Former CBS News Morning Show Anchor Harry Smith Taking His Low Rated Talents to NBC News

It was exactly one year ago today that Lebron James announced he was "taking" his "talents to South Beach" and today TV Newser is reporting that longtime CBS newsman Harry Smith is taking his "talents" of drawing low ratings at The Early Show to NBC News.

Of course Smith will be a good fit, from a liberal bias perspective at NBC, as he spent a good amount of time as host of CBS's morning news show criticizing conservative heroes like Ronald Reagan, while praising liberal icons Barack Obama and Al Gore.

Examples of Smith's bias over the years at CBS after the jump:

"He talked about being proud of what's happened with the economy, about the millions of new jobs that have been created. And as I listened to that, I also thought one out of five babies born in the United States are born into poverty. There are hundreds of thousands of people in this country now that are homeless, have no place to live. I wonder, how does your father reconcile that in his mind? How does he reconcile those two things?"

-Smith to Maureen Reagan on the January 12, 1989 CBS This Morning, the morning after President Reagan's farewell address.

"As the nation prepares for President-elect Barack Obama to move into the White House, many Americans can't help but draw similarities between him and the late President John F. Kennedy....The similarities are striking. JFK was 43 when he was inaugurated. Obama is just three years older, bringing a certain youthful vigor to the White House, including, young children....Kennedy had more than his share of charisma and Obama knows how to light up a room. But it's their wives who might be the real superstars."

-Smith on The Early Show, November 7, 2008.

"President-elect Barack Obama has been named one of GQ magazine's Men of the Year....Why was he a good choice? ...Can a guy who's cool be President of the United States?"

-Smith on The Early Show, November 17, 2008.


"I'm just not so sure I've ever witnessed anything like this in all of the politics that I've covered, which goes back quite a few years already. This place rumbled. And there were certain points during the speech when the stadium was just so alive, and the ground was almost quaking."

-Smith on The Early Show, August 29, 2008, the morning after Barack Obama's convention address.

Co-host Harry Smith: "President Bush getting ready to go to Europe for the G-8. The folks in the European Union want to do emissions reductions. The President said yesterday we're not going to participate....If you were President, you would have probably signed on?"

Former Vice President Al Gore: "Yeah, yeah."

Smith: "Do you mind if I-? [holds up a ‘Gore 2008' pin]...There you go. You can hold it. [laughter]....Here, let's see what it looks like." [holds pin to Gore's lapel]...All right, all right. Save that in a freeze frame."

-Exchange on CBS's Early Show, May 30, 2007.

For more of Smith's slanting of the news please visit his Profile in Bias page.

Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.