MRC Delivers Message in Tampa: 'Don't Believe the Liberal Media'

Pete Winn | August 27, 2012 | 4:29pm EDT
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An MRC "Tell the Truth" billboard in Tampa, Fla. (MRC photo)

( - “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media!”

That's the message that the Media Research Center (MRC) is delivering this week to those converging on Tampa, Fla, this week for the Republican National Convention.

From now until Sept. 2, the media watchdog group, which is the parent organization of, has rented three 14 ft- by-48 ft. billboards along Route 60 -- the primary road running from the Tampa airport to the convention site, the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

In addition to the billboards, a plane will fly a 40 ft.-by-80 ft. aerial banner around the city, weather-permitting, and a mobile billboard truck with the same slogan will drive around the Tampa area displaying the slogan.

An MRC "Tell the Truth" billboard truck in Tampa, Fla. (MRC photo)

High-powered projectors will also shine night-time projections with the message onto buildings surrounding the downtown convention site. And "Don't Believe the Liberal Media" buttons, bumper stickers and signs will all be handed out around the outside of the convention hall, according to MRC Marketing Director Ed Molchany.

The $300,000 Tampa campaign is part of an overall $5 million “Tell the Truth 2012” campaign that MRC President L. Brent Bozell III announced in January, during the New Hampshire primary.

The campaign is designed to make Americans aware of liberal media bias in the news media.

“It’s time for Americans to declare once and for all that the left wing so-called news media are no longer going to pick winners and losers,” Bozell said in a video announcement about the “Tell The Truth! 2012” campaign.

“It’s time for Americans to demand of our news media that they return to the business of reporting--accurately, fairly, honestly,” he said.

Many Americans have not forgotten the 2008 campaign, in which much of the news media took sides, Bozell said--and he doesn't intend to let anyone forget.

“This is our message to the left-wing so-called news media: To the degree you try to tilt this election, we'll be there documenting, exposing, and neutralizing your efforts,” he said

“Our goal is not--and I underscore this--our goal is not to do what they do, which is to attempt to elect or defeat a candidate," said Bozell. "We want a level playing field. We want the rules to apply to both sides. If you are going to have hard-hitting investigative reporting on one side, perfect. Then have hard-hitting investigative reporting on the other.”

Billboards with the same message are planned for Charlotte, N.C., to run during the Democratic National Convention, which starts Sept. 4. The campaign has also been to several other locations during the primary season--including New York City's Times Square.

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