Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center (MRC), the publisher of NewsBusters. He’s been the central figure in the MRC’s News Analysis Division since the MRC’s 1987 founding and in 2005 spearheaded the launch of NewsBusters.
Baker oversees the selection of the award nominees and “winners” for the MRC’s “DisHonors Awards” (highlight video clips on NewsBusters), presented at an annual gala, and each week he helps the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard select a “Mainstream Media Scream.” Those picks are added, on a one week delay, to NewsBusters. (Archive for 2012-2014 on MRC.org)
In 2001, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes dubbed Baker “the scourge of liberal bias.”
For 13 years he compiled and edited the daily CyberAlert e-mail and online report. In late May of 2009 the CyberAlert became an e-mail-only product based on BiasAlert postings on the MRC's Web site. BiasAlerts since early 2012. (In February 2015, the MRC discontinued posting BiasAlerts on MRC.org and began feeding the newsletter via CyberAlert posts on NewsBusters).
An avid fan of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team, in January of 2009 the Washington Post's "DC Sports Bog" took note of Baker's attendance at a Caps game with John Kerry: "The Caps, John Kerry and a Scourge."
Baker lived in Massachusetts through high school, whereupon he fled the liberal commonwealth for George Washington University in DC and, since graduation, a life in Northern Virginia. Full bio on MRC.org.
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The best, or worst, depending on your view, “Obamagasm” clips of the past ten years. The Media Research Center’s DisHonors Awards and gala back on Thursday night, September 22, featured a collection of the media’s most over the top fawning for Barack Obama. Master of Ceremonies Cal Thomas, who came on stage in a costume to match the evening’s Italian theme, set up the compilation.
Republican vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence’s staff arranged for him to get a haircut on Tuesday in Norristown, Pennsylvania but, as FNC’s Bret Baier showed at the end of that night’s Special Report, the barber had no idea whose hair he had just trimmed.
Even federal prison inmates are disappointed in President Barack Obama, at least as portrayed on Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black, creating an unexpected amusing moment in the show set in a minimum security women’s prison.
Archive, from January through June 2016, of the Washington Examiner’s weekly Mainstream Media Scream posts by Paul Bedard, which are based upon a recommendation from the MRC’s Brent Baker who also provides an explanation for each one.
Rejoicing in Hillary Clinton becoming the “presumptive” Democratic presidential nominee, Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning, came up with a new name for a demographic group – to which she belongs – who are excited about Hillary Clinton.
FX’s The Americans, the under-watched but very compelling drama about husband and wife undercover KGB spies in suburban Washington, DC in the early 1980s, concludes its fourth season tonight. This season the program showed a side of the Soviet Union rarely, if ever, seen on U.S. television: the method and speed in which the Soviets killed those who helped the U.S. and how Soviet technological incompetence almost led to a nuclear attack on America.
Every local TV station does them, especially during sweeps periods, but WCBS 2 News in New York City may outdo them all in its ridiculous promos for crazy segments coming up on the late news. The staff of HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver put together a remarkable collection they titled: “What in God’s Name Is Still Happening on WCBS 2 News at 11?”
BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner got a sit-down with President Obama at the White House this past Monday afternoon and, as NBC’s Jimmy Fallon noticed, in waiting for Obama to arrive for the live session he became a bit obsessed with the door to the room.
“Clueless for $400.” This past week Jeopardy! aired its “Power Players” shows recorded in Washington, DC back on Saturday, April 9. Viewers were treated to some embarrassing moments for several prominent journalists, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Kate Bolduan, who were seemingly ill-informed about relatively recent events in the news. The video below shows five of the biggest flubs, focused just on current events/recent history questions.
HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver caught some interesting camera-work when President Barack Obama gave remarks at a conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia a few weeks ago. Enjoy the clip and Oliver’s take on it shared during the April 24 edition of his Sunday night show.
“Look at anything Trump’s done. It plays into hatred,” actor Jeff Daniels charged on Monday’s With All Due Respect, before sneering: “The hat should say, ‘Make America White Again.’” As for the far-left socialist Sanders, Daniels trumpeted how “I love Bernie. I love the ideas he’s got,” citing his “ideals, let’s just make the world a great place” with “free health care and free college.” Alas, standing in the way is the fact “that thing called ‘Congress’ is a problem.”
Elite east coast journalists dubbed Tuesday’s primaries in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island “the Acela primary,” but as Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect humorously demonstrated, TV anchors across the country have no idea how to pronounce the name of Amtrak’s high-speed rail service between Washington, DC and Boston.
From Tuesday’s With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV and MSNBC, “Trump’s Hand Gestures,” a collection of Donald Trump’s animated hand movements. Co-host Mark Halperin explained Bloomberg’s producers identified “73 distinct motions” in a Trump speech in Buffalo the day before and, for this video compilation, they showed and named a bunch of them – including “The Bunny,” “The Claw,” The Forehead Tattoo” and “Pocket Rockets.”
From Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, video of presidential candidate Donald Trump making what Kimmel described as a “bombshell revelation” about his campaign.
Rob Ford, the colorful former Mayor of Toronto, passed away Tuesday at age 46. In the heyday of his antics which drew much media attention, he flew down to Los Angeles to appear on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. In this clip, from Kimmel’s Tuesday, March 4, 2014 show, Ford laughed along as Kimmel confronted him with sets of photos showing the very different approaches to his job and constituents compared to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The Americans returns tonight with its fourth season debut at 10 PM EDT/PDT. It will pick up after last season’s dramatic ending which juxtaposed then-President Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech with two undercover KGB agents in the U.S. distraught by the charge as their frantic teenage daughter, who just recently learned their true identity, gets on the phone to tell her pastor that her parents are Russians. Plus, a cameo of the voice of Chris Wallace.
With the funeral service today (Friday, March 11) for Nancy Reagan, a look back at her at age 54 in 1975 when she talked to Mike Wallace for a 60 Minutes segment about her husband’s soon-to-launch campaign against President Gerald Ford for the 1976 Republican presidential nomination.
FNC’s Jesse Watters went to the International UFO Congress gathering in Scottsdale, Arizona a couple of weeks ago – and discovered those who’ve had alien encounters support Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders.
A story topic so enticing, they ran it twice. Apparently, not even dying is enough to deter media hostility – if you’re a conservative. Headline on page A6 in Thursday’s Washington Post: “Justice Scalia’s free stay at luxury ranch highlights judicial ethics questions.” Subhead: “Should judges socialize with people who could have cases before them?” (Online version: “Why Justice Scalia was staying for free at a Texas resort”). Page A2 of Friday’s paper: “Scalia was staying free at the resort in Texas where he died.”
From Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, some embarrassing video from the NBC-owned TV station in Washington, DC during live coverage of the big snowstorm last weekend.