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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Comedy Central’s Trevor Noah has apparently recovered enough from declaring election night the “end of the world” to lament the “misogyny” Hillary Clinton faced as a candidate. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Monday, the Daily Show host lectured, “And misogyny, people talk about the glass ceiling but what you don't realize you can't see it because it's see-through. And misogyny has very quickly gone out of the conversation.”
Maybe it’s Bernie Sanders’s fault that Hillary Clinton lost? That’s the latest blame game theory brought up on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O’Donnell talked to Clinton’s primary opponent and wondered if he had “guilt” and “responsibility” for bringing up trust issues during the early part of the campaign.
Just what the world needed: A TV series about the life of infamous Communist Karl Marx. According to Variety, screenwriter Alice Brich will write a limited edition series on the author of the Communist Manifesto. Variety writer Leo Barraclough explained, “The story centers on the real lives of Jenny and Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and the two sisters — Mary and Lizzie Burns.”
Network journalists are still mourning the American public’s rejection of Hillary Clinton. Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang on Wednesday talked about the scene of “devastation” at Clinton’s campaign headquarters and described the loss as a “devastating chapter in what has been a decades-long story of public service.”
Liberal CBS host Stephen Colbert is still not over the election results. On the most recent Late Show, he wondered aloud how God could “let” Donald Trump win. This is the same man who freaked out on Tuesday night, blurting, “What the fuck is happening?” During Wednesday’s monologue, Colbert lamented, “I'm a man of some faith, but when bad things like this happen like this— and this does feel bad— I have to ask, how could God let this happen?”
All three networks on Thursday spotlighted violent, anti-Donald Trump protests across the country. On ABC’s Good Morning America, Gio Benitez noted the tear gas, the fires and chaos, but insisted, “From the ballot box to the streets of New York, these people are letting their voices be heard.”
The Hollywood freak out over Donald Trump’s victory continued on Wednesday. West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin wrote an open letter to his daughters in which he snarled, “The Klan won last night. White nationalists. Sexists, racists and buffoons.” The missive was published in Vanity Fair and includes unrestrained venom such as this: “Hate was given hope. Abject dumbness was glamorized as being ‘the fresh voice of an outsider’ who’s going to ‘shake things up.’”
Liberal comedian Chelsea Handler pre-recorded a “victory” video for Hillary Clinton’s anticipated win on election night. The taped segment for Wednesday’s Netflix show included cheering, balloons falling and a woman holding a sign reading, “Roe V. Wade 4 Ever.”
A clearly rattled Joy Behar on Wednesday reacted to the election of Donald Trump as President by declaring, seriously, that The View will be the only remaining check on the businessman’s total power. She began by inaccurately stating, “What scares me the most... is that not since George W. Bush has there been a White House, a Senate and a House of Representatives all from the same party.” (Barack Obama’s Democratic Party controlled the White House, the Senate and the House in the President’s first two years.)
The liberal sulking over Donald Trump’s win on election night continued on MSNBC, Wednesday. The former editor of Newsweek huffed, “This is so, so dispiriting. I think decency lost last night. And that's what's so hurtful about this. Not just that Hillary Clinton lost, but our image of who we are as a people, that we're tolerant, decent people suffered a real setback.”
A stunned Chris Matthews struggled to comprehend Hillary Clinton’s loss and the victory of Donald Trump on election night. On MSNBC, Matthews sputtered, “[Clinton] won every debate by all standards. Every debate.... She had the best ad campaign, the best ground game.”
ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz on election night struggled to not get emotional as the night got worse for Hillary Clinton. Speaking of Trump on foreign policy, her voice quivered, “I was also looking back [voice breaks] at an interview Tim Kaine gave. Tim Kaine has a son in the Marine Corps. He was asked, by John Dickerson, ‘So if Donald Trump is democratically elected, and your son is serving as a Marine, you wouldn't trust his life under that commander-in-chief? And Kaine said, ‘I wouldn't.”
The celebrity freak out continued on election night as Trump did well all over the country. The liberal women of The View anchored live coverage on the Lifetime network. Actor and host D.L. Hughley appeared as a guest and sneered, “people are talking about leaving. My daddy survived Jim Crow, I can survive Donald Trump.”
With Donald Trump doing significantly better than predicted in many states on election night, Daily Show host Trevor Noah opened his show by admitting he was “shitting his pants” over the results and by America’s “hate.” He also declared it the “end of the world.” Noah mourned, “It is election night, 11PM on the east coast. 8 out west and 9am tomorrow in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, which is where we may soon want to live. This is it, the end of the presidential race and it feels like the end of the world.”
Considering the liberal bias of the Washington Post, it's probably not shocking that the papers’s official endorsements for various offices include six Democrats and just one Republican. Naturally, the paper endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In Maryland, the Post gave the nod to four Democrats. For Congress, Anthony Brown, John Delaney and Jamie B. Raskin. In the Senate race, the editorial board chose Chris Van Hollen.
Before polls closed on Election Day, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews had already vomited a bewildering story. Talking about how candidates spend the early part of elections nights, Matthews related, “Jack Kennedy did this. Ben Bradlee, his buddy, they went up to see a porn movie.”
MSNBC, yet again, featured liberal celebrity James Taylor on Monday. This time, the singer admitted that he was “baffled” as to why anyone wouldn’t trust the “honest” Hillary Clinton. Talking to Katy Tur, he earnestly cheered, “I think that she is a positive, caring, sincere and honest person in spite of this.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday preemptively demanded to know if Donald Trump will be a “graceful” and “gracious” loser after Tuesday’s voting. Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King grilled the businessman’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway. In contrast, Hillary Clinton’s top operative received more questions on the state of the race.
The wife of ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos declared that if Donald Trump wins, the couple is moving to Australia. That’s according to the Hollywood Reporter in a piece on how celebrities will react to the election. Ali Wentworth is an actress, notable for appearing on Seinfeld.
After ignoring the bombshell news that the FBI is conducting an active investigation into the Clinton Foundation, Good Morning America on Friday finally noticed the story. But only for 40 seconds and only to dismiss it as “inaccurate and “unsubstantiated.” CBS This Morning’s Major Garrett followed up by chiding “unconfirmed speculation.”