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Tuesday, May 29, 2012
NewsBusters Tries to Build An Echo Chamber Around Catholic Lawsuit Story
Topic: NewsBusters

We've detailed how the Media Research Center is trying to manufacture a controversy about alleged non-coverage of a lawsuit filed by various Catholic entities against the federal government over its contraception coverage mandate. The campaign has moved onto its next step: creating an echo chamber of people mouthing the MRC's agenda.

NewsBusters has been posted them all weekend:

  • In a May 26 post, Noel Sheppard promoted Mike Huckabee's bizarre claim that not reporting on the lawsuit is "like missing the Roe v. Wade decision." Of course, a lawsuit and a court ruling are two entirely different things.
  • Tim Graham touted how, on "Fox News Sunday," host Chris Wallace not only interviewed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington DC, but asked him about the MRC’s finding that the broadcast network evening news shows only gave the Catholic lawsuits against Obamacare 19 seconds of air time.
  • Brad Wilmouth similarly parroted Fox News' parroting of "a recent MRC finding" on reporting about the lawsuit, this time coming from "liberal FNC analyst Kirsten Powers." Actually, Powers isn't that liberal -- after all, she signed onto the MRC agenda of distracting from Rush Limbaugh's misogyny by pointing at liberal commentators.

Remember, this is an echo chamber. The whole point is to make the MRC's manufactured controversy look bigger than it is.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:49 AM EDT

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