Atlantic magazine editor Steve Clemons spun Hillary Clinton's use of a private, unsecured e-mail server as the natural, "defensive" reaction to being "under political assault" by people like Ken Starr. On Tuesday's Andrea Mitchell Reports, the MSNBC contributor exonerated: "We don't know exactly what the rational is, but there was a certain defensiveness that makes a lot of sense when you look back at how under assault the Clintons have been."
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 on Good Morning America allowed that "critics" see Hillary Clinton's e-mail controversy as a "national security scandal." However, Martha Raddatz and George Stephanopoulos didn't allow any of these unnamed "critics" on the show. Amy Robach promised, "Her critics calling it a national security scandal. What her e-mails are revealing about her work and family this morning." But even though a graphic noted, "critics calling it a national security scandal," none appeared on GMA.
Barack Obama bypassed Congress yet again, Sunday, but NBC and ABC barely noticed or offered much of an objection. The President unilaterally changed the name of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. Republicans swiftly objected, including Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Rob Portman, among others.
The journalists at MSNBC may have too much time on their hands. On Thursday, the network played a graphic of a Donald Trump speech with the "breaking news" about his hair. MSNBC blasted, "Breaking News: Trump Has Woman Pull Hair to Prove It's Real."
CNN anchors on Wednesday night hit two Republican presidential candidates on the subject of gun control, wondering if Tuesday's horrific shooting in Roanoke, Virginia has prompted them to rethink their positions. Talking to Ben Carson, Don Lemon demanded: "After you watch a crime like this, does it make you question at all the role of guns in our society?"
Both ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Thursday used the shooting death of two journalists in Roanoke, Virginia to highlight gun control. GMA co-host Robin Roberts talked to the boyfriend of slain reporter Alison Parker and lectured, "...When something like this happens, the conversation turns to gun control."
Fresh from his confrontation with Donald Trump on Tuesday night, activist reporter Jorge Ramos appeared on ABC and CBS to pitch the idea that it's the job of journalists to openly oppose the candidate's positions. On Good Morning America, Wednesday, he asked colleague George Stephanopoulos: "We have to denounce that he wants to deny citizenship to children being born here." He added, "They're citizens, just like [Trump's children], and it is impossible to build a 1900-mile wall... So that's the kind of questions that I was asking Mr. Trump."
According to a new Media Research Center report, the three networks are minimizing every Republican presidential candidate not named Donald Trump. In addition to ignoring policy proposals from Republicans such as Scott Walker, ABC, NBC and CBS are avoiding raising any questions about extremely harsh attacks. Congresswoman Gwen Moore of Wisconsin said this of Walker: "[Walker was] literally campaigning around the state, saying you don't want to be like Milwaukee, while at the same time really tightening the noose, literally, around African-Americans."
Sean Hannity is sick of Chris Matthews's "hypocritical" pandering on issues of race, calling out the Hardball anchor, Monday, for smearing Republicans even as he protects MSNBC colleagues. Unloading, Hannity attacked, "...If that hypocrite, that phony, Chris Matthews, is so concerned about race issues, he has a colleague at his own network."
Nightline on Friday delighted in the fall of "conservative" Josh Duggar. Co-anchor Juju Chang even brought on arch-liberal Amanda Marcotte to celebrate the "karma" of Duggar's infidelity. After noting that the reality TV star's "outspoken public moralizing so blatantly contradicts his now-very public private life," Chang highlighted that Duggar was "lobbying for the Family Research Council, an advocacy group promoting conservative Christian values."
The dad of an American hero who foiled a terrorist attack on a French train took to MSNBC to slam the "terrorist coward" as well as the "PC crowd" who won't stand up against evil. Talking to Tamron Hall, Monday, Emanuel Skarlatos, pronounced, "It's better to die like a lion that be slaughtered like sheep." He continued, "This terrorist coward deserved what he got, and the PC crowd needs to recognize terrorism for what it is."
ABC's Nightline, a program that can barely be bothered to cover the 2016 presidential election, on Wednesday night devoted over seven minutes to a hippie commune in Virginia where residents are given an allowance and children are raised by everyone. Touting this socialistic paradise, co-anchor Byron Pitts enthused, "the people you're about to meet are taking it pretty literally on a commune where they share child-rearing, housing, even their incomes."
From Sunday through Friday, ABC's Good Morning America allowed a scant three minutes and 49 seconds of coverage to the unfolding details of Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. That's despite an available 11 hours of air time during the week. In fact, the liberal morning show completely skipped the story on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Activist ABC journalist Tom Llamas on Friday took to his third straight program to rail using of the term "anchor baby." Llamas's confrontation with Donald Trump aired on Thursday's Good Morning America and World News. The reporter replayed it yet again on Friday. Llamas yelled, "Are you aware the term anchor baby, that an offensive term? People find that hurtful!" As though he were some sort of neutral third party observer, the correspondent covered the furor he helped create: "Now, both Trump and Bush are facing tough questions about the term anchor babies..."
Liberal Washington Post political reporter Ben Terris on Thursday offered a sneering article on Rick Perry, deriding the presidential candidate as a "zombie" "specimen." The story mocked Texas's longest-serving governor for having trouble raising money: "Due to a relatively recent political experiment known as super PACs, Perry’s zombie campaign lurches forward."
ABC on Thursday again skipped the latest details on the widening Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Yet, CBS This Morning offered full coverage on the "trouble" the Democrat's campaign is facing. NBC's Today skimped on the "political problem" and the evolving FBI investigation.
On Good Morning America, ABC reporter Tom Llamas decided that the term "anchor baby" is now offensive. The journalist yelled at Donald Trump, for a story that appeared Thursday, lecturing the candidate: "That's an offensive term! People find that hurtful."
Reacting to a new CNN poll finding Hillary Clinton's poll numbers slipping, New Day's Chris Cuomo admitted to journalistic boosting of Bernie Sanders. The anchor insisted, "We, and a lot in the media, were encouraging of Bernie Sanders getting in the race because the senator from Vermont does provoke a lot of passion from the left part of that party." Cuomo proclaimed: "We thought that that would be an interesting mix of ideas because, certainly, the Clintons are more known for the centrism that they present to the Democrats."
The increasingly vapid Nightline on Tuesday night actually covered the 2016 presidential race, but only because Donald Trump is feuding with a supermodel. This is just the show's second story on the election in the last month. Byron Pitts sarcastically opened the show: "Famously beautiful person Donald Trump says Heidi Klum at 42 is no longer a perfect ten." Sounding like a clickbait headline, he added, "The super model's hilarious response tonight as she joins the growing list of women insulted by the Republican presidential candidate front-runner."
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith appeared on Late Night, Monday, and told host Seth Meyers that no one knows who he voted for. The journalist insisted, "Well, I don't tell them. So, people don't know." Meyers blurted, "But people can't read it on your face?" The comedian added, "Let me try. Did you vote for Obama?" Smith replied, "No." After a pause, he quipped, "I might have lied." The Fox anchor then insisted, "If I got around to voting last time, I don't remember."