Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org. Previously, he was a contributing editor to NewsBusters and the MRC's senior news analyst. Scott's work has been featured or cited in outlets such as the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, Red State, to name a few. He has also been linked to several times on the Drudge Report.
A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
In April of 2013, Scott researched and wrote a Media Reality Check on ABC's complete blackout of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial. His stories on this subject and others were linked to on the Drudge Report, the Washington Times, Breitbart and Mediaite, to name a few outlets.
Scott is a graduate of George Mason University and is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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USA Today on Thursday had what one might call a lightbulb moment. In a front page story, the paper claimed, “Right and left fed up with Trump clamor.” On the front page, writers Morgan Watkins and Todd Spangler looked at whether the priorities of journalists are misplaced: “It’s not just Republican supporters of Trump who are tiring of the jokes, innuendo and articles aimed at the president or the people around him and whether they colluded with Russia. Even some Democrats” feel the same way.
Celebrity climate extremist Bill Nye thinks the solution to dealing with “climate deniers” might be to just wait for them to “die” out. Talking to the Los Angeles Times on Thursday, he mocked “people who are afraid in general” as older and added, “Climate change deniers, by way of example, are older. It’s generational. So we’re just going to have to wait for those people to ‘age out,’ as they say.”
Far-left View co-host Joy Behar slobbered all over Bernie Sanders, Wednesday, lauding the socialist as a “hot” “hero.” This is the same Behar who previously said that she was “aroused” by the politician.
According to CBS on Tuesday, the fight over a bathroom bill in Texas is a battle between moderates and the “far right.” Before labeling conservatives as fringe-y types, This Morning reporter David Begnaud hyped, “You got one estimate that says Texas could lose five and a half billion dollars if these bathroom bills become the laws.”
With a Democratic Party dominated by the 69-year-old Hillary Clinton and the 68-year-old Elizabeth Warren, the journalists at CBS This Morning are apparently desperate to find a young, dynamic leader for the liberal cause. Apparently, they’ve found him. Not a senator or a governor, but the mayor of South Bend Indiana.
The unhinged celebrity left is at it again. This time they are promoting a sick internet game in which people are encouraged to push Donald Trump off a cliff or into molten lava. On Saturday, the liberal Rosie O’Donnell offered her support, tweeting, “Push Trump Off a Cliff Again.”
In case the lecturing, hyperbolic Avatar wasn’t left-wing enough, get ready for four sequels from director James Cameron. According to star Sigourney Weaver, the new films will continue to expose the “greed” and “callousness” of evil corporations.
Providing some unintentional comedy, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow on Thursday lectured a conservative Congressman, telling him, “I’m not the left. I’m a journalist.” Collectively, many Americans must have thought: “What’s the difference?” The haughty defense came after Harlow demanded of Congressman Jim Jordan: “Are you comfortable with that huge reduction in Medicaid funding?”
Talk about fake news. CNN journalist Poppy Harlow on Thursday didn’t seem to recognize the Star Spangled Banner. Instead, she confused the United States National Anthem for that of France. While covering Donald Trump’s visit to France for Bastille Day, Harlow paused the discussion to watch as the U.S. national anthem played: “Let’s just listen in to the French National Anthem for just a moment.”
Top White House aide Sebastian Gorka got into a contentious, fiery argument with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, deriding that it’s “sad to see CNN fall to this.” To Cooper’s face, he challenged, “I know you want salacious, sensational coverage for your ratings, so your corporate sponsors and owners will have, you know, more money. But that's not media. That's not reportage. It's just fake news.”
Why does Donald Trump bash CNN as an ideological purveyor of fake news out to get the President? Just look at the cable network’s app and see what headlines they are blasting out to viewers. Story after story shows an obsession with Trump and his children and no objectivity or perspective is apparently needed. As of 11:37pm ET on Tuesday night, four out of the top five stories on the CNN app were about Trump Jr. What was the fifth story? “Special ops forces among 16 dead in Marine Corps plane crash.”
Marco Rubio has committed a new sin in the eyes of the liberal media. The Florida Senator has been tweeting from the “most Republican Part of the Bible.” Politico on Sunday concluded that Proverbs is the GOP-friendly part of the Gospel.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday conducted a fawning interview with environmental activist Bill Nye. Rather than offer any hard questions, Charlie Rose offered softballs such as asking, “Are other countries more curious about science than we are?”
Is someone trying to save the CNN app from embarrassingly bad reviews? In the wake of the cable network appearing to threaten a Reddit user who produced a video of Donald Trump punching the CNN logo, the average of Apple reviews for the CNN app plummeted to a one star rating. Now, the average has mysteriously disappeared. In place of the ratings is this note: “We have not received enough ratings to display an average for the current version of this application.”
CNN journalist Jeff Zeleny on Sunday mocked Donald Trump’s speech in Poland as an antiquated address designed to appeal to “white America” and those who want “America first.” The cable network’s White House correspondent huffed that the speech, which produced chants of “USA! USA!” from the crowd, “wasn't a modern day speech.”
Poland’s President on Thursday dismissed as “fake news” media claims that his wife snubbed Donald Trump’s attempt at a handshake. Regarding hyperbolic stories in Newsweek, USA Today and by The Washington Post, President Andrzej Duda tweeted, “Contrary to some surprising reports my wife did shake hands with Mrs. and Mr. Trump @POTUS after a great visit. Let's FIGHT FAKE NEWS.”
The New York Times on Thursday hyped CNN President Jeff Zucker as a man leading “the network against the leader of the free world.” But don’t get the impression that’s a bad thing. No, readers are told that CNN is different than “networks with an ideological bent in prime time.”
In the latest example of fake news, journalists on Thursday hyperventilated about a supposed dramatic snub of Donald Trump by Poland’s first lady. Agata Kornhauser-Duda, it seemed, refused to shake the hand of the President. Except, that’s not what happened. Mere seconds after shaking Melania Trump’s hands, Kornhauser-Duda and the President shared a warm embrace.
Major Garrett is unhappy with Donald Trump. The CBS This Morning correspondent inserted a petulant commentary to his report on the President’s visit to Poland. Regarding an international press conference, Garrett complained, “In a nation where press freedoms are in flux, the President eagerly criticized the U.S. media and former President Obama.”
And journalists wonder why Americans dislike the media? It’s sneering statements like the one on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. Yahoo! journalist Bianna Golodryga inserted a sneering commentary into a report on Donald Trump’s upcoming meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit.