A Sign in the Sky Above Tampa: 'Don't Believe the Liberal Media'

By Pete Winn | August 30, 2012 | 1:50 PM EDT

Aerial banner in Tampa. (MRC photo)

– The Media Research Center is taking its “Don’t Believe The Liberal Media” message to new heights at the Republican National Convention in Tampa--literally.

A plane pulling a 40 ft.-by-80 ft. aerial banner bearing the message is flying over the city as close to the GOP convention as flight rules allow.

From now until Sept. 2, the media watchdog group, which is the parent organization of CNSNews.com, is sponsoring the overhead advertisements.

The message can also be found plastered on three 14 ft- by-48 ft. billboards along Route 60, and on a mobile billboard truck with the same slogan driving around the Tampa area.

Route 60 is the primary road running from the Tampa airport to the convention site, the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Ed Molchany, chief marketing officer for the MRC, said the group is also using high-powered projectors to shine night-time projections with the message onto buildings surrounding the downtown convention site displaying the slogan.

The $300,000 Tampa campaign is part of an overall $5 million “Tell the Truth 2012” campaign that was launched in January during the New Hampshire primary.

MRC President L. Brent Bozell III said the campaign is designed to do more than make Americans aware of liberal media bias in the news media -- it sends a warning to the media that they need to be even-handed in the 2012 elections or face exposure.

“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,” said in January, when he announced 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.

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