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Sunday, July 17, 2011
MRC Headline Falsely Impugns NBC
Topic: Media Research Center

A July 13 Media Research Center item by Kyle Drennen -- repeated at NewsBusters -- carries the headline "NBC: 'About Time' Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. Suffer 'Damage'." But the first paragraph of Drennen's item contradicts it:

On Wednesday's NBC Today, correspondent Stephanie Gosk reported the latest details on the phone hacking scandal in Britain involving a Rupert Murdoch owned tabloid and declared: "Damage to the company [News Corporation] may have already been done. And some say it is about time."

In other words: Contrary to the headline, NBC reported what others said about News Corp., and did not assert that it was "about time" Murdoch and his company suffered "damage."

That's sloppy writing. Unfortunately, that's the kind of sloppy "research" we've come to expect from the MRC.

Posted by Terry K. at 9:46 AM EDT

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