During an interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie employed a rhetorical tactic that was nearly identical to a line socialist Senator Bernie Sanders used to attack Republican health care reform. However, Price immediately called her out for borrowing the liberal talking point.
Kyle Drennen is the Media Research Center's Senior News Analyst and a Contributing Editor to NewsBusters. He is the co-author of the 2014 Media Reality Check study, TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats.
In 2009, he captured the infamous comment from then-Newsweek editor Evan Thomas comparing President Obama to God. Later that same year, he exposed for MSNBC deceptively editing video footage of a Tea Party rally to conceal the racial identity of an African American participant, forcing the liberal network to respond to criticism and explain its actions.
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Responding to a question from The Daily Caller’s Kaitlan Collins during Monday’s White House press briefing about slanted media coverage of ObamaCare, Sean Spicer accused journalists of ignoring the failures of the health care law and instead portraying it as “all rainbows and puppies.”
On Monday, the left-wing Norman Lear Center announced the recipients of the 2017 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. Among the winners was CNN’s Reliable Sources, with the panel of judges praising host Brian Stelter as a “one-man media literacy course” who “faced criticism of the media head on, offering positive solutions to the question of what the media needs to do to gain, and regain, the public’s trust.”
During Friday’s White House press briefing, Bloomberg correspondent Justin Sink pressed Sean Spicer on whether the administration was “too excited” by a positive February jobs report released that morning: “Obviously you guys were excited by the jobs report, but maybe a little too excited. Both you and the President tweeting within an hour of the jobs data coming out, which is a violation of the federal rules....what do you say generally to critics who say the risk of doing this is politicizing what should be kind of non-partisan, by-the-books job data?”
On Friday, correspondents on the network morning shows were beside themselves as they breathlessly reported on Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt voicing skepticism of the liberal dogma about man-made global warming. The hostile coverage even included a call on Pruitt to resign over the comments.
On Thursday, MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi teed up a softball interview with left-wing California Congresswoman Maxine Waters by wondering: “You think that Donald Trump should be impeached over Russia and anything else – any other discussion distracts us from that investigation. You still hold true to that?”
In a new ad to promote his MSNBC show MTP Daily, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd took to a basketball court and discussed the rules of the game. He then fretted: “But what about our politics, are there any rules anymore? And if so, will anybody play by them?” Todd assured viewers that he and his liberal network would be objective enforcers: “These days, politics could use a little refereeing. And we’re not afraid to blow the whistle.”
On Wednesday, all three network morning shows seized on false left-wing speculation that a brief power outage at the Statue of Liberty Tuesday night was meant to be a show of support for the “A Day Without A Women” protests planned for International Women’s Day. While the ABC, NBC, and CBS broadcasts knocked down those claims, hosts did use the incident as a way to promote the liberal demonstration.
Eager to knock down the initial Republican proposal to replace ObamaCare, on her Tuesday MSNBC show, anchor Andrea Mitchell invited former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on the program to slam the bill for “moving us in the wrong direction.”
In the wake of House Republicans unveiling their proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare Monday night, on Tuesday, the network morning shows signaled that the GOP would not be allowed to undo President Obama’s “signature policy” without facing a “grueling battle” in Washington.
In a report for Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Jeff Rossen touted a “rare jailhouse interview” with a convicted burglar to offer tips to viewers on how to prevent a home invasion. However, even as the incarcerated criminal explained that traditional methods such as security alarms and cameras were poor deterrents, Rossen failed to inquire about homeowners using firearms in self defense.
Taking time away from the network’s daily bashing of the Trump administration, on Friday’s NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell spent over three minutes hoping for Barack Obama’s “comeback” to the public spotlight and gushing over the former president receiving an award from the Kennedy family.
On Thursday, all three network morning shows hyperventilated over the news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2016, met with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. While the NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasts all seized on Democrats calling for Sessions to recuse himself from any investigation into Russian influence in the 2016 campaign, the same networks tried to excuse a meeting between then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill Clinton at the height of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mails.
In a contentious interview with Republican Congressman Michael McCaul on her MSNBC show on Wednesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell accused President Trump of “fearmongering” during his address to Congress Tuesday night. His supposed offense? Proposing the creation of a government office to aide the victims of criminal illegal aliens.
On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie began an interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer by suggesting that President Trump’s performance during Tuesday night’s address to Congress was all an act: “Before we get to the substance of the speech, and we will, let's talk about this decisive change in the President's tone. To borrow another political phrase, is this a kinder, gentler Donald Trump and do you buy it?”
In the second part of this live interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that the Republican leader did not hold a town hall meeting in his home district of Wisconsin to avoid left-wing protesters who may flood the event: “...you didn't hold a town hall meeting when you were home, did you?...Did you not this particular time because of what's been happening to some Republican members of Congress?”
During a live interview with House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer refused to accept the fact that ObamaCare was in a state of collapse. After Ryan listed the numerous problems with the health care law, Lauer responded with liberal talking points: “I just want to say that a lot of people disagree with that terminology that ObamaCare is collapsing under its own weight.”
A newly released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that 51% of Americans think the media have been “too critical” in their coverage of President Trump. That number was eight times larger than the 6% of the public who thought the press hadn’t been critical enough of the new administration. 41% said the news coverage has been objective.
In an exclusive interview with George W. Bush on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer repeatedly urged the former president to criticize current President Trump’s first month in office. Lauer began the exchange by demanding: “You took office in 2001 after an extremely contentious election, controversial end to that, the Supreme Court decided it, the nation was incredibly divided. How would you compare the divisions we faced then to what we’re living through right now?”
During a report for Friday’s NBC Today, rural Wisconsin Trump supporters repeatedly frustrated attempts by political analyst Nicolle Wallace to get them to criticize President Trump. The flummoxed journalist noted: “On this farm, the President gets plenty of pasture, even for the controversial travel ban.”