Despite a combined six hours of air time, ABC and NBC on Friday morning skipped the latest release of Hillary Clinton e-mails, 66 of which contained classified messages. According to Fox News, “In one email, Clinton even seemed to coach a top adviser on how to send secure information outside secure channels.” Good Morning America devoted five minutes and 52 seconds to the upcoming Powerball drawing. NBC’s Today offered five and a half minutes to the lottery, but nothing on Clinton.
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org.
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.
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The journalists at Good Morning America once again touted the dire consequences of climate change. On Thursday, co-host Lara Spencer featured an emotional child worried that global warming would keep polar bears from eating. Spencer talked to Bernadette Woods Placky of the website climate central and hyperventilated: “Is this the kind of thing that people who live on the coastline should be panicking and moving inland?”
In 2011 and 2012, the journalists at Good Morning America railed against birther claims relating to Barack Obama, assailing the conspiracy theory as “bizarre” and “nonsense.” Yet, the same program lacked outrage on Thursday as Donald Trump promotes a form of birtherism against Ted Cruz.
According to Nightline co-anchor Byron Pitts, Barack Obama is “America’s parent-in-chief” when it comes to guns. The ABC journalist on Tuesday night hyped the President’s White House speech: “Camera clicks the only sound in the White House east room as the normally stoic President Obama openly wept and paused to compose himself.”
Former Clinton donor George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday grilled the only serious opponent to the Democratic frontrunner. The Good Morning America co-host, who worked in the White House of Bill Clinton, peppered Bernie Sanders. He wondered, “How about this argument from Hillary Clinton yesterday? Clearly believes that she can make the pitch she's far more electable than you are.”
The View’s Joy Behar on Tuesday insisted that, regardless of whether Bill Clinton raped a woman or Ted Kennedy drowned someone, she would vote for these liberal politicians. Behar and her fellow co-hosts were discussing how Clinton’s past would impact his wife in 2016. She justified, “Republicans have voted against the Violence Against Women Act. Now, that to me, is more important than anything that Bill Clinton did or didn't do because it's what she's going to vote for.”
ABC and NBC, Tuesday, offered one-sided spin on Barack Obama’s executive actions on gun control. Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts insisted that the President is enacting these restrictions without the “help” of Congress. Only CBS This Morning featured objections from Republican presidential candidates.
Liberal actress Susan Sarandon appeared on The View, Monday, to lecture “xenophobic” Americans on letting Syrian refugees into the country. The movie star, who has just returned from a trip to Greece where she talked to fleeing Syrians, also incorrectly claimed that terrorists have not come into America disguised as refugees.
The network morning shows on Monday hyped Hillary Clinton’s dismissal of Donald Trump’s attacks, instead promoting the “popular” Bill Clinton. On Good Morning America, Cecilia Vega enthused, “Bill Clinton has enormously high popularity numbers. But even with all of these attacks coming from Trump, her campaign and Hillary Clinton herself calls him their secret weapon.”
The View’s Whoopi Goldberg went on a rant, Thursday, as she reported the news that a majority of Americans oppose a new ban on so-called assault weapons. Referencing Donald Trump, she lobbied, “Because it seems to me, you know, you want to ban people, you want to ban a people from coming. You want to build a wall? How about an assault weapon wall? Let's build a wall about that!”
Lord of the Rings and X-Men star Ian McKellen on Wednesday asserted that Islamic terrorists have a “legitimate complaint” about the west. Appearing on Larry King Now, the actor discussed the “dreadful” murder of 130 people in Paris. McKellen equivocated, “I’m sure the legitimate complaint that your country and my country have meddled in their affairs is a fair one.”
All three network morning shows on Thursday covered the breaking news that Defense Secretary Ash Carter used private e-mails for government work. But only ABC deemed it an “embarrassment” for Barack Obama himself. Good Morning America’s Mary Bruce asserted, “This is no question this is an embarrassment for the White House and will likely draw attacks from Republicans who say the administration isn't doing enough to safeguard sensitive information.”
A conservative-hating, liberal comic has been chosen for the 2016 White House Correspondents Dinner. This time, it’s Nightly Show anchor Larry Wilmore. Scheduled for April 30, the dinner will likely contain many of the slimy attacks the comedian is known for. On November 30, Wilmore blamed the Planned Parenthood shooting on Fox News.
During a live, post-debate edition of Hardball on Tuesday night, Chris Matthews declared Hillary Clinton the likely winner in 2016 and immediately moved on to 2020. Matthews, who famously had a “thrill" up his leg for Barack Obama, ended a segment on the current Vegas odds by declaring, “I think Hillary is favored. I think she'll probably win the general. Probably. Probably.”
During Tuesday’s debate, CNN featured a question suggesting that Republicans are biblical hypocrites when it comes to the issue of immigration. Co-moderator Wolf Blitzer played a video question from a woman named Carla Hernandez. She suggested, “I'm from the University of Texas at Austin and my question is directed to all the candidates. If the Bible clearly states that we need to embrace those in need and not fear, how can we justify not accepting refugees?”
In a bizarre exchange, co-debate moderator Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday night pressed Ben Carson as to whether he was “tough” enough to kill thousands of children. Hewitt lectured, “We're talking about ruthless things tonight. Carpet bombing, toughness, war. And people wonder, could you do that?”
The Washington Post on Tuesday hailed the new “social conscience” of shock jock Howard Stern. This, of course, means the radio star has become more outspokenly liberal. In a story by Libby Copeland, the journalist charted Stern’s changes over the last 20 years.
The liberal, pro-gun control governor of Connecticut came under very little scrutiny, Friday, in an interview for CBS This Morning. Daniel Malloy has signed an executive order that would ban anyone on the federal no-fly watch list from purchasing a gun in his state. Instead of offering constitutional or due process questions, co-host Charlie Rose touted, “Connecticut's governor vows this morning to do what the U.S. Senate would not when it comes to gun control.”
Disgraced ex-CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather appeared on Wednesday’s Rachel Maddow Show to attack Donald Trump. In the process, the journalist smeared conservative icon Barry Goldwater. Asked about Trump’s policy of banning all Muslims from America, Rather excoriated, “[Trump’s] related to the candidacy of the late George Wallace. Barry Goldwater, if you will. Huey Long. He’s in that line.”
Former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos on Thursday interviewed Marco Rubio and demanded the Republican listen to a clip of Hillary Clinton sneering that all the GOP contenders are as bad as Donald Trump. Following a comment by the senator on the importance of refocusing the debate on terrorism, the Good Morning America co-host pounced, “On that issue Secretary Clinton is making the argument the whole GOP field is cut from the same cloth. Watch this.”