Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.  He currently writes for all of the MRC's publications and outlets including MRC.org, Newsbusters.org, Notable Quotables and has contributed to past projects including MediaWatch and MagazineWatch. He also authored the MRC's Outgunned Special Report that examined the media's bias against gun rights. Dickens has made several appearances on radio talk shows around the nation.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia this native Washingtonian briefly left the area to earn a degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism. When he's not monitoring the media's liberal bias, Dickens can be found rooting for his beloved Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Indiana Hoosiers.

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January 16, 2017, 9:00 AM EST

Donald Trump hasn’t even been sworn-in yet but the liberal media has obsessed almost over every Trump tweet and controversy. Conversely, Barack Obama’s administration has been full of scandals and gaffes but liberal reporters have insisted that his record is clean as a whistle. Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, after Obama’s January 10 farewell speech gushed: “He’s been scandal free, frankly, in the White House. We haven’t had that what for a while.” Time magazine’s Joe Klein, back in December declared there has been “absolutely no hint of scandal” during his eight years.

These liberal reporters have the audacity to bless this administration as scandal free, because many of Obama’s controversies were either ignored or barely reported by the establishment media. The following is a look through the MRC’s archives at some of the worst scandals and gaffes made during the Obama administration and how they were underreported at the time. 

January 5, 2017, 2:55 PM EST

Well, that didn’t take long. On the very morning it was announced that Tucker Carlson was taking over Megyn Kelly’s timeslot on Fox News, the move was immediately denounced as a win for those women haters at FNC. 

Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple, in a Thursday article headlined “Fox News chooses sexist to replace woman who faced sexism,” cited Carlson’s December interview with Teen Vogue correspondent Lauren Duca, as an example of Carlson’s chauvinism.

January 2, 2017, 9:55 AM EST

The news media reward Donald Trump with a “honeymoon” as unfriendly as their campaign coverage, with journalists blasting the President-elect as a “racist,” “authoritarian” and a “demagogue,” while some cast his election as “tainted” and potentially “illegitimate” because of Russia’s hacking.

December 13, 2016, 10:00 AM EST

So far, the liberal media have trashed Donald Trump’s cabinet choices as a “racially insensitive” group of “hard-line” “radicals” and “ignoramuses” who will bring about “environmental disaster” and “calamity to the poor.” This is a far cry from the treatment Barack Obama’s cabinet picks were given in 2008. His appointments were hailed as a diverse “mosaic,” an “all-star” team of “superstar” “geniuses” full of “brain power.” 

December 6, 2016, 3:22 PM EST

Singer/songwriter Fiona Apple has re-worked a Christmas classic to mock President-elect Donald Trump. Apple, whose biggest hit “Criminal” was released in 1996, changed the lyrics to Nat King Cole’s standard “The Christmas Song,” (subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” to reflect her disgust of Trump. 

December 2, 2016, 3:35 PM EST

Right before CNN reporter Susan Malveaux was about to deliver a live report about Donald Trump’s visit to the Carrier plant on Thursday, a CNN producer was caught in a hot mic moment joking about Donald Trump’s plane crashing. Today the network apologized for the rare behind-the-scenes incident that reveals liberal media bias.  

December 2, 2016, 8:45 AM EST

The obits delivered by liberal reporters of Fidel Castro should have focused on the horrors of Castro’s Cuba, and while they mentioned his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis and his human rights violations, many in the media had the audacity to temper his atrocities with praise of his communist ways. NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell recited the stale propaganda about how “he dramatically improved health care and literacy,” while ABC News correspondent Jim Avila called him the “George Washington of his country.” Disgraced former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams even went as far to say the Cuban people were quite happy with Third World living conditions: “It’s still one of those nations where you see donkey carts alongside cars...because that’s exactly what they’d rather have for transportation.” 

The following is a collection of the worst of the liberal media’s eulogies of the Cuban dictator:     

November 28, 2016, 1:54 PM EST

In the midst of liberal journalists praising the Fidel Castro dictator it is refreshing to hear a member of the media tell the truth about the murderous dictator. Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist Mercedes Schlapp told the story of how her father and his compatriots were treated in Castro’s Cuba on Monday’s edition of FBN’s Varney & Company: “The military and the regime took over my father’s businesses, took over his home. My father stood up against the regime and he was thrown into jail for six years. He was a political prisoner for speaking up against the Castro regime. He saw many of his friends die, they were executed by a firing squad.”

November 21, 2016, 8:00 AM EST

In this November 21 edition of Notable Quotables, The media throw a collective fit over the election of Donald Trump. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews moans: “This is a different Earth today than it was 24 hours ago.” CNN’s Van Jones declares Trump’s victory was a “white-lash” against Barack Obama and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman compares Trump’s victory to 9/11. 

 

November 14, 2016, 3:56 PM EST

Comedian Wanda Sykes, at a charity show in Boston on Saturday, was booed for going on a rant against Donald Trump. According to The Boston Herald the comic was booed after she declared: “I am certain this is not the first time we’ve elected a racist, sexist, homophobic president. He’s just the first confirmed one, that’s it.

November 10, 2016, 1:17 PM EST

Donald Trump’s win was a repudiation of the policies of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, so now he should put them in his cabinet? Co-host Sunny Hostin suggested exactly that, on Thursday’s edition of The View

November 9, 2016, 4:06 PM EST

Donald Trump’s election is so horrifying to liberals, some are struggling to explain the scary monster to their children. A terrified-sounding L.A. Times columnist Michelle Maltis, on Wednesday, cried out: “Parents always want to be able to say to their children, ‘You are safe.’ But at this moment, there are millions of Americans who cannot say that convincingly, even to themselves.” 

November 7, 2016, 12:02 PM EST

Like the old saying goes: The apple doesn’t far fall from the tree. According to new e-mails released by WikiLeaks, both Chelsea Clinton and her husband Mark Mezvinsky leveraged the Clinton Foundation for personal gain. Number of seconds devoted to these scandals by the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks? 0

 

November 7, 2016, 9:30 AM EST

In the November 7 edition of Notable Quotables: The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank blasts that Donald Trump has “threatened democracy” and therefore any sort of press “neutrality” on the GOP nominee would be legitimizing “the illegitimate.” NBC’s Chuck Todd and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos get put on the defensive by Trump and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway. Also in this issue: a freelance reporter for the Los Angeles Times actually wishes death on Trump while The View’s Joy Behar gushes everyone is going to like “Mommy” Hillary once she’s elected.  

November 3, 2016, 12:14 PM EDT

In 2015 assistant attorney general Peter Kadzik gave a heads-up to the Clinton campaign that a Department of Justice (DOJ) official would be testifying to Congress about State Department e-mails — in fact the subject line of the e-mail was “heads up.” So how much time did the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks devote to this latest bombshell from WikiLeaks release? Just 40 seconds. 

October 31, 2016, 3:49 PM EDT

Ever since it was announced, on Friday, that the FBI was pursuing new leads into the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server scandal, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have gone into attack mode against James Comey, turning what should be a scandal about Clinton into a smear against the FBI director. 

October 28, 2016, 3:45 PM EDT

“That girl is poison” That’s one of the lyrics of Bell Bill Devoe’s 1990 R&B hit “Poison.” It was a song played at a Hillary Clinton rally, on the very day that the FBI announced it was re-opening its investigation into the e-mail scandal. Listen closely to the background music in MSNBC’s Kristen Welker live report at 2:35pm EDT. 

October 26, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT

John Bentel, the former State Department IT staffer that once denied Hillary Clinton’s assertion that her use of a private server was approved, plead the Fifth over 90 times in a sworn deposition on Monday. However, this latest development in Clinton’s shady e-mail scandal has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks

October 24, 2016, 3:18 PM EDT

Democratic Governor Terry McAullife’s PAC donated almost $500,000 to the wife of an FBI agent leading the probe into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal. This stunning revelation, despite being reported in Monday’s edition of The Wall Street Journal didn’t receive any time on the Big Three network (ABC, CBS, NBC) morning shows. 

October 24, 2016, 9:32 AM EDT

In the October 24 edition of Notable Quotables: CNN host Brian Stelter reports on a North Carolina Republican headquarters being firebombed and wonders if Donald Trump is to blame. NBC News’s Kristen Welker claims the media would be spending more time on Hillary Clinton’s scandals but Trump’s “unforced errors” keep getting in the way. Also in this issue Chris Matthews is transfixed by Hillary Clinton’s “beautiful voice.” And pop singer Madonna makes an offer to voters that Bill Clinton would appreciate.