Scott Whitlock

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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.

Latest from Scott Whitlock

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.” 


Appearing on MSNBC, Friday, the liberal Ana Marie Cox sneered that the only reason the FBI has renewed its interest in Hillary Clinton is because the department is “largely male and largely white.” She also blasted Donald Trump as a "psychopathic bigot." Additionally, former Newsweek senior editor Howard Fineman dismissed James Comey’s actions recently as at least partly to “cover his rear politically.” 


The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Thursday brought on two experts to actually discuss the problems with ObamaCare and the spiking premiums. Yet, there prescriptions are typical of liberals in the media and in politics: More Obamacare. Doctor David Agus and author Steven Brill appeared to rebut the downside of the President’s health care law. 


Just coming right out and saying it, Los Angeles Times reporter Steven Borowiec on Wednesday tweeted that he would like to “see Donald Trump’s life end.” The journalist deleted the item after recieving considerable blowback on Twitter. 


ABC journalist Terry Moran on Wednesday was shocked as he discovered that some high school students support the Second Amendment and don't like the liberal media. Instead of reporting on the breaking news that the FBI has been conducting a “very high priority” investigation of the Clinton Foundation, the Nightline reporter traveled to a Pennsylvania high school, explaining that it's in a “predominantly white community.” Talking to the kids about the 2016 election, Moran appeared perplexed to hear about firearm ownership. "How many of you have a gun," he wondered, urging them to raise their hands. Moran continued, “My goodness. These are your own personal firearms? It's not mom's or dad's?” 


A Boston law firm has been secretly funneling money to top Democrats in an effort to influence the 2016 elections. Yet, ABC and NBC have, thus far, skipped the revelation. Only CBS This Morning on Wednesday covered the story. Co-host Gayle King explained, “Hillary Clinton's campaign is returning thousands of dollars in donations tied to what may be one of largest straw donors schemes ever uncovered.” 


CBS This Morning journalists can always count on John Heilemann for the liberal conventional wisdom. The Bloomberg Politics editor cheered on what one of the co-hosts referred to as Hillary Clinton “attacking the integrity” of the FBI director. Heilemann touted, “It's a Clinton classic. You're on offense, you're on defense. When you're thrown back on to defense, the best way to try to stench the bleeding is to just go back on attack.” 


CBS This Morning co-hosts brought on the liberal Alex Wagner, Tuesday, to explain the general “feeling” of mistrust people have for Hillary Clinton. Apparently, it’s due to the “centrism” of Bill Clinton and worry about a lack of progressive commitment from the current Democratic candidate. Atlantic magazine editor Wagner and the others eventually got around to scandal, but a lot of time was spent questioning Mrs. Clinton’s liberalism. 


Former Meet the Press anchor David Gregory appeared on CNN, Friday, to deride the FBI Director for his “unprecedented” move to reexamine Hillary Clinton’s e-mail controversy. According to Gregory, James Comey is “allowing himself to be interjected” into the presidential campaign. During the segment, host Wolf Blitzer also did not reveal to viewers that David Gregory’s wife, Beth Wilkinson, represented four of Clinton’s ex-State Department staffers in the FBI probe against the Democratic candidate. 


Violent rioters on Thursday burned a bridge, shot at police and threw bombs in order to stop the building of a pipeline in North Dakota. Yet, the journalists at CBS This Morning saw only “activists” and kept the focus on their plight. Reporter Barry Petersen interviewed four of the radical protesters, but just one representative attempting to stop the chaos. He also ignored the Molotov cocktails being hurled at law enforcement. 


Bloomberg Politics editor John Heilemann appeared on CBS This Morning, Thursday, to declare the evolving WikiLeaks scandal too “inside baseball” to really harm Hillary Clinton. The journalist, who also co-hosts The Circus on Showtime, inadvertently admitted that the reporters were influencing the election because in most of the country all Americans “hear is the national news about how terrible Donald Trump is.” 


Former Bill Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos grilled Donald Trump about his campaign against the wife of his old boss. The businessman brought up Stephanopoulos’s shady connections, including $75,000 in secret donations to the Clinton Foundation.      


The three network newscasts have not been interested in alerting Americans to just what Hillary Clinton has in mind for the Second Amendment. In a surprising twist, however, CBS This Morning on actually had a serious discussion about her plans and leaked audio of the Democrat on guns. 


Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank on Tuesday dismissed the idea of media bias against Donald Trump and, instead, called for even more of it. According to Milbank in his column, “press neutrality” on the businessman “legitimizes the illegitimate.”


According to CBS This Morning’s Nancy Cordes, Hillary Clinton is “calling on the sisterhood” in the final weeks of the presidential election. The journalist used the loaded language while co-host Norah O’Donnell hyped the Democrat’s attempts to “finish off her opponent.” 


The baffled journalists at CBS  finally discovered what should be a massive story: ObamaCare premiums will skyrocket in 2017 by 25 percent. Yet, after ignoring the story on Monday, CBS This Morning allowed a scant 88 seconds on Tuesday. This is despite the fact that co-host Norah O’Donnell called the development a “big story” and “really interesting.” NBC, which also initially skipped the report, managed to cover it on Tuesday.


Moving past a Hillary Clinton victory, ABC now sees a Democratic Senate “likely.” Reporter Jon Karl touted his conclusion, Monday, ignoring past media botches on predictions. Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos hyped, “Control of Congress at stake in this election. Both in GOP hands right now. Those majorities may be in jeopardy.”