Washington Examiner’s ‘Mainstream Media Scream’ with the MRC’s Assessment

Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” selection in his “Washington Secrets” column. For each pick, usually posted online on Monday, I provide an explanation and recommend a “scream” rating (scale of one to five).

This post contains all the “Mainstream Media Screams” for 2015 and 2016. (“Mainstream Media Screams” for 2012-2014 are featured on MRC.org: For 2014; for June 17, 2013 through the end of 2013. And for January 31, 2012 through June 11, 2013, when the Washington Examiner was both online and a printed daily newspaper distributed around the Washington, DC area.)

Check Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” blog for the latest choice and his other Washington insider posts. Each week, this page will be updated with Bedard’s latest example of the worst bias of the week.

(For more of the worst liberal media bias, browse the MRC's Notable Quotables with an every other week compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media.)

 

■ New on July 18: Mainstream Scream: Matthews blames Trump for violence, ‘causes trouble’

I’ll add text and video here next week, but so the Washington Examiner gets the traffic for their post when it’s fresh, please read Paul Bedard’s post on their site where you can add a comment to share your assessment.

 

■ July 11: Media Scream: CNN talker says last time America was great was 2008

(Washington Examiner post)

The national discussion on race relations is front and center in this week's Mainstream Media Scream with a CNN commentator's suggestion that race relations have been paying a price for the election of Barack Obama.

CNN political commentator Angela Rye, former executive director of the Congressional Black Caucus, appeared on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS:

"The fact that his [Donald Trump] campaign slogan could be 'Make America Great Again,' and that pains me and people who look like me to no end. The fact that he could reference something like Operation Wetback, in a debate, where hundreds of our Mexican brothers and sisters were killed, slaughtered, and taken out of this country because someone didn't allow them to be here anymore is exactly the problem. The last time America was great to me, Fareed, was in 2008 when [Obama] was elected president, and ever since then, we've been paying the price for that."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "CNN isn't doing much to improve race relations when they showcase a commentator who views the country through a racial prism in which the U.S. was only great during the fleeting moment of electing a black president."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ July 5: Mainstream Scream: Whoopi slaps media for kicking Hillary’s ‘a— for 30 years’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the View's Whoopi Goldberg blasting the media for being unfair for Hillary Clinton, and kicking "her a— for 30 years."

"As you know, the media cannot not take credit for having pushed some of these things about Hillary. I understand why she doesn't want — why her people don't want her talking to folks. Because, whenever you get a Hillary Clinton story, there's always some twist with it," she said on the Wednesday show.

She added, "There's always some — something with it. And I think they just felt like, listen, you've kicked her ass for, you know, 30 years. And so, we don't — we're not going to just give you — I'm just telling you how I'm looking at it. As a person from the outside. I'm not a journalist. Never wanted to be. Don't care about it, okay. But, I do understand, keeping people away from journalists because now, because facts don't matter, people are going to write what they want."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick of the week: "'Not a journalist,' indeed, but she acts just like one on TV – living in a bubble where the media have been tough on Hillary Clinton and rationalizing the presumptive Democratic nominee's refusal to take questions from anyone but friendly reporters. The last time someone at ABC News interviewed Clinton, the night she declared victory after the California primary, World News Tonight anchor David Muir buttered her up: 'You told me in September that you still hear your mother's voice....What would she say to you as you walk on the stage tonight?'"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ June 27: Mainstream Scream: Bill Maher says Constitution ‘sucks,’ needs ‘re-write’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features liberal TV talker Bill Maher using the Brexit vote to call for a rewrite of the U.S. Constitution.

On his HBO show, Real Time, on Friday night he compared the lack of gun control votes in Congress to how the British government reacted to the Brexit vote.

"I saw David Cameron today. You know, I'm up at 2:00 in the morning when this all happens. So I watched his whole speech and it's like 'I lost the vote, I graciously leave office.' It's like their system works so beautifully. We can't even get a vote on something that 90 percent of Americans agree on and can't get a vote. Our system sucks. It really does. The Constitution needs a page one re-write."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "What a cry-baby. A publicity stunt by a bunch of liberals doesn't lead to a vote those gun control advocates would have lost and Maher's reaction is to say the American political system 'sucks' and the Constitution should be re-written because our political leaders aren't as gracious as the Prime Minister of the country we broke from 240 years ago? Not the most patriotic attitude ten days before Independence Day."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ June 20: Mainstream Scream: Joy Behar’s twisted ‘view’ of Trump, ISIS

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the View's Joy Behar suggesting that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's push to ban Muslims from entering the country makes him the "recruiter in chief" for ISIS.

Behar on ABC's The View, on Tuesday, June 14, reacting to the terrorist attack in Orlando:

"The thing about Trump though, is that he's the recruiter in chief. He is basically working with ISIS to kill us. They are working together. Just remember what I'm saying....Because every time you go after the Muslims and you talk about how they shouldn't come into the country and how they're all a bunch of whatevers, you are saying to ISIS, make another video to show people who are sympathetic to your cause, and don't think they haven't made many videos showing Donald Trump. He is a dangerous menace to the country....

"Do you think that because he is the recruiter in chief and by his words he's getting more people to go on the side of ISIS, that he could be considered treasonous? I mean, that is against the Constitution, that is against America. That's a treasonist act in my opinion."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "No better way to say it: She's gone nuts. Radical Islamists have been waging a terror war on the West for decades, yet she blames Trump for things he's been saying over the past year. If anything, her hateful and anti-free speech accusations, turning views with which she disagrees into a capital crime, makes her more of a 'dangerous menace to the country.'"

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ June 13: Mainstream Scream: NBC’s Brokaw says Orlando just about guns

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw on Sunday reacting to the Orlando terrorist attack by slapping the nation for becoming a "country where everything seems to get settled by a gun."

Brokaw said:

"I really think it's in the country's best interest, and especially the candidate's best interests, and take a beat here and engage in a thoughtful dialogue, a prayerful dialogue, if you will, about what we've come to in this country where everything seems to get settled by a gun for whatever reasons.

"We don't know whether this was ISIS motivated or was just one deranged individual. We don't know yet, and we deserve to know what the motivation may have been before we can engage in a debate that may lead us to some kind of a resolution of too many mass murders in this country, not just because of Islamic-inspired mass murders, but we have them all across America, now more than three people being killed at a time is designated a mass murder and between Santa Barbara [San Bernardino?] and now there have been clusters of them across America. That eventually has to be part of who we are and how we talk about it as a civilized people. That would be my hope, at least."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Brokaw said he desired a 'thoughtful dialogue,' yet just hours into the horror he followed the predictable for the media – and hardly thoughtful – path of seeing the incident as an issue of gun control instead of radical Islamic terrorism. As if a another gun regulation would stop a terrorist."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ June 6: Mainstream Scream: Chris Matthews says ‘good news’ Gingrich won’t be VP

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features our old friend, MSNBC host Chris Matthews, cheering liberal predictions that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich might have disqualified himself for vice president by criticizing Donald Trump's slam on a federal judge with an Hispanic name.

During MSNBC's Sunday night, June 5, coverage of the Puerto Rico primary, Chris Matthews reacted to Gingrich criticizing Trump over attacking Judge Gonzalo Curiel. Matthews saw an up side:

"Maybe the good news is it will knock Newt Gingrich off the chance to be Vice President, anyway. That would be good news for the American people."

(Gingrich called Trump's comments "completely unacceptable," "one of the worst mistakes Trump has made" and "inexcusable.")

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "The liberal media line has been that Trump's lack of basic political knowledge makes him unqualified to be president. No one is more knowledgeable than Gingrich about public policy and how Washington works, yet Matthews rejects him. So it's really all about keeping conservatives out of office."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ May 31: Mainstream Scream: ESPN Mag rips ‘9/11 heroes’ that sing Star-Spangled Banner at sport events

(Washington Examiner post)

ESPN, which dumped baseball analyst and former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling after his anti-transgender Facebook post, has now turned on police singing the National Anthem at sports events, slapping an "authoritarian shift at the ballpark."

In its upcoming June 6 magazine, columnist Howard Bryant went on a rant against police officers singing National Anthem before baseball games. "Why don't more athletes speak out on behalf of their communities? Perhaps more of them would if there wasn't a chilling force looming over them," said the article.

"Policing is clearly one of the most divisive issues in the country – except in the sports arena, where the post-9/11 hero narrative has been so deeply embedded within its game-day fabric that policing is seen as clean, heroic, uncomplicated. Following the marketing strategy of the military, police advocacy organizations have partnered with teams from all four major leagues to host 'Law Enforcement Appreciation' nights, or similar events," Bryant wrote.

He added: "Nobody seems to care much about this authoritarian shift at the ballpark, yet the media and the public are quick to demand accountability from players they consider insufficiently activist. They blame these black players for not speaking up on behalf of their communities, ignoring the smothering effect that staged patriotism and cops singing the national anthem in a time of Ferguson have on player expression. It's indirectly stifled, while the increasing police pageantry at games sends another clear message: The sentiments of the poor in Ferguson and Cleveland do not matter....While athletes are routinely criticized for 'not doing more,' it is conveniently ignored how deeply their employers have mobilized against the most powerless elements of their fan base."

The column follows the end of Schilling's work for the sports network and ESPN's removal of his heroic game in a special about the 2004 Red Sox.

Bryant in his column even slammed the practice of teams using military camo in his rap on law enforcement.

He wrote, "There is not just deceit in these practices but also an insulting distortion of history and images. The Chicago Blackhawks ostensibly honored Veterans Day with a camouflage jersey containing the Blackhawks' logo in the center, clearly uninterested in the colliding imagery — the systematic removal of native tribes occurred at the hands of the U.S. Army. Since 9/11, America has conflated the armed forces with first responders, creating a mishmash of anthem-singing cops and surprise homecomings in a time of Ferguson and militarized police.

Tensions continue to mount in aggrieved communities, yet the LA Dodgers pandered to police by holding Law Enforcement Appreciation Night in September."

His rant is our Mainstream Scream of the Week and wins five out of five screams.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Bryant perfectly reflects the continued decline and fall of ESPN into embarrassing political correctness, censoring Curt Schilling but providing a platform for far-left political pontificating, including the rants of the very angry and race-obsessed Bryant. It's doubtful many in ESPN's audience share Bryant's disgust of police officers singing the National Anthem."

 

■ May 16: Mainstream Scream: ‘Dumb & Dumber’ actor paints Trump a racist

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features actor Jeff Daniels praising the "great" free programs from Woodstock Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders and slapping Republican Donald Trump as a racist whose motto should be, "Make America White Again."

Daniels appeared on Bloomberg TV's With All Due Respect last week. The Dumb and Dumber star was trying to talk smart on the 2016 presidential race.

"Look at anything that Trump's done. It plays into hatred, it plays into what's the worst possible thing we can create and then fan that flame. That's why you've got racism and bigotry. The hat should say, 'Make America White Again.' That's what it should say. That's what it should say.

"And he knows that. He's playing to that. Whether he can take it all the way to November or not, you want to say no, but where has he tripped up yet? I look at the stats and hope to hell that everyone who does not want him to be President shows up and votes....

"I love Bernie. I love the ideas that he's got. To me, it's like somebody who went to Woodstock who now is running for President. And it's all those ideals, let's just make the world a great place and legalize this and free health care and free college and going for all of that. Great ideas. But, that thing called 'Congress,' you know, is a problem.

"And, I just, it's not just the President of the United States. It's the President of the world. Like Hillary or not, and I do, she's got international street cred and it's a dangerous world and I like that she's been around it several times, certainly as Secretary of State and her whole history and the fact that, like him or not, Bill Clinton is available as a sounding board, just internationally, I feel safer that way."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Daniels reflects Hollywood's political hypocrisy. They have a visceral disgust for those supporting Trump, denigrating them as ill-informed racists. Yet they are excited about Bernie Sanders and all his absurd promises of 'free' stuff which appeals to their base political instincts."

Rating: Four out of five screams

 

■ May 9 : Mainstream Scream: CBS’s Stahl says media doesn’t love Hillary

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CBS 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl questioning those who say the media is on the side of Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton.

On Fox's "MediaBuzz" Sunday, she maintained the media are not pro-Hillary Clinton, pushing back against host Howard Kurtz: "I've never bought that."

Howard Kurtz: "Many people think the media love Hillary Clinton, but she's had her own history of testy relations with journalists. Why is that?"

Lesley Stahl: "Who says the media loves Hillary?"

Kurtz: "There's a lot of people out there who think the liberal press wants Hillary Clinton to win."

Stahl: "Yeah, I've heard that, but I don't think — I've never bought that, you know. Having covered the White House through Democrat Jimmy Carter and Reagan following, I mean, Reagan got a much softer, easier press than Jimmy Carter did so, I mean, when people look behind what they're saying and feeling, they'll see that the evidence isn't there. I think that the press is much more biased against power, real power, than you know, against one party or the next."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Talk about living in a bubble. Who outside of the Manhattan-based media elite think the media have been anything but pro-Hillary Clinton since the day she emerged on the national stage, only grudgingly covering any bad news about her? And, between Clinton and Trump, is there any real doubt as to who journalists will favor?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ May 2 : Mainstream Scream: CNN pundit hurls ‘white guy’ slam at Trump

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN political commentator Sally Kohn claiming the only reason people are voting for Trump is because he's "a white guy."

Overlooking that Democrat Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich also suffer the same issue, Kohn slapped Trump on CNN's Thursday night "Upfront" after Trump said Hillary Clinton is playing the "woman card.""Look, people are only voting for Donald Trump, most of his supporters are only voting for him because he's a white guy. And frankly, if he were a woman or if he were, I don't know, let's pick – Latino, Muslim, any of the groups that he's stoked hatred amongst his supporters — if he were any of those, I don't think he'd be getting support either."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "How easy it must be to blame racism for support of a candidate you don't like. It lets you avoid any real thinking about why this particular white guy, one of many white candidates, has become so popular. Maybe it has something to do with this type of condescension which Kohn displayed."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ April 25: Mainstream Scream: Carl Bernstein blames public for media bias

(Washington Examiner post)

Washington Post and Time magazine veteran Carl Bernstein, now a CNN political commentator, knows who to blame for the lack of trust in the media: The public.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Bernstein bragging on "unbiased" mainstream outlets, like the Post, then blaming the public for going to other sources that reinforce their personal bias.

He spoke on CNN's on Sunday Reliable Sources show:

"I think we still have an awful lot of great reporting. You see it particularly in old mainstream news — the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal. This particular network, I think, although I've been very critical of some of the things we do in terms of devoting too much airtime to one candidate or another. I think that we are straight in terms of how we present the news and it's unbiased.

"I think there's a much bigger problem, and that is the people who are watching and reading us who are not looking for the best obtainable version of the truth who are not interested in unbiased reporting, rather who are looking for information to reinforce what they already believe, their political beliefs, their religious beliefs, their ideological beliefs.

"It's key to the success of Fox News that no longer do we have a culture interested in the best obtainable version of the truth that we once had in this country. So I think the problem is less the media than it is really a combination of media and our citizenry."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Bernstein defines the arrogant out of touch media. Never mind not understanding Trump's appeal, Bernstein has deluded himself into really believing the media are "unbiased" and news consumers just aren't smart enough to recognize they're the ones who are biased. But when he says the public "are looking for information to reinforce what they already believe," he could be describing the very journalistic approach which has led to distrust of the media."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ April 18: Mainstream Scream: Chuck Todd says GOP has ‘Death Wish’

(Washington Examiner post)

The Republican Party has been accused of a lot of things, but having a "death wish" has to be the most headline grabbing.

Appropriately, it was made by the mainstream media, this time NBC's Chuck Todd, host of Meet the Press, our winner for this week's Mainstream Media Scream.

It came when he plugged an upcoming segment on the April 17 Meet the Press:

"When we come back: The Republican Party has 31 governorships, the most Senators since 2005 and the most members of the House since the Hoover presidency. So why does it seem as though the party has a death wish when it comes to trying to win the White House?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Yes, both parties face challenges with their presidential candidates, yet Todd picked out Republicans as having a 'death wish' even though Democrats are picking from a far-left socialist and a candidate few trust who is under FBI investigation."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ April 11: Mainstream Scream: CNN's Toobin, Fox’s Rivera slap Cruz as ‘anti-semitic’

(Washington Examiner post)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign effort in New York got slapped around last Thursday on both CNN and Fox News for his comments about "New York values," a phrase news celebs on both cable networks said amounted to anti-semitism.

On CNN's Situation Room, Jeffrey Toobin said:

"I think the New York values thing is a big problem. I mean. Let's be honest, remember what Ted Cruz said, he said New York values are about money and they're about the media. That's an anti-Semitic trope from a hundred years. It's been around for a very long time. Everyone in New York, everyone in the whole country understands what he was saying...

"Cruz can try to explain it away, but you can't explain what you said when its meaning is obvious."

On Fox's O'Reilly Factor, Geraldo Rivera said:

"I don't think Cruz breaks 15 percentage points, Bill. I think that he's going to get routed in New York and deservedly so. Aside from the stinking, anti-Semitic implications that I see in that whole New York values, money and media coded message that he put out there pandering to those Iowa voters."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "A perfect illustration of how the left and journalists, but I repeat myself, try to shut down political speech by discrediting criticism of liberal policies or officials as racist, anti-Semitic – or some manner of a hostile phobia. Cruz's meaning was obviously not anti-Semitic to non-liberals living in New York."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ April 4: Mainstream Scream: View’s Collins hopes Cruz rumors true

(Washington Examiner post)

When it comes to the mainstream media's dislike of conservatives it was hard to find anything that beat out Michelle Collins of ABC's The View and her nasty comments about Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is angling to catch up to GOP presidential front runner Donald Trump.

Collins on March 28 was gossiping about unsubstantiated rumors Cruz had affairs with women, charges he, his campaign, and former aides dismissed immediately.

As a result, she is our featured Mainstream Media Scream of the week.

On the show, she said:

"I for one hope it is true because, not only would I like to see which five women would want to sleep with Ted Cruz, which would be fascinating, but also because I would like — no, I'm being real....It's something I like to call keeping it 100 on The View, like [inaudible]. But then more so than that, just to see and show what a hypocrite he would be, if it is true 'cause it's alleged. But you know, he's such a guy about family values and, you know, he lives by this kind of crazy moral code. So I love to watch people like that fall....

"The point is that if he did cheat, it would be quite satisfying… Someone like Ted Cruz I would like to see him fall, personally. He's not a good guy."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Hard to imagine a better illustration of the cultural left's disdain for conservatives and civic discourse: Ridiculing a moral code as 'crazy' and hoping for moral failure just to be able to succeed in making a political point about hypocrisy."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ March 28: Mainstream Scream: ABC ‘This Week’ guest hits Trump’s ‘unsagacity’ on foreign affairs

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Georgetown University professor and media regular Michael Eric Dyson hitting the "unsagacity" of Donald Trump's foreign policy editorial board interview with the Washington Post and referring to Hillary Clinton's "keen intelligence."

Dyson on ABC's This Week Sunday: "Look at the Washington Post interview, the vast reaches of unsagacity that are revealed there, versus Hillary Clinton, whose keen intelligence..."

Dyson added: "Let's talk about the record in this sense. The things that you named there – what Hillary Clinton has done as the Secretary of State is understood her role as an arbiter of an American will that is not artificially or arbitrarily imposed, but creates a kind of dialogue. What people find problematic about President Obama is that he will not carry a big stick. He will not have the bluster of a Donald Trump. It is intelligent diplomacy in the service of American ideals. And, ultimately, at the end of the day, what you didn't mention was the police brutality issues that are here in America–"

Mary Kissel, Wall Street Journal: "That's a different story–"

Dyson: "What you didn't mention – and this is what's at stake, too – what you didn't mention was the ability of Barack Obama to at least speak intelligently to the issues of domestic division that Donald Trump has now exploited to no end. And the Republican Party has to pay the tab for that."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "What an incoherent jumble of left-wing angst over the impending end of the Obama era and the possibility he'll be succeeded, not by Hillary Clinton, but by Donald Trump. Who else but Dyson would, in defending Clinton, go in one sentence from praising Obama's foreign policy to touting Obama's skill at addressing supposed policy brutality?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ March 21: Mainstream Scream: View’s Behar says ‘Transgenders for Cruz is like Jews for Hitler’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream detours into the news entertainment side and to "The View" and co-host Joy Behar.

On the show last week, she just couldn't accept that Caitlyn Jenner could like Sen. Ted Cruz, let alone be a Republican.

During the show, discussion prompted by Jenner telling the Advocate magazine in early March that "I like Cruz" and that she'd like to be a "trans ambassador to Ted Cruz," but then posting a tweet with a picture of herself with Hillary: #learningfrommygirls #willingtolisten

Said Behar, "But what would make her [Caitlyn Jenner] be a [Ted] Cruz fan? He's against everything the transgenders as a group stands for?" She added, "Transgenders for Cruz is like Jews for Hitler."

In the Advocate, Jenner said, "I like Ted Cruz. I think he's very conservative and a great constitutionalist and a very articulate man. I haven't endorsed him or anything like that. But I also think, he's an evangelical Christian, and probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues."

So her offer was to advise him on her issues. "Yes, trans ambassador to the president of the United States, so we can say, 'Ted, love what you're doing but here's what's going on.'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Classic example of excessive hyperbole exposing the prejudice of a media personality. So, since Ted Cruz is not an advocate for the specific rights and new laws transgender activists want imposed, that means he's planning a transgender Holocaust? Besides, I thought it was Trump who is the new Hitler according the media?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 14: Mainstream Scream: Chris Matthews calls the Obama ‘thrill’ the best since JFK

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC Hardball Host Chris Matthews reliving his thrill over Barack Obama, concluding that he's been the best on the Democratic side since John F Kennedy. Sorry Bill Clinton.

Speaking after the Thursday night MSNBC debate on CNN, Matthews recalled candidate Obama:

"I think Obama was so exciting. I think, you know, I was the 'thrill up the leg' and all that. I admit it I was overwhelmed by his speeches 'cause I'd go to all these rooms with 200 people in it and I'd never heard anybody speak like Obama. His presidency obviously couldn't live up to that level. It couldn't. It was so stellar, the excitement in those crowds. First African-American, young guy, incredibly educated and who could give a speech like nobody's been able to do since — well, certainly since, on the Democratic side, since Kennedy."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "How nice that Matthews found a chance to revive his classic 'thrill up my leg' comment from 2008, showing his flame still burns for Obama, his one true love in politics. He may advocate for Hillary this year, but without the over-the-top passion he brought eight years ago."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 7: Mainstream Media Scream: NYT’s Brooks says Heil Trump

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks on Meet the Press saying, "If we're going to get Trump, we might as well get the Nuremberg rallies to go with it."

HOST CHUCK TODD: By the way, there was something else that Donald Trump did yesterday that grabbed my eye, and, David, I just have to show it to you and I want to get you to react to it as well. Here it is.

DONALD TRUMP, in Orlando on Saturday: I've never done this before. Can I have a pledge, a swearing? Raise your right hand. 'I do solemnly swear that I no matter how I feel, no matter what the conditions if there's hurricanes or whatever,' that's good enough, 'will vote on or before the 12th for Donald J. Trump for president!' Thank you.

TODD: David, the visual, the hands go up, Trump asks for a pledge. I was flabbergasted.

DAVID BROOKS: If we're going to get Trump, we might as well get the Nuremberg rallies to go with it. No, the number one trait that associates or correlates with Trump's support is authoritarianism, a belief in authoritarian leadership style.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Brooks defines the very kind of media 'conservative' for whom Trump supporters have such disdain, and Brooks sure lived up to his reputation. Trump may not appeal to everyone, but it says more about Brooks than Trump that a ridiculous Hitler comparison so readily jumps to the front of Brooks' mind."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ February 29: Mainstream Scream: Bill Maher mocks Scalia’s death

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Bill Maher, on his HBO show "Real Time with Bill Maher" on Friday night, ridiculing the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and mocking his death.

"Something spooky happened exactly two weeks ago. I was talking – right at this hour right on this show, and we were talking about the fact that the Supreme Court had just scuttled the EPA's clean power plan, okay, and I said, 'How can anything get done in America when you have to run it by Antonin Scalia first?' Apparently, at that very hour, he died. He could have been watching this show thinking, 'I like Bill Maher so much. Ahhh!'"

Smiling, the liberal comedian fell backward in his chair as if he were Justice Scalia dying, inspiring laughter from the audience. After sitting up, he continued: "Okay, but, so, look, you're not supposed to speak ill of the dead, so let me not name call. But let me fact call because I have listened for two weeks about he was a brilliant jurist and he was a great intellectual. Excuse me, Antonin Scalia was put on Earth to remind poor people that the law is not your friend."

More: "You know where he was when he died, though?...an all-male [hunting club], yes, with some secret order of St. Hubertus where they wear green robes with big crosses on them, and then they murder birds that are released, not into the wild, like right in front of them. And he was actually too sick that day to do the hunting, but he was in the car because that's great too, to just be around people murdering birds. So to, you know, the idea that this brilliant mind stumbling in the woods like Dumbledore..."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "In the midst of journalistic condemnations of 'juvenile' behavior from Republicans at the latest presidential debate, along comes a liberal hero and big Obama donor to show how low politics can really go: marking the passing of a respected and influential jurist by using him as fodder for cheap insults and ridicule from a 'comedian' who can't dream of matching Antonin Scalia's intellect."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ February 22: Mainstream Scream: Roland Martin says GOP ‘Invited Evil In’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features TV One's Roland Martin on Sunday's "This Week" on ABC charging that the Republican Party, in wooing the Tea Party and now Donald Trump, "invited evil in and not evil is taking over."

He said: "This is their problem. They invited evil in and now evil is taking over, okay. 2009, the night of Obama's inauguration, 'we will stop him at every turn.' They loved the Tea Party anger. They took advantage of it in '10 and '12 and '14. They always said, 'we can control it. We can harness it.' Now, all of a sudden, Trump is taking advantage of it. He led the whole birther deal. The Republican establishment at some point has to say, 'you know what, we played with fire and now it's about to consume us.'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our scream of the week pick: "There's lots of evil in the world, but Martin, who in 2013 was named 'Journalist of the Year' by the National Association of Black Journalists, sees it so easily in conservatives who want constitutional government. If socialists take over the Democratic Party, will he see them as evil or just compassionate people who want to help others?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ February 15: Mainstream Scream: PBS frets Sanders ‘thwarting’ first woman president

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the recent Democratic presidential debate, with questioner Gwen Ifill of PBS asking Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders if he is "thwarting history" by potentially knocking off Hillary Rodham Clinton.

PBS's Gwen Ifill the Democratic debate on Thursday night, February 11:

"Senator, do you worry at all that you will be the instrument of thwarting history, as Senator Clinton keeps claiming that she might be the first woman president?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "I channeled her inner 'I am woman, hear me roar.' In this case less in inspiration than in distress, conveying the fear of women in the press corps that this interloper Sanders will ruin the script the media are laying out of Hillary making history."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ February 8: Mainstream Scream: NBC reporter says it’s ‘crazy’ women don’t like Hillary Clinton

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Chris Jansing, senior White House correspondent for NBC News, saying on MSNBC that it's "crazy" for young women to not support Hillary Clinton as the first female president.

It came Friday when she was discussing with host Tamron Hall comments from female University of New Hampshire students at a "watch party" for the Thursday night MSNBC Democratic debate. Jansing reported the students "overwhelmingly said Bernie Sanders won the night."

DAYTIME HOST TAMRON HALL: The big headline for me in the randomly selected group of people, the young women there did not care that Hillary Clinton could be the first woman president.

CHRIS JANSING: That's crazy to me. It really is.

HALL: In fact, several of them were offended when she brought the line up pointing to the fact, that, 'How can I be establishment, I'm a woman running for president.' I'm going to play a little of what they said.

FEMALE COLLEGE STUDENT: I also am a woman. I also face discrimination as being a woman. Her feminism does not represent my feminism. And I think that's really important to differentiate that.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Jansing reflects the worst inclination of journalists: identity politics. But, of course, it only works for liberals. Jansing doesn't expect women to automatically back Carly Fiorina."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ February 1, 2016: Mainstream Scream: Lester Holt concerned voters hurt Hillary’s feelings

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC News anchor telling Hillary Rodham Clinton that he "winced" when she was called dishonest by a young voter during the recent CNN Democratic presidential debate.

The interview came on Friday after the debate.

Lester Holt: "I want to ask you about a moment at the town hall the other day. A young man, a Bernie Sanders supporter, stood up and said young people don't trust you."

Taylor Gipple, at CNN's January 25 Democratic town hall: "I've heard from quite a few people my age that they think you're dishonest."

Holt: "And when he said that I winced. And I was wondering, you've obviously been in tough battles, political battles, but do you get your feelings hurt sometimes?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Pathetic. A year after the Brian Williams fiasco, his replacement embarrassed himself by treating Hillary Clinton as some kind of sympathetic victim. It's very difficult to tell any difference between the stridently left wing MSNBC and NBC News when NBC's star anchor is so in the tank for the candidate of whom MSNBC's star, Chris Matthews, declared: 'Personally and politically, I think she's great.'"

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ January 25, 2016: Mainstream Scream: Matthews slaps Mark Levin, ‘One of the Most Distasteful Human Beings’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC's Chris Matthews -- who else? -- sneering at top talk radio host Mark Levin over the conservative's positive comments about Sen. Ted Cruz.

It came during an exchange on his Hardball show January 18 with NBC News correspondent Katy Tur. During the exchange he also mispronounced Rush Limbaugh's name as "Lim-ba" and then "Lim-bo."

Host Chris Matthews: "There's something strange about Cruz. Has Trump got to him with this 'nasty' comment that now Rush Limbaugh is now defending him? Imagine having Rush Limbaugh saying, 'Oh, no. He's not nasty.' This is Rush Limbaugh as your character witness."

NBC News correspondent Katy Tur: "I think it's Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin are defending Ted Cruz."

Matthews: "Oh my God! Mark Levin is one of the most distasteful human beings out there."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the picks: "A classy as always Matthews, disparaging a conservative opinion leader with a personal insult – though I'm sure Levin has the same opinion of Matthews."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ January 18, 2016: Mainstream Media Scream: Chris Matthews slaps reporters for ‘taking Cruz's side’ on citizenship

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of favorites, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, taking a shot at "straight reporters" for backing up Sen. Ted Cruz's claim, backed by many Constitutionalists, that he is a U.S. citizen despite being born in Canada.

His comments came to Washington Post reporter Robert Costa, on MSNBC late Thursday night, Jan. 14, after the Republican debate:

Why are these straight reporters out there all taking Cruz's side on his right to run? Is it just they want a bigger number of candidates? I mean, because if you look at the Constitution and the normal original intent of the Republican side and the conservatives – I mean, for example, if Cruz were voting for who gets on the Supreme Court he'd be voting for only somebody, only someone who is a literal interpreter of the Constitution who literally would go by point, what did they mean by that back in the late 18th century? And what did they mean when they said 'natural born?' He wouldn't be talking about liberalizing it.

So why are they getting away with this two-faced Cruz attitude where I can be liberal in my attitude to the Constitution when it's convenient to me personally, politically. How do they get away with that?

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the picks: "Better question: How does Chris Matthews get away with seeing himself as a journalist capable of making impartial judgments? It's nice he has a sudden respect for a strict constructionist view of the Constitution. As he might say, how convenient for him."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ January 11, 2016: Mainstream Media Scream: Tavis Smiley calls Trump ‘religious and racial arsonist’

(Washington Examiner post)

There seems to be no end to the hate spewed by the mainstream media at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump. This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the late, from PBS host Tavis Smiley during his appearance Sunday on ABC's This Week.

He was talking about the Trump's comments about challenger Sen. Ted Cruz's birth in Canada.

"I'm happy to see Donald Trump go after Cruz on this issue because, to Donna's [Brazile] point, they did it so — there's nothing to it, but let me be clear, there is nothing to it but we're so aggressive going after President Obama on nothing to that either a few years ago, so I'm tickled by it.

"What troubles me though is that, that Trump is still, to my mind at least, an unrepentant, irascible religious and racial arsonist and so, when we talk about how Trump is rising in the polls, you can't do that absent the kind of campaign he's running, the issues that he's raising and for us to say donald Trump is rising in the polls and not connect that to the base message that he's putting out there, I think just misses the point."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Smiley is a perfect representative of the media elite: disdainful of Trump and Cruz, denouncing Trump with the ridiculous exaggeration that he's an 'irascible religious and racial arsonist' and then using Trump to impugn all Republicans. Likely a preview of campaign coverage whether or not Trump is the GOP nominee."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ January 4, 2016: Mainstream Media Scream: ABC covers for Hillary Clinton on ISIS-Trump

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features ABC's Good Morning America tossing Hillary Clinton a bone on her claim that Donald Trump's call for a freeze in Muslim immigration is helping ISIS recruiting -- before the group actually used his words in a video.

At the Democratic debate on Saturday, Dec. 19, Clinton declared ISIS was using Trump's words to recruit when it wasn't -- yet.

But over the weekend, when Trump did appear in a video from extremists, the show said, "Does this mean Hillary Clinton may have actually been right?"

From the Jan. 2 Good Morning America:

ANCHOR DAN HARRIS: Good morning, America. Breaking overnight: Donald Trump starring in a new terrorist recruitment video. So does this mean Hillary Clinton may have actually been right?

.....

REPORTER MARY BRUCE: This is the first known instance of extremists using Trump's language to attract followers, although not by ISIS as Hillary Clinton predicted.

HILLARY CLINTON (December 19 debate): He is becoming ISIS's best recruiter.

BRUCE: The Democratic front-runner ignited a war of words with Trump when she warned that his rhetoric would become recruiting fodder.

HILLARY: They are going to be people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the picks: "That didn't take long. Barely 31 hours into the election year and ABC News decided to mislead viewers in order to cover for a false statement by Hillary Clinton. It's doubtful any of the Republican candidates will get such a gift from ABC. Couldn't have started the year with a more vivid example of how the media serve and protect liberal Democrats."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ December 28: Mainstream Media Scream: Top media dopes and their wacky words of 2015

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a year-end summary of the the dopiest journalists and their statements of 2016 as pulled together by our Scream partner, the Media Research Center. (MRC’s Best of Notable Quotables year-end awards)

"The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year" were picked by a panel of 39 leading conservative media observers, including Washington Examiner columnist Cal Thomas.

The 2015 award for the dopiest quote was won by Dylan Matthews for a July 4 Vox.com post, which was presciently the Mainstream Media Scream winner in the July 13 Washington Examiner, in which he denounced the American Revolution as a "mistake" because, among other reasons, it has made government too small:

"American independence in 1776 was a monumental mistake....I'm reasonably confident a world in which the revolution never happened would be better than the one we live in now, for three main reasons: Slavery would've been abolished earlier, American Indians would've faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government....Government spending in parliamentary countries is about 5 percent of GDP higher."

The first runner-up, left-wing New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, who, in a December 29, 2014 interview, told Vox.com's Ezra Klein that no one could guess his political leanings: "As a Times columnist, I can't do endorsements, so you have no idea which party I favor in general elections."

The second runner-up was another Mainstream Media Scream pick from about a year ago when several CNN analysts, led by Sally Kohn, raised their arms in solidarity with the false "Hands up, don't shoot" narrative: "Right now, thousands of Americans are marching in New York and Washington and across the country, demanding a justice system that applies the same to everybody and honors our values. We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them."

Chris Matthews couldn't be left out and made the cut as the third runner-up for, after an Amtrak derailment in May, touting the joys of communist regimes sending railroads straight through neighborhoods while in the U.S. our trains have to make turns:

"We have a country where people can complain. In communist countries like China, they just draw a straight line, whether it goes through your house or not, it's a straight line. We have this Amtrak, I've been taking it for a half a century, it doesn't go in a straight line. In this case, it tried to make a turn and turned over, because there's so many turns on that route. How do you get rid of the turns?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the picks: "Another year of the silliest and most inane from national journalists seemingly unaware of how they are embarrassing themselves with such fatuous pronouncements."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ December 21: Mainstream Scream: NBC Bear Grylls: Obama has done more than ‘any single human’ to protect Earth

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a roaring approval from outdoor adventurist Bear Grylls who took President Obama into the Alaska wilderness for NBC.

"What you've done with your climate change plan is the most significant thing any single human being has ever done to protect planet," he gushed, easily winning our weekly award for the top liberal media scream.

It occurred Thursday on NBC and featured an hour of Grylls and Obama walking through the Alaska bush country for his show Running Wild With Bear Grylls.

Some of the quotes:

"What you've done with your climate change plan is the most significant thing any single human being has ever done to protect planet." Grylls ended the hour by praying "for him and for protection over the incredible stuff he's doing," declaring "I'm in awe of what you're doing to protect our planet."

…..

"I read somewhere that what you've done with your climate change plan is the most significant thing any single human being has ever done to protect planet. That's amazing because there are so many skeptics out there."

.....

"One of the things I really wanted to do was to be able to say a little prayer with him, and it's always awkward doing that. But, you know, here's a man who really has the weight of the world on his shoulders and everyone's always taking from him, and I just wanted, just for ten seconds, just to be able to pray for him and for protection over the incredible stuff he's doing. 'Lord, I thank you for the president's great strength of courage and character. Bless and protect his work and his family. Forgive us when we fall short, and help us to be strong in you. Amen.' You're amazing. Honestly, it's been such a privilege. As I said, I'm genuinely, I'm in awe of what you're doing to protect our planet."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Just when you thought figures in the media couldn't get any more sycophantic toward President Obama, NBC turns over an hour of prime time to a Brit in the midst of a bromance with Obama. Forgive me if I don't want to be forgiven for falling short of meeting Obama's ideals."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ December 14: Mainstream Scream: CNN’s Zakaria sees Hitler in Trump, ‘Heil, heil, heil!’

(Washington Examiner post)

It was just a matter of time before the Mainstream Media started to berate GOP frontrunner Donald Trump with the same kind of Trumpesque language they deplore.

The best example came Sunday from CNN's Fareed Zakaria, the Indian-born host of the cable network's top global affairs program, GPS.

During the show, Zakaria compared himself to German Jews criticizing Adolf Hitler during his commentary at the beginning of the show. And he showed video of Hitler receiving at least three "heils."

Zakaria:

"I think of myself first and foremost as an American. I'm proud of that identity because, as an immigrant, it came to me through deep conviction and hard work, not the accident of birth. I also think of myself as a husband, a father, a guy from India, a journalist, New Yorker, and on good days maybe an intellectual. But in today's political climate, I must embrace another identity. I'm a Muslim.

"Now, I'm not a practicing Muslim. The last time I was in a mosque, except as a tourist, was decades ago. I'm completely secular in my outlook. But, as I watch the way in which Republican candidates are dividing Americans, I realize that it's important to acknowledge the religion into which I was born. And yet that identity doesn't fully represent me or my views. I am appalled by Donald Trump's bigotry and demagoguery – not because I am a Muslim, but because I'm an American.

"In his diaries from the 1930s, Victor Klemperer describes how he, a secular, thoroughly assimilated German Jew, despised Hitler. But he tried to convince people that he did so as a German, that it was his German identity that made him see Nazism as a travesty.

[Shows clip of Adolf Hitler shouting "Heil!" repeatedly with audience members chanting "Heil!"]

"In the end, alas, he was seen solely as a Jew....

"In the end, America will reject this fear mongering and demagoguery as it has in the past. But we're going through an important test of political and moral character. I hope, decades from now, people will look back and ask, 'What did you do when Donald Trump proposed religious tests in America?'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Trump really knows how to set off journalists who, as perfectly exemplified by Zakaria, become unhinged by Trump's comments. Trump's policy prescriptions should be debated, but when reporters like Zakaria become so irrational in going right to Hitler analogies, they play into Trump's hand by illustrating media hostility to the concerns of so many in middle America."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ December 7: Mainstream Scream: Dan Rather lectures on gun control, ‘We do nothing?’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a one-time media regular, former CBS newsman Dan Rather, and his reaction to the shootings in California and terrorism.

He took to Facebook and Twitter last week to equate terrorism with gun violence, as many Democrats have in Washington.

"We are attacked by foreign terrorists and we go to war and spend trillions of dollars to defend ourselves. But we are terrorized daily by gun violence, and we do nothing? When will we, as a nation, finally decide to take action? What will it take?"

On Twitter:

We are attacked by foreign terrorists and spend trillions to defend ourselves. But we are terrorized daily by gun violence, and do nothing?

Also he joined anti-gun advocates in mocking those who offered prayer.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "How classy to seize on a tragedy to push your political agenda. I guess not much has changed for Rather since his days anchoring at CBS. In this instance, he looks pretty silly thinking more 'gun control' would inhibit jihadist terrorists. It worked so well in Paris."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ November 30: Mainstream Scream: Media mock Tim Tebow’s breakup over abstinence

(Washington Examiner post)

Tim Tebow can't get a break in the media.

The former college football star is now being ridiculed over the break up with his Miss Universe girlfriend, Olivia Culpo, over his abstinence until marriage stance.

It hit such a fever pitch over the weekend, that Fox & Friends Monday ran a roundup of the media mockery.

New York Daily News: "Tim Tebow still can't find the end zone"

CBS in Tampa: "Apparently an NFL job isn't the only thing Tim Tebow can't hold onto."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Some unoriginal and condescendingly journalists just can't miss an opportunity to ridicule someone who is devoutly religious and lives by a moral code. What did Tebow ever do to them?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ November 23: Mainstream Media Scream: NBC’s Chuck Todd scolds GOP ‘politics of fear’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd's slap of Republican presidential candidates for pushing the "politics of fear" and "Islamophobia" after the ISIS attacks in Paris.

On Sunday's show, Todd used clips of GOP candidates to tease a panel discussion. He said, "How will the ISIS threat and the politics of fear impact the 2016 campaign? Also, Syrian refugees and America, are there legitimate reasons to slow the process or is this just Islamophobia?"

And in another plug for the upcoming segment, he said, "The attacks in Paris have shifted the focus of the campaign, at least temporarily, from the economy to terrorism. And while President Obama's response to the Paris attacks was roundly criticized for being a bit tone deaf and dispassionate, the Republican presidential candidates have been playing on the politics of fear and in an extraordinary way."

GOP quotes followed:

Donald Trump: A database is okay. And a watchlist is okay. And surveillance is okay. If you don't mind, I want to be – I want to surveil! I want surveillance of these people that are coming in. I want surveillance of certain mosques, okay? If that's okay. I want surveillance. And you know what? We've had it before and we'll have it again.

Sen. Ted Cruz: Those planes that flew into the Twin Towers weren't piloted by a bunch of ticked off Presbyterians.

Ben Carson: If there's a rabid dog running around your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog, and you're probably going to push your children out of the way. Doesn't mean that you hate all dogs.

Todd wrapped it up this way, "The politics of fear can be effective politically, but when does tough rhetoric turn into Islamophobia?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Not even George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton operative, was as obsessed on Sunday as was Todd with trying to discredit the Republican reaction to the Paris terrorism. Accusing conservatives of using fear and hatred is a very old media song rarely, if ever, applied against liberals."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ November 16: Mainstream Media Scream: CBS’ Pelley mocks Speaker Ryan

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features new House Speaker Paul Ryan getting the treatment from CBS News Anchor Scott Pelley on 60 Minutes.

On Sunday's show, Pelley said to Ryan:

"On your first day as Speaker you said you were going to wipe the slate clean. And then in your very first news conference you said the president has, quote, 'Proven himself untrustworthy on immigration.' That's not wiping the slate clean, that's blowing chalk dust in the President's face."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "President Obama has a long record of, to use Obama's favorite term, 'unprecedented' actions which demonstrate his contempt for Congress. Yet to Pelley, it's a few words from Ryan which are worthy of censure."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ November 9: Mainstream Media Scream: CNN talker says ‘self-made’ is a myth, ‘the greatest lie’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a blast from the past, a reference to the 2012 fight sparked when President Obama said that, "If you've got a business — you didn't build that."

The latest version came Sunday from Marc Lamont Hill, a CNN commentator and distinguished professor of African-American Studies at Morehouse College, who suggested that stories of self-made men like Ben Carson are myths and lies.

On "CNN Newsroom With Poppy Harlow," he said:

"I mean, Ben Carson — the greatest lie in American history is the myth of the self-made person. Nobody makes themselves. We're all shaped by communities, by people who struggled and sacrificed for us, by governments that offer safety nets. And what Ben Carson is able to do essentially is reject all that stuff and say that I was saved ...

"Ben Carson is able to say, 'I was saved by Jesus and hard work.' That allows him to reject a safety net. That allows him to push back against the expansion of a welfare state. That allows him to resist tax cuts for the middle class and poor and tax hikes for the wealthy. It allows him to create an entire narrative and when people say, 'Hey, wait a minute, why are you doing this?' Ben Carson can say, 'Hey, because I did it myself,' and it makes white voters feel comfortable ..."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Hill echoed Barack Obama's, 'You didn't build that' mentality that individual success in America isn't possible without government. It explains the dependency mentality which Carson's story threatens, so liberals like Hill must discredit Carson's inspiring 'self-made man' narrative."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 26: Mainstream Media Scream: Hillary faced McCarthyism, says Carl Bernstein

(Washington Examiner post)

There were no lack of media voices praising Hillary Clinton's appearance last week before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, but former Washington Post Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein took it to another level when he shouted McCarthyism.

On CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 just minutes after the day-long hearing ended, Bernstein not only praised Clinton's "command," but slapped the GOP majority as "reckless and outrageous."

He also bounced over to another CNN show, CNN Tonight, to double down on the McCarthy charge.

On Anderson Cooper 360, he said:

"I thought we got a great look at who President Hillary Clinton would be, for the first time really, a kind of competence, the kind of command over the whole scene that she was being asked to testify under. She knew the issues. There was nuance about her positions. It was very impressive, given what she was up against and the other thing is I think you have to go back to Joe McCarthy, to the House Un-American Committee, to find a process as abusive in a congressional hearing as this one was....This was a reckless and outrageous hearing."

And he added on CNN Tonight an hour later:

"She did great, because she was up against a group of demagogues. You have to go back to Joe McCarthy to see this kind of demagoguery in a congressional hearing and what they did is they gave to give her a platform to show her what kind of President of the United States she would be."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Nobody is better than Bernstein in symbolizing how many in the Washington press corps are emotionally linked to Hillary as their candidate who must be protected at all cost. In this case, Bernstein was particularly disreputable in impugning the motives of anyone who dared to challenge her. What is he so afraid of?"

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ October 19: Mainstream Media Scream: Left loves Trump’s attack on Bush’s 9/11 record

(Washington Examiner post)

The left-wing media establishment has finally fallen in love with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, agreeing that former President George W. Bush, in office for eight months, blew the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features pundit Jonathan Alter on the MSNBC weekend show "Up With Steve Kornacki" crediting Trump for offering "great contributions" in the campaign when he barks at the Bushes.

Alter:

"This is one of Donald Trump's great contributions to this campaign, whatever else he's doing that we all object to. He is calling out the Bush people for Orwellian, deceptive, historically amnesiatic thinking, right? For Jeb Bush to say, 'My brother kept us safe,' is not true, you know. Facts are stubborn things, as other politicians have reminded us.

"Not only did it happen on his watch, but there was something called the Hart-Rudman Report -- Senators Hart and Rudman -- tried to get to the White House in early 2001 to say, 'We are about to get attacked.' They had been studying it for years. They couldn't even get in the door to meet with the national security advisor. These are two former United States senators. Then, over the summer of 2001, Bush at Crawford, Texas, gets a report -- 'Al-Qaeda Planning Attacks in the United States' -- they were warned. The idea that he kept us safe is not true.

"Now, just one other thing on this. That doesn't mean he was responsible for the attacks. so when the Republicans try to counterattack on this, they say, 'Oh, you're blaming Bush,' nobody is blaming Bush. They're just saying, 'Stop telling us he kept us safe when it's not true.'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "To the press corps, Donald Trump is a raving maniac – until he resurrects old left-wing thinking about blaming former President George W. Bush, in office for barely eight months at the time of the terrorist attacks, for 9/11. Then Trump is making a 'great contribution' to the campaign. For Alter, it's liberalism first, journalism second."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 12: Mainstream Media Scream: CNN rips Carson, lacks ‘sensitivity chip’

(Washington Examiner post)

If there's one person running for president who just dumbfounds the media, it's Dr. Ben Carson. He has stayed near the top of the political polls while taking positions and making statements that seem to shock the mainstream media.

The latest example is a CNN host's outrage over Carson's recent statement that the Holocaust could have been prevented if Jews had been armed.

On Monday's New Day, co-host Alisyn Camerota demanded, "Does Dr. Carson have any sense of how hurtful this is to American Jews who may have lost grandparents or great grandparents in the holocaust?" and read a statement critical of Carson from the Anti-Defamation League.

Her guest, Carson advisor Armstrong Williams, countered: "Anybody who's gotten to know Dr. Carson – not just during this presidential election cycle – knows that he is just not an offensive human being. That's just not who he is."

Camerota responded:

"Well, but at this point he has offended some American Muslims by suggesting that he could not support a Muslim president. He has offended at least one victim of the Oregon massacre who said that he does not -- he felt hurt by what Dr. Carson said about how had he been in that room he would have rushed the gunman, even though one person in the room did rush the gunman and ended up being shot seven times. He's now offended some American Jews and the Anti-Defamation League. Is it possible that Dr. Carson, while meaning well, is missing some sort of sensitivity chip?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "I'd suggest Camerota is missing some sort of journalistic integrity chip, trying to create controversy to discredit Carson by seeking out people who are supposedly offended instead of addressing the underlying policy points Carson was trying to raise. And how 'sensitive' are journalists usually to victims of tragedies?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 5: Mainstream Media Scream: Stephanopoulos harangues Trump on taxes

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Sunday show regular George Stephanopoulos sounding obsessed with how Donald Trump's new tax plan will impact, if not help, rich folks like the GOP presidential front-runner. "You're not going to be paying more taxes," the former Clinton aide told Trump.

The video has been shortened from this back and forth on This Week:

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: You made about $250 million in the last year.

DONALD TRUMP: $605 million.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Okay, 605. The top rate goes from 40 percent to about 25 percent. Capital gains comes down from 23 to 20. That's a huge -- that's tens of millions of savings for you.

TRUMP: Everybody's going to save according to my plan.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You're not going to be paying more taxes.

TRUMP: George, that money is going back into other things.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're going to get a tax cut?

TRUMP: I don't know, because I have very big deductions. Frankly, some of them are ridiculous. You're entitled to deductions. So I don't know that I am.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But not $600 million worth.

TRUMP: I think probably I'll end up paying more under this to be honest. I don't think im going to. If you look at all of the kinds of deductions that people are allowed to take that you're not going to be taking anymore, including carried interest, that's just one of them, I think I probably don't do as well.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But where your family would make potentially hundreds of millions of dollars, eliminating the estate tax?

TRUMP: Well, the estate tax is a different thing. The estate tax is a very, very horrible weapon that has destroyed many families, in particular farms and things where they make an income and they have a certain value and they have to go out and borrow money and then they put mortgages on their farms.

STEPHANOPOULOS: It's twenty farms in the last year.

TRUMP: George, if you have a business, and let's say it's a business that's not very liquid, and people have to go out and borrow against the business, you're having travesty. And the other thing is, it's a double-taxation. The tax has already been paid. I mean, you been hearing this argument for many years.

STEPHANOPOULOS: So you're family would benefit but you're saying it's just wrong?

TRUMP: No, no, I say it's a double-taxation. The death tax is an unfair tax because the tax has already been paid.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Bottom line, you do accept that you're going to make out well under your tax plan?

TRUMP: I don't know. I mean, if the economy is good, if the economy is great, everybody makes out well.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Silly priorities from Stephanopoulos, more interested in making petty liberal political points about Trump's personal situation than exploring whether Trump's tax plan would boost an economy sagging through seven years of Obamanomics."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ September 28: Mainstream Media Scream: Colbert lectures Cruz on Reagan

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features new CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert lecturing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP presidential candidate, about Ronald Reagan, suggesting Reagan wasn't as hard-line.

"Does today's modern Republican Party reflect some of the things that Reagan did. Reagan raised taxes, okay. Reagan actually had an amnesty program for illegal immigrants. Neither of those things would allow Reagan to be nominated today. So to what level can you truly emulate Ronald Reagan?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Colbert has quickly confirmed his character on Comedy Central, in which he played a conservative buffoon, wasn't a stretch for him since he's quite liberal and has disdain for conservatives. In this case, trying to use a conservative hero to undermine Cruz when everyone knows Reagan was a much bigger tax cutter than raiser and would never advocate repeating his 1986 immigration deal."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ September 14: Mainstream Media Scream: Ellen tells Clinton, ‘You are the smartest, most-qualified’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a new voice, Ellen DeGeneres, talking about, well lauding, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

On last week's syndicated daytime "the Ellen show," she told Clinton:

"Let's just get this out of the way. Let's talk about the emails. What? ... I mean, I actually don't think you need to. It's just that people keep bringing it up. They have not found a thing. They keep saying they've found something, but then we don't hear anything about it. So they haven't found anything ...

"You are the smartest, most-qualified person for this job. If I'm looking for someone who's qualified, if I'm looking for a plumber, I want someone who has snaked a drain before – you know what I'm saying? I think you know what I'm saying. I want someone who is qualified and I feel like, if I look at all the other candidates, someone who is for rights across the board — equal rights for women, equal rights for every ethnicity, equal rights for everyone — it is — the only person I can look at is you."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Hillary Clinton couldn't have picked a bigger sycophant to 'interview' her. DeGeneres makes the MSNBC team look tough by comparison. Note to Ellen: 'They have not found a thing' in the email because Mrs. Clinton deleted all the incriminating ones!"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ September 8: Mainstream scream: MSNBC’s Barnicle slaps ‘seriously wrong’ GOP

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC Morning Joe regular Mike Barnicle saying that there is "something seriously wrong" with the GOP if non-establishment Republicans running for president like Donald Trump are the favorites.

On Bloomberg TV's With All Due Respect last week, he 'dissed the frontrunners while talking GOP candidate baggage with host John Heilemann.

John Heilemann: I got Carson at 18. I got Cruz it 8, I got Walker it 8, Bush at 6. The key thing is: Trump, Carson, Fiorina and Cruz. Four anti-establishment candidates. All of them total over 50 percent of that vote in Iowa. That is a huge story. The top four establishment candidates: Walker, Rubio, Bush, Kasich, they're about 20 – somewhere in the mid-20s. Again, yearning for something new, something different. Not standard politics, not establishment.

Mike Barnicle: Could you give me those names and those numbers again? Add them up. What are they?

Heilemann: Which ones?

Barnicle: The four names and what they add up to.

Heilemann: The four anti-establishment ones?

Barnicle: Yeah.

Heilemann: Trump, Carson, Cruz, Fiorina -- add up to about 53 percent.

Barnicle: 53 percent.

Heilemann: 54. Something like that.

Barnicle: So that means that if I lived in Iowa, I would want to know where each of those members of that 53 percent were. I would want to live as far away from them as possible. Because there is something seriously wrong with the Republican Party if those people combined have a majority of the voters.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Barnicle perfectly encapsulates the disdain of the press corps toward Republican primary and caucus voters. He just has the honesty to admit it -- no, boast of it."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ August 31: Mainstream Scream: Trump antagonist Jorge Ramos thinks he’s Morrow, Cronkite

(Washington Examiner post)

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump wasn't the only big ego in last week's media clash with Univision's Jorge Ramos.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Ramos and how he described himself and his questioning of Trump. On ABC's This Week on Sunday, he said that he was advocating for immigrants as he envisioned legendary journalists Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite would:

"I think that, as a reporter, many times you have to take a stand when it comes to racism, discrimination, corruption, public life, dictatorships and human rights. We have to take a stand. The best examples of journalism that I have – Edward R. Murrow against McCarthy, Cronkite during the Vietnam war or the Washington Post reporters forcing the resignation of the Richard Nixon -- that's when reporters challenged those who are in power. And I think it is our responsibility to do that. I find it ironic and fascinating that I'm being criticized by other reporters for asking questions. Isn't that the essence, exactly, of what we do?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Univision should be embarrassed by the unprofessional behavior of Jorge Ramos, who is obviously more of a left-wing, anti-conservative activists than any kind of journalist. And to compare himself to journalistic icons, in lecturing Trump on what he 'cannot' do, is the height of self-aggrandizement."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ August 24: Mainstream Scream: Carter revisionism begins, called ‘too nice’ to beat Reagan

(Washington Examiner post)

The mainstream media's revisionism of former President Jimmy Carter's doomed presidency has begun amid reports he is battling brain cancer.

Leading the charge last week was MSNBC's Joy Reid, a national correspondent who was host of the "Reid Report" from February 2014 to February 2015.

She addressed Carter's situation on Thursday's "Last Word" show:

"I think it does say something profoundly about who we are as a people that Carter's decency and goodness was taken for weakness and had to be remedied with the sort of bluster of a Ronald Reagan and that the idea that we needed a cowboy to replace what people viewed as a man who wasn't cowboy enough to be president, that he was too nice."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Carter wasn't too nice. He was too incompetent and clueless about economics and the communist threat, both of which Reagan well understood. Reid's fond memories of Carter demonstrate that he would have easily won re-election if the vote were limited to journalists."

Mainstream Media Scream Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ August 16: Mainstream Scream: Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge ‘helped to wreck’ U.S.

(Washington Examiner post)

They're they go again.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the latest liberal attack on the anti-tax pledge Grover Norquist, president for Americans for Tax Reform, seeks and usually wins from candidates.

This time the hit came from pundit Jonathan Alter of the Daily Beast while appearing last week on MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. It came in reaction to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie taking the ATR pledge while Jeb Bush earlier declined to do so:

Alter: "The pledge has helped to wreck the United States. It is about the worst kind of public policy that you can imagine for the reasons we have just heard. So I actually respect Jeb Bush for taking a position against it, especially since Bob Dole's refusal to sign the pledge in New Hampshire in 1988 is how Jeb's father was elected president of the United States. He won that primary after having lost in Iowa and went on to be the next president

"So this is in the core of the Republican Party. It's terribly destructive. And I pray that Donald Trump is not such a wimp that he changes his mind and signs the pledge. And if he holds out against it and does fine anyway, and Chris Christie goes by the wayside, which he will, then maybe the Republican Party can start to move into a post-pledge environment."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Same old song from Alter who, for years when he wrote Newsweek's 'Conventional Wisdom Watch,' regularly gave down arrows to anyone opposed to tax hikes. As government grows every year, he disparages anyone trying to hold the line on taxes, like Norquist, who is a hero to conservatives but a devil to media liberals."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ August 9: Mainstream Scream: CNN’s Costello squeals over Cruz’s ‘machine gun bacon’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features exactly the type of squeal Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas Republican presidential candidate, likely expected when he used a semi-automatic rifle to cook bacon.

In a report on how the senator cooked bacon on the barrel of a AR-15 style rifle heated during target practice, CNN's Carol Costello blasted Cruz's timing coming at a time of mass shooting headlines.

She calls Cruz's machine gun bacon spoof "so unsettling," followed by a clip of the Cruz video, and then said:

CAROL COSTELLO: So, I wrote an op-ed about America's cavalier attitude towards guns. I know my op-ed made an impression. 225,000 users checked it out. I argued we no longer respect our weapons. We forget that guns can actually kill. If you want the facts to back that up, 100 children were killed in unintentional shootings between December 2012 and 2013, the year after the Newtown shootings, by the way. And there have been 1,104 accidental shootings so far this year. It's great Senator Cruz loves guns. Nothing wrong with that. But seriously, while a jury in Colorado decides whether James Holmes gets life or death for killing 12 people, should you fry bacon on your machine gun?

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "A perfect example of the cultural divide between the coasts, where liberals and journalists, but I repeat myself, are appalled by guns, and the nation in between which laughed along with Cruz and enjoyed his creativity. He combined two of America's favorite things: bacon and guns."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ August 3: Mainstream Scream: Cokie Roberts calls Hillary Clinton’s ‘grandma’ message ‘brilliant’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features NPR's Cokie Roberts cheering on Hillary Clinton's "grandmother message" on issues like global warming as "brilliant."

On ABC's This Week Sunday, the grandmother of six said of Clinton:

"She does have a new message out from the last time which is the grandmother message and she's using it very well. On climate change for instance when she says everybody says I'm not a scientist. She says I'm not a scientist either, I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain. Now, that's brilliant."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Roberts is easily impressed by cute one-liners – when they come from liberals who she admires. Plenty of older conservatives are grandmothers and grandfathers, but I don't recall Roberts ever trumpeting any of their comments as 'brilliant.'"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ July 27: Mainstream Scream: Matthews hails ‘immaculate’ Obama, ‘perfect’ Michelle

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC "Hardball" host Chris Matthews with his latest comments that the Obama presidency is near perfect.

On his July 22 show, he heralded Obama's "immaculate" presidency, reacting to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's charge that "we already have a president now that has no class."

As his two journalist guests nodded awkwardly, Matthews said:

"That's the kind of slur, that's not a political charge, that's a slur against a man, against the president ... Look how he's led his life. He does everything right. He worked hard in school. He got into the good schools. He got to be head of Harvard Business Review [sic]. In a blind test to get in. It had nothing to do with minority or affirmative action, none of that.

"He got all the way through, and instead of going and grubbing the money on Wall Street, he went out to people and helped his community. He's ran statewide, faced the electorate the way we say you should do. Risked citywide and then statewide. He's done everything right.

"He's been immaculate in the presidency. Nobody has accused him of any corruption. His kids are perfect. His wife is perfect.

"He's done everything that these right-wing white conservatives say we're supposed to be in this country. He's done everything right. And this sleazy comment, that he has no class. What does that mean?

"I'd love to get him under sodium Pentothal and say, 'Buster, what do you mean by no class?! What do you mean by that?!' And find out what he does mean. It's a cheap slur that works with the cheap seats in the Republican Party. You know it does. It doesn't mean anything, he has plenty of class."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "More proof, as if any more were needed, that Matthews sees himself, first and foremost, as a defender of the Obama's against anyone who dares not share Matthews' idolatry. Obama's family is 'perfect' and the president is, as if he is a religious leader, 'immaculate' — and thus anyone who violates the halo must be shamed."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ July 20: Mainstream Scream: Chuck Todd suggests GOP mistake embracing Trump

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suggesting that the GOP might have made a mistake building up Donald Trump after he dropped out of the 2012 presidential race.

"Is this a reap what you sow"moment, he asked on his highly-rated Sunday public affairs show while interviewing Texas Gov. Rick Perry who has come under fire from Trump.

Said Todd:

"Is this a reap what you sow, though, issue here for the Republican Party? There was an -- the party embraced Donald Trump four years ago. Mitt Romney sought his endorsement. A lot of you did one-on-one meetings courting Donald Trump back in 2011 after he dropped out, during his whole birther craze at the time, and you actively reached out to him. In hindsight, was that a mistake for the party in general to embrace Trump four years ago?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "The news media have done more to embrace and promote Trump over the past few weeks than Republicans ever have."

Rating: Two out of five screams.

 

■ July 13: Mainstream Scream: Vox calls American Revolution ‘a monumental mistake’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a recent post about America's July 4th birthday from Vox.com that said America's Founding Fathers would have made a better decision supporting the British crown, not fighting for independence.

It was written by Vox's Dylan Matthews and headlined: "3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake." Our picks are normally from the prior week, but we missed this -- and shouldn't have.

Matthews argues that had the colonies remained under British control, slavery would have been abolished earlier, government would be more proactive, and calls for a carbon tax would have passed with ease.

An excerpt:

I'm reasonably confident a world in which the revolution never happened would be better than the one we live in now, for three main reasons: Slavery would've been abolished earlier, American Indians would've faced rampant persecution but not the outright ethnic cleansing Andrew Jackson and other American leaders perpetrated, and America would have a parliamentary system of government that makes policymaking easier....

In the US, activists wanting to put a price on carbon emissions spent years trying to put together a coalition to make it happen, mobilizing sympathetic businesses and philanthropists and attempting to make bipartisan coalition — and they still failed to pass cap and trade, after millions of dollars and man hours. In the UK, the Conservative government decided it wanted a carbon tax. So there was a carbon tax. Just like that. Passing big, necessary legislation — in this case, legislation that's literally necessary to save the planet — is a whole lot easier with parliaments than with presidential systems....

And the efficiency of parliamentary systems enables larger social welfare programs that reduce inequality and improve life for poor citizens. Government spending in parliamentary countries is about 5 percent of GDP higher, after controlling for other factors, than in presidential countries. If you believe in redistribution, that's very good news indeed.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "The very definition of Blame America First liberalism in the guise of 'explanatory journalism.' The U.S. never should have been created so it would be easier, 230 years or so later, for liberals to pass a carbon tax. How petty. Save Harvard University the embarrassment and never again allow their graduates into journalism."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

■ July 6: Mainstream Scream: Couric presses Cruz about ‘empathy’ for illegals

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Yahoo's Katie Couric, who last week interviewed Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texan running for president, about his hardline against illegal immigration. It was loaded from the start.

For Couric, it comes down to one word: empathy.

On Yahoo News Monday, Couric said:

"Well, let's talk immigration, because I'm very curious about your views on that. I know you've staunchly oppose President Obama's executive actions on immigration. You've worked to block every legislative effort to allow undocumented immigrants to remain legally in this country. So, given the fact that your father immigrated here from Cuba, do you have any empathy for people who come here looking for a better way of life and is there a way to have some kind of comprehensive immigration reform and what would you do with the eleven million people who are in this country illegally?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "That's a lot of hostile assumptions in one question. Liberals like Couric can't separate policy from emotion, so if you're a conservative she presumes you don't care about other people. An example of how journalists impair rational policy discussion."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ June 29: Mainstream Scream: Redskins, like Confederate flag, are evil, says Olbermann

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features ESPN's Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, equating the Washington Redskins football team with the "same kind of genocide, the same kind of persecution and mockery" as the Confederate flag represents.

Last Wednesday, he barked:

    “We see that a symbol like a flag cannot only invoke and encourage racism, and violence, and madness, and murder, and treason, but that it can do something even worse. It can represent evil, and represent genocide, and the persecution, and mockery of a group of people because of the color of their skin.

    “And if a flag can do that, a football team name, beamed into our homes every day, our headphones, our minds everyday, it can represent the same kind of evil, the same kind of genocide, the same kind of persecution and mockery of a group of people because of the color of their skin.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Success at getting the public to turn against the Confederate flag has, as illustrated so perfectly by Olbermann, inspired liberals to go after more of their pet peeves – free speech be damned. And in what universe has an NFL team's name ever represented 'the same kind of evil' and 'genocide' which has inspired some to commit terrible acts?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ June 22: Mainstream Scream: Dan Rather blames Ronald Reagan for GOP’s right turn

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features an old favorite, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather, who said that the Republican Party's "strong turn to the right" is the fallout from the Reagan years.

He was on "CNN Tonight" Wednesday when he said the following when sizing up the huge and politically diverse Republican presidential field:

"We never had this many candidates in the race when I say this early, but I would say there's a relationship between the 2016 presidential campaign and what happened in the 1970s during the Watergate period in this sense. What happened in the mid 1970s resulted, eventually, in the Republican Party taking a strong turn to the right with the two-term presidency of Ronald Reagan and the Republican Party is still struggling, on the one hand, with the success of the Reagan presidencies, which by the way, I would argue, the presidency of George H.W. Bush was the third Reagan term.

"So, in effect, you had three Reagan terms. After the Republican Party took this strong turn to the right coming out of the 1970s and the party is still struggling with that, which is one of the reasons that they have, what, 16 candidates and counting in the race for the primary at the beginning."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "What? Dan Rather isn't any better at political analysis than in document authentication. So, by his reasoning, if a more moderate Republican had beaten Jimmy Carter in 1980, in 2015 the party would be unified with fewer presidential candidates?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ June 15: Mainstream Scream: Reporter says Obama saved ‘my finances and my life’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Extra TV's Jerry Penacoli, a cancer survivor who credits Obama for banning the lifetime coverage limit.

"You pretty much saved my finances and my life," he told Obama during a Rose Garden taping June 11 edition of the syndicated entertainment and pop news show.

Penacoli: "Today, my chance to thank the president for the Affordable Care Act."

To Obama: "You pretty much saved my finances and my life."

Obama: "One of the goals for the Affordable Care Act was not just to help people get insurance who didn't have it, it was to give better protections for people who already had insurance."

Penacoli: "I think a lot of people don't understand that."

Obama: "And you were a perfect example of somebody who could be caught with debilitating bills or not being able to get the care you need."

Penacoli: "This has nothing, for me, to do with politics. I'm just letting you know —"

Obama: "That it made a difference in your life."

Penacoli: "That it made a difference in my life."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Was Penacoli auditioning for a new show on MSNBC? He set a new sycophantic standard. It's gratifying that he's beaten cancer, but that's no excuse for using how it benefited him personally to hail a very controversial policy which has also hurt many who lost their insurance."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ June 8: Study: Big 3 news networks turn to police shootings to boost ratings

 

(Washington Examiner post)

Long a staple on local TV news, the Big Three networks are now turning to crime for ratings, and for a second month made police misconduct the top story, even more than the killer floods in Texas, ISIS beheadings and the 2016 presidential race.

A new study from the Media Research Center found that the ABC, CBS, NBC devoted 108 minutes to the police story, making the overwhelming coverage our pick for the Mainstream Media Scream of the week.

"Nearly all of that network airtime was devoted to just three instances of alleged misconduct (in Baltimore, Cleveland and Madison, Wisconson), plus general discussion of the topic. In contrast, all of the other murders committed in the U.S. in May garnered less than half as much time (50 minutes and 48 seconds)," said the MRC report from analyst Mike Ciandella.

The May numbers weren't much different than those in April, when the police conduct story got six times the coverage that stories about ISIS got.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "A fine example of how the news media advance the agenda of the left. The left want to make police misdeeds a national focus and journalists eagerly make it so at the expense of other worthy topics."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ June 1: Mainstream Media Scream: SNL’s fake Hillary: ‘I’m rooting for her!’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Kate McKinnon, the "Saturday Night Live" comic who plays Hillary Rodham Clinton, cheering the Democrat on.

In a Hollywood Reporter interview, she called Clinton "so resplendent," a far cry from how Tina Fey approached her SNL role of Sarah Palin.

In the interview, reporter Michael O'Connell asked, "You have a huge platform in the next year and a half being the Hillary Clinton on SNL. How are you going to approach that? Do you feel pressure?"

She answered, "I do feel pressure. I'm rooting for her, obviously. It's a combination of the writers' take on her but also this contrast between a woman so driven and hardened by her experiences — She needs this! The country needs this! — and this sweetie granny from the Midwest. The juxtaposition."

She added: "I'd be so nervous to meet her. I find her so resplendent!"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Not what Tina Fey thought of Sarah Palin as she turned the conservative Republican into an object of national ridicule. It's another example of the advantages given to liberal Democrats. Even those making fun of you won't go too far since they really are, literally, 'rooting' for you to win."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ May 26: Matthews compares Hillary Clinton to FDR

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC's Chris Matthews, who on his show "Hardball" seemed to compare Hillary Rodham Clinton to Franklin D. Roosevelt, "probably the best president we ever had."

From Thursday night's show:

"I think that [Bloomberg TV] focus group is fascinating. Because, it seems to me there is something -- Franklin Roosevelt, probably the best president we ever had, certainly in the 20th century, was very secretive and manipulative. And we still thought he was a good president. So if Hillary Clinton is secretive, we know that, is that going to help us get any further here?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Leave it to Chris Matthews to compare Hillary Clinton to FDR. Only he could see greatness in secretive and manipulative politicians. Quite the standard for a supposed journalist."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ May 20: Mainstream Scream: OMG, Obama is tweeting, squeals CNN

(Washington Examiner post)

The media loves nothing like a good tweet and when the president sends one out, that has everyone in, well, a twitter.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream goes to CNN for gushing over President Obama's first tweet. On Tuesday's New Day show they giggled "that's cute" when discussing the tweet.

MICHAELA PEREIRA: The President has finally joined Twitter – using the handle @POTUS. Before, he used @BarackObama; and then, would put 'B.O.,' if he was tweeting. Otherwise, his staff handled it. The president says this @POTUS handle is a new way to engage directly with the American people. Want to see his initial Tweet?

'Hello, Twitter! It's Barack. Really! Six years in, they're finally giving me my own account.' Well, that led former President Clinton to Tweet, 'Welcome to Twitter, @POTUS! One question: does that username stay with the office? #askingforafriend.'

ALISYN CAMEROTA: That's cute!

PEREIRA: Not to be outdone, President Obama responded to Clinton – saying, 'Good question. The handle comes with the house. Know anyone interested in @FLOTUS?' – aka, the first lady? (laughs)

CAMEROTA: Oh my gosh!

PEREIRA: It is hilarity! Very good point – if Hillary Clinton were to become @POTUS, does he have to be @MLOTUS?

CAMEROTA: (laughs) Wow! I don't know!

PEREIRA: Right? There's a lot of Twitter conversations to be had here.

CAMEROTA: But I mean, I just like that – are those two just going to talk to each other on Twitter like that, and we all get to eavesdrop? I kind of like that – that two presidents get to just chat-

PEREIRA: Yeah – and maybe some of the others will join in.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "When it comes to Barack Obama, it takes so little to impress the journalists on CNN. Throw in Bill Clinton and anticipation of a Hillary presidency, and you have CNN at its silliest."

Rating: Two out of five screams.

 

■ May 11: Mainstream Scream: Fiorina’s H-P record divides pundits

(Washington Examiner post)

Former Hewlett-Packard boss and GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's management, and eventual firing, from tech giant Hewlett-Packard is fast becoming a dividing line between Republicans and Democrats over jobs and candidates with corporate backgrounds.

On Sunday's "Meet the Press," it was former Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele taking her side with Washington Post Ruth Marcus on the attack.

Michael Steele: The way she [Fiorina] pushed back on your questions about her tenure and getting fired, I thought that sounded reasonable. And as a voter looking at that, I thought oh, okay that sounded reasonable, at least she didn't run from it. She didn't hide.

Ruth Marcus: I entirely, completely disagree. I don't think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren't a woman. And I would love to see a woman president.

Kathleen Parker: Well, can you say the same thing about Hillary?

Steele: Thank you.

Marcus: No, no, no. Let me just finish. I think she is a failed business leader and a failed political candidate.

Parker: No, she is not a failed business leader.

Steele: What are you talking about?

Marcus: As Chuck [Todd] pointed out, she was fired from her job. She didn't get the political job she ran for. I just don't get why we should be taking her so seriously.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "It's sure nice that eight years after Barack Obama ran, Marcus has discovered an interest in experience and accomplishments in those making a presidential bid. Of course, if losing a race for office is a disqualifier, then isn't Hillary Clinton disqualified since she lost the 2008 Democratic primary?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ May 4: Mainstream Scream: Soledad O’Brien says ‘thug’ a ‘proxy’ for ‘N-word’

(Washington Examiner post)

Former CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien, now CEO of Starfish Media Group and a correspondent for Al Jazeera America, is our Mainstream Media Scream for taking up Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes' charge that "thug," like the reference to looters by the city's mayor, is code for the N-word.

Discussing the issue on Sunday's "Reliable Sources," she said:

"Listen, I think what the Baltimore city councilman, Carl Stokes, was trying to tell Erin Burnett is that thug is a proxy, it is a word we use instead of the N-word. And I think that's really true. I can't think of a situation where there's ever been a headline or someone has called a white young person who's in the middle of a violent protest, demonstration, whatever, a 'thug.' We use it all the time when we're talking about people in the inner city."

Brent Baker, vice president of research at the Media Research Center, explains our pick: "So much for calls for open and honest dialogue about crime and race. Journalists like O'Brien, and she's not the only one, want to disallow accurate words from being used to describe criminals, thus limiting the discussion by suggesting anyone who using the term 'thug' is a racist."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ April 27: Mainstream Media Scream: Stephanopoulos goes to bat for former boss Clinton

(Washington Examiner post)

The hostility by some in the mainstream media to Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer has been noteworthy.

One series of questions from ABC's This Week host and former Clinton White House communicator George Stephanopoulos reached that level Sunday, making him our choice for this week's Mainstream Media Scream.

As he interviewed Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, questioning his findings repeatedly as this six-part video shows:

But you take it pretty far. You take it far and write the pattern is troubling enough to warrant further investigation by law enforcement officers. Do you have any evidence that a crime may have been committed?

...

As you know, the Clinton campaign says you haven't produced a shred of evidence that there was any official action as secretary that supported the interest of donors. We've done investigative work here at ABC News, found no proof of any kind of direct action. And an independent government ethics expert, Bill Allison at the Sunlight Foundation, wrote this. He said: 'There's no smoking gun. No evidence that the changed policy based on donations to the foundation.' 'No smoking gun.' Is there a smoking gun?

...

Beyond that, this deal was approved by a board of the government called the [Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States] board that is actually chaired by the secretary of treasury, not the secretary of state. Eight other agencies on board, the secretary of State, Homeland Security, Defense, Commerce, Energy, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission signed off on it. And even though the State Department was one of nine agencies to sign off on it, there's no evidence at all that Hillary Clinton got directly involved in this decision.

...

But, wait a second. There were nine different agencies that approved it. Doesn't that suggest that that was because there was no national security concern, not because of some nefarious influence on Hillary Clinton?

...

But the assistant secretary of state who sat on the committee said she never intervened on any CFIUS issue at all.

As you know, the Democrats have said this is indication of your partisan interest. They say you used to work for President Bush as a speechwriter. You are funded by the Koch brothers. How do you respond to that?

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "It sure must be nice to be a liberal when your bad behavior is exposed. Since it's so easy for your aides to move into jobs in the mainstream news media, they can serve as your advocates and use their journalistic platform to discredit your critics — a piece of ammunition your opponents to the right will never have."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 20: Mainstream Media Scream: Bill Maher says Rubio ‘could be Hillary's pool boy’

(Washington Examiner post)

It's hard to get more hypocritical for center-left commentators than what HBO's Bill Maher said about Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's presidential bid, making the liberal our pick for the Mainstream Media Scream of the week.

It came on his show, Real Time with Bill Maher, on Friday night:

"Another week another candidate. This week: Everybody ready for Marco Rubio of Florida? Oh, my gosh. Yeah, they're all saying he's fresh, he's new. I'll say. He looks like he could be Hillary Clinton's pool boy, this guy."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Imagine the reaction if a conservative made such a stereotypical, derogatory and racially-tinged joke about a liberal Democrat who is Hispanic. Saying it was just a joke would not allay the outrage. It sure is nice to be a liberal so you're able to get away with such things."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 13: Mainstream Media Scream: Mika Brzezinski cheers Clinton, Warren

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's mainstream media scream features MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski cheering on Democrats Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

On Monday's show, Brzezinski excitedly held up a Warren T-shirt, a gift from regular guest Steve Rattner who bought it on http://elizabethwarren.com/

She promised: "I'm wearing that running."

Brzezinski also hailed Clinton: "I think it will be really interesting to watch what she does with the tremendous platform that she has. I hope she takes it to new heights and really does something with it instead of plays it safe."

And at the end of the show, in the "What Have We Learned Today?" sign-off: "I learned that Hillary Clinton is on the road and ready to sell a message and I can't wait to hear it."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Brzezinski defines 'in the tank.' In the interest of transparency, she should alternate each day wearing the Warren T-shirt and one promoting Hillary Clinton for president. Then again, a good portion of the national press corps should do that."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ April 6: Mainstream Media Scream: Newsweek scribe’s sex-slam over Indiana religion law

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's mainstream media scream features one of the more sexually-tinged attacks on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for signing the controversial "Religious Freedom Law" and the potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates who supported him.

It comes from Newsweek national political correspondent Nina Burleigh, formerly a Time magazine reporter, on MSNBC's "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," April 1:

"Well, what I find astonishing about it is the way the presidential candidates jumped onto the Pence side immediately: Jindal, Carson, Cruz, and Bush, the front-runner. It was like a premature intolerance ejaculation and, you know, there are pills for that at Walmart and you can get them over the counter and you don't have to have a prescription."

Burleigh made headlines years ago when she wrote about being flattered when Bill Clinton stared at her legs, even telling the Washington Post, "I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Burleigh processes politics through sexual imagery: Offering years ago to perform oral sex on Bill Clinton to thank him for keeping abortion legal and delivering an insult about male sexual function to show her disdain for a view with which she disagrees. Nothing premature about her own intolerance."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 30: Mainstream Media Scream: Alter sums up Cruz as ‘Extremism is good’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's mainstream media scream is just one of the many liberal reactions to Sen. Ted Cruz's speech announcing his presidential bid at Christian conservative Liberty University.

It comes from MSNBC's Jonathan Alter who boiled down the Texan's message into three words: "Extremism is good."

He appeared on MSNBC's "The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart" following Cruz's announcement speech:

"This was a really strange combination of John Lennon and Barry Goldwater. 'Imagine all the people.'

"But the real question is: Is this 1964, when the Republican Party decided it would go with its most extreme candidate? Remember, Barry Goldwater said that year 'extremism in defense of liberty is no vice.' So, that's the Ted Cruz message, 'Extremism is good. Red meat is good.' He pushes all the buttons he can. Abolish the IRS. Not reform the IRS, abolish it. This is radical political material. And we'll see how it plays. I wouldn't assume that it doesn't."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "It's a pretty good bet that if Elizabeth Warren jumps in, 'journalists' like Alter won't immediately try to discredit her with flawed historic 'extremism' comparisons. Cruz is only 'extreme' to those who are extreme to the left, but lack self awareness."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ March 23: Mainstream Media Scream: ‘He’s slimy,’ Donny Deutsch says of Ted Cruz

(Washington Examiner post)

Sen. Ted Cruz really seems to bring out the worst in liberals, especially in the media. This week's Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC Morning Joe regular Donny Deutsch smearing Cruz as "slimy" and "scary."

On Monday's show, in advance of Cruz's official announcement getting into the 2016 race, he said:

"I've stated earlier that he's completely unelectable, obviously an interesting character and he'll have a place at the table. But, unelectable for a host of reasons. When I look at him, basically, he's accomplished nothing. He is involved, I think, in two bills and he had a vote in the Senate last Saturday that had 22 votes. He's an obstructionist. He brings no new ideas to the table, other than 'no,' and I think this country is tired of that, and am I missing something? Because I think he's just a piece of theater and nothing more."

And after calling him "ignorant" on climate change, Deutsch added: "I think he's scary. I think he's dangerous. I think he's slimy. I think he brings no fresh new ideas."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Eight years ago national media figures fawned over a senator in office for just over two years who inspired legions of liberals. What a difference ideology makes. A hero to many conservatives, to Deutsch and his media colleagues, Cruz is a threat they must defeat."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ March 16: Media Scream: Bob Schieffer mocks Sen. Tom Cotton’s Iran move

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer’s interview with Iran letter writer Sen. Tom Cotton and his slap at the Arkansas lawmaker’s direct outreach to Iran during the Washington-Tehran nuclear talks.

Schieffer to Cotton on Sunday’s Face the Nation: “Are you planning to contact any other of our other adversaries around the country? For example, are you planning to check with the North Koreans to make sure they know that any deal has to be approved by the Congress?”

Plus, “I just want to make sure, do you feel that you have not weakened the president’s hand here and do you have any regrets about the way you went about this?”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “How condescending. Would Schieffer ever treat a rising liberal political star which such contempt? Schieffer thinks the letter was a bad idea and didn’t even try to avoid inserting his personal view into the interview, but he didn’t need to mock Cotton.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ March 9: Mainstream Scream: Chris Matthews says Hillary email not worth the fuss

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews dismissing the email affair that threatens to stall Hillary Rodham Clinton's march to the presidency.

Addressing the issue and uproar, mostly from the right, over her use of a private email system and not the .gov required address, Matthews seemed to shrug off the affair when interviewing former Obama aide David Axelrod.

MSNBC's Hardball, March 3:

“I don’t know this formal custom, how often it's honored, how often it's not? It’s almost like, ‘Don’t take your pens home and use them at home.’ I wonder if it's one of those rules. David Axelrod, you’ve got experience with this. What did — do you think this is something worth the top of the fold of the New York Times? Hillary Clinton didn’t use their email instead of her government [sic] email. Is this worthy of this kind of hootin’ and hollerin'?”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Imagine how Matthews would have reacted if it was discovered Dick Cheney used a secret email account to conduct government business? He would have exploded with indignation and criticized the New York Times if it wasn’t plastered atop the front page.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 2: Mainstream Scream: ABC slams GOP senator’s snowball toss at climate change

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features more claims that climate change and global warming are man's fault and that any questioning of it is crazy talk.

On Friday's Good Morning America on ABC, the target this time was long-serving Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe who went to the Senate floor with a snowball to cast doubt on global warming.

ABC's Amy Robach: And a bizarre scene in Washington. One senator used the recent snow to bolster his argument about climate change. Republican James Inhofe highlighted a government report that found last year was the warmest on record. Then, he used a prop to demonstrate how cold it's been lately.

Sen. James Inhofe: It's a snowball, just from outside here. So, it's very, very cold out, very unseasonable. So, here, Mr. President, catch this.

Robach: Inhofe acknowledges the Earth's climate is changing but doesn't believe humans are to blame.

Inhofe was also blasted by the Washington Post which condemned his "ascientific thinking."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Inhofe's snowball toss was no sillier than the many mainstream media figures who, whenever there's a big snowstorm or hurricane or tropical storm or drought or heat wave or cold snap — just about any weather event — cite it as proof of 'climate change.' And then, as herewith Robach, deride those who cite the weather to cast doubt on global warming."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

February 23: Mainstream Scream: Chris Matthews calls on Rudy Giuliani to apologize

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features a regular, MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews getting in on the left’s rant about former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s charge that President Obama doesn’t love America.

It came at the end of his Thursday show.

“Let me finish tonight with this tough, unnecessary and wrong attack by Rudy Giuliani on our president. All of us have different temperaments. Look, I can remember when Sen. Barack Obama was 20 points behind Sen. Hillary Clinton in the early run for president. I kept getting anxious and frustrated, and, OK, angry because he didn’t seem as angry, frustrated, and angry as I was by his position so far behind. Rudy Giuliani says that Obama doesn’t love his country, like he does, like others he knows do.

“Well, I can understand what I’m getting at, this coolness the president gives off. He’s not a hothead like Rudy or me sometimes. He just isn’t. I remember when he got hammered in that first debate with Mitt Romney. He didn’t know he was being humiliated. Didn’t he know he was letting that man’s sense of personal superiority beat him up on national television. That was another time when I went hot and Obama went cool.

“But like all the other times, Obama did what he had to do. He and his team defeated the undefeatable Hillary Clinton and her team. He came back to beat Mitt Romney twice in debates, clearing the way for his convincing re-election as president.

“So, I can see why a guy like Rudy would think Obama’s too cool for school. But Mr. Mayor, you should never, ever go after someone’s love of his country. It breaks the rules we live by. It divides us when we should be united. I urge you to take it back and quickly, because it really does no good at all, except score political points with those who hate.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Matthews certainly knows about questioning the patriotism of those he sees as political enemies. In 2009, he sneered: ‘Does Rush Limbaugh hate this country?’ And in 2011, he questioned the patriotism of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, wondering if he was a ‘real American’ or had ‘become a citizen just like somebody marries somebody to get into the country because they want a job.’ ”

Rating: Four out of four screams.

 

February 16: Mainstream Scream: Worse news for NBC’s Williams as Michael Moore defends

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream focus on the lefty media features newsmaker and documentary director Michael Moore defending NBC anchor Brian Williams by trashing former President George W. Bush’s handling of the war in Iraq.

It came in an obscenity-laced Feb.8 Facebook solid paragraph post, shown here.

“Let’s see... So George W. Bush is now an artist and a painter & roots for dear brother ‘Jeb in 2016;’ Dick Cheney now appears on many networks as a grumpy old man pundit; Condi Rice gets to be on the board that picks college football’s Final 4...but it’s Brian Williams who’s to be punished for Iraq? Are u effing kidding me? I mean, an entire country was demolished, trillions were wasted, thousands of our troops were killed & wounded, tens/hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were killed, and now, FINALLY, someone is paying for Iraq war lies... and it’s Brian f---ing Williams????? Yes, there is much that can be said about all the network reporters in 2003 who were embedded (i.e., Pentagon-approved) with the troops and getting to ‘play war’ instead of asking the Bush administration the hard questions THAT DID NOT GET ASKED, and yes there is much to say about how all the networks have dumbed down the nightly news and made it unwatchable...BUT - to let the real liars who were responsible for the Iraq War roam free while instead going after Brian Williams for committing the crime of Faux Macho due to his claim of being on the wrong chopper, well, this just begs to be ridiculed and stopped. Sinners (that means you, too, Paper of Record of Judith Miller), put down your stones. Social media mob, put down your noose. Have the guts to go after the big cheese. Let Brian Williams get back to telling us about the next big storm that’s going to drop 3’ of snow on New York City and the exclusive report on the lost dog who made it home to help its handicap master. (Note: I don’t know Brian Williams personally, but I'll say this about him: in the post-9/11 years, he did the nightly news hour on MSNBC/CNBC, and he was one of the few people in TV news who would allow an opposition voice such as mine on the air. I remember thinking this is a man with integrity.)”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Moore is one very angry and bitter man who equates outcome with what the media did. Plenty in the media pushed back at the time against the Bush administration and Dick Cheney has long been an object of disgust within the D.C. press corps. Of course, nothing others supposedly failed to do excuses Williams for making up tall tales.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

February 9: Mainstream Media Scream: NYT’s ‘conservative’ is ‘totally pro-Obama’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Mainstream Media Scream of Big Media’s lefty tilt features David Brooks, the “conservative” on the New York Times editorial staff, cheering President Obama’s harsh words at the National Prayer Breakfast.

Appearing on Sunday’s NBC “Meet the Press,” he endorsed these words from Obama:

“Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ. ... In our home country, slavery, and Jim Crow, all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

"Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd asked his panel: “Is our political discourse, are we too immature to have this debate?”

Said Brooks, “Well, I’m pro-Obama. I’m totally pro-Obama on this. I think he said the right thing. Listen, it was a gospel of humility. What sorts of people need a little gospel of humility? People in Washington, pundits, religious believers, I happen to be all three of those things. And so we’re told to, we’re told to walk humbly in the path of the lord, the lord’s ways are mysterious and so you’re saying we’re prone to zealotry as Jon [Meacham] said we’re fallen. And so to underline that that’s useful in Washington today. That’s useful always.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: " ‘I’m totally pro-Obama.’ And this is who the New York Times seriously purports to be its ‘conservative’ columnist? Maybe they could hire Ann Coulter to provide a liberal perspective. Obama’s timing is as if Winston Churchill responded to the Nazis by reminding the British of how their troops mistreated the natives in North America in the 1600s or put innocents on the rack in medieval times.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

February 2: Mainstream Scream: Ashley Judd calls Hillary Clinton best since Jefferson, Washington

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s example of the media’s lefty tilt features actress Ashley Judd and her declaration that Hillary Clinton is the “most overqualified candidate we've had since Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.”

Judd, who toyed with a Kentucky Senate bid, made her comments on Friday’s edition of Larry King Now, an Ora.TV show also carried on Hulu and broadcast on RT, the Russian TV channel. Her comments didn’t mention other qualified past candidates like George H.W. Bush or even Vice President Joe Biden.

ASHLEY JUDD: I mean, obviously, I love Hillary Rodham Clinton. ... And so, seeing her talk about early childhood vulnerability and brain development — man, that woman is stout! She is stout. So yes, I will be all-in when the time comes —

LARRY KING: You would endorse her. You would obviously endorse her.

JUDD: Of course, I would!

KING: Look at your enthusiasm, I mean — come on!

JUDD: And are there other qualified candidates? Absolutely. I think she might be the most overqualified candidate we’ve had since Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Hollywood in a nutshell. Awed beyond reason by Hillary Rodham Clinton and all things Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ January 26: Mainstream Media Scream: Bryant Gumbel calls NRA ‘pigs’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s example of the media’s lefty tilt features Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO Sports Series “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” cursing at the National Rifle Association.

In an interview with the Rolling Stone posted last week, Gumbel said, “There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they’re pigs. I think they don’t care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape.”

The full question and answer:

    Rolling Stone: A story you personally took on last season, about the “Eat What You Kill” movement, would you have done that five, ten years ago?

    Gumbel: There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they’re pigs. I think they don’t care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record. That said, I’m willing to separate that this story had nothing to do with that. It’s not a gun story. So I would like to think that I would have done it, but I don’t know. Obviously, that was my first experience around killing and guns and hunting.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “Confirmation Gumbel has as much disdain for conservatives as conservatives have long had for him. Now we know just has much disgust he held for a top conservative group all those years he was pretending to be impartial on NBC News and CBS News.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ January 19: Mainstream Media Scream: Michael Moore calls snipers ‘cowards’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s example of the media’s lefty tilt features media heavyweight Michael Moore and his painful slap at the subject of Clint Eastwood’s new Iraq War movie, “American Sniper.”

On Twitter and Facebook, he quoted his dad calling snipers “cowards” but made a point not to swipe Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated movie totally.

“My uncle killed by sniper in WW2. We were taught snipers were cowards. Will shoot u in the back. Snipers aren’t heroes. And invaders r worse,” he tweeted.

In another, he added, “But if you're on the roof of your home defending it from invaders who've come 7K miles, you are not a sniper, u are brave, u are a neighbor.”

And on Facebook, he praised the movie and actor Bradley Cooper, then added a reference to Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Most of us were taught the story of Jesse James and that the scoundrel wasn't James (who was a criminal who killed people) but rather the sniper who shot him in the back. I think most Americans don't think snipers are heroes. Hopefully not on this weekend when we remember that man in Memphis, Tennessee, who was killed by a sniper's bullet.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick for the week’s best Mainstream Media Scream: “The Left’s hatred of America in a tweet – a perfectly condensed example of how Moore and others so eagerly use freedom of speech to denigrate those who enable it. On a weekend when American Sniper became the highest-grossing movie ever in a January, Moore illustrated how out of touch he is with the values of most Americans.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ January 12, 2015: Mainstream Media Scream: Jerry Falwell just like murdering jihadists

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s example of the media’s lefty tilt features former Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates, now executive editor of First Look Media, on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner on Wednesday, talking about the terrorist attack against a French satire magazine in which twelve were murdered:

“This isn’t just Islamic extremism. If you go back to the ’80s — during the Reagan administration — when Jerry Falwell sued Hustler magazine for portraying him having, I believe it was drunken incest with his mother in an outhouse — again, in a visual form — and won a $150,000 court case against Hustler for that. It was overturned by the Supreme Court, I think, eight-to-zero.

“So you know, religious fundamentalists of all stripes and of nationalities have this penchant to say, we want to be able tell you what you can and can’t portray.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick for the week’s best Mainstream Media Scream:

“Talk about apples and oranges. One religious believer felt insulted by a false story about himself and employed the judicial system to seek a financial remedy. The others went on a murder spree. So sad that too many journalists desire to see moral equivalence between peaceful Christian believers and Muslim jihadists.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ January 5, 2015: Mainstream Media Scream: ABC reporter cheers Cuomo for president

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s example of the media’s lefty tilt features ABC’s David Wright reminiscing about the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo's toying with a presidential bid in 1992.

On Friday’s "Good Morning America," Wright sounded like he was endorsing Cuomo, who died last week.

“You know, I grew up here in New York state at a time when Mario Cuomo was governor and would have loved to have seen him run for president. He could be spellbinding,” said Wright.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick for the week’s best Mainstream Media Scream:

“Mario Cuomo was the Barack Obama of the 1980s for the press corps, but he never fulfilled their dream by running for president. Yet, as Wright demonstrated, he still lives on in their imaginations of what could have been – a yearning they’ve never shown for a conservative.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

>> “Mainstream Media Screams” for 2014, as posted on MRC.org <<

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center