Bill D'Agostino is a research analyst for the MRC's News Analysis Division.
Bill D'Agostino is a Research Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis division. He previously worked as a video editor for a production studio in New York. His work has been featured on Fox News, Drudge Report, the Daily Caller, and other conservative outlets.
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In the three years since the mass shooting by ISIS supporters in San Bernardino, California, the liberal media have grown increasingly hostile to the gracious tradition of praying for shooting victims, suggesting prayer is an obstacle to their left-wing gun control agenda.
MSNBC’s Gadi Schwartz dealt an inadvertent kick in the teeth to his own network’s narrative on Monday while interviewing a member of the Honduran caravan. One migrant woman whom Schwartz spoke with admitted that she had not actually expected to cross and was really participating to protest; she also later stated that her intention was to go to the United States to work, rather than to apply for asylum.
For the past month, talking heads on CNN and MSNBC have repeated numerous outright falsehoods about the Central American caravan: namely, that it is comprised of “mostly women and children”; that there is “no evidence” of criminals participating; and that none of those marching north are “economic migrants.” An MRC analysis of cable news coverage also identified eight instances in which panelists brazenly claimed that the existence of the caravan was itself a conspiracy theory.
Liberal cable and broadcast networks have completely ignored a Detroit Judge’s finding that federal laws against female genital mutilation are unconstitutional. As of noon on Wednesday, Fox News remains the only television news outlet to have reported on this controversial decision.
On Tuesday, CNN’s New Day hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota brandished a decision by a California judge that temporarily halted President Trump’s recent executive action on asylum. Yet back in 2012 when it was former President Obama’s DACA order on the chopping block, hosts on CNN rushed to defend the President’s ability to enact immigration policy without Congressional approval.
CNN's New Day co-host Alisyn Camerota broke out the pom-poms for Michelle Obama on Monday, wistfully speculating (on multiple occasions) that the “superstar” and “rockstar” might consider a presidential run in 2020.
CNN’s Brian Stelter reassured Americans on Friday that the integrity of the nation’s institutions had been saved.
As the midterm elections approach, TV news hosts have abdicated their role as reporters to become partisan cheerleaders, inundating the airwaves with portrayals of Democratic candidates as lovable celebrities. The same media who relentlessly hammered Republicans with 88-percent negative midterm coverage have stubbornly refused to cover Democratic scandals, while praising their favorite candidates as “rock stars.”
In the aftermath of Saturday’s synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, liberal cable hosts hurried to place blame for the shooter’s actions at the feet of conservative media outlets, on the grounds that they had recklessly “radicalized” the American right. Whether unwittingly or otherwise, the left-wing pundit class have crafted their own “enemy of the people” narrative — one which endeavors to hold purveyors of right-wing talking points responsible for the senseless slaughter of eleven civilians.
On network evening broadcasts, the President and his administration have received virtually no credit for this achievement. Since Inauguration Day (January 20, 2017), the three network evening newscasts have spent more than 10,000 minutes on the Trump presidency, and only 33 minutes (0.33%) involved the administration's handling of the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Liberal cable news outlets were outraged over the weekend when Republicans condemned the thuggish behavior of leftwing protesters and political groups repeatedly attempting to disrupt the confirmation of Justice Kavanaugh. CNN and MSNBC hosts urgently rushed to defend the throngs of activists, in a melodramatic panic over the newest addition to the GOP leadership’s lexicon: “mob.”
The salt mines were open for business Monday night as the panel of MSNBC’s Hardball worked themselves into hysterics over the televised swearing-in ceremony for Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Within the the course of a few minutes, host Chris Matthews smeared Trump supporters as “cruel,” complained about how “happy” Justice Clarence Thomas looked, and demanded to know when Democrats would put a stop to “the victory lap for Kavanaugh.”
During the past three weeks, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has received a deluge of news coverage accusing him of vile crimes, including attempted rape and even organizing gang rapes. While these charges did not originate with the news media, the lack of satisfactory corroborating evidence should have caused ethical reporters to refrain from gratuitously repeating allegations that painted Kavanaugh in a monstrous light. But this is not what happened.
Broadcast news networks ABC, CBS, and NBC continue to hammer away at the sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday, using the seventh FBI inquiry into Kavanaugh’s past as the latest news hook to keep the Supreme Court nominee’s name in the headlines.
Ostensibly conservative Senator Jeff Flake earned himself a cavalcade of new fans on liberal cable news outlets Friday afternoon after calling for a delay in the full Senate vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In the moments following the Judiciary Committee vote where Flake made his remarks, hosts, pundits, and guests on CNN and MSNBC began tripping over themselves to celebrate this rare victory for 'bipartisanship' -- which just so happened to produce the very outcome they'd been demanding for days.
With the Judiciary Committee's vote now pending on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle ramped up her attacks on the nominee, even going so far as to accuse him of repeatedly lying under oath.
MSNBC contributor Cynthia Alksne on Thursday made no effort to conceal her contempt for Brett Kavanaugh, describing his opening statement as a “temper tantrum” and inferring that he must be “an angry and belligerent drunk.”
MSNBC legal analyst Daniel Goldman on Thursday afternoon apologized on behalf of men everywhere for Senator Lindsey Graham’s “shameful” refusal to label Judge Brett Kavanaugh a sexual assaulter without evidence.
MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle on Thursday entertained viewers with a display of mental gymnastics In the lead-up to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Ruhle attempted to make the case that Kavanaugh was “changing his story a bit” with regards to his behavior in high school, by comparing his statements in a Fox News interview to a portion of his sworn testimony submitted to the Committee.