This Week in Media Bias History
Some quotes featured in This Week in Media Bias History are so awful, they end up becoming infamous. This edition has one of those quotes. On January 29, 2015, NBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin smeared Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL portrayed in the film American Sniper. He slimed Kyle as a “racist” who went on "killing sprees.” The quote would go on to win the Media Research Center’s 2015 “DisHonors” award.
You may think that our latest edition of This Week in Media Bias History contains examples too insane to be real. Sadly, they were actually uttered by journalists. In 2015, ex-Today show host Bryant Gumbel called the NRA “pigs” and a “curse upon the American landscape.” In 1990, CNN founder Ted Turner praised Communist Mikhail Gorbachev as “moving faster than Jesus Christ.”
This Week in Media Bias History returns with some real groaners from the liberal press. In 1994, ABC lamented the demise of the USSR, saying, “For many, the workers’ paradise has become a homeless hell.” In 2015, PBS chided that having more kids meant more damage to Earth. And NBC’s Bryant Gumbel mocked Donald Trump... back in 1992.
In 1999, journalist Eleanor Clift compared House Republicans during the impeachment of Bill Clinton to the Ku Klux Klan. In 2011, sleazy New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, with no facts whatsoever, blamed the Tea Party for the shooting of then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. In 1989, journalist Lesley Stahl predicted that, in years to come, historians would be baffled by anyone liking Ronald Reagan.
Media bias, “fake news” and liberal spin aren’t new. The Media Research Center has been exposing and battling left-wing bias since 1987. Now, you can keep track of the worst historical examples of media bias, courtesy of the MRC’s archives. Every day in 2018, research director Rich Noyes will be tweeting out “this day in media bias history” from the files of NewsBusters and the MRC.