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 the “Mainstream Media Screams” starting in July 2016. “Mainstream Media Screams” for January to June 2016; for July to December 2015; for January to June 2015. (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 April 24: Mainstream Scream: Bill Maher likens Syrian gassing to U.S. pollution

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 watch the video and add a comment to share your assessment.

 

■ April 17: Mainstream Scream: CNN’s Acosta, ‘We’re not the opposition’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features regular White House target Jim Acosta, CNN's senior White House correspondent, knocking the criticism by claiming, "We're not the opposition party. We are just trying to get at the truth."

During the "Press and the Presidency" forum last Wednesday at the Newseum, he said:

And the president, to some extent, has an unhealthy attitude towards the news media and I think I'm being diplomatic when I say this. I was out on the campaign trail time and again when he referred to the news media as the dishonest news media, the disgusting news media. He called us liars and crooks and thieves and I can't think of all of the other names that he called us.

There were chants of, you know, going after CNN that he would pause for and allow the crowd to continue those chants and, you know, I did ask him during that news conference where he did take my question, are you concerned that you are undermining American confidence in the news media? Because, at the end of the day, when he leaves office, we need Republicans to believe what's being said in the mainstream news media, just as much as we need Democrats to and I think that the president has to understand that he is doing real damage to what we do. He's doing real damage to the First Amendment in this country when he refers to the news media as the enemies of the people. Now, I know some of that is production, it's the, you know, he's from Fifth Avenue, so there is a little bit of Broadway there, I guess or something like that...

I was with Steve Bannon the other day where he referred to us as the opposition party once again. We're not the opposition party. We are just trying to get at the truth and when you have a side of the news media that just insists time and again that, you know, that CNN is out to get the president or out to get certain people in this country, I think it just does a tremendous disservice to all Americans. I don't think it is American to go after a segment of the news media.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Trump's lack of respect for much of the news media is just giving voice to the way many Americans feel, a view well-earned by journalists like Acosta who condescendingly proclaim an allegiance to 'the truth' but refuse to acknowledge the years of anti-conservative bias at CNN and elsewhere. If Acosta wants to know why Trump's attacks resonate, he should look in the mirror."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 10: Mainstream Scream: CNN talker compares Assad to Cheney

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of the strangest comparisons between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and a top Republican the media loves to hate, former Vice President Dick Cheney.

It came from Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill who was on CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday talking about Assad's use of poison gas and the media coverage of the U.S. military strike. He ripped the media, even CNN talking heads, then ended with this:

"Bashar al-Assad was a brutal thug when he was torturing prisoners on behalf of the CIA. Saddam Hussein was America's friend when he was using chemical weapons. We need to have more than just the immediate crisis memory. We need to understand the historical context of how a butcher like Assad actually has more in common with someone like Dick Cheney than he does with the average Syrian or the people that are on these airwaves as brave reporters."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Talk about 'fake news.' CNN did fine job of spreading it by giving a platform to a far-left journalist to spew hate speech equating an elected U.S. official with a dictator who had, days before, deployed poison gas to kill children. Liberals may like to compare Cheney to Darth Vader, but I don't remember him ever issuing an order to drop poison gas on kids."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ April 3: Mainstream Scream: Chuck Todd says Trump has the world ‘panicked’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of President Trump's favorite targets, NBC political guru Chuck Todd, and his comments on Andrea Mitchell's MSNBC show that the world "must be panicked" by the president because he is "on the brink" of … something.

His comments came Friday on Andrea Mitchell Reports and before Trump tweeted about Todd.

From Todd:

"You have a presidency right now that I think is, it's beyond saying it's in crisis mode. It is, you know, it's on the brink. The question is on the brink of what? Is it on the brink of collapse? Is it on the brink of becoming a temporarily lame duck presidency? And maybe it feels like it's lame duck-ish temporarily right now. You've got a stalled agenda...

"You've got a president who cannot accept the fact that Russia interfered in this election. And until he accepts that fact, this story is going to consume him. And my fear, Andrea my question to you is this: The world must be panicked that if this president is tested right now, if western alliances are tested by a Putin in the Baltics, by North Korea, is the United States prepared to lead in a crisis right now for the world?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "As exemplified by Todd, the Washington press corps certainly are quick to assume the worst about the Trump presidency. A bit of wish fulfillment by journalists with little respect for him? How else to explain seeing such a catastrophic state in just the third month of the new administration?"

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ March 27: Mainstream Media Scream: Carl Bernstein calls presidency ‘a bodyguard of lies’

(Washington Examiner post)

In the wake of the failure of the House to pass the bill to replace Obamacare, this week's Mainstream Media Scream features Washington Post and Time magazine veteran Carl Bernstein ripping a "lying" administration.

Appearing Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources, he let loose on President Trump's Obamacare repeal loss to host Brian Stelter:

"It's more than a blow because in addition to the line that has surrounded his presidency and his incessant lying, which Republicans even have now become terribly alarmed at, it shows the level of his incompetence, which is something that was known to many people who had done business with the Trump Organization. It was known to people who worked on The Apprentice with him when he would show up on the set without having done his homework, having done no preparation, having no idea of where the script was going.

"There's nothing new about this. Read the Trump biographies. He is not a competent leader. And on top of that, as you have indicated at the beginning of this program, his presidency is a bodyguard of lies. And that is undermining his presidency at the same time that his closest aides in the campaign are under serious investigation in a possible conspiracy that may extend in some way to himself."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "No matter what happens, the default position for Bernstein is to blame Trump, deride him as incompetent and impugn him as a liar. It seems to be a reflexive response fueled by hatred of the new president, not any independent journalistic assessment."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 20: Mainstream Media Scream: Hardball Matthews calls Trump ‘weirdo in the basement’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Chris Matthews, on his MSNBC show Hardball, mocking President Trump and his supporters for believing in alternative reality. Trump, he said, is "no better than the weirdo in the basement who calls in the fire alarm just to hear the sirens going past."

From his Thursday show:

"Well, tomorrow is Friday. If the president were to rise at dawn and say 'it's Saturday,' what would be the meaning of that statement? Would his people, those who back him no matter what, check their calendars and convince themselves the calendar they'd been using is wrong and the leader they adore is right?

"Would they say he didn't mean exactly that it was Saturday but that he was really saying that as President of the United States, he was declaring Friday simply the beginning of a long weekend? Would they say something like that if only to get him and therefore his fight-to-the-end-supporters off the hook? Would they? You tell me.

"How would they reconcile the man they look up to saying something their brains told them wasn't true, but still wanting to believe every word he speaks? Again, you tell me...

"Here we are, back to the troubling Trump reality. The man in the White House is demonstrably capable of making up claims that have no reality. He's no better than the weirdo in the basement who calls in the fire alarm just to hear the sirens going past."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "It's pretty rich for a 'journalist,' who exclaimed a 'thrill going up my leg' when he heard Barack Obama speak, to ridicule people who are enamored of another president."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ March 13: Mainstream Media Scream: Morning Mika rips, bans Kellyanne Conway

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the latest hit on the Trump administration by MSNBC's popular Morning Joe show, this time from co-host Mika Brzezinski who called top White House advisor Kellyanne Conway "awful," and reaffirmed her ban from the show.

It came Monday when Brzezinski said, "I absolutely will not have her live on the show." However, she played two soundbites of Conway in order to condemn her and President Trump.

In the first clip, when asked about surveillance of Trump Tower, Conway cited Wikileaks revelations about how the CIA can turn TVs and microwave ovens into listening devices. In a second clip, asked on ABC about the insinuation the CIA techniques were used to monitor people inside Trump Tower, Conway contended she didn't mean any such insinuation.

Following the two clips, Brzezinski charged:

"That was awful. She's really. It speaks for itself, America. Come on now....It's really awful. It's very, very, very sad what's happening. Everybody has to sort of let the story speak for itself and understand the story as time goes by. I just hope not too much time goes by....

"I'm just letting it hang out there, just like I'll let that hang because there's nothing I want to attach to it. I just want to stay as far away as possible from trying engage with someone who seems to have an audience of one who may not have the country's best interests in mind, we'll put it that way."

(Also on set: Former Obama OMB Director Peter Orszag and his wife Yahoo news and finance editor Bianna Golodryga.)

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Brzezinski has quite a bugaboo when it comes to Kellyanne Conway and has left any pretense of journalism behind. Brzezinski's clearly now an angry, arrogant and condemnatory judge of Trump's team."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ March 6: Mainstream Media Scream: NYT’s Friedman hits ‘juvenile’ Trump

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a representative of the type of media criticism President Trump faced following his Saturday morning Twitter rant against former President Obama.

The reaction of New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman, on Meet the Press, was that Trump is a "juvenile."

Friedman on the March 5 Meet the Press:

"Waking up at 6 AM in the morning, tweeting out one of the most damning accusations one president could make after another, and then, as Danielle [Pletka] said, then talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger, that is non-presidential behavior. That is not adult behavior. That is juvenile behavior. And the fact that we have a president who engages in that is, to me, deeply disturbing. Because think about this. Now he's going to have to go to Europe very soon and interact with other European leaders, other world leaders. What would you think if you're a world leader going into a meeting with – 'What do I say to this guy?' 'What might he say about this meeting?'

"He is everywhere we look. And we talked about this before. I quoted my friend, Dov Seidman, who makes the point there's a big difference between formal authority and moral authority. This president has formal authority. But every day you see him eroding his moral authority. And in the end, that is really going to hurt us....

"A few more mornings like this of 6:00 AM tweets, and people are not going to be talking about taking away his twitter, they're going to be talking about taking away his football. And I mean the nuclear codes."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "So, in accusing President Trump of juvenile behavior, Friedman tells a juvenile joke. As for Trump losing his 'moral authority,' when did Friedman, or any of his New York Times colleagues, ever bestow 'moral authority' onto Trump?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ February 27: Mainstream Media Scream: Bush doesn’t take blame Trump bait

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features former President George W. Bush brushing aside Today show co-host Matt Lauer's suggestion that President Trump has failed to unite the country.

Instead Bush said that it's harder to punch through the media to do his job.

From Monday's show:

MATT LAUER: But there's enormous division right now. And although President Trump has said he hopes to unify the country, have you, in the first month, seen him do or say anything that, in your opinion, would be an attempt to heal the wounds of the election?

FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: Well, first of all, there's only been one month in office. And so it's a – you know, he's got four years. Secondly, I think you have to take the man for his word that he wants to unify the country and we'll see whether he's able to do so. It's hard to unify the country, though, with the news media being so split up. When I was president, you know, you mattered a lot more because there was like three of you and now there's all kinds of information being bombarded out and people can say things anonymously. It's just a different world.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Of course, Lauer presumes the nation's divisions are President Trump's fault. It's nice that the former president pointed out the obvious role of the news media, but I'm sure Lauer wasn't pleased Bush asserted the media doesn't matter as much now as it used to matter."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

 

■ February 20: Mainstream Media Scream: ABC’s Jonathan Karl rips Trump ‘crash’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl taking on President Trump as he filled in as host of This Week Sunday.

In his commentary he ripped Trump's attack on the media last week and separately asked if the new administration is "careening out of control."

Karl:

We've never seen anything like it. We're used to watching new presidents take office with choreographed policy plans, rolled out with carefully chosen words. But this? A machine gun blast of big promises, the rhetoric loud, aggressive, chaotic. The question: is this a fine-tuned machine delivering promise after promise at a record pace? Or, an administration careening out of control? And if it is, how bad will the crash be?

Media Research Center Research Director Rich Noyes explains our weekly pick: "Normally, a new president is given a 'honeymoon' by the news media, but journalists have treated President Trump to non-stop hostility since the day he took office. Now with his administration barely a month old, some in the media seem ready to declare it a failure. It's no wonder Trump slams them as 'fake news'" when their bias against him and his agenda is so obvious."

Rating: Four of five screams.

 

■ February 13: Mainstream Media Scream: Smeared ‘Tea Party’ name OK when it’s liberal

(Washington Examiner post)

When it comes to the "Tea Party," the left and its mainstream media have made no secret that they consider it a home for the GOP's backward, racist, clan of dumbos.

But now as they try to find a name for their own mini-rebellion against GOP domination in Washington, they have found that using the "Tea Party" description for their effort is A-OK.

On several news shows last week, CNN, MSNBC and others sounded like Chris Matthews when he asked if the sporadic protests were the "birthing of the left's version of the Tea Party."

We couldn't let the coincidence pass as our Mainstream Media Scream of the week.

Media Research Center Research Director Rich Noyes explains the pick: "Back in 2009, the news media tried to ignore the Tea Party, ridiculed it with filthy jokes about tea-bagging, then smeared it as a racist reaction to America's first black president. But now many of those same journalists are hyping the idea of a left-wing Tea Party, treating the Left's disruptive demonstrations as a righteous reaction to Donald Trump. It's a complete double-standard, and shows how much of the media's so-called 'news' coverage is based on wishful thinking versus honest analysis."

Rating: Four of five screams.

 

■ February 6: Mainstream Media Scream: CNN reporter hails ‘White Lies Matter’

(Washington Examiner post)

It would be former President Reagan's 106th birthday today, so to honor that let's roll out one of his famous "they're you go again" to introduce this week's Mainstream Media Scream.

Of course, it's a CNN rant against President Trump, this time from an overseas correspondent.

CNN's Diana Magnay was reporting on an anti-Trump protest in London on Saturday morning when she said on CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield:

"I'm standing now outside Downing Street at the tail end of this protest. I'll just show you some of the banners that have been left for Theresa May: 'Theresa the Appeaser.' Just down here: 'Trump: Making America Hate Again.' Just some of the banners that people have had. One of my favorites today is 'White Lies Matter,' obviously a reference to Donald Trump and Kellyanne Conway's 'alternative facts.'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Is it any wonder President Trump has such well-earned contempt for CNN when their correspondents so casually praise the supposed wittiness of a derogatory attack on administration officials by a bunch of leftists overseas. Did a CNN reporter ever hail a 'favorite' Tea Party sign ridiculing Barack Obama? Of course not."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ January 30, 2017: Mainstream Media Scream: CNN’s Amanpour calls Bannon ‘Totalitarian’

(Washington Examiner post)

With so many in the media running around with the hair on fire over President Trump's first week in office it was hard to pick a top Mainstream Media Scream of the week. So we settled on one that represents the media's view of the administration, from CNN's Christiane Amanpour.

It came during Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 when he read a quote from top Trump adviser Stephen Bannon out of the New York Times: "The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a awhile."

Amanpour replied: "Steve Bannon is playing the role that he set out for himself. There is obviously some kind of strategy here, although it's hard for me to comprehend it because, you know, I operate in the truth and the fact-based universe. But he's playing a strategy which involves creating straw men and women, creating an enemy out of the press, and then, you know, dividing, diverting, obfuscating while other things are going on. That's the only thing I can imagine. Obviously, there are many other — I want to say — totalitarian regimes in the past which used this same kind of strategy.

"And, I mean, if I was going to be funny, I'd say that he's angling for an order of merit from Presidents Sisi, Putin, Erdogan, and all the others. That is how they treat their press. That is what they believe the press should be — a pliant, state propaganda unit in the service of the president. It is not the tradition of the American press."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "First, Amanpour is quite the comedian with her insistence she 'operates in the truth and the fact-based universe.' Second, journalists can sure dish out criticism, but Amanpour shows they can't take it. In her case, quite the hysterical overreaction about Bannon and President Trump acting like a 'totalitarian regime.' That analogy worked better in the years of the previous presidency when CNN was fully in the tank for the Obama administration."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ January 23, 2017: Mainstream Media Scream: ABC says Trump’s ‘America First’ is Nazi-like

(Washington Examiner post)

Donald Trump's completion of his long-time bid for the White House has Washington's Mainstream Media in breathless overdrive as they rip the president and his new team and especially his inaugural address.

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of those hits, from ABC's Terry Moran, who said that the president's "America First" theme reminds him of Nazi sympathizers.

On Friday after the inaugural address, ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos said, "Students of history will take note of that slogan, 'America First.'"

ABC News correspondent Terry Moran agreed: "It's a loaded term in American history. Now, he defined it here as total allegiance to the United States of America, and it is something, as Cecilia said, this is why he was sent here by people who want to hear that message of America first. However, it carries with it overtones from the 1930s when an anti-Semitic movement saying, 'We don't want to get involved in Europe's war. It's the Jews' fault in Germany.' Charles Lindbergh led them. It is a term, as he defined it his way, but the words themselves carry very ugly echoOKs in our history."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Trump's impassioned defense of America's superiority sure annoyed journalists. Such historical silliness from Moran, trying to impugn Trump's speech with 'ugly echoes of history,' just proves Trump's belief the news media are out to delegitimize him. As if anyone voted for Trump, a man with a trusted adviser who is Jewish, Jared Kushner, because they yearned for the return of Charles Lindbergh-like antipathy to Jews."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ January 16, 2017: Mainstream Media Scream: Matt Lauer cried over Biden’s medal

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's mainstream media scream is a tearful one, at least for the Today show's Matt Lauer.

On Friday, after Andrea Mitchell reported on Vice President Joe Biden receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in an emotional surprise by President Obama, Lauer said that he burst out in tears as Biden also teared up.

Said Lauer, "I'm glad there were no cameras in my apartment yesterday because I was sitting there just weeping."

Co-host Meredith Vieira added, "Oh, crying, right. So beautiful."

Lauer: "I just burst out crying when I saw that moment. It was incredible. Andrea, thank you very much."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Really? A grown man, a media veteran of decades of covering deadly tragedies, admitted to bursting into tears when one politician gave an award to another politician? The elite media may well be more emotionally invested in Obama and his team than anyone imagined."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ January 10, 2017: Mainstream Media Scream: Whoopie says liberals are Hollywood’s victims

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream shows an unusual take on Golden Globe winner Meryl Streep's slap at President-elect Trump. In it, Whoopie Goldberg, on her show The View, makes Hollywood liberals out to be the victims of the right.

From Monday's The View:

"Stop using Hollywood as this bad word. Let me remind everybody that in the '70s, and prior to that, Hollywood was really sort of run by the right-leaning groups. That's how we ended up with McCarthyism and all of these so-called lefties being rounded up and eaten, basically, for their beliefs.

"Secondly, a lot of actors have always come from real life, so they have a different thing, a different way of looking at stuff. So, stop painting this idea. Because, you know, harking back to the conversation we had, I've been thinking about it, and I remember that I can't name one right-leaning person who has ever lost their job for being a right-leaning person, but I can name you at least 15, 20 people who lost their ability to make a living, including myself, because of right-leaning folks saying, oh, you said that, you shouldn't be saying that.

"So my point is, it's not a Hollywood thing. This is people talking about people. Nobody's afraid, as you can see, to say what they want. But Danny Glover ate a lot of poop during the Bush administration, as did Sean Penn."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Yes, the problem today is that Hollywood is run by conservatives who supposedly suppressed liberals decades ago and still do today. Donald Trump and those disturbed by Meryl Streep's lecture have a lot better grip on reality."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ December 19, 2016: Mainstream Media Scream: Will & Grace star sobs over ‘greatest prez’ Obama

(Washington Examiner post)

The tears have started to flow over the exit of President Obama.

Exhibit A is Will & Grace actress Megan Mullally, our weekly Mainstream Media Scream star. Appearing on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, she recalled meeting Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at a White House Christmas party last week with her hubby Nick Offerman.

She described sobbing over Obama and begged him to stay. His response was a bit surprising, telling her, "we're not going anywhere."

From her appearance:

I said, 'Listen, I really love you and we don't want you to go.'

He gave me a hug and he said 'We're not going anywhere.'

And he walked out the door and, I mean, I'm not talking about a cute, single tear, I mean, burst into wrenching sobs, doubled over. Nick had to get out his handkerchief and sort of block me from view because I was embarrassing myself. But, you know, I mean, that's the greatest president and first lady in any of our lifetimes."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "The definition of a vacuous Hollywood star, blithely unaware of how her sycophantic gushing should be embarrassing. She's 58 years old, yet sounds like a 'tween meeting the leader of a boy band."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ December 12: Mainstream Media Scream: Media try to delegitimize Trump’s victory

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of many media efforts to question the legitimacy of President-elect Trump's victory by highlighting concerns that the Russians influenced the election on his behalf.

On CBS Face the Nation, for example, Slate's chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, raised the specter that the "election was In some sense illegitimate."

Host John Dickerson: Jamelle, as Michael [Duffy of Time magazine] points out, that the distinction here on the CIA and what they seem to have found, what's new here. We heard about Russian involvement potentially while the election was going on, but what seems to be new is that it was targeted to help Donald Trump. That seems to be the new development – that in order to just update people on where things are.

Slate's Jamelle Bouie: Right, exactly. We've sort of had to acknowledge and suspicion that the Russian government has been involved in, you know, helping leak documents like and engaging in election interference that way, but that's different. That's materially different than the suggestion that, hey, they were doing this specifically to help Donald Trump.

I'm sort of in this place right now where I'm not entirely sure, beyond investigations, beyond sort of serious scrutiny of this, what we do about this, because it really is unprecedented. And if — if it is true, if we have further verification of this, then what it suggests potentially is that the election was in some sense illegitimate. And I don't know where you go from there.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Question is: Who did more to interfere in the integrity of the U.S. election? The American news media which forwarded its own 'fake news' to discredit Trump or, if Russia really is behind the hacking, Putin's regime which disclosed some emails that revealed truths about what Clinton's team thought of her opponents?"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ December 5: Mainstream Media Scream: Sally Field declares Trump a fraud

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the one-time Flying Nun, actress Sally Field, going off on President-elect Trump as a fraud.

Appearing on Netflix's "Chelsea," hosted by Chelsea Handler, Field's attack seemed ironic since on the same day of the episode release Trump was making good on his promise to save jobs by appearing at a Carrier plant in Indiana to celebrate with the employees.

Said Field:

"I want to know what other people are thinking. I want to know why they voted for this man who does not stand for anything and has no real evidence, there is no evidence, if you look at his past, if you look at his history, there is no evidence that he can do one single thing that he says he's going to do, not one single thing.

"He has shown to be everything that he accuses and has accused Hillary Clinton of being. It is now evident he is all of those things, every single thing that he accused her of."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Don't take any stock picking advice from the flying nun, or anyone else in the Hollywood Left, who are so afflicted with TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) that they can't see beyond their own hatreds. Should be a fun next few years if Field and friends expect Trump to always fail."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ November 28: Mainstream Media Scream: Media can’t take Kellyanne Conway’s charge of bias

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Meet the Press host Chuck Todd shutting down Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway's criticism of the media.

When Todd, on Sunday's Meet the Press, asked Conway about what President-elect Trump will do to resolve conflicts of interest with his businesses around the world, Conway came at him by questioning how Trump has been treated by the media, especially to how President Obama was greeted in 2008.

Kellyanne Conway: "I went back and looked at what all the press clips and the conversations on shows like this were eight years ago. It was basically debating just how cool Barack Obama is. So we should at least, if we're not going to do that about President-elect Trump, we should, at the very least, trust him to do the right thing and comply with the law here."

Chuck Todd: "I understand every knee-jerk pushback is going to be to blame the media. That's a crutch. I get it. And I'm used to it."

Conway: "Not by me."

Todd: "But it's not the fact."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Todd's quick rejection, of Conway's obviously accurate recollection of how the media oozed over then-President-elect Barack Obama eight years ago, showed she clearly hit a very raw nerve. He knows it's true and contrasts with the media's hostility toward President-elect Trump."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ November 21: Mainstream Media Scream: Carl Bernstein joins in Sessions slamming

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features famed former Washington Post journalist Carl Bernstein expressing his sadness at Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions being named attorney general by President-elect Donald Trump.

His money line: Sessions won't even be as good as a former KKK member who made it on the court.

Bernstein appeared on CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, hosted by John Berman:

"That's the sadness here. The Department of Justice — great attorneys general like Robert Kennedy — the reason we have civil rights in this country and they have been enforced has been because of great attorneys general. Jeff Sessions is not someone who has made his mark by becoming a great advocate for civil rights in this country. That's the sadness of this.

"Look, there have been people who were in the Ku Klux Klan and senators from Alabama — namely Hugo Black — who became a great liberal Supreme Court justice and was confirmed by the Senate after he had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

"I don't think we're going to see — I would love it if Jeff Sessions becomes a great advocate for civil rights for all Americans — but he's going to win in the confirmation hearing — but you can't look at this appointment separate from the other four names we've been talking about and what that signal is to all Americans of where Donald Trump is going. And they are, quite frankly, poking in the eye."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Bernstein's high dudgeon outrage is a sure sign TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) will last well past election night and into the new administration's formation. Message to Bernstein: If you find yourself regretting someone isn't as inspiring as a former member of the KKK, you've lost your way."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ November 14: Mainstream Media Scream: The bitter left media in four TV clips

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a montage of TV clips from left media that pretty much size up their view of President-elect Trump and his supporters.

In order:

Bill Maher Friday night on his HBO show, Real Time:

"They're going to get rid of ObamaCare, probably get rid of Roe vs. Wade. Enjoy your victory, Trump voters. Because when you're dying because you don't have health insurance to treat the infection you got for a back alley abortion you had to get because of fetal lead poisoning, you can say to yourself, at least I didn't vote for someone with a private email server."

Musician John Legend, later on Maher's show:

"We hear him questioning the citizenship of the first black president, then we hear him calling Mexicans rapists and murderers that are coming into the country. Then he's saying he wants to ban Muslims from the country. We hear all that and we can't get past that. I guess half of the country could get past that and vote for him because of his 'Make America Great Again' slogan or his promise to bring jobs that he's not going to bring back. But we can't get past him saying those things and we'll never get past that and the fact that so many Americans voted for that guy who's selling them a load of bullshit and racism, we'll never get past that."

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman, also on Real Time:

"This is a moral 9/11. Only 9/11 was done to us from the outside and we did this to ourselves."

Joy Reid, host of MSNBC's AM Joy, on Saturday morning, November 12, fretting that Germany, once the center of Nazism, is a better nation than the U.S. which is now beset by neo-Nazism:

"How awkward is it that the country that dealt with Nazism is now the country that we're all looking to with hope that has a woman president, free college, and is being looked at as the leader of the free world while we have neo-Nazism a la Breitbart.com about to get a seat in the White House. My head hurts — what about yours?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Proof positive liberals haven't learned anything from the election results. Angry, bitter and still trying to smear the motives of those who vote differently than do they while condescendingly lecturing everyone for not appreciating the great benefits of big government liberalism."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ November 7: Mainstream Media Scream: NBC praises ‘extraordinary, magical’ Hillary

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features legendary NBC News reporter Andrea Mitchell praising a campaign Hillary Rodham Clinton rally as "extraordinary" and "magical."

Live on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show from a Clinton rally in Manchester N.H. Sunday night, she said:

"It's been extraordinary, I got to tell you Rachel. First of all, she did not mention the e-mail controversy, as you noted, in her earlier appearance in Cleveland with LeBron James trying to rally the black vote....James Taylor played for 45 minutes. It was extraordinary. And I thought, well that is so mellow and such a wow, how does Khizr Kahn follow that? He came and this crowd was on their feet screaming for Khizr Khan with his heartbreaking story about his son and a message against bullying. This has been a sort of magical night, staying on message and trying to recapture the momentum going into the final day."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Mitchell keeps earning her reputation as the most enthusiastic Hillary Clinton sycophant in the news media. If Clinton wins, Mitchell won't have to adjust her presentations an iota to fit right in as the White House Press Secretary."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 31: Mainstream Media Scream: GOP accused of ‘treason’ in fighting Hillary

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features CNN political contributor Van Jones declaring that GOP "obstruction" to a President Hillary Rodham Clinton amounts to "treason."

It came during Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO. After Maher predicted Republicans will investigate Clinton immediately after she takes office, quipping they'll do it on Inauguration day, "like she'll be testifying in a ball gown," Jones responded:

"You know, listen, they have forgotten the difference between being a party of opposition and a party of obstruction. There's great honor in being a party of opposition, you know, saying, 'Listen, we think your ideas are wrong. We can make them better.' But when you just stop the entire government from functioning, there's a word for that: treason. That's the word. It's treason. You have to do your job. You have to do your job. You take an oath. Period."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "The Oxford dictionary defines treason as: 'The crime of betraying one's country, especially by attempting to kill or overthrow the sovereign or government.' Republicans who plan to oppose the agenda of a President Hillary Clinton are hardly overthrowing a government. Having such a regular face on CNN impugn them of such a capital crime helps explain why those on the right have little respect for the cable news channel."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ October 24: Mainstream Media Scream: MSNBC rips Fox, says ‘Trump like Swastika’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a top MSNBC show discussing the possibility of a Donald Trump cable network taking over from Fox.

On Sunday's AM Joy, Joy Reid 'dissed the competition and featured a panel that slapped Fox as "too lazy to join" the KKK and called Donald Trump like a "Swastika.'"

In a discussion about potential post-election Trump TV venture, Reid said, "I actually think – and you probably know better than I do – there are people who say that Fox News doesn't hate Muslims enough, isn't angry enough about immigration, that Megyn Kelly is too tough on Trump surrogates. There is an audience that's further to the right because it's on Breitbart.com right now."

Panelist and comedian Dean Obeidallah, added, "Finally a network for people who find Fox News too intellectual, and too warm and fuzzy, and too lazy to join the Klan. So you can sit home and watch this stuff. But, you know what, and a great morning show of Mel Gibson and Paula Dean together in the morning for the base. Here's the reality. We've watched Fox, we've watched Trump TV, a preview the last about 15, 16 months. It's horrifying. It is bone-chilling.

"We've seen a spike in emboldening in hate of anti-Semitism, of white nationalists. Anti-Muslim hate crimes have spiked in the last few weeks by self-professed Trump supporters. I'm not guessing they're Trump supporters. Last weekend alone, two mosques defaced with the word 'Trump.' To his supporters, the name 'Trump' is becoming a modern day version of the Swastika. So I fear that this is an IV drip of hate."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Such condescending disdain for a significant portion of the population, trying to smear many Trump supporters as deplorable racists, may be funny to MSNBC producers, but it's likely humorous to few others. Obeidallah shouldn't try this routine beyond MSNBC."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 17: Mainstream Media Scream: It’s Trump’s fault press ignoring Clinton-WikiLeaks

(Washington Examiner post)

Apparently, the mainstream media can't walk and chew gum at the same time.

Exhibit one is our Mainstream Media Scream of the week. It was during Sunday's "Meet the Press" when NBC White House reporter Kristen Welker said that it's Trump's fault the media isn't focused on the thousands of embarrassing Clinton campaign emails leaked out by WikiLeaks.

To nods of agreement from the media panel, she said, "I can't tell you how many times this past week journalists have said, 'What would this news cycle look like if we hadn't had the 2005 tape of Donald Trump, if these allegations hadn't come forward from all of these women?' I mean, we would be almost solely focused on these WikiLeaks. And yet, Donald Trump continues to kind of make these unforced errors."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "The whopper of the week! If only Donald Trump would stop forcing us to cover his alleged misdeeds, we journalists would be zealously pursuing WikiLeaks revelations damaging to Hillary Clinton – as if journalists currently couldn't devote the same level of attention to both, if they really wanted to do so."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 10: Mainstream Media Scream: CNN compares Trump to Hitler, Stalin

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a post-debate analysis of Donald Trump's statement that he'd put Hillary Rodham Clinton "in jail" if he was president and she was facing charges linked to her email scandal.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash were discussing this clash in the debate:

CLINTON: "It's just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country."

TRUMP: "Because you'd be in jail."

CNN's analysis unfolded this way:

Wolf Blitzer: "One candidate says not only is he going to put forward a special prosecutor to investigate his rival, but – and this is very significant – he's going to put her in jail if he's elected president of the United States. That's pretty extraordinary."

Dana Bash: "Okay, not to sound too corny, but what makes this country different from countries with dictators in Africa or Stalin or Hitler or any of those countries with dictators and totalitarian leaders, is that when they took over, they put their opponents in jail. To hear one presidential candidate, say – even if it was a flip comment, which it was – 'you're going to be in jail' to another presidential candidate on the debate stage in the United States of America, stunning, just stunning."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Quite a bit of baseless indignation from the CNN crew. All Trump did was quip 'you'd be in jail' if he were president – simply suggesting that she would have been held accountable by a fair and impartial Justice Department. That's a long way from Stalin and Hitler and the inability of Blitzer and Bash, who are quick to presume the worst in Trump, to understand that is what's 'stunning.'"

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ October 3: Mainstream Media Scream: Bill Maher calls Trump sons ‘axe murderers’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features maybe one of the nastiest attacks on the Trump family, this time from HBO funnyman Bill Maher calling Donald Jr. and Eric Trump axe murderers and comparing them to the lethal sons of former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein.

In his "New Rules" segment on Friday's Real Time on HBO, host-comedian Maher delivered a particularly personal and vicious assault on Donald Trump's sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, calling them "psychos," who may put "plastic over the furniture so they can axe murder prostitutes while discussing Phil Collins."

To laughter from the Los Angeles audience, Maher asserted:

"Donald Trump also once said, 'sometimes people will come into my office and they'll look great, sound great, dress beautifully. Everything is great. Then after you hire them they turn out to be morons.' Which explains his sons, Uday and Qusay. I mean, Trump senior in the White House is bad enough without these two American psychos, putting plastic over the furniture so they can axe murder prostitutes while discussing Phil Collins."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Maher may think he's being cute in disguising his left-wing hatreds within jokes, but he's not fooling anyone. You can't bemoan Donald Trump's crassness while simultaneously making crude personal insults towards Trump's family."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ September 26: Mainstream Media Scream: Stephanopoulos ‘in the tank for Hillary’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos, ABC's "Chief Anchor," calling on the media to highlight the "dishonesty" of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

On his Sunday show, "This Week," he said to New York Times political correspondent Maggie Haberman:

"The [New York] Times got attention last week when they called out a Trump lie on the front page of Saturday's paper. You've got another article in the paper doing that this week. Whose job is it, and is the Hillary Clinton team right when they complain about this double standard, they say 'well voters think she's dishonest in part because the media hasn't done its job calling out the dishonesty of Donald Trump'?"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Of all the concerns to have hours before the first debate, only someone in the tank for Hillary could have this one. Calling out the dishonesty of Trump is about all the media have been doing for the past few weeks. And suggesting people think she's dishonest because they don't realize how dishonest he is, is ludicrous."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ September 19: Mainstream Media Scream: NYT’s Dowd tells the truth, elites loves Hillary

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream, for the first time, is a cheer for a giant in the media world blowing the whistle on her friends who want to give Hillary Rodham Clinton a free pass.

We feature Maureen Dowd of the New York Times who told Meet the Press host Chuck Todd that her friends won't even read her interviews with Republican Donald Trump, choosing to censor GOP news as well as negative stories about Clinton.

Asked by Todd to describe the "East Coast freak out" among "the elites" over Clinton falling in the polls, Dowd replied:

"Well my friends, one of my friends, Leon Wieseltier, calls it a national emergency. And my friends won't even read any, if I do interviews with Donald Trump, they won't read them. And basically they would like to censor any stories about Trump and also censor any negative stories about Hillary. They think she should have a total free pass. Because as she said at that fundraiser recently, 'I'm the only thing standing between you and the abyss.'"

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "I thought the media already were giving Hillary a free pass? All kidding aside, sort of, this scream goes not to a journalist, but to those who prefer to get their news from the New York Times. Dowd did a good service in revealing the intolerant attitudes of liberals and it might help explain how the Times slants its coverage to satisfy its readers."

Rating: Five happy faces.

 

■ September 12: Mainstream Media Scream: Clinton ‘correct, accurate’ on Trump ‘deplorables’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features Jamelle Bouie of Slate on CBS's Face the Nation saying that Hillary Rodham Clinton was "correct and accurate" to call Donald Trump's supporters "deplorables."

Bouie on Face the Nation:

"I'm inclined to see it as strategy and not so much as a gaffe because when I heard the remark, well, my first question was: Is this true? Right? Regardless of how it sounds, what it looks like, is it — what is the case about Donald Trump supporters? And if you break down the numbers and you look at the RealClearPolitics average, and it gives Trump up about 43 percent of registered voters. So it's about 30, 31 million people.

"Compare that to polls that show 65 to 70 percent of all Republicans who say Barack Obama either wasn't born in the United States or is a Muslim. You look at pilot data from the American National Election Study, and it shows upwards of 40 percent of Republicans saying things like, 'Blacks are more violent, blacks are lazier, Muslims are more violent, Muslims are lazier.' Among Trump supporters in particular, 60, 50, 70 percent of them agree with statements that political scientists categorize as being explicitly racist.

"So I'm looking at Clinton's statement, and half — which is about 31 million people again — doesn't really seem that out of bounds; 40 to 50 percent of Republicans, I would say, looking at the full spectrum of data, agree with beliefs that we would categorize as explicitly prejudiced. So regardless of whether or not Clinton needs to walk it back or not, I think she's being correct and accurate."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Bouie demonstrated the synergy between Hillary Clinton and the media elite, both with disdain for the masses, assuming the worst motives behind those tired of liberal Washington policies. Of course, journalists like Bouie didn't jump in 2012 to defend the accuracy of Mitt Romney's characterization of 47 percent as those 'who are dependent upon government' and pay no income tax, gleefully treating that accurate assertion as a damaging gaffe."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ September 6: MainstreamScream: Slate editor calls Trump ‘some rancid meat’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the editor of Slate suggesting that Republican Donald Trump is "rancid meat" to Hillary Rodham Clinton's healthy apple.

Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of Slate, described Trump as "rancid meat," as in not an orange in an apples and oranges analogy. On Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, in a segment about how Trump is being "graded on a curve" by a too soft media, he told host Brian Stelter:

"The structure of covering politics is you compare an apple and an orange, they have different attributes, but they're both fruits and you can take your pick. In this case we have something more like an apple and some rancid meat."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Taking up Weisberg's reasoning, assessing journalists you have apples and oranges – some are hard news reporters and others are opinionated columnists or bloggers – but all are fruits. Then there's Weisberg's souring of the whole profession by making clear he doesn't even believe in the pretense of equal treatment of the candidates picked by millions who voted in the primaries of our two major political parties."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ August 29: Mainstream Scream: MSNBC’s Mika wants Trump mentally evaluated

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream finds a leading liberal TV pundit taking a page out of a Clinton-Obama advisor's anti-Donald Trump playbook. We feature MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski calling for a mental evaluation of the GOP presidential nominee.

It came Monday as the show reacted to Trump's tweet about the killing of the cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade. In it, Trump said, "Dwayne Wade's cousin was just shot and killed walking her baby in Chicago. Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP!"

Brzezinski said, "I actually think it's time to hear from somebody in the mental health community. To look at this person, who has been on television for months, and to give us a sense of what we have going on here. And, I'm sorry, let's stop pretending we're dealing with someone who we can completely understand. And when you see someone who you think has problems, you know it. And there's not anybody at this table who doesn't think he has some sort of problem. Let's ask the questions. Let's do this at this point. Let's set up someone and ask the questions."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Brzezinski long ago proved she's no independent journalist, but her hostility to Trump – talk about mental issues — has verged on the obsessive."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ August 15: Mainstream Scream: Meryl Streep says ‘very recent’ women ‘admitted to U.S. with our rights’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features one of the more interesting Hollywood head scratchers to the Big Media, this time actress Meryl Streep to CBS This Morning.

Asked by host Charlie Rose to recall her experience addressing to the Democratic National Convention, where she introduced Hillary Clinton, actress Meryl Streep said on Wednesday's CBS This Morning:

"It was personal. It was sort of, it meant an enormous amount to me because I just felt the press of history behind me. I felt my grandmother and my mother, imagining what they would feel. My mother was born before women could vote. It's very recent that we've been admitted to the United States with our rights, and so I felt it was a moment in history and I felt like I was surfing this huge wave of wonderfulness."

She was on the CBS morning show to promote, with Hugh Grant, her new movie, Florence Foster Jenkins.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "By Streep's standard that 1920 is 'very recent,' the Calvin Coolidge presidency was 'very recent.' Her formulation about getting 'admitted to the United States with our rights' displays a remarkable degree of bitterness for a wealthy woman who has always had the right to vote, but I guess that reflects how liberals are always quick to see the worst in America."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

■ August 8: Mainstream Scream: ‘AM Joy’ says Clinton email scandal too hard to understand

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream features a new line of spin from MSNBC weekend host Joy Reid about why Hillary Rodham Clinton's email scandal isn't damaging to the Democratic presidential candidate.

The host of AM Joy appeared on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday where she described Hillary's email scandal as too complicated for the public to understand:

"I think the blessing and the curse for Hillary Clinton is that the e-mail story is complicated. So, the curse for her is that trying to explain it, her answers are so detailed and complicated, that when you're explaining you're losing...

"But, it's also so complicated that when you talk to voters they don't really get it. What they do understand is that they have gmail, so it doesn't sound like something criminal. So that when Donald Trump goes over the top and tries to say that it's something criminal, he kind of loses the audience too. It's a blessing and a curse."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "Maybe people would better understand Hillary's misdeeds if liberal political operatives turned TV hosts, such as Reid, put as much effort into explaining to their viewers the importance of what Hillary did to avoid accountability, as they do to explaining away its relevance."

Rating: Three out of five screams.
 

■ August 1: Mainstream Scream: Media says GOP convention, by 12-1 margin, more negative

(Washington Examiner post)

This week's Mainstream Media Scream looks at the bottom line in the coverage of the Democratic and Republican presidential nominating conventions, and finds that the GOP confab was declared negative and nasty by a 12 to 1 margin.

Mainstream media pulled no punches in slamming the Republicans. Some that featured Democrats on air slamming Republican speeches during the GOP convention refused to put on Republicans to critique the Democratic speakers.

"Every four years, the party conventions give the establishment news media a chance to provide even-handed coverage of the two parties. Once again, unfortunately, the networks have shown their obvious bias in favor of the liberals that rule the Democratic Party," said Rich Noyes, research director at the Media Research Center which helps Secrets ferret out the worst cases of liberal media bias.

Typically we feature one single pick for your weekly Mainstream Media Scream feature, but Noyes produced a very notable and comprehensive wrap-up of the two weeks of political conventions that displays in black and white the disparity in coverage.

For example, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC slammed the GOP convention as more negative than the Democratic gathering 63-5.

Also, Republican critics of Democratic speeches were missing in action. MSNBC, for example, featured five Democrats commenting on Republicans during primetime but barred Republicans from primetime during the Democratic convention.

■ July 25: Mainstream Scream: ABC host lets Democrat label George Wallace a Republican

(Washington Examiner post)

ABC's George Stephanopoulos is our featured Mainstream Media screamer for helping keep alive the false belief that one-time presidential candidate and race-baiter Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was a Republican, not a proud Democrat.

Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, was on ABC's This Week Sunday when he identified the long-time segregationist Wallace, twice a Democratic candidate for president, as a Republican: "We do have the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace."

Wallace was never a Republican and never won the nomination of either major party, though he was the candidate in 1968 of the American Independent Party. He ran in the Democratic presidential primaries in both 1972 and 1976.

Without offering a correction, host Stephanopoulos moved on to a question to another guest, Republican Congressman Tom Cole of Oklahoma who did inform the audience that Wallace was a Democrat.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains the pick: "How embarrassing. Apparently so deluded by the media regularly characterizing Republicans as racists, Ellison just presumed a notorious segregationist must be Republican. And Stephanopoulos didn't even recognize such a false presumption that glosses over more than a century of the Democratic Party's history. Groupthink in action."

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

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

(Washington Examiner post)

CLEVELAND — MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews is our featured Mainstream Media screamer this week for his rant against Republican Donald Trump on the cable network just as the Republican presidential candidate was to publicly unveil Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate on Saturday.

Matthews said:

"There'll be trouble and we all know that and we're all taking precautions for that. We expect to be a lot of protests. Hopefully it'll limited to peaceful protests, but there will be a lot of action outside the convention hall which will grab the attention of the cameras. It will be a raucous event next week. We know that because Trump is a magnet. He's a lightning rod, whatever the metaphor is, he causes trouble with other people who see him as the enemy. African-Americans, we saw that at that downtown Chicago rally that he held. We saw it in San Diego with the Hispanic, the Latino population there showing up. Sometimes it seems like he's out there trying to roil it up to create trouble, but it comes, and all those groups, organized or not, are going to see Cleveland as a chance to express themselves.

"They don't like being called rapists. If you're a Latino, you don't want to be called a rapist. If you're an African-American, you see this guy as a man who called the President of the United States basically an illegal immigrant, somebody born in Africa who somehow pulled the wool over our eyes and made himself eligible for the presidency. That will not to be forgotten, and so there's a lot of enemies out there of Donald Trump who will show up in Cleveland. Let's hope they express themselves with the right way, with the way with words and loud noise and, perhaps, some excitement, but not in a violent way, but we know that that's going to be a big part of the story here. This convention could be like '68, the Democratic convention in Chicago."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Matthews is as messed up as usual in his reasoning, justifying violence as a rational response to views with which people disagree. If people turned violent against Matthews every time he said something offensive, he'd have a lot of bruises."

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

■ 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.

 

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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