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Cbs On Campaign Finance

The latest MRC spit take: Friday’s CBS Evening News didn’t utter a syllable about Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry opting out of the federal campaign finance matching fund system for the primaries, but devoted a full story to how Republicans Tom DeLay and Bill Frist, as Dan Rather put it, were “looking for loopholes to rake in donations” by subverting “the new campaign finance law designed to limit the power of special interests.” (It didn’t matter much to Rather if these lobbyists ended up helping DeLay’s work with abused and neglected kids or Frist’s fight on global AIDS.) Reporter Bob Orr concluded by lecturing the conservatives even as the network ignored Kerry: “Even if the charity fund-raising activities don’t violate the letter of the law, there’s no doubt about what’s being offered. For big contributions, high rollers can still buy access to the powerful. It’s the same old political game with a slightly new wrinkle.”

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...


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