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Media Research Center Inc. (MRC) is a right-wing media "watchdog" group run by president and founder Brent Bozell. It is predominately funded by larger right-wing foundations (see below) with other comparatively minor sources of income from rental income and investments. In its 2006 annual report, the group's founder wrote that MRC "continued to regularly provide intellectual ammunition to conservative activists, arming them with the weapons to fight the leftist press."[1] Its 2011 annual report prominently features a picture of a bus full of members of "MRC's Action Team," who "descended on Madison, Wisconsin in April 2011 to show their support for Governor Scott Walker."[2] (For context, see the SourceWatch article on the Wisconsin Protests.)

The MRC operates a number of subsidiary projects including the Business & Media Institute (formerly known as the the Free Market Project); CNSNews.com, a conservative news service; the NewsBusters blog; TimesWatch, a website focusing on the New York Times; the Culture and Media Institute and the MRC Action Team.

(The Parents Television Council was founded in 1995 as a MRC project but, in 2000, was split off to become a separate legal entity. Brent Bozell, who founded the MRC, was president of both organisations until January 2007, when he resigned as President of the PTC but remains a member of the board of directors.[3])

Mission statement

From MRC's website: "The mission of the Media Research Center is to bring balance and responsibility to the news media. Leaders of America's conservative movement have long believed that within the national news media a strident liberal bias existed that influenced the public's understanding of critical issues. On October 1, 1987, a group of young determined conservatives set out to not only prove - through sound scientific research - that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values, but also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene. What they launched that fall is the now acclaimed --- Media Research Center (MRC)."[4]

Controversies

In November of 2000, MRC and a subsidiary, Parents Television Council (an advocacy group also founded and run by Mr. Bozell), were sued by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). MRC/PTC settled out-of-court for $3.5 million. See Parents Television Council for more information about this lawsuit.

In 1994, the MRC first printed the following excerpt from Howell Raines' book, Fly Fishing Through the Midlife Crisis:[1]

Then one day in the summer of 1981 I found myself at the L.L. Bean store in Freeport, Maine. I was a correspondent in the White House in those days, and my work -- which consisted of reporting on President Reagan's success in making life harder for citizens who were not born rich, white, and healthy -- saddened me....My parents raised me to admire generosity and to feel pity. I had arrived in our nation's capital [in 1981] during a historic ascendancy of greed and hard-heartedness....Reagan couldn't tie his shoelaces if his life depended on it.

But the quotes were cobbled together from two different sections of the book; the span of the ellipsis between "hard-heartedness" and "Reagan couldn't tie" is 28 pages. Further, the statement "Reagan couldn't tie his shoelaces if his life depended on it" refers in context to Reagan's fly-fishing skills, not his IQ.[2] The MRC later appended a "clarification" putting the statements in their proper context.[3]

Criticism

Extra!, the magazine of the progressive media watch group Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting, has criticized the MRC for selective use of evidence--the MRC had complained, for example, that there was more coverage of government death squads in right-wing El Salvador than in left-wing Nicaragua, without mentioning that there were roughly a thousand times more extra-judicial killings in El Salvador. Extra! also characterized the MRC as wanting to force out of the media any opinions that it disagreed with, even tracking the off-screen political comments of actors in a project that the magazine said "bore an uncomfortable resemblance to Red Channels, the McCarthy Era blacklisting journal." [4]

The liberal media watch group Media Matters for America has also repeatedly criticized the MRC, charging that they view the media "through a funhouse mirror that renders everything--even the facts themselves--as manifestations of insidious bias." [5]

Campaign against the "Liberal Media"

In January 2012 MRC founder Brent Bozell announced that the MRC is going to invest $3-$5 million in a campaign to attack the mainstream media. Bozell claimed that the goal is to defeat the "onslaught of character assassination against anyone who dares to challenge Obama." The campaign was allegedly inspired by Gingrich's forceful rebuke of moderator John King in the South Carolina Republican Presidential Debate. [5]

Media Research Center Inc. (MRC) is a nonprofit conservative media watchdog group run by president and founder L. Brent Bozell III. In 2017, the MRC had a total revenue of over $14.2 million and employed 110 individuals.[6]

MRC is predominately funded by large, right-wing foundations, with other sources of income coming from its investments, including securities. MRC's 2017 IRS Form 990 showed that over 80% of the nonprofit's revenue came from contributions and grants that year.[6]

In MRC's 2018 annual report, Bozell wrote: "This year, we witnessed elements of the radical Left commit themselves not just to the socialist transformation of the United States but to the total deconstruction of the West. These zealots would be marginalized by their extremism except for the oxygen provided to their cause by the liberal news media."[7]

MRC's 2011 annual report prominently featured a picture of a bus full of members of "MRC's Action Team," who "descended on Madison, Wisconsin in April 2011 to show their support for Governor Scott Walker."[8] The Wisconsin Protests SourceWatch page contains additional information about this event.

News and Controversies

CMD Criticism of NewsBusters

The Center for Media and Democracy, covering the participants of Trump's July 2019 Social Media Summit, found that MRC's "NewsBusters website... has posted white nationalist screeds. The site is currently flooded with stories slamming Democrats’ impeachment efforts. Stuart Varney of pro-Trump TV station Fox Business had Bozell on his show to explain his outlet’s findings [that the impeachment coverage from ABC, CBS, and NBC has been negative 96 percent of the time]. Earlier this year on Varney’s show, Bozell made the remarkably histrionic claim that the media is waging the 'most militant, weaponized assault on a U.S. president in history.'"[9]

"Don't Believe the Liberal Media" Campaigns

In 2020, Media Research Center raised nearly $80,000 to fund billboards in Milwaukee, which proclaimed "Don't Believe the Liberal Media!". The city was chosen because it will host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.[10]

MRC has produced free bumper stickers with messages such as: "I Don't Trust the Liberal Media!", "Don't Believe the Fake News Media!" and "The Media Socialism".[11][12]

In January 2012 Media Research Center founder Bozell announced the nonprofit had raised $3 towards its $5 million goal to fund a campaign attacking mainstream media. Bozell claimed the goal was to defeat the "onslaught of character assassination against anyone who dares to challenge Obama."[13]

The campaign, set to appear on "bumper stickers, billboards, traditional and online advertising" was described by Bozell as "in the spirit" of Newt Gingrich's forceful rebuke of CNN moderator John King in a then-recent Republican Presidential Debate.[13]

King had begun the debate by asking a question about Gingrich's ex-wife, and Gingrich accused the news network of exploiting his past pain rather than asking a serious debate question. He concluded his statement by saying, "I am tired of the elite media protecting Barack Obama by attacking Republicans."[14]

Media Matters Criticism of Over-Diagnosing Media Bias

The liberal media watch group Media Matters for America has also repeatedly criticized the MRC, charging that they view the media "through a funhouse mirror that renders everything– even the facts themselves– as manifestations of insidious bias."[15]

Lawsuit and Settlement with World Wrestling Entertainment

In November of 2000, MRC and a subsidiary, Parents Television Council (an advocacy group also founded and run by Bozell), were sued by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). MRC/PTC settled out-of-court for $3.5 million. See Parents Television Council for more information about this lawsuit.

FAIR Criticism of Selective Use of Evidence

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR) has criticized the MRC for selective use of evidence. The MRC had reported, for example, that there was more coverage of government death squads in right-wing El Salvador than in left-wing Nicaragua, without mentioning that there were roughly a thousand times more extra-judicial killings in El Salvador. In 1998, FAIR also argued MRC wanted to force opinions it disagreed with out of the media. MRC went as far as to track the off-screen political comments of actors in a project that the magazine said "bore an uncomfortable resemblance to Red Channels, the McCarthy-era blacklisting journal."[16]

Defense of ALEC

Following the publication of a Bloomberg Businessweek article examining and criticizing the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC), MRC immediately came to ALEC's defense. MRC's Iris Somberg accused the authors of the article of accepting "the liberal mantra that corporations are evil and buy support through shadowy groups" and asserted that the article "is thick with one-sided caricatures of conservative policies could have easily been written by a left-wing blogger." [17]

But the MRC piece itself is almost a caricature of the Businessweek article. It alleges that Businessweek authors Brendan Greeley and Alison Fitzgerald find ALEC sinister because it is a "non-profit that promotes limited government, free markets, and federalism." But it ignores the authors' pointed critiques that show ALEC is less about limited government and free markets and more about using government to benefit ALEC's corporate members. For example, the Business week article discusses how the Republican mayor of Lafayette, Louisiana had plans to provide high-speed internet to his rural constituents, but was thwarted by a lobbyist pushing a corporate-sponsored ALEC bill through the Louisiana legislature that would block local government efforts to expand broadband. The Businessweek article points out the bill "was not designed to level the playing field," but to protect entrenched telecommunications interests at the expense of the public interest.

But rather than criticizing the Businessweek article on the merits, or countering the claims that its author's make, MRC's Somberg sets up a convoluted ad hominem. Somberg writes that groups cited in the article had received funding from the Open Society Foundations of George Soros, but does not actually dispute any thing those groups say. (One of the groups Somberg criticizes is the Center for Media and Democracy, which publishes ALECexposed.org as well as Sourcewatch.org. CMD's Open Society grant is not used for its ALEC project, and instead goes towards the national security and surveillance research of CMD's Executive Director, Lisa Graves, who has testified before Congress on such issues.)

The MRC article condescendingly states that the Businessweek authors say that ALEC receives funding from Exxon Mobil ("Nothing says evil like Big Oil cash," Somberg writes), perhaps to set up some sort of false equivalency with other groups indirectly receiving Soros money. But Exxon Mobil is only one of many corporations mentioned in the Businessweek article that fund ALEC. MRC does not mention that ALEC is led by lobbyists, and gets 98% of its funding from corporate interests. The problem with ALEC's corporate funding is not just with the funding per se, but with the fact that those dollars are being used to influence elected officials, and to push laws that govern the lives of all Americans designed to benefit the corporate bottom line. That is hardly comparable to a philanthropist helping fund online investigative journalism organizations.

The original Businessweek article can be found Here

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.

Core Financials

2018[6]

  • Total Revenue: $13,498,994
  • Total Expenses: $12,768,449
  • Net Assets: $12,945,145

2017[6]

  • Total Revenue: $14,208,060
  • Total Expenses: $13,202,105
  • Net Assets: $14,437,626

2016[18]

  • Total Revenue: $13,302,536
  • Total Expenses: $15,551,216
  • Net Assets: $12,928,197

2015[19]

  • Total Revenue: $15,426,026
  • Total Expenses: $14,818,576
  • Net Assets: $14,813,407

Funding

In its 2011 annual report, MRC listed the following names under "Foundation and Corporate Support":[22]

  • Above All Advisors
  • Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation
  • Adams Insurance Service Company
  • Alpaugh Foundation
  • Andrews & Kurth
  • The Armstrong Foundation
  • Bachman Foundation
  • Bal Harbour Shops
  • Balfour Lumber Co.
  • Beaumont Iron and Metal Corporation
  • Bell Charitable Foundation
  • Doris & Stanley Berenzweig Charitable Foundation
  • BLR Trust
  • Bonide Products Inc.
  • The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • Brae Burn Construction Co.
  • The Branyan Family Foundation
  • The Brayman Family Fund
  • Brodie Charitable Funds
  • The George and Janet Brown Foundation
  • Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Capital Community Foundation
  • The Carwill Foundation
  • Cassara Family Charitable Trust
  • CBS Imaging
  • CC Industries, Inc.
  • Challenger School
  • Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation
  • Clifford Stanton Heinz Trust
  • Cly-Del Mfg Co.
  • Compass Ventures, LLC
  • G. L. Connolly Foundation
  • Contran Corporation
  • Earlane and Sam Croom Foundation
  • Crossoak Family Dentistry
  • Curran Foundation
  • Darr Equipment Co.
  • The Davidson Bruce Foundation
  • The Charles & Melissa Davis Foundation
  • Ken W. Davis Foundation
  • Davis-Lynch, Inc.
  • Deltec Incorporated
  • Doberto Corporation
  • Dorset Charitable Trust
  • Dreisbach Enterprises
  • E. Stewart Mitchell, Inc.
  • Eagle Publishing
  • Ed Uihlein Family Foundation
  • The Edgerly Foundation
  • Eric Javits Family Foundation
  • Estrella Ranch
  • Fareway Stores, Inc.
  • The Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
  • Lynn and Foster Friess Family Fund
  • Garvey Kansas Foundation
  • The George’s Family Foundation
  • GLACS Endowment Fund
  • GM Ridge Corp
  • The Griffin Family Foundation
  • Griffith Interests
  • The Guetz Foundation
  • Guggenheim Brothers
  • Guilford Foundation
  • H. E. Neumann Co.
  • Henry E. Haller, Jr. Foundation
  • Hanson Family Foundation
  • Hayden Foundation
  • Hickory Foundation
  • Glen and Gloria Holden Family Foundation
  • The Holman Foundation Inc.
  • Horned M Ranch
  • Barbara N. & Don N. Howell Foundation
  • Howell Family Foundation
  • International Health Foundation
  • J.J.C.T.M. Foundation
  • The Jackson Family Foundation
  • Jalapeno Corporation
  • JBISoft
  • Johnsonville Foods
  • John P. Kavooras Charitable Trust
  • Kenneth Groefsema Ranch
  • A.P. Kirby, Jr. Foundation
  • F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.
  • Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection
  • Lerner Family Foundation
  • Lindemann Well Service, Inc.
  • The Litwin Foundation, Inc.
  • Loeb Partners
  • The Edward A. and Catherine L. Lozick Foundation
  • Luckie/Birmingham, Inc.
  • Maranatha Foundation Inc.
  • Marlin Oil
  • Massie Clarke Dev
  • Matey, Inc.
  • The Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust
  • McWethy Foundation
  • Mechanical Contractor of Gainesville Inc.
  • The Melin Family Foundation
  • The Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation
  • New Era Cleaners
  • The Ochsman Foundation Inc.
  • Olympus Imported Auto Parts Corp.
  • The Page Foundation
  • The Charles Maxfield and Gloria F. Parrish Foundation
  • Patridge Knoll
  • Pioneer Gasket Company, Inc.
  • The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation
  • R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
  • Ralph & Lois Hendricks Family Charitable Fund
  • Register & Company, P.A.
  • Richard & Mary Ellen Reuling Charitable Fund
  • Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
  • The Robert S. & Star Pepper Foundation, Inc.
  • Roberts Family Foundation
  • The Rothschild Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
  • Same Line Foundation, Inc.
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation
  • John & Kathleen Schneider Family Foundation
  • Prewitt and Valerie D. Semmes Foundation
  • Shapiro & Swertfeger
  • The Shepherds Hand
  • Sivyer Survivors Trust
  • Thomas W. Smith Foundation
  • The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
  • Herbert and Peggy Stockham Family Foundation
  • Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation
  • Stuart Family Foundation
  • Sumter & Ivilyn Lowry Charitable Foundation
  • Sunbelt Management
  • Symbolic Systems, Inc.
  • Thank Heaven Foundation
  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • Thompson Realty Company
  • Three Rivers Group, Inc.
  • TKBW Foundation Trust
  • Triad Energy Corporation
  • Trizm Services, Inc.
  • The True Foundation
  • The Trzcinski Foundation
  • Tsang Family Foundation
  • Daniel P. and Grace I. Tully Foundation
  • Urban Projects, Inc.
  • Valis Associates
  • Vanberg Family Foundation
  • Virginia H. Deane Trust
  • Vulcan Corporation
  • W.R. Burgess Foundation
  • Webco Industries, Inc.
  • Weekley Properties
  • Whitcomb Charitable Foundation
  • The William C. & Cindy L. Scott Foundation
  • William H. Donner Foundation
  • WINREP Foundation
  • Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Foundation, Inc.
  • Wold Corp.
  • The Woodhull Family Foundation
  • Wright Tool Company
  • The Young Family Trust

Subsidiary Projects

As of February 2020:[23]

The MRC operates a number of subsidiary projects including:

  • cnsnews.com, which "reports the stories the liberal media refuse to cover"[23]
  • mrcNewsBusters, which "is the leader in documenting, exposing, and neutralizing liberal media bias"[23]
  • mrcBusiness (formerly known as the the Free Market Project), which is "dedicated to advancing the culture of free enterprise in America"[23]
  • mrcCulture, which "fights to preserve and restore America’s culture, character, traditional values, and morals against the assault of the liberal media elite, and to promote fair portrayal of social conservatives and religious believers in the media."[23]
  • mrcLatino, which "advocates for comprehensive, fair, and accurate news coverage in U.S. Spanish-language media by exposing and countering bias against conservatives in this significant segment of American media."[23]
  • mrcTV, which "is the multimedia division of MRC featuring original content and aggregated videos of the news, people, and events conservatives care about"[23]
  • mrcAction, "the grassroots arm of the Media Research Center"[23]

MRC also operated TimesWatch, a website reporting on alleged liberal bias in the New York Times. TimesWatch shut down in 2013 as a result of MRC's project consolidation.[24]

The Parents Television Council was founded in 1995 as a MRC project but, in 2000, was split off to become a separate legal entity. (citation needed) Brent Bozell, who founded the MRC, was president of both organizations until January 2007, when he resigned as President of the PTC but remains a member of the board of directors.[25])

Mission Statement and Annual Reports

From MRC's website: "The mission of the Media Research Center is to 'create a media culture in America where truth and liberty flourish.'

Leaders of America's conservative movement have long believed that within the national news media a strident liberal bias existed that influenced the public's understanding of critical issues. On October 1, 1987, a group of young determined conservatives set out to not only prove —through sound analyses and quantifiable research— that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional conservative American values, but also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene. What they launched that fall is the now acclaimed—– Media Research Center (MRC).[26]

MRC's website contains a page with annual reports available in PDF form.[26] The 2018 report contained praise from many prominent conservative figures, including Vice President Mike Pence, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton.[27]

Personnel

Senior Staff

As of 2018:[28]

  • L. Brent Bozell III, Founder and President
  • Dave Martin, Executive Vice President
  • Ed Molchany, Senior Vice President of Programs and Chief Marketing Officer
  • Brent Baker, Vice President of Research and Publications
  • Robert Croft, Cive President of Development
  • Terry Jeffrey, Editor-in-Chief, CNSNews
  • Dan Gainor, Vice President of TechWatch, Business and Culture
  • Eric Pairel, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
  • Eric Scheiner, Director, MRCTV
  • Ken Oliver-Méndez, Director, MRC Latino
  • LTC Allen B. West West, USA Ret. Senior Fellow

Board of Directors

As of 2018:[29]

  • Karl Ottosen, Chariman, MRC Board of Directors; President, Sonitrol Security Systems
  • L. Brent Bozell, Founder and President, Media Research Center
  • Melissa Emery, Chariman, MRC Board of Trustees
  • Seymour Fein, M.D., Managing Partner, CNF Pharma, LLC
  • Cameron Smith, Manager, COSCO Consulting LLC
  • Abby Moffat, Vice President and COO, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
  • William L. Walton, Managing Partner, Rappahannock Ventures, LLC
  • The Honorable Curtin Winsor, Jr., Former Ambasssador to Costa Rica

Board of Trustees

As of 2018:[30]

  • Mr. Thomas R. Adams
  • Mr. Peter A. Alpaugh
  • Mr. Philip F. Anschutz
  • Mr. William C. Anton
  • Mr. Thomas K. Armstrong Jr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Matthew C. Arnold
  • Mr. Richard Ashburn
  • Mr. Thomas P. August
  • Mr. Stephen Barney
  • Mr. & Mrs. William G. Batt
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ron Baukol
  • Mrs. Kathleen Bell-Flynn
  • Ms. Karen Bodner
  • Mr. Stephen W. Boesel
  • Mrs. Wendy Borcherdt
  • Mr. Albert C. Bostwick
  • Mr. Geoffrey Brewster
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kirkwood Brodie III
  • Ms. Gretchen Brooks
  • Mr. W. Michael Brown
  • Mr. & Mrs. George R. Brown
  • Mr. & Mrs. Frederick E. Bryan III
  • Mrs. Frances Byles
  • Mr. James J. Callan
  • Mr. William D. Cammack
  • Mr. & Mrs. John M. Camp III
  • Mr. Robert F. Campanaro
  • Mr. James F. Causley
  • Mr. Giuseppe Cecchi
  • Dr. & Mrs. Franklin M. Chu
  • Mr. H. Kenneth Cole
  • Mr. & Mrs. Christopher B. Cowie
  • Mr. Donald B. Crawford
  • Mr. Sam Croom
  • Mrs. Beverly Danielson
  • Mr. Carl A. Davis
  • Mrs. Melissa Davis
  • Mr. T. Cullen Davis
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tim & Amy Davis
  • Mr. William S. Davis
  • Ms. Virginia H. Deane
  • Mr. Curtis L. Debord
  • Mr. Andy Del Giudice
  • Mr. Mark Dieckmann
  • Mr. Joseph W. Donner
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jacques Dubois
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dean Ducray
  • Mr. Chris Dugle
  • Mr. James D. Duncan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jim Emery
  • Dr. Seymour H. Fein
  • Mr. & Mrs. Steven R. Feinstein
  • Mr. A. Doug Ferris
  • Ms. Maureen H. Foulke
  • Mr. & Mrs. Pepper & Libby Frazier
  • Mr. John Frezza
  • Mr. Philip M. Friedmann
  • Mr. Jon T. Friesen
  • Mr. James L. Fullmer
  • Mr. Robert Garthwait Sr.
  • Mr. John K. Garvey
  • Mr. J. Patrick Gavaghan
  • Mr. & Mrs. Clyde R. Gibb
  • Mr. Michael W. Gleba
  • Mrs. Susan Gottlieb
  • Dr. Bobby L. Graham, Jr. & Dr. Sharon Martin
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Grossman
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Gutshall
  • Mr. L. Michael Hajtman
  • Dr. & Mrs. Robert M. Hall
  • Mrs. Marianne Halle
  • Mrs. Henry E. Haller Jr.
  • Mr. Clay Hamlin III
  • Ms. Melissa J. Hancock
  • Drs. Ken & Barbara Hansen
  • Mr. & Mrs. John N. Hanson
  • Dr. & Mrs. John H. Hasley
  • Dr. Michael R. Heaphy
  • Mr. & Mrs. Larry Helminiak
  • Mrs. Sandra L. Henson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Tatnall Hillman
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Hoelscher
  • Mr. Forrest Hoglund
  • The Hon. & Mrs. Glen A. Holden
  • Mr. Robert F. Horner
  • Mr. Steven Howell
  • Mr. W. R. Jackson, Jr.
  • Dr. Judith Jaeger
  • Mr. & Mrs. Kurt R. Jaggers
  • Ms. Virginia James
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jim & Ajchara Jimirro
  • Mr. Mark L. Johnson
  • Col. & Mrs. Frederick Johnston
  • Mrs. Rebecca Julian
  • Dr. & Mrs. Fred Kapetansky
  • Mr. George Karpus
  • Mr. Michael L. Keiser
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas L. Kempner, Sr.
  • Mrs. Linda Kendall
  • Mr. & Mrs. John Kerian
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel F. Kinghorn
  • Mr. Allan P. Kirby, Jr.
  • Ms. Annette Kirby
  • Mr. Wade H. Kirby
  • Mr. Thomas R. Klein, Sr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Ronald M. Krump
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Kurtz
  • Mr. & Mrs. Arlyn Lanting
  • Mrs. Lois H. Lazaro
  • Dr. Charles Lederer
  • Mr. Raymond W. Leyden, Jr.
  • Dr. & Mrs. Carl Linge
  • Ms. Madonna Lintzenich
  • Maj. & Mrs. Lorance D. Lisle
  • Dr. Letty G. Lutzker
  • Mr. Louis J. Lyell
  • Mr. Bernard Marcus
  • Mr. Ralph P. Mayer
  • Mr. & Mrs. William McCreery
  • Ms. Joyce L. McMahon
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Janice McNair
  • Mr. Denman K. McNear
  • Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. McQuaid
  • Mr. & Mrs. James B. McWethy
  • Mr. S. Prosser Mellon
  • Mr. & Mrs. William P. Middlemas
  • Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Mihaley
  • Ms. Dae Miller
  • Ms. Abby Moffat
  • Mr. Alwal B. Moore
  • Mr. William D. Mounger
  • Mr. Jim Moyer
  • Mr. Charles Mueller
  • Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Murphy
  • Mr. Ronald Nardi
  • Mrs. Charles H. Noble, Jr.
  • Mrs. Christina Nolan
  • Ms. Linda Noyes
  • Mr. Jack A. Palmer
  • Mr. James L. Patton
  • Dr. & Mrs. Robert S. Pepper
  • Dr. & Mrs. E. M. Pflueger
  • Mr. T. Boone Pickens
  • Dr. & Mrs. L. Harrison Pillsbury
  • Mr. Terry A. Poe
  • Mr. Jerome M. Powell
  • Mrs. Elsa D. Prince Broekhuizen
  • Mr. & Mrs. Russ & Jeanette Quilhot
  • Mr. Michael Quilty
  • Mr. & Mrs. Radar Radford
  • Ms. Virginia D. Ragan
  • Ms. Lyn G. Rales
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dick J. Randall
  • Ms. Barbara Roach
  • Mr. Leslie Rose
  • Dr. Rick Rounsavelle & Dr. Kirsten Wagner
  • Mrs. Teresa Rowland
  • Mrs. Vale A. Russell
  • Mr. Robert W. Rust
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roger L. Schaller
  • Mrs. Marilyn A. Schnuck
  • Mrs. Ruth H. Schotanus
  • Mr. Niklas Schrenck
  • Mr. Donald R. Scifres
  • Mr. William C. Scott
  • Mr. Abe Siemens
  • Dr. Lawrence Simon
  • Mr. Cameron Smith
  • Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Smith
  • Mr. Merrill G. Smith
  • Mr. & Mrs. Thomas W. Smith
  • Dr. & Mrs. Will & Marj Smith
  • Mr. & Mrs. William D. Smithburg
  • Dr. Sharyne D. Snyder & Mrs. Charlotte J. Wagner
  • Ms. Diana Davis Spencer
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Srednicki
  • Mr. & Mrs. Walter P. Stern
  • Mr. Jay Stobbs & Dr. M. J. Hall
  • Mr. & Mrs. Roger W. Stone
  • Mr. & Mrs. Gaylord A. Strahan
  • Mr. George W. Strake Jr.
  • Mrs. Marie W. Stuart
  • Mrs. Beverly Thewes
  • Mr. & Mrs. Dick & Easter Thompson
  • Mr. Joe C. Thompson, Jr.
  • Mrs. Zane Todd
  • Mrs. Polly J. Townsend
  • Mr. Richard Uihlein
  • Mr. Calvin K. Upp
  • Mr. & Mrs. Michael & Marolyn Vadnais
  • Ms. Jacquelyn J. Varga
  • Mr. & Mrs. William L. Walton
  • Mrs. Ingrid Warshaw
  • Mr. James D. Weaver
  • Ms. Dana S. Weber
  • Mr. Stephen Weiss
  • Mr. Daniel J. Wellehan, Jr.
  • Mr. T. Calvin Wells
  • Mr. Bruce W. Wetzel
  • Ms. Alice Y. Wheatley
  • Mr. Steven E. Wheeler
  • Ms. Loretta Wiehr
  • Mr. Joseph H. Wilkens
  • The Hon. & Mrs. Curtin Winsor, Jr.
  • Mr. Frank E. Witt
  • Mrs. Elaine J. Wold
  • Mr. Keith C. Wold, Jr.
  • Mrs. Marilyn Woodhouse
  • Mr. Donald Workman
  • Ms. Karen Wright
  • Mrs. Judith A. Wright
  • Mr. Wirt A. Yerger, Jr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. George Yoder

Contact Information

Media Research Center
1900 Campus Commons Drive
Suite 600
Reston, VA 20191

Website: MRC.org
Web contact: Contact Us
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  • David Martin, Executive Vice President
  • Tim Graham, Director of Media Analysis
  • Brent Baker, Vice President for Research and Publications, Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow
  • Terry Jeffrey, CNSNews.com Editor-in-Chief
  • Dan Gainor, Vice President of Business & Culture, T. Boone Pickens Fellow
  • Rich Noyes, Director of Research
  • Matthew Sheffield, NewsBusters Executive Editor
  • Clay Waters, TimesWatch Director
  • Stephen Gutowski, MRCTV Content Editor
  • Ed Molchany, Chief Marketing Officer
  • Bill Toye, Grassroots Coordinator[1]

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Funding

In its 2011 annual report, MRC lists the following as "Foundation and Corporate Support":[1]

  • Above All Advisors
  • Edward and Wilhelmina Ackerman Foundation
  • Adams Insurance Service Company
  • Alpaugh Foundation
  • Andrews & Kurth
  • The Armstrong Foundation
  • Bachman Foundation
  • Bal Harbour Shops
  • Balfour Lumber Co.
  • Beaumont Iron and Metal Corporation
  • Bell Charitable Foundation
  • Doris & Stanley Berenzweig Charitable Foundation
  • BLR Trust
  • Bonide Products Inc.
  • The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
  • Brae Burn Construction Co.
  • The Branyan Family Foundation
  • The Brayman Family Fund
  • Brodie Charitable Funds
  • The George and Janet Brown Foundation
  • Calvert K. Collins Family Foundation, Inc.
  • Capital Community Foundation
  • The Carwill Foundation
  • Cassara Family Charitable Trust
  • CBS Imaging
  • CC Industries, Inc.
  • Challenger School
  • Charles and Ann Johnson Foundation
  • Clifford Stanton Heinz Trust
  • Cly-Del Mfg Co.
  • Compass Ventures, LLC
  • G. L. Connolly Foundation
  • Contran Corporation
  • Earlane and Sam Croom Foundation
  • Crossoak Family Dentistry
  • Curran Foundation
  • Darr Equipment Co.
  • The Davidson Bruce Foundation
  • The Charles & Melissa Davis Foundation
  • Ken W. Davis Foundation
  • Davis-Lynch, Inc.
  • Deltec Incorporated
  • Doberto Corporation
  • Dorset Charitable Trust
  • Dreisbach Enterprises
  • E. Stewart Mitchell, Inc.
  • Eagle Publishing
  • Ed Uihlein Family Foundation
  • The Edgerly Foundation
  • Eric Javits Family Foundation
  • Estrella Ranch
  • Fareway Stores, Inc.
  • The Lundy Fetterman Family Foundation
  • Lynn and Foster Friess Family Fund
  • Garvey Kansas Foundation
  • The George’s Family Foundation
  • GLACS Endowment Fund
  • GM Ridge Corp
  • The Griffin Family Foundation
  • Griffith Interests
  • The Guetz Foundation
  • Guggenheim Brothers
  • Guilford Foundation
  • H. E. Neumann Co.
  • Henry E. Haller, Jr. Foundation
  • Hanson Family Foundation
  • Hayden Foundation
  • Hickory Foundation
  • Glen and Gloria Holden Family Foundation
  • The Holman Foundation Inc.
  • Horned M Ranch
  • Barbara N. & Don N. Howell Foundation
  • Howell Family Foundation
  • International Health Foundation
  • J.J.C.T.M. Foundation
  • The Jackson Family Foundation
  • Jalapeno Corporation
  • JBISoft
  • Johnsonville Foods
  • John P. Kavooras Charitable Trust
  • Kenneth Groefsema Ranch
  • A.P. Kirby, Jr. Foundation
  • F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc.
  • Kistler O’Brien Fire Protection
  • Lerner Family Foundation
  • Lindemann Well Service, Inc.
  • The Litwin Foundation, Inc.
  • Loeb Partners
  • The Edward A. and Catherine L. Lozick Foundation
  • Luckie/Birmingham, Inc.
  • Maranatha Foundation Inc.
  • Marlin Oil
  • Massie Clarke Dev
  • Matey, Inc.
  • The Amy Shelton McNutt Charitable Trust
  • McWethy Foundation
  • Mechanical Contractor of Gainesville Inc.
  • The Melin Family Foundation
  • The Dorothy D. and Joseph A. Moller Foundation
  • New Era Cleaners
  • The Ochsman Foundation Inc.
  • Olympus Imported Auto Parts Corp.
  • The Page Foundation
  • The Charles Maxfield and Gloria F. Parrish Foundation
  • Patridge Knoll
  • Pioneer Gasket Company, Inc.
  • The Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation
  • R. K. Mellon Family Foundation
  • Ralph & Lois Hendricks Family Charitable Fund
  • Register & Company, P.A.
  • Richard & Mary Ellen Reuling Charitable Fund
  • Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation
  • The Robert S. & Star Pepper Foundation, Inc.
  • Roberts Family Foundation
  • The Rothschild Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
  • Same Line Foundation, Inc.
  • Sarah Scaife Foundation
  • John & Kathleen Schneider Family Foundation
  • Prewitt and Valerie D. Semmes Foundation
  • Shapiro & Swertfeger
  • The Shepherds Hand
  • Sivyer Survivors Trust
  • Thomas W. Smith Foundation
  • The Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
  • Herbert and Peggy Stockham Family Foundation
  • Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation
  • Stuart Family Foundation
  • Sumter & Ivilyn Lowry Charitable Foundation
  • Sunbelt Management
  • Symbolic Systems, Inc.
  • Thank Heaven Foundation
  • The John Templeton Foundation
  • Thompson Realty Company
  • Three Rivers Group, Inc.
  • TKBW Foundation Trust
  • Triad Energy Corporation
  • Trizm Services, Inc.
  • The True Foundation
  • The Trzcinski Foundation
  • Tsang Family Foundation
  • Daniel P. and Grace I. Tully Foundation
  • Urban Projects, Inc.
  • Valis Associates
  • Vanberg Family Foundation
  • Virginia H. Deane Trust
  • Vulcan Corporation
  • W.R. Burgess Foundation
  • Webco Industries, Inc.
  • Weekley Properties
  • Whitcomb Charitable Foundation
  • The William C. & Cindy L. Scott Foundation
  • William H. Donner Foundation
  • WINREP Foundation
  • Wirt A. Yerger, Jr. Foundation, Inc.
  • Wold Corp.
  • The Woodhull Family Foundation
  • Wright Tool Company
  • The Young Family Trust

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The May 11, 2006, MRC press release "Public Demands Networks to 'Tell the Truth!' about Iraq War. Media Research Center delivers over 140,000 petitions demanding fair media coverage" directs inquiries to either Colleen O'Boyle or Tim Scheiderer at 703-683-5004, which is the phone number for Creative Response Concepts of Alexandria, Virginia.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named 2011AR
  2. "Factsheet: Media Research Center", ExxonSecrets website, accessed October 2009.
  3. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Accessed December 6, 2011.

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