During Thursday’s Republican debate, Fox News allowed a Bernie Sanders supporter to grill GOP candidates on anti-Islamic “hate” within the United States. In the YouTube portion of the debate, Nabela Noor, a fashion blogger, complained, “In 2015, the number of hate crimes against Muslims in the U.S. has tripled and on social media.”
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.
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.
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Liberal actress Natalie Portman on Wednesday rhapsodized over left-wing Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, calling the judge an “inspiring” “hero.” Portman will play Ginsburg in an upcoming film. Appearing on Good Morning America, Portman gushed, “Well, she's, I think, a hero to so many of us....It's extremely inspiring and intimidating because she's such an incredible woman and she has done so much.”
George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday hit Donald Trump from the right, pressing the candidate on his long history of supporting abortion and on flip-flopping positions. Yet, when the Good Morning America co-host interviewed Hillary Clinton on January 13, he did not push the Democrat on her flip-flops
ABC on Tuesday deliberately avoided a young questioner who challenged Hillary Clinton as “dishonest.” Instead, Good Morning America reporter Cecilia Vega only played the Democrat’s response in which she touted her desire to help people. NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both played clips of the “uncomfortable" question, but they also made sure to promote her non-answer.
Talk about your wacky analysis. The women of The View on Monday weighed in on Michael Bloomberg’s potential third party run for the White House and deemed the former New York Mayor a “fiscal conservative.” This is the same Bloomberg behind the soda tax, the man who endorsed Obama for president and ObamaCare.
CBS This Morning journalists on Monday uncritically promoted Bernie Sanders’s plan to make college “free” and that his contention that such an idea isn’t “radical.” The segment allowed no contrasting voices. Instead, co-host Norah O’Donnell hyped, “In Iowa, Sunday, he highlighted his plan to lower student loan interest rates and make public colleges tuition free.”
Given CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s long history of liberal spin, viewers of Monday’s town hall forum with the Democratic candidates shouldn’t have high hopes. After all, this is the same man who admitted that reporters “encouraged” socialist Bernie Sanders to enter the race. Cuomo, the brother of New York’s current Democratic governor and the son of another Democratic governor, has also acted as a journalistic shield for Hillary Clinton.
This week, as President Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, PBS's panel oozes over his "keen, analytical intelligence," with historian Doris Kearns Goodwin saying Obama's speech "reminded me of George Washington's Farewell Address." Meanwhile, PBS's Tavis Smiley slams GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as a "racial arsonist," CNN's Erin Burnett thinks today's Republicans are so extreme they "would hate" Ronald Reagan, and MSNBC's Chris Matthews slams conservative radio host Mark Levin as "one of the most distasteful human beings out there."
Joy Behar, who has previously said she is “aroused” by the “hot” Bernie Sanders, on Friday advised the self-admitted socialist to stop calling himself a socialist. During a discussion of the Democratic primary on The View, Behar complained, “He calls himself a socialist. He’s just a liberal. He’s a liberal. He's as liberal as Obama.” (Whether that said more about Sanders or Obama, Behar didn’t explain.)
Despite a four hour-run time, NBC’s Today on Wednesday skipped a dire new poll showing Bernie Slanders crushing Hillary Clinton by 27 points in New Hampshire. ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, in contrast, both covered the surprising development. GMA co-host Amy Robach marveled at “the stunning new poll showing her free-falling in New Hampshire.”
Liberal MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow and liberal Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne on Monday delighted in mocking the affinity conservatives have for Ronald Reagan, dismissing his record as “fake.” Promoting Dionne’s new book, Maddow introduced, “Ronald Reagan's real record has been submarined and all of his faults and compromises have been ascribed to other people and not to him.”
Good Morning America’s journalists on Tuesday couldn’t help but push far-left politics into the story of Flint, Michigan’s contaminated water supply. While talking about the emergency situation and the protests against Republican Governor Rick Snyder, reporter Alex Perez casually mentioned, “And one of the city's most famed sons, filmmaker Michael Moore, calling for the governor of Michigan to be arrested.”
The journalists at Good Morning America on Monday worried that 13 Hours, the new Benghazi movie, is a “political hot potato.” Reporter Juju Chang trumpeted that the “untold version of events in Benghazi [is] also sparking fresh controversy.” Talking to Michael Bay, who she introduced as “known for killer Transformers,” the journalist fretted that it has "turned into a political hot potato."
Sunday night’s Democratic debate, finally on a night when many Americans are actually home to watch it, featured NBC journalists pushing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley from the left. While the two hour program did feature some questions from the right, there were none of the personally insulting attacks seen at CNBC’s Republican debate. Here are top four worst examples.
The socialist co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream has an idea to name a flavor after his favorite socialist presidential candidate. According to Boston.com, it’s called Bernie’s Yearning. The website quoted founder Ben Cohen: “When you open up the pint, there’s this big disc of chocolate covering the entire top, and below it is just plain mint ice cream.”
The journalists at ABC’s Nightline, Thursday, chided Republicans as uncivilized, bemoaning “insults” and the fact that “manners took a back seat” at the Republican debate. Correspondent David Wright used some bizarre entertainment comparisons for the evolving GOP race, saying, “Like the lead-up to a rose ceremony on The Bachelor....Now it's more like The Hunger Games.”
The journalists at Good Morning America on Friday joked about just how white the Academy Award nominations are. According to Chris Connelly, they are less diverse than the Republican presidential field. A sarcastic Connelly quipped, “Just saying, the seven-person lineup for last night's A-list Republican candidates debate was more diverse than the Academy Award 20 acting nominations. None of which went to a person of color for the second year in a row.”
Despite dramatic video of U.S. sailors with guns near their heads, the journalists at NBC and ABC failed to question the incident's handling by the Obama administration. Only CBS This Morning’s David Martin contrasted, “Although administration officials publicly described it as a rescue at sea, video released by Iran made it look like the American sailors had been captured.”
ABC’s Terry Moran has not lost his love for Barack Obama. The Nightline correspondent, who once compared the President to George Washington, on Tuesday got nostalgic for the early days of Obama, reminiscing, “I first met the then-Senator Obama in Cleveland all of the way back in 2006. Back then, they were naming babies after him in Iowa.”
CBS This Morning co-hosts on Wednesday scored an interview with Hillary Clinton. Yet, Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell failed to ask any questions about Hillary’s e-mail scandal or Bill Clinton’s numerous sex scandals. Instead, King, who is a Democratic donor, worried, “Madam Secretary, the latest poll numbers have your supporters a little worried tonight. They show that Bernie Sanders is surging just seven points behind you now.”