On Tuesday, NBC’s Today eagerly touted the latest nasty attack ad from Hillary Clinton’s campaign, with correspondent Hallie Jackson proclaiming: “With just seven days to go, Hillary Clinton’s trying to hammer home her argument that Donald Trump is simply too dangerous to be commander-in-chief by referencing one of the most famous and scariest political ads ever.”
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.
His media analysis has been cited by nationally syndicated radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, as well as media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ.com, The Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Politico, National Review, among others.
Kyle joined the MRC in 2007 after graduating from Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer sarcastically dismissed the political impact of the FBI reopening an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal as nothing more than a partisan issue: “I’m going to go way, way out on a limb here. I’m going to suggest that perhaps whether people see the [FBI director James] Comey letter as a distraction or significant might fall along party lines.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer blasted the liberal media effort to spin the latest chapter in Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal as a controversy for FBI director James Comey: “...this is what perplexes me...frankly, [about] the questions today. The burden seems to be on Director Comey....the reality is that it's not Director Comey's fault. They [the Clinton campaign] lied twice, and everyone wants to know if it's the director's fault or not.”
While filling in for co-host Matt Lauer on Friday’s NBC Today, Nightly News anchor Lester Holt laughably claimed that the liberal New York elite at Thursday night’s Al Smith dinner should have been a friendly audience for Donald Trump. Noting how they jeered the Republican nominee’s address at the charity event, a baffled Holt declared: “He got booed. And not only did he get booed, but in a room where a lot of what you consider his crowd was.”
After refusing to report on New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan condemning the “offensive” and “patronizing” anti-Catholic rhetoric revealed in leaked e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta, on Friday, the hosts of NBC’s Today committed journalistic malpractice by continuing to ignore the controversy during an interview with the Church leader.
After CBS and ABC ignored the WikiLeaks revelation that top Hillary Clinton staffers exchanged anti-Catholic rhetoric via e-mail and NBC only offered mere seconds to controversy, one would expect a major U.S. Catholic leader denouncing the comments would draw at least some media attention. However, after New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan condemned the “insulting” remarks and demanded an apology from the Democratic nominee’s campaign on Tuesday, the networks have remained silent.
Appearing on Thursday’s NBC Today, special correspondent Tom Brokaw dismissed Donald Trump’s accusations of liberal media bias: “His complaints have been, apparently, that he thinks there’s a media conspiracy of some kind. The media conspiracy consists of The New York Times printing his tax returns...”
On Thursday morning, journalists on CBS and CNN were aghast at Donald Trump bluntly and accurately describing Hillary Clinton’s support for partial-birth abortion. Attempting to fact-check the Republican nominee on CBS This Morning, former Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer falsely asserted: “...no woman carries a child for eight and a half months and then decides she wants to have an abortion.”
Despite Project Veritas releasing bombshell videos on Tuesday of Democratic operatives bragging about paying protesters to disrupt Donald Trump rallies and admitting to voter fraud, the broadcast networks have censored any mention of the scandal. After Tuesday’s evening newscasts skipped the story, on Wednesday, the NBC, ABC, and CBS morning shows maintained the blackout and instead cheered President Obama denouncing Trump’s claims of a “rigged election.”
On Tuesday, both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America accepted at face value Obama administration denials of a quid pro quo to cover up Hillary Clinton’s possession of classified e-mails. Reports on the morning shows let statements from the State Department and the FBI be the last word on the topic.
In one of the latest batches of Hillary Clinton campaign e-mails released by WikiLeaks on Monday, communications director Jennifer Palmieri can be seen complaining to fellow staffers about a supposedly “outrageous” interview NBC conducted with Bill Clinton about the Clinton Foundation in 2015. In reality, it was a friendly exchange that touted “heartwarming stories” about the organization’s charity work in Africa.
While acknowledging that Hillary Clinton’s Goldman Sachs speeches revealed by WikiLeaks could have cost the Democratic candidate her party’s nomination if uncovered during the primary campaign, on Monday’s NBC Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd actually spun the news as an advantage for Clinton in the general election.
On Monday, NBC’s Today devoted a nearly three-minute report to stoking fears that Donald Trump’s supporters could cause violence if the Republican nominee is defeated in November, while only offering a scant 39 seconds of air time to a GOP campaign office in North Carolina being firebombed over the weekend.
During back-to-back hostile interviews on CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today on Friday, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence attempted to force the networks to actually cover the controversy swirling around the Wikileaks release of thousands of Clinton campaign e-mails. However, every time he raised the topic, the morning show hosts promptly cut him off.
On Thursday, both CBS This Morning and ABC’s Good Morning America framed the release of Clinton campaign e-mails as a “distraction” for the Democratic nominee while continuing to censor some of the worst revelations, including several exchanges in which staffers attacked Catholics. By contrast, NBC’s Today at least mentioned the controversy.
On her MSNBC show on Wednesday, anchor Andrea Mitchell referred to the leaked e-mails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta as “an incredible, rich narrative of what was going on inside the campaign” but then asked New York Times reporter Amy Chozick “what do we see as the really, you know, smoking guns, if you will, in these e-mails?”
Appearing on Wednesday’s NBC Today, Bloomberg Politics editor Mark Halperin tried to dismiss the importance of Clinton campaign e-mails released by Wikileaks as being too “inside baseball” and “complicated” for voters to grasp. He then argued the issue would only matter if journalists actually pressed the Democratic nominee on the topic.
In separate reports on Tuesday’s NBC Today, correspondents Peter Alexander and Kristen Welker accused Donald Trump of employing “scorched-earth” political tactics by promising his supporters that he would continue to investigate Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal if elected.
While ABC’s Martha Raddatz repeatedly sparred with Donald Trump and showed “utter contempt” for the Republican nominee during Sunday night’s debate, as the reviews rolled in Monday morning, the liberal media predictably celebrated the moderator’s biased performance.
On Monday, the hosts on NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning demanded Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway explain herself for daring to invite Bill Clinton’s sexual assault accusers to Sunday night’s debate. By contrast, Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook got nothing but softballs tossed his way on the same morning shows.