Business & Media Institute

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The Business & Media Institute (BMI) was founded in 1992 as the Free Market Project by the conservative media watchdog group Media Research Center whose President is L.Brent Bozell. BMI describes itself as an organization "devoted solely to analyzing and exposing the anti-free enterprise culture of the media." [1]


In the 2007 report, "Bad Company III: For American Businessmen in the News, the Defense Never Rests" by Managing Editor Amy Menefee and Research Analysts Paul Detrick, Stuart James and R. Warren Anderson, [2], the Institute charged that network TV newscasts hold a “natural antipathy” toward the free enterprise system that biases how they cover corporate executives and corporate executive pay. TV viewers, says the Institute’s report on anti-business bias, see 1½ times more criminal businessmen on the news than philanthropist-businessmen. The Institute recommends that “the major media refrain from reflexively viewing money as evil in and of itself” and “maintain a sense of perspective on the issue of CEO compensation.”


On its website the group lists current staff as[1]:

Former staff

Board of Advisers

From the group's website: [3]

Contact Information

Business & Media Institute
325 South Patrick Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 703-683-9733
Fax: 703-683-9736

BMI's website states, "To schedule an interview with [BMI Director] Dan Gainor or BMI National Chairman Herman Cain, please contact Tim Scheiderer at 703-683-5004, ext. 126." [4] Scheiderer is with Creative Response Concepts [5], formerly the public relations firm of a controversial 527 group active in the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. [6] [7]

SourceWatch Resources


  1. Business & Media Institute, "BMI Staff Directory", Business & Media Institute website, accessed December 2008/

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