If you weren’t paying attention in the past month, you might actually believe that Russian spies infiltrated our voting booths to help Donald Trump win the presidential election. Well, at least that’s the perception the big three news networks are trying to create by repeatedly insisting that Russia “hacked the election.”
My friends, it’s happened. Following President Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday night, ABC poured out warm fuzzes for the President as the assembled liberal journalists bowed down to his “sermon on democracy” doubling as a “song of hope” of “what can look like that we are now a diverse nation.”
With 2017 rapidly approaching, I decided that, as NewsBusters managing editor, it would be worthwhile to take a look back at the top ten most-read blogs from 2016. Once again, tens of millions of people flocked to NewsBusters for the best and worst media bias in newspapers, television news, social media -- and liberal outbursts from celebrities.
After television news (and his own newspaper) spent the last eight years praising Barack Obama and defending him against GOP attacks, there’s a Republican about to take office and suddenly it’s high time for journalists to get tough on politicians. That’s the gist of New York Times media reporter Jim Rutenberg’s latest Mediator column “TV News Must Pull No Punches For Trump." Rutenberg praised ABC’s George Stephanpopoulos and Martha Raddatz, two of the most notorious purveyors of Hillary hagiography and anti-Trump vituperation during the 2016 campaign.
As President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet selection process continued move along Sunday morning, the liberal media’s claims of chaos behind the scenes seemed to give way to cries of racism on the network morning shows. “So, there's a concern about lack of diversity so far in the hiring,” bemoaned ABC’s Paula Faris on Good Morning America, “We saw that he brought in Michelle Rhee and Nikki Haley, but is there really any likelihood of a pick who is not a white male at this point?”
The network morning shows on Friday pounced on the announcement that Michael Flynn is Donald Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser, immediately branding the Army Lieutenant General “divisive,” “controversial,” fiery” and known for his “infamous” appearance at the 2016 Republican National Convention. In contrast, ABC and NBC saw Barack Obama’s National Security Adviser Susan Rice as “hard-nosed,” “no-nonsense” and a “victim” of the conservative media.
The Huffington Post seemed to have their panties in a twist after it got wind of some comments that comedian Dave Chappelle made during a stand-up show in New York this past Friday, even calling his routine “bizarre” because he voiced his displeasure with Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton.
ABC News journalist Martha Raddatz on election night struggled to not get emotional as the night got worse for Hillary Clinton. Speaking of Trump on foreign policy, her voice quivered, “I was also looking back [voice breaks] at an interview Tim Kaine gave. Tim Kaine has a son in the Marine Corps. He was asked, by John Dickerson, ‘So if Donald Trump is democratically elected, and your son is serving as a Marine, you wouldn't trust his life under that commander-in-chief? And Kaine said, ‘I wouldn't.”
How many more broadcast bust-ups will it take before America finally decides to make its presidential election debates tolerable again? I can't take it anymore. Can you? For the past three cycles -- 2008, 2012, and 2016 -- I've chronicled the depressing, systemic bias of left-leaning partisans whom the Commission on Presidential Debates routinely installs as "moderators."
The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes appeared on Fox Business Networks’ Risk and Reward Monday to discuss the bias of Sunday’s presidential debate moderators. Noyes noted that the moderators Martha Raddatz of ABC and Anderson Cooper of CNN interrupted Donald Trump by a roughly 2-1 margin. “But it was more than interruptions. You know, they were challenging Donald Trump,” he continued, “They were pressing him in a very adversarial way. They asked her tough questions but not in that challenging adversarial way.”
While ABC’s Martha Raddatz repeatedly sparred with Donald Trump and showed “utter contempt” for the Republican nominee during Sunday night’s debate, as the reviews rolled in Monday morning, the liberal media predictably celebrated the moderator’s biased performance.
Appearing on the Monday edition of Fox Business Network’s Varney & Company, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell blasted Sunday’s presidential debate co-moderators Anderson Cooper for having “consistently challenged” Donald Trump and Martha Raddatz for “show[ing] utter contempt for Donald Trump on a national stage.”