss the finances of the New York Times Co. The supplied clip is edited, but if history is any indicator, Gainor appeared solo and was not identified as a conservative.

Gainor said: "People have lost confidence in the media, according to most studies. People -- most Americans understand that the media are -- the mainstream media are overwhelmingly liberal, overwhelmingly out of touch with a lot of their issues." But Gainor does not appear to address the fact that all newspaper-dominated companies have financial concerns as the news paradigm shifts from print to online, where advertising is not as lucrative. Nor does Gainor appear to note the fact that the three major conservative-leaning newspapers in the U.S. -- the Washington Times, the New York Post and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review -- have been consistent money-losers still in business only through the generosity of the deep pockets of their respective billionaire owners.

Gainor also doesn't mention the fact that the reason that "most Americans" purportedly think that "the mainstream media are overwhelmingly liberal" is because conservative groups like Gainor's employer have spent millions of dollars to spread that meme.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:33 PM EST
Updated: Friday, February 1, 2008 2:05 PM EST

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