Media Research Center has issued its analysis of mainstream
media (MSM) coverage on this week's shooting at Family Research
shooting Wednesday morning at the pro-family group's
headquarters in Washington, DC, left one FRC staffer wounded and
many more shaken. The suspect, Floyd Lee Corkins III, has been
charged with intent to kill and bringing firearms across state
lines. Authorities say he had been volunteering at a community
center for LGBT people -- and his parents told the FBI that he has
"strong opinions with respect to those he believes do not treat
homosexuals in a fair manner."
Research Center spokesman Dan Gainor appeared Friday on
American Family Radio's "Focal Point" program and spoke about the
coverage of the shooting by the mainstream media.
"I will call out ABC, first
of all, for what they did right," he said. "ABC covered it in
detail, both the first night and the second night. But NBC and CBS
both did anchor reads the first night -- 17 and 20 seconds long;
and you know, you can't say anything in that time ... and they
didn't. And then they didn't follow it since."
Gainor says it gets worse, however. "In less than 24 hours, CNN
was back calling FRC a hate group, same as Huffington Post."
In 2010, Family Research Council -- along with several other
prominent pro-family and Christian organizations that have opposed
efforts to normalize the "gay" lifestyle -- was
labeled as a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center
for its opposition to the sin of homosexuality. SPLC was roundly
criticized for its characterization of groups that promote
traditional family values.