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
December 15, 2016, 5:02 PM EST

Rampant speculation abounded on Thursday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Charlie Rose on Thursday channeled Watergate with a question about Russian hacking.  Talking to John Heilemann of Bloomberg Politics, Rose wondered, “What did Donald [Trump] know and when did he know it?” This, of course, was meant to echo Senator Howard Baker’s 1973 question during the Watergate hearings: “What did the President know and when did he know it?” 

December 15, 2016, 11:09 AM EST

The New York Times on Thursday attempted to soothe liberal readers about the upcoming film Patriot’s Day, a recounting of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Despite the movie's title, writer Cara Buckley assured left-leaning voters that they can still see it. Though she allowed, “We are living in times when the very definition of ‘patriot’ is deeply contested and fraught, when the word alone often causes liberal neck hair to stand on end.” 

December 14, 2016, 12:55 PM EST

As Aleppo descends into chaos and death, the journalists at NBC and ABC on Wednesday avoided singling out Barack Obama’s foreign policy. Instead, NBC focused on the present and said America is “powerless” to do anything.  It was only CBS This Morning that hosted a discussion on culpability of Barack Obama’s inaction. Talking to Republican strategist Dan Senor, co-host Charlie Rose wondered if the Syrian crisis should be connected to “Barack Obama and the administration that has been in power and had an opportunity to do something.”

December 13, 2016, 2:27 PM EST

The hosts at CBS This morning on Tuesday brought on a fawning, pro-Barack Obama journalist to cement the legacy of the President. Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates identified racism as a key reason for Republican resistance to Obama. 

December 12, 2016, 5:24 PM EST

According to a columnist at USA Today on Monday, the battle over fake news shows that liberals think “the electorate is divided between smarts and stupids.” Michael Wolff offered a look at how both sides view the phenomena of deliberately false stories. After noting that Buzzfeed argued that “conservatives were more receptive to fake news than liberals,” he explained, “ This, of course, largely confirmed the basic liberal view that the electorate is divided between smarts and stupids.” 

December 12, 2016, 3:27 PM EST

In the same December 19 Time issue that declared Donald Trump an “outlandish” “demagogue,” columnist Joe Klein seriously praised Barack Obama for having “absolutely no hint of scandal” during his eight years as President. In a fawning article titled “Amazing Grace,” the journalist ignored the IRS targeting of conservatives, the terrible conditions at Barack Obama’s Veterans Affairs, Benghazi, Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal while his Secretary of State, to name a few scandals. 

December 12, 2016, 12:34 PM EST

All three morning newscasts on Monday speculated about issues in confirming potential Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson, but only CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose put the question directly to incoming Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Rose prompted the partisan Democrat on the possible high profile pick by Donald Trump: “If Rex Tillerson is the nominee for the Secretary of State, will he have a problem being confirmed in the United States Senate?”

December 10, 2016, 2:30 PM EST

Even liberal film critics aren’t raving about the pro-gun control film Miss Sloane. Jessica Chastain stars as a lobbyist pushing for anti-Second Amendment legislation. But the movie only has a 67 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

December 9, 2016, 12:17 PM EST

As Donald Trump announced another cabinet pick, all three networks on Friday touted liberal talking points on Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder. But it was Today journalist Peter Alexander who chided the Carl’s Jr. CEO for his company’s racy ads. NBC is the same network that devoted an entire week to promoting the graphic, sex-drenched movie Fifty Shades of Grey.

December 8, 2016, 12:53 PM EST

New Day co-anchor Chris Cuomo on Thursday continued the media freak out over Donald Trump picking a climate change doubter to run the Environmental Protection Agency. He even outrageously compared those with similar beliefs to past opposition of interracial marriage. 

December 7, 2016, 3:26 PM EST

Just hours after President-elect Donald Trump picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run the Environmental Protection Agency, the New York Times on Wednesday quickly expressed concern. The online headline fretted, “Donald Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry, to Lead E.P.A.” 

December 7, 2016, 11:43 AM EST

What a difference a Person of the Year can make. In 2008, Time journalists hailed their choice, Barack Obama, as an "Obi-Wan Kenobi" Jedi and cheered, “Why History Can’t Wait.” In contrast, 2016 Person of the Year Donald Trump is an “outlandish” “demagogue.” The Obama cover featured the now cliched hope poster. Trump’s image read, “President of the Divided States of America.” 

December 6, 2016, 4:11 PM EST

Comedian Conan O’Brien went there. He highlighted an awkward moment at Fidel Castro’s funeral, something that the network morning newscasts on Monday wouldn’t touch: The Jeep carrying the dictator’s ashes broke down on Sunday, prompting soldiers to push the vehicle down the procession route. ABC, CBS and NBC skipped that moment. 

December 6, 2016, 1:13 PM EST

CBS This Morning’s Gayle King on Tuesday labeled Donald Trump a “climate change denier,” using the loaded term in a story on Al Gore visiting with the President-elect. All three networks promoted the global warming activist’s meeting, but it was co-host King who lectured, “President-elect Trump is on the record as a climate change denier. But a meeting with former Vice President Al Gore suggests that he's thinking about the issue.” 

December 5, 2016, 12:53 PM EST

NBC’s Nightly News on Sunday offered the most gushing coverage of Fidel Castro’s funeral, mourning the “tears of sorrow and cries of patriotism.” Reporter Morgan Radford referred to Castro as a man with a “complicated legacy.” Yet, she never explained what that meant or mentioned the dictator’s decades of oppression and violence. Instead, Radford got caught up in the drama of the funeral, recounting, “Tears of sorrow and cries of patriotism."

December 3, 2016, 2:10 PM EST

Turns out, conservatism can win big anywhere. Tuesday night’s edition of the game show Jeopardy! included a category called “leaning right.” Contestant Dan Chafetz took four out of the five questions. The $400 query involved an international conservative favorite: “In 1904 this future British P.M. left the conservatives & joined the liberals, in 1924 he switched back.” (Answer: Winston Churchill.) 

December 2, 2016, 12:50 PM EST

CBS This Morning on Friday promoted a push by members of the Rockefeller family and others to attack ExxonMobil over climate change. Left out of the report? Any mention of the partisan Democrat and avowed liberal ties to the effort. Regarding claims that the company underplayed the threat of global warming, reporter Don Dahler talked to David Kaiser, the grandson of David Rockefeller. 

December 1, 2016, 12:03 PM EST

The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday were very concerned about the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, but not so much about the threat they pose. Instead, reporter Margaret Brennan reported live from Cuba and let the world know that the men saw the election of Donald Trump as “the end of the world.” As a network graphic fretted over the “forever prisoners,” Brennan worried, “Donald Trump's campaign pledge to stop this prison from closing has left the fate of many prisoners in limbo.” 

November 30, 2016, 12:35 PM EST

The New York Times on Wednesday tried to calm panicky readers fearing Trump-induced global warming destruction. This was the actual headline on the front page of the business section: “Earth Isn’t Doomed Yet. The Climate Could Survive Trump.” 

November 29, 2016, 4:33 PM EST

ABC’s Nightline, a program that has covered such non-stories as “bootleg butt injections” and “cat poo coffee,” actually complained about “fake news” websites. Co-anchor Juju Chang on Monday huffed that “established media outlets are built on accuracy” as she wondered if scam websites resulted in Hillary Clinton losing.