Media Reality Check
Occasional compilations and studies, from the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division, documenting distorted coverage and/or media omissions. Archive on MRC.org has the full text posts of Media Reality Checks from 2015 and earlier.
Enraged actors and late night talk show hosts blew a gasket these past few weeks as they charged “hundreds of thousands” of lives will be lost thanks to the “evil” and “despicable” Donald Trump valuing the Dow Jones over “saving lives.” The following are just the most recent examples of celebrities viciously attacking Trump during the coronavirus crisis.
As the coronavirus crisis deepens, the media continue to sink lower in their vile attacks on Donald Trump and conservatives. Liberal journalists like NBC Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd have questioned if “there is blood on the President’s hands?” New Yorker editor David Remnick charged Trump’s “narcissism” and “lack of empathy” has “led to disaster.” The following are the most recent examples of journalists displaying their rage against Trump and conservatives during the coronavirus crisis.
It’s been nearly a week since a former Joe Biden staffer leveled disturbing accusations of sexual misconduct against the Democratic presidential frontrunner, and yet ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN haven’t said a single word about them. In that same time period, CNN, MSNBC and NBC have hosted Biden for a total of three interviews (including an hour-long town hall on CNN), and no host asked even a single question about these new charges.
From Jimmy Kimmel yelling from his home at the “racist” Trump to “shut up” to Cher condemning the President as a “LIAR & MURDERER” the following are the most obnoxious examples of celebrities spewing their hatred against Trump during the coronavirus crisis:
Lefty journalists have used this moment to play election year politics as they’ve labeled the pandemic Trump’s “Chernobyl” and “Katrina” and even charged that Republicans were fine with a “million seniors” dying. They also tarred Trump and conservatives as racist for noting the country of origin of the virus. All the while they’ve used this crisis to advocate for their favored socialist policies and politicians. The following are the worst examples of the media exploiting the pandemic over the last few weeks:
Amid hours upon hours of coronavirus coverage, one thing that’s rarely heard: any criticism of how the communist government in Beijing handled the outbreak. MRC's analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC's weekday evening newscasts found out of 634 minutes of total coronavirus coverage, our analysts found only 3 minutes, 14 seconds — less than one percent — discussed topics unflattering to the Chinese government.
VIDEO The Worst of Rick Wilson
He’s MSNBC and CNN’s favorite Republican, he’s so-called “GOP strategist” Rick Wilson and he hates you -- especially if you are a “ten-toothed rube” “idolater” of Donald Trump.
One of the lead debate moderators for CNN’s Sunday night debate is Univision anchor Jorge Ramos – a journalist so opposed to Donald Trump he was actually thrown out of a 2015 campaign event for being so rude. Since then, Ramos and his network Univision have railed against Trump on immigration and fueled the rise of the most left-wing candidate in the race – the openly socialist Senator Bernie Sanders.
Yet another Biden family member is in trouble and once again the nets are doing their best to bury the scandal. On Monday morning Politico broke the news that the FBI “raided a health care business linked to Joe Biden’s brother in late January.” The report alleged James Biden may have engaged in fraud and traded on his familial connection to the former Vice President. This bombshell report has yet to be reported on ABC, CBS, NBC’s evening or morning shows.
In just the last few days Biden botched an attempt to recite the Declaration of Independence and confused his wife with his sister. MRC analysts looked at the Big Three evening and morning shows (March 2 evening - March 5 morning) and found only CBS This Morning (59 total seconds) reported on the latest Biden bloopers. Even then, they just relegated them to in their “Eye-Opener” montage
For more than four months, you couldn't watch TV news without hearing journalists talk about how impeaching Donald Trump was necessary for the health of the Republic. But since the liberal attempt to remove the President ended in failure, the same media talking heads are fretting about how Trump's acquittal has created an “emboldened” Chief Executive who threatens the rule of law “like never before.”
On Wednesday’s CBS This Morning, correspondent Major Garrett suggested the past three months of Michael Bloomberg’s TV advertising would somehow accomplish what literally years of extremely (90%) negative news coverage could not, i.e., put a significant dent in President Trump’s support.