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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Seeing no problems with it, CBS and NBC on Monday blithely touted Democratic obstructionism, promoting Chuck Schumer’s plans to block a new FBI director to replace James Comey. In comparison, these same networks (and others) routinely railed against Republican efforts to impede the agenda of Barack Obama.
Proving there is absolutely nothing journalists won’t savage Donald Trump over, the co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday called the President fat. In the wake of a snide Time magazine story claiming that he has two scoops of ice cream for dessert, Norah O’Donnell insisted that “everybody else just got one scoop of ice cream.”
If comparing the James Comey firing to Watergate isn’t enough, why not move on to the Kennedy assassination? That’s apparently the thinking of 80-year-old journalist Bob Schieffer on Friday. Appearing on CBS This Morning to bash Donald Trump as like “something out of a Godfather movie,” he first connected the President’s actions in the Russia investigation to the murder of JFK.
Republican Senator Rand Paul nailed the liberal spin coming from CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Thursday, hammering the hypocrisy on the firing of James Comey. After King, who is also a Democratic donor, questioned the way in which Comey was fired, Paul fired back: “I think if they summarily dismissed Comey earlier on without going through that process, you know all the left-wing media would have been up in arms with that too.”
Slate may win the award for most hyperbolic reaction to the firing of FBI Director James Comey. The liberal website slimed, “Trump Wanted a Public Execution.” Writer Phillip Carter, a professor at Georgetown University, repeated the accusation: “The president wanted this to be a public execution of the sort Voltaire described in Candide as something ‘to encourage the others.’"
The New York Times went into full apocalypse mode on Wednesday, declaring it “impossible” to believe that FBI Director James Comey was fired for any reason other than he was about to expose one of the “biggest political scandals" ever. Both on the front page and in an editorial, the Times essentially convicted Donald Trump for unspecified Russian crimes.
ABC and CBS on Wednesday went into full panic mode on Wednesday, seeing Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey as a crisis comparable to Richard Nixon during the darkest days of Watergate. With dramatic music, Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos parroted, "Now calls for a special prosecutor to take over the Russia investigation. Democrats compare this to Watergate.”
Treating him like a mythic figure, the New York Times magazine on Sunday devoted 3377 words to reminiscing about the “broad shoulders” and “icy blue gaze” of liberal anchor Keith Olbermann. Writer Greg Howard lamented that the cable host, who couldn’t hold jobs at ESPN, MSNBC or even the defunct Current network, isn’t on TV during the Trump years.
Though the networks on Tuesday were excited by the “dramatic” and “explosive” testimony of Sally Yates, only CBS This Morning bothered to show Ted Cruz hammering the ex-Justice Department official about the legality of Donald Trump’s travel ban. Co-host Norah O’Donnell described how the Republican called out Yates:
All three networks on Monday excitedly promoted the anti-Trump potential of the testimony of a woman the President fired. CBS This Morning predicted that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates would deliver “explosive” “bombshells” about possible connections to Russia. Reporters on NBC’s Today reassured viewers that the Democrat was totally reliable. ABC included a clip of liberal Senator Dianne Feinstein to make that point.
Ellen DeGeneres on Friday proved yet again that tolerance is a one way street for liberals. Appearing on the Today show, she told Matt Lauer that Donald Trump would not be invited on her show. Within seconds, the talk show host urged tolerance of ideas that may disagree with our own. Lauer failed to point out the galling hypocrisy in these two statements.
ABC and NBC on Thursday conveniently ignored the news that Barack Obama will be giving a $400,000 speech to Wall Street investors, the same people he decried as “fat cat bankers” in 2009. Only CBS This Morning covered the New York Times revelation — and only in an 18 second brief that avoided hypocrisy concerns.
The Washington Post in February introduced a self-important slogan timed for the Trump administration: “Democracy Dies in Darkness.” And what better way to stand up for the First Amendment than with an overpriced cotton t-shirt? The Post on Wednesday advertised a $25 t-shirt with the motto
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday highlighted the “pioneers” at the Time 100 “most influential people” party. Yet, the “icons” featured just happened to be the founders of the liberal Women’s March on Washington, as well as a Fox News accuser.
The Washington Post on Monday offered a glowing look at “icon” Bill Nye, celebrating his “movement” coming to fruition at this past weekend’s March for Science. Writer Caitlin Gibson sounded as though she was describing a rock star: “The moment he emerged onstage in a black jacket and red bow tie, the crowd noise hit near-deafening decibels. A sea of iPhones appeared, everyone stretching and jostling for the best possible photo angle. They cupped their hands to their mouths, screaming his name.”
Washington Free Beacon writer Stephen Gutwoski on Tuesday exposed the insanity of a New York Times op-ed complaining about all the guns in the National Rifle Association’s gun museum. Francis X Clines whined on Monday, “There are thousands of ingenious, gleaming rifles and handguns in displays about America's gun-rich history of colonialism, immigration, expansionism and vigilante justice.”
While ABC, CBS and NBC on Monday and Tuesday found time to celebrate the return of “easy-going,” rested Barack Obama to the public scene, none of them covered the release of a blockbuster expose that reveals the buried secrets of the ex-President’s Iran deal giveaway.
The journalists on CBS This Morning, Monday, goaded John Kasich to attack Donald Trump, lauding the moderate Republican governor. Democratic donor Gayle King, who vacations with Barack Obama, lobbed this softball: “You believe that historians will scratch their heads and look at this election as a tipping point. What will they see?”
The networks and cable channels on Sunday and Monday went into full panic over anti-immigration candidate Marine Le Pen advancing to the final round of France’s presidential elections. Some of the labels spewed by journalists include: “Far-right,” “xenophobic,” “racist.” But the one description that came, over and over, on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS and MSNBC, is “far-right,” “far-right,” “far-right,” “far-right” and, also, “far-right.”
New York Times journalist Glenn Thrush on Friday could barely restrain his contempt for the visit of three conservative celebrities, Sarah Palin, Kid Rock and Ted Nugent, to the White House on Wednesday. The reporter dismissed the two performers as “aging, gun-loving, stringy-haired” singers.