In the sixth segment in less than two weeks promoting HBO’s movie rehash of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, on Tuesday’s NBC Today, weatherman Al Roker spoke to the stars of the film and proclaimed: “Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill are back in the headlines thanks to Confirmation. It’s a dramatized version of the controversial Senate hearings, premiering this week on HBO.”
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. His media analysis has been routinely cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as on Fox News and The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com website. He joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows surprisingly hit Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for making a “racially charged joke” during a failed comedy skit at a press dinner.
On Sunday and Monday, all three network shows hailed rocker Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a concert in North Carolina as further evidence of the “firestorm” and “growing backlash” against religious freedom laws recently passed there and in other states.
In a softball exchange with Anita Hill on Monday to promote the new HBO film commemorating her sexual harassment claims against Clarence Thomas, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the law professor as a “reluctant witness” during the 1991 hearings that attempted to sink the nomination of the future Supreme Court justice.
In a stunning moment on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer actually pressed liberal actress Kerry Washington – starring in HBO’s new film on the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings – on whether the biopic was really just a piece of “political propaganda.”
After teeing up Hillary Clinton to dismiss her e-mail scandal as a Republican fantasy at the top of Friday’s NBC Today, during a live town hall with Bernie Sanders in the 8 a.m. ET hour, co-host Matt Lauer invited the socialist senator to blast the GOP: “In a recent interview, you said that the GOP civil war that we're all watching right now could lead to a real dissolution of the Republican Party as we know it. As a revolutionary on the other side, do you take some joy in that prospect?”
In an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton aired on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer teed up the Democratic frontrunner to dismiss the FBI investigation into her e-mail scandal as nothing more than a wild Republican fantasy.
After the network spent days attacking both North Carolina and Mississippi for passing religious freedom laws it labeled “discriminatory,” on Thursday, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King touted “a major corporate backlash” against Mississippi as “executives from GE, Pepsi, Levi Strauss, and other companies sent a letter yesterday to the Governor Phil Bryant condemning the new law...”
On Thursday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning eagerly seized on the left-wing New York Daily News hurling a vulgar insult at Ted Cruz as he kicked off his primary campaign in the Empire State. Employing a subway pun, the cover of the tabloid screamed: “Take the F U Train, Ted!”
On Wednesday, security for NBC’s Today expelled a conservative protester on the plaza outside the morning show’s New York City studio for holding up a “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media” sign. However, back in 2011, a left-wing protester had no trouble getting camera time while holding up a sign accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney of “torture” and calling for him to be investigated.
After all three network evening newscasts blasted recently passed religious freedom laws in Mississippi and North Carolina Tuesday night, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning continued hyping “backlash” against the “controversial” measures.
During a panel discussion on Wednesday’s NBC Today, political analyst Nicolle Wallace recalled South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham recently telling her “it is more important to maintain the principles and the dignity and honor of the conservative movement with someone like Ted Cruz, who he acknowledged may lose in November, than to roll the dice with someone like Donald Trump...”
Moments after President Obama used an impromptu White House press conference to attack leading Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell eagerly accepted her marching orders: “And he took a shot not only at Donald Trump, but also at Ted Cruz. He’s – that's part of the messaging. They want to make sure that we're not just laying the groundwork for a general election campaign against Donald Trump, but also against Ted Cruz.”
On Tuesday, NBC’s Today promoted the new HBO movie Confirmation, about the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court hearings and the smear campaign waged against him based on false sexual harassment claims from Anita Hill. Actor Greg Kinnear insisted that Senator Joe Biden was nothing but fair throughout the hearings: “...if you watch just the hearings, you certainly get a sense of the – of his trying to walk the line. Of his trying to be impartial and to try to get this thing through.”
On Monday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose fretted over a “contentious new agreement” to start deporting Middle Eastern refugees from Europe back to Turkey, despite the protests of “human rights groups.”
While NBC ignored the news that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin would soon be taking questions from the FBI about the Democratic frontrunner’s e-mail scandal, Monday’s NBC Today instead chose to gush over the longtime Clinton confidante answering softballs on a liberal podcast.
After CBS Evening News refused to cover Hillary Clinton yelling at a Bernie Sanders supporter during a campaign event on Thursday, Friday’s CBS This Morning demanded the Vermont Senator answer charges that he was “lying” about Clinton getting donations from the fossil fuel industry.
On Thursday, all three network morning shows gleefully seized on Donald Trump’s abortion comments during a Wednesday MSNBC town hall to boost Hillary Clinton, declaring the remarks to be the “perfect” “gift” for the Democratic frontrunner.
Appearing on a special extended edition of NBC’s Today on Tuesday, Daily Beast world news editor Christopher Dickey fretted that “rampant Islamophobia” in Europe would intensify following the terrorist attacks in Belgium.
During NBC’s breaking news coverage of the terrorist attacks in Belgium Tuesday morning, correspondents Andrea Mitchell and Richard Engel wasted no time warning of the “rise of the right wing” throughout Europe in response to such attacks.