In an interview with Bernie Sanders on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie worried that the Democratic presidential candidate’s criticism of frontrunner Hillary Clinton was similar to Donald Trump’s latest line of attack: “Donald Trump is test driving a new nickname for Hillary Clinton, ‘crooked Hillary.’ Maybe he uses fewer words, but have you been making the same argument against her?”
By Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella | | April 18, 2016 | 2:03 PM EDT
A team of MRC analysts logged each prime time interview of a presidential candidate or a plainly-identified supporter or surrogate on CNN, MSNBC and the Fox News Channel from March 21 to April 15, weekdays only, poring over approximately 240 hours of programming. Our study found that the Fox News Channel spent much more time interviewing Donald Trump and his surrogates than either of his GOP competitors. Trump was interviewed for a total of 178 minutes on Fox, while his leading competitor, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, was featured in interviews totaling 120 minutes on FNC.
By Sam Dorman | | April 18, 2016 | 2:01 PM EDT
Liberalism already pollutes the ecosystem of American media: TV shows, movies, books, etc. Now, a popular trivia game is inundating its gamers with environmentalism.
The heavily downloaded mobile app Trivia Crack recently announced it would push environmentalism onto its players, as part of an Apple initiative celebrating Earth Day.
By Geoffrey Dickens | | April 18, 2016 | 1:20 PM EDT
CBS’s Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett hyped the rise of the once “fringe” socialist Bernie Sanders as an “enormously important moment” for the country. On Friday night’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show, Garrett marveled “The [Bernie] Sanders phenomenon is real and long-lasting.”
By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 12:57 PM EDT
ABC on Monday found Republicans who are bothered by Ted Cruz's supposed lack of civility, who disagree with him on gun control and gay marriage. The town hall aired on Good Morning America, allowing the senator 30 minutes and 38 seconds to talk to voters. But, unlike past ABC events that gushed over Hillary Clinton, this one featured tough questions from voters.
By Curtis Houck | | April 18, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT
On Monday morning, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC fell in line and faithfully touted the promises of liberal actor George Clooney that his fundraisers for Democrats like Hillary Clinton will go away once they elect enough of them to ensure the Supreme Court overturns the Citizens United decision. Further, CBS This Morning used a portion of their interview with socialist Senator Bernie Sanders to lobby him to join Clooney and Clinton in raising money for Democrats collectively across the country.
By Kyle Drennen | | April 18, 2016 | 12:04 PM EDT
In a report for Monday’s NBC Today, news anchor Natalie Morales highlighted a new interview with Monica Lewinsky in the The Guardian and used the words of the former White House intern to scold Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for bringing up Bill Clinton’s past sex scandals during the 2016 campaign.
By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 11:54 AM EDT
When Good Morning America’s George Stephanopoulos scored an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton, he completely ignored her e-mail scandal. In contrast, when Stephanopoulos and co-host Robin Roberts talked to Ted Cruz on Monday, Roberts played a montage of opponents saying bad things about the Republican.
By Tim Graham | | April 18, 2016 | 11:44 AM EDT
The Associated Press reports the latest bad news for the press: “Just 6 Percent of People Say They Trust the Media.” Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by public skepticism about what they read on social media. "Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions."
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 18, 2016 | 10:59 AM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, former PBS NewsHour anchor Jim Lehrer -- known for moderating a number of general election presidential debates in the past -- declared that he watches both CNN and MSNBC "a lot," but did not mention Fox News as part of his "well-rounded news diet."
By Jorge Bonilla | | April 18, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT
On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas - the case in which a coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama administration over the executive DACA/DAPA programs. On the leading domestic Spanish-language television network newscasts, the case was given existential treatment. Unfortunately, the coverage was just as one-sided as we would have expected.
By Clay Waters | | April 18, 2016 | 9:50 AM EDT
As the Supreme Court begins to debate whether President Obama's executive actions on immigration exceeded his authority, the New York Times lead National section story Sunday by Julia Preston, one of the paper’s most pro-amnesty reporters documented “A Family Anxiously Awaiting a Supreme Court Outcome – Justices Hold the Key To Immigration Mix.” Again, the Times skipped the clear formulation of “illegal immigrants” in favor of the longer “in the country illegally,” apparently to avoid hateful stigmatizing. The paper’s euphemism of choice was “unauthorized immigrants."
By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 9:02 AM EDT
Posted below: the April 18 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This issue: The “first-rate” Hillary Clinton is just like Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams, according to journalists.
Meanwhile, Chris Matthews told Bernie Sander’s campaign chairman that the socialist candidate stimulates his “erogenous zone.” Over on CNN, Chris Cuomo gushed to Bernie Sanders that “thousands of young people” are “shouting your name.”
By Mark Finkelstein | | April 18, 2016 | 8:13 AM EDT
John Heilemann: self-appointed avenging angel and scourge of lies and liars? Earlier this month, Heilemann accused Dan Senor to his face of "lying" about Paul Ryan's presidential ambitions. Heilemann was back at his accusatory beat on today's Morning Joe, this time making the affable Willie Geist, of all people, his target.
To introduce a feel-good segment congratulating Willie on his new gig, Morning Joe rolled a clip of the opening of Geist's hosting debut of NBC Sunday Today yesterday. Willie told viewers they were welcome to hang out on their couches in sweatpants, while he got dressed in his "church clothes." But Heilemann, raining on the parade, jumped ugly: "Do you think it was a good idea to start off a show with a lie like that?" Challenged, Heilemann said that he realized many people go to church "but I don't assume Willie goes to church." For the record, Willie said he had been to church last weekend, but even then Heilemann remained skeptical: "what were you doing there?"
By Mairead McArdle | | April 18, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT
The Whiteness Project is back to revive the ill will engendered by racism in American culture.
Documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow released the second installment of the PBS series designed to show white people speaking genuinely about racism. This part consists of interviews of 24 white millennials in Dallas over the summer of 2015. His first installment, filmed in October, 2014, features 21 white adults in Buffalo, New York. Dow’s goal is to interview 1,000 white Americans across the country.