Rx for Bias: Networks' Top Docs Are Heavy Dem Donors

Today NewsBusters' parent organization, the Media Research Center (MRC), revealed that ABC News is not the only network guilty of giving Democratic-donating medical doctors a microphone to "report" on President Barack Obama's government health care proposal.

CBS and NBC medical physician correspondents have also chipped in their own cash to Democratic - but never Republican - candidates.

"ABC, CBS and NBC have no excuse for the applause these doctors have given to promote the largest expansion of government-run healthcare our country has ever seen," MRC President Brent Bozell said in a statement. "There's nothing benign about giving a megaphone to doctors who have a financial stake in the success of liberals' most aggressive platform in decades," he added.

A search of OpenSecrets.org showed that:

  • Prior to joining CBS, Dr. Jon LaPook gave $4,000 to Democratic presidential candidates Al Gore, John Kerry and Wesley Clark, plus a hefty $20,000 donation to the DNC. 
  • NBC's Nancy Snyderman gave two contributions totaling $800 to Democratic congressional candidates when she worked at the health care giant Johnson & Johnson. This was after her stint at ABC News and before joining NBC.
  • ABC's Dr. David Besser gave a $400 donation to Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, a contribution made before ABC hired him and announced he would begin reporting this September.

The full analysis is available at www.MRC.org

Visit www.BusinessAndMedia.org to access the comprehensive report “Uncritical Care” that shows 70% of network coverage promoted the ObamaCare health takeover.

NB Staff
NB Staff