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MRC’s Brent Baker reports on NBC News last night, anchor Tom Brokaw introduced an election story with a photo of President Bush in the background. Bush was standing in front of a sign that read “TAX RELIEF for AMERICAN WORKING FAMILIES.” NBC ran the photo for 16 seconds, whereby the letters “ILIE,” from “FAMILIES,” rolled to the left of the president’s mouth. I LIE. A coincidence? Perhaps. But when an anti-Al Gore ad ran in the 2000 race, NBC took seriously the appearance of the letters “RATS” in a single frame of an enlargement of part of the word “BUREAUCRATS,” and ran two stories on the controversy.

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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