The statement by the Media Research Center (MRC) noted that neither the NBC Nightly News nor the CBS Evening News ran a full story on the FRC shooting, “instead committing only 17 and 20 seconds respectively for anchor briefs that omitted the shooter’s motive.” ABC’s World News, however, did produce a full report.
The minimal and dismissive coverage by CBS and NBC of the shooting at the Family Research Council (FRC) by a suspect who volunteered at a pro-homosexual group and apparently was politically motivated is another example of how the “liberal media have repeatedly and deliberately turned a blind eye to the violent, hateful culture of liberalism,” said Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center.
The alleged shooter, Floyd Lee Corkins II of Herndon, Va., entered the lobby of the conservative FRC in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning and shot the security guard, Leo Johnson in the arm. Johnson, wounded, was able to subdue the shooter as help arrived. The suspect is in custody and the FBI is investigating the case.
Corkins, for the last six months, had been a volunteer at the The DC Center for the LGBT Community, according to the group’s executive director, David Mariner. The FBI reported that a witness told the bureau agents that Corkins, while in the FRC lobby, “stated words to the effect of ‘I don’t like your politics.'”
Commenting on the news coverage, Bozell said, “The liberal media have repeatedly and deliberately turned a blind eye to the violent, hateful culture of liberalism, particularly their vicious attacks against those who advocate traditional Christian values and conservative principles.”
“We saw it during their deceptive, romanticized coverage of Occupy Wall Street,” said Bozell. “We saw it again during their sneering, anti-Christian coverage of the Chick-fil-A controversy. And now we’re seeing it through NBC’s and CBS’s dismissive coverage of this senseless shooting at the FRC,” he said.
On its Web site, the FRC, a non-profit group, states that it “has advanced faith, family and freedom in public policy and public opinion” since 1983. The group’s mission statement also says in part that the “FRC shapes public debate and formulates public policy that values human life and upholds the institutions of marriage and family.”
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