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. 

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
March 4, 2012, 4:38 PM EST

According to Rachel Maddow, Republicans skip her MSNBC show because she is so insistent on being "unimpeachable in the facts." In a brief interview for the March 2 Entertainment Weekly, the liberal anchor huffed about her personal integrity.

Maddow insisted she'd "love" to host a Republican presidential debate, but cautioned, "[On my show] our responsibility is to be unimpeachable in the facts, and then to be honest about when we are giving our opinion."

March 2, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

The three network morning shows on Friday continued a left-wing attack on Rush Limbaugh, railing at the "ugly turn" the conservative radio host took when he "eviscerated" an activist college student who testified before Congress on birth control availability.

On NBC's Today, Matt Lauer lectured, "And an ugly turn in the battle over birth control. Rush Limbaugh has ruffled feathers with his choice words for a 23-year-old woman who supports insurance coverage for contraception." Reporter Kelly O'Donnell huffed, "Limbaugh, who called [Sandra] Fluke by the wrong first name, then called her some very ugly things." [See MP3 audio here. Video below.]

March 1, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews on Thursday connected Don Imus's firing in the wake of the "nappy-headed hos" remark to Rush Limbaugh, hinting that the conservative commentator could face similar problems for referring to "sluts" who "must be paid to have sex." (MSNBC, of course, is no stranger to contorversial comments. One anchor on the network recently compared Rick Santorum to mass murderer Joseph Stalin.)

Matthews played a clip of Limbaugh's comments, made after college student Sandra Fluke testified before Congress on the issue of birth control. The anchor linked the two radio hosts: "You know, this cost Don Imus a lot of career, you know? A lot of career,  this kind of talk. Calling people sluts, whores. This kind of stuff."  [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

March 1, 2012, 12:27 PM EST

The three networks have, thus far, skipped Tuesday's revelation by Energy Secretary Steven Chu that the "overall goal" of the Obama administration isn't to get gas prices down. This is despite the fact that ABC, NBC and CBS have previously focused on the rising gasoline prices in general.

Politico reported, Tuesday, "The Energy Department isn't working to lower gasoline prices directly, Secretary Steven Chu said Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker scolded him for his now-infamous 2008 comment that gas prices in the U.S. should be as high as in Europe."

February 29, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

According to MSNBC's Tamron Hall on Wednesday, a Catholic priest denying Communion to a lesbian in Maryland is an example of "the very reason so many young people are turned off or are cautious about religion when you see moments like this."

The News Nation program featured a one-sided take on the story, which was given front page play by the liberal Washington Post. Hall interviewed Barbara Johnson, the woman involved and then featured Michael Smerconish to criticize the Priest for only choosing to deny Communion to the gay woman: "What about someone who’s in the church who’s utilizing contraception, someone who is supportive of the death penalty, someone who is prone toward profanity or maybe even living in sin?"

February 29, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

MSNBC on Wednesday brought on Ed Schultz, a man who once decried Republicans as killers who profit off of "corpses," to lament the decreasing number of moderate, temperate voices in the U.S. Senate.

Host Chris Jansing mournfully discussed Senator Olympia Snowe's retirement and how there is "so much noise on the extremes." Schultz, who once trashed Laura Ingraham as a "right-wing slut," agreed. He said Americans need to focus on these questions: "What kind of candidate or challenger are the Republicans going put up against the [Democratic] opposition? Is it going to be somebody radical?" [See video below. See MP3 audio here.]

February 28, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

Former Newsweek senior editor Howard Fineman on Tuesday slammed Rick Santorum as regressive, sneering, "Well, I think Rick Santorum is posing a more fundamental challenge to the modern world."

Fineman made his mocking comment while talking to Hardball's Chris Matthews. The liberal anchor wondered who liberals should "fear" more, "Romney's elitist attitude towards the economy, where he looks at everything from the top, economically? Or Santorum's, sort of, gut sense that his religion should trump the Constitution if necessary?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 28, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

According to liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow, "Rick Santorum scares the bejesus out of people" and could never be elected President. The journalist appeared on MSNBC, Tuesday, to dismiss the idea that the Republican could appeal to independents, should he get the nomination.

Blow, who just last week made an ugly, anti-Mormon remark about Mitt Romney, did his best to portray Santorum as unable to broaden his appeal: "You cannot pivot from 'college is where Satan is having his biggest impact' and pivot that into an economic issue. That's just a fallacy. That's not going to happen."  [See video below. See MP3 audio here.]

February 27, 2012, 6:33 PM EST

Far-left comedian Bill Maher appeared on Monday's Hardball to smear Rick Santorum, inisisting that, unlike John F. Kennedy, the Republican is saying, "Yes, I will take my marching orders from the Pope!"

The smug comic delighted Matthews, who eagerly agreed, "Ha! Exactly! That's what he's saying!" Earlier in the show, the MSNBC anchor, yet again, slammed Santorum as a "theocrat." Matthews poured praised on Maher, touting, "You're the best. You're the funniest, smartest guy around." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 27, 2012, 3:46 PM EST

Good Morning America's David Kerley on Saturday parroted Democratic talking points, mocking Mitt Romney for "embarrassing missteps." Kerley openly wondered how the campaign could get things "so wrong."

The ABC correspondent played up the location of a  Romney speech, Friday, and harped on the Republican for saying he had a "couple" Cadillacs. Kerley complained, "So, what were they thinking?...For what was billed as a big speech, how did they get it so wrong? " He continued, "Romney in a cavernous football stadium, just 30 yards of chairs, some of them empty and the entire stands completely empty."

February 24, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

ABC's John Berman on Friday chided the Republican presidential candidates for not talking about jobs enough, lecturing the GOP field that social issues could harm their chances of winning the White House. Berman whined, "...The shift to the right in rhetoric could be hurting in the middle."

Regarding Romney's planned speech on tax cuts, Friday, Good Morning America's Berman condescended, " [Romney says [his plan] will help create jobs. Jobs. Remember that word? The candidates uttered the word jobs just four times in two hours in this week's debate." Of course, as Berman proved with video clips, it was the candidates– and not debate moderator John King– who brought up jobs.

February 24, 2012, 12:47 PM EST

ABC on Thursday and Friday hyped the idea, pushed by Nancy Pelosi, that oil speculators on Wall Street are to blame for high gas prices, citing a "top government watchdog." Of course, the network neglected to inform viewers that Bart Chilton, who is a commissioner on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, is an ex-Democratic staffer.

On Friday, Good Morning America's Josh Elliott described the options as blaming "tension in the Middle East or speculators on Wall Street for the skyrocketing prices." Not offered as a choice was Barack Obama. Now, when gas prices were high under Bush, there were more stories and the blame was directed at the Republican President.

February 23, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

Liberal MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir on Thursday declared it "incredible" that Republican candidates such as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would "blame the media." A few seconds after making the comment, the host smeared Santorum as having "third century Constantinople" views when it came to social policies.

Bashir mocked the GOP presidential candidates for their debate performances and insisted that Republican voters don't like them. He chided, "They don't seem to see the obvious signs of dissatisfaction. They don't hear the criticism. Instead they just blame the media." Bashir added, "It is incredible to hear the fab four complain about the media." A few seconds later, Bashir, part of the media, was hurling vicious insults at the Republicans. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 23, 2012, 12:14 PM EST

An unusually harsh Jake Tapper on Thursday lashed out at Rick Santorum, mocking the Republican's "horrible" debate performance. The ABC journalist appeared on Good Morning America and suggested that Santorum was so bad he should take himself to court.

Tapper piled on, deriding the former Pennsylvania senator: "You know when you meet somebody and you make a bad impression, you wish you could take it back? That's what Rick Santorum must be feeling like today...A horrible night for him." Although much of the reaction to Santorum's performance was mixed to negative, Tapper was over-the-top. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 22, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

According to Wednesday's Washington Times, the former Chairman of the Democratic National Committee is looking to purchase Philadelphia's two major newspapers, raising concerns of liberal bias. Paul Davies, the Philadelphia Inquirer's former deputy editorial page editor slammed the possible move, saying, "Essentially, the Inquirer will cease to exist as a legitimate newspaper."

Ex-DNC chair and former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, along with New Jersey Democratic operative George Norcross are attempting to buy the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com. Washington Times writer Dave Boyer asserted that critics worry this "would turn the papers into mere mouthpieces of the Democratic Party in a 2012 swing state."

February 22, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

According to Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos, an increase in unemployment from 7.8 percent to 8.3 percent is a recovery. The ABC co-host pressed Chris Christie to agree that, just as the Governor is proclaiming a New Jersey comeback, "...Can President Obama make the same claim about the United States?"

According to Stephanopoulos's talking points, "Across the country, unemployment has gone from about 10.2 percent to 8.3 percent...The United States is on a comeback?" Of course, the problem with this is that unemployment on January 20, 2009 was 7.8 percent. It's now 8.3. percent. An increase of .5 percent constitutes an American comeback? [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

February 21, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

The bizarre allegations continued on ABC's The View, Tuesday, with co-host Whoopi Goldberg comparing a new Tennessee bill restricting the teaching of gay issues to "slavery."

The liberal comedienne derided the legislation, which would stop schools from discussing homosexuality until high school. She linked, "What's funny is I remember in my youth that they referred to black folks kind of the same way, things you didn't want discussed." Goldberg berated, "...One of the things they didn't want to talk about was what the reality of slavery was, because why bring black folks up?" [MP3 audio here. See video below.]

February 21, 2012, 3:51 PM EST

Liberal MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews conceded on Monday night, "Liberals don't want to pay more" in taxes. "It's all a game," The Hardball host admitted this while appearing at Ford's Theater on Monday night to discuss presidential leadership.

The wide-ranging discussion included historians Harold Holzer and Michael Beschloss. Matthews wandered off the main topic of Lincoln and Kennedy. In a discussion of money and politics, he insisted that some liberals really don't want their taxes raised.

February 21, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday highlighted skyrocketing gas prices, sympathetically wondering "What, if anything, can the White House do about" them.

Stephanopoulos focused on Republican congressional response to gas prices, warning that the GOP is "talking about these high gas prices over this February break. This is something they think they can exploit." On April 25, 2011, the former Democratic operative turned journalist worried about the nation's "gas gripes."

February 20, 2012, 10:20 PM EST

Chris Matthews appeared at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C., Monday, for a President's Day panel and sneered that Catholics are attracting bigots. While talking about Richard Nixon, the so-called Southern Strategy and racism, the Hardball host berated, "If you're really anti-gay, you become a Catholic now."

At a question and answer session after the event, I confronted him about the quote and asked him if he wished to "expand or apologize."  He spat back, "I'm saying that some people who are bigoted against gay people have changed religions. Yes. You got it right." [MP3 audio here. See video below.]