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.
The following are the Top 14 worst examples of liberal media types discovering the “bright spot” of the coronavirus crisis:
The following are the most sickening attacks by celebrities on Trump and conservatives from the Hollywood left over the last few weeks.
For nearly two years, CNN eagerly offered itself up as a platform for House Democrat Adam Schiff and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to claim there was “significant evidence” of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia. But after the May 7 release of transcripts in which numerous top-level Obama officials admitted they’d seen no evidence of collusion, CNN should be embarrassed by their cozy relationship with Schiff and others who strung the liberal cable network along for 22 months.
In 2020 the case against Michael Flynn began to collapse, as it became clearer that there was an attempt to entrap Flynn. These new developments unfurled from January through May, but the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening news programs refused to report them. So anyone who relied on them for their news was probably shocked when on May 7 the case was suddenly dropped.
Nearly two and a half years after accepting a plea deal because he was entrapped by anti-Trump FBI investigators, former General Michael Flynn saw light at the end of the tunnel Thursday. After the case was reviewed by the Department of Justice, Attorney General William Barr order the case be dropped citing the fact Flynn had not lied about anything material or central to the Russia investigation. The development didn’t go over well with the liberal broadcast networks, who spent a lot of airtime celebrating the plea as another step closer to getting President Trump out of office.
From MSNBC host Joe Scarborough questioning the President’s fitness to lead to New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi’s troll bait of a question at a White House briefing the following are the Top 10 most outrageous takes from liberal journalists during the last two weeks of the coronavirus crisis:
Previously, MRC Latino analyzed the lack of coverage of the serious allegations against Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden across the nation’s domestic Spanish-language networks, which received 1/38th of the coverage given to the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. In comparison, the networks did a far better of covering Biden than did their best-known anchor.
Journalists bristle when President Trump criticizes them as “fake news,” and they complain that such criticism erodes the public’s faith in the news media as an independent watchdog on the powerful. But Trump’s critiques wouldn’t have nearly as much impact if news organizations refrained from behaving as sloppy partisans, carelessly jumping on one false story after another if they think it will prove their larger narrative that the President is unfit for office.
The liberal media have shown an aversion to covering Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. But when it came to Vice President Mike Pence not wearing a mask Tuesday at the Mayo Clinic, the same liberal networks were decided it was a scandal worthy of their attention, giving it three times more airtime in 24 hours compared than they spent on Biden’s scandal in an entire month.
Celebrities sank to new depths in their attacks on Donald Trump and his supporters, as they blamed him for “tens of thousands of deaths,” called his voters “insane” and wished they would “drop dead.” The following are the most obnoxious attacks by celebrities on Trump, his family and supporters from the last two weeks of the coronavirus crisis:
It's been more than a month since ex-staffer Tara Reade publicly accused presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden of sexual assault, but you probably would have no idea if you relied on ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, NBC or PBS for your news. Since March 25, those networks either completely ignored or barely mentioned the scandal, even after Reade's story was significantly bolstered Friday after the Media Research Center unearthed and posted an August 1993 video clip of Reade's mother calling CNN about her daughter's problem with a "prominent senator."
In the 100 days since the coronavirus epidemic began to receive significant news coverage, The Washington Post has used its front page to undermine the administration’s response to the unprecedented crisis, with dozens of headlines flagrantly editorializing against the President and nearly everyone on his team.