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Sunday, March 27, 2011
MRC Officials Attack Musical They've Never Seen
Topic: Media Research Center

Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell devoted his March 25 column to trashing the new musical "The Book of Mormon," asserting that it "belongs in a latrine." He went on to claim that the show's creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone of "South Park" fame, are "perpetually immature" and "growth-stunted boys" who "have spent years delivering product sure to please high school sophomores and L.A. Times film critics."

But Bozell offers no evidence that he has seen the musical he's attacking -- highly unlikely since it officially opened only the night before his column appeared. Indeed, Bozell offers no personal observations of the show, only quoting others talking about it.

MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham joined in the parade of deliberate ignorance in a March 26 NewsBusters post declaring his offense that a Washington Post would say nice things about this "Mormon-trashing musical." Graham offered no evidence that he has seen the show, unlike the Post reviewer he's attacking.

Graham followed up with a post attacking yet another review of the show -- which, again, Graham himself has not seen.

Is it too much to ask Bozell and Graham to actually experience the show they're attacking? Apparently it is.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:20 AM EDT

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