MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor denounced NBC’s attempt to downplay President-elect Donald Trump’s role in bringing new jobs to the U.S. On Twitter, Trump credited himself for new job creation on Jan. 17. The next day, NBC’s Today ran a “fact check” on Trump’s claim with MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber, who said Trump had a “very small or non-existent” impact.
Sam Dorman is a staff writer and research analyst for MRC's Business Media Institute.
Buzzfeed showed its lack of journalistic integrity last week by publishing an unverified dossier accusing President-elect Trump of communicating with Russian operatives. After BuzzFeed published the document on Jan. 10, even liberal news outlets including The Washington Post, the Atlantic and Vox criticized Buzzfeed’s choice. But ProPublica President Richard Tofel sided with Buzzfeed, giving it “kudos” on Twitter.
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency faced legislators on Capitol Hill as his confirmation hearings began Jan. 18. At the same time, celebrities spewed vitriol about him online. Comedian and television show host Jimmy Kimmel slammed Trump’s cabinet pick, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, in a tweet saying, “Put simply, Scott Pruitt is a piece of shit. If you care about the outdoors, stop him.”
Appearing on Cavuto: Coast to Coast, MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor criticized journalists for assuming they deserved a place in the White House press corps. Coast to Coast host Neil Cavuto reported Jan. 16, that President-elect Donald Trump provoked a “hellacious reaction” when he proposed doubling the size of the White House press corps.
Broadcast networks slammed Trump’s plan to prevent his businesses from being conflicts of interest during his presidency, and provided scant balance to defend him. During his first press conference on Jan. 11, President-elect Donald Trump introduced his lawyer who explained Trump’s multi-pronged approach to prevent conflicts of interest. Trump’s plan included giving control of his businesses through a trust to his sons, hiring an ethics adviser to review business deals and barring any Trump Organization deals with foreign entities.
Broadcast networks barely covered the skyrocketing national debt in the past year, but spent far more time on toy animals called Hatchimals. ABC and NBC gave the toy sensation three times more coverage than the debt. As of Jan. 9, the United States’ national debt was nearly $20 trillion ($19,955,343,885,377.73), according to the Treasury Department. The rising debt, according to multiple sources, threatens economic growth and fiscal stability.
The left-leaning Rockefeller Foundation just got a leader who served under one of the most liberal presidents of the United States. The Rockefeller Foundation chose former Obama official Rajiv Shah to be its next president, according to a Jan. 4 The New York Times report. Lefty organizations like the Natural Resources Defense Council have received funding from the Rockefeller Foundation.
Climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry has had enough of academics politicizing her field. She’s leaving academia for the private sector, which she said on Jan. 3, “seems like a more ‘honest’ place for a scientist working in a politicized field than universities or government labs.” Curry resigned her tenured position as of Jan. 1, with “no intention of seeking another academic” position in a university or government agency.
Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said “Hello” to hypocrisy and “Hasta la vista, baby” to climate purity. The New Celebrity Apprentice started with Schwarzenegger looking suave and putting on sunglasses in a giant, gas-guzzling hummer. What it didn’t explain was the glaring hypocrisy of a fossil fuel alarmist like Schwarzenegger driving the king of all gas hogs.
Now even the price of razors is sexist, according to one Huffington Post UK editor. Associate Women’s Editor Jenavieve Hatch applauded a British supermarket chain Tesco for lowering the price of women’s razors to that of men’s on Jan. 3, cheering, “More of this, please!”
MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor ripped the liberal media for its anti-Trump, pro-Clinton bias. “There is no neutrality at The New York Times,” Gainor told After the Bell host Dan Asman before pointing out the double standard in how differently the Times covered Democratic and Republican presidents.
According to lefty billionaire George Soros, President-Elect Donald Trump is a “would-be dictator” and a danger to the world’s democratic institutions. “Democracy is now in crisis. Even the U.S., the world’s leading democracy, elected a con artist and would-be dictator as its president,” Soros said of Trump on Dec. 28.
One liberal academic argued for censorship of politicians who dissent from liberal orthodoxy on climate change. History professor at California State University, Sacramento Joseph A. Palermo argued President-Elect Donald Trump should not be able to use Twitter.
CBS Evening News blunted marijuana's appeal after reporting how getting high could leave users violently ill. CBS has a history of touting marijuana as a medical “miracle” and economic “gold rush,” but on Dec. 28, the network hashed out the symptoms of a marijuana-induced illness called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS).
Like stories of vampires, climate change is nothing new. Interview with the Vampire author Anne Rice suggested as much in a Dec. 22, interview with the Daily Beast. While answering questions about her book Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, Rice cited a history of catastrophes on earth and their impact on the climate.
While appearing on Fox Business’ Risk & Reward, MRC Vice President of Business and Culture Dan Gainor mocked the media’s laughable inaccuracy in predicting a Hillary Clinton “landslide.” Gainor responded to a video of someone on MSNBC suggesting republicans lived in a “thought bubble.” “I love how liberals talk about how conservatives live in a bubble and then their bubble bursts all over them,” Gainor said on Dec. 22, in reference to Donald Trump’s election.
As with the economy, government intervention can have unintended consequences. In Europe, the push to go green actually endangered lives through noxious air pollution. London, Paris and European governments “aggressively promoted diesel vehicles,” The Washington Post reported on Dec. 20. Why? For the environment, of course. Governments used policy to steer people away from carbon-dioxide emissions and toward diesel as the better choice.
As the Dow Jones Industrial Average neared the 20,000 mark for the first time in history, the index set 16 closing-day record highs since Donald Trump’s election. Even some liberal media outlets have drawn a direct connection between the soaring stock market and Trump’s election, going so far as to label it a “Trump stock market rally.” But the broadcast networks often ignored any connection, even going out of the way not to mention it.
Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles says the media isn’t biased enough on climate change. According to Yale Climate Connections, Toles complained at a Dec. 12, book signing that coverage of climate change was “abysmal” and spent too much time on “both sides” of the debate.
Sundance, the left-leaning indie film festival held in Utah each January, helped turn former vice president Al Gore into the media’s favorite film star. Now, the festival is set to do it again. A sequel to Gore’s film, An Inconvenient Truth, will premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, according to The Hollywood Reporter (THR). The original premiered at Sundance in 2006 before its wide release and media fanfare later that year.