Curtis Houck

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NewsBusters Managing Editor


Curtis Houck currently serves as the Managing Editor of NewsBusters after almost two years as a news analyst in the Media Research Center’s News Analysis Division. During that time, he served as the sole evening news analyst, chronicling the best and worst of the network evening newscasts, primetime cable shows, and late-night comedy programs. From January 2016 to April 2016, he also acted as the Sunday news analyst for NewsBusters.

In the roughly two years that he's been with NewsBusters, his work has been featured on various Fox News Channel programs and outlets such as The Blaze, Breitbart, Conservative Review, The Daily Caller, The Daily Wire, Drudge Report, The Federalist, FoxNews.com, The Mark Levin Show, Mediaite, New York Times, Red State, The Rush Limbaugh Show, The Resurgent, Townhall, Washington Examiner, The Washington Post, Washington Free Beacon, and The Wrap. He’s also appeared on Cheddar, NRA-TV, and Newsmax TV plus hundreds of radio appearances from coast to coast on both local and syndicated programs.

He returned full-time to the MRC after serving in summer 2013 as an intern with CNS News. Curtis is a 2014 graduate of Penn State University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science. He also had the pleasure of interning with The Heritage Foundation in fall 2013. A proud native of Lancaster County in Pennsylvania, Curtis is also an Eagle Scout and lives in Vienna, Virginia.

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Unfortunately for former Clinton official Philippe Reines, he was the object of a rhetorical beat down during Sunday’s MediaBuzz on the Fox News Channel, all thanks to our friend Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist over coverage of alleged whistleblower Eric Ciaramella.



On Friday afternoon, Megyn Kelly continued her return to the news business with a bombshell interview as she sat down with Ashley Bianco, the former ABC News producer who was fired after only four days at CBS News for allegedly being behind the tape of ABC’s Amy Robach admitting that the network quashed her reporting about alleged serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.



Amidst the amusing shout-outs to Hardball host Chris Matthews on the 20th anniversary of the show being on MSNBC, Thursday’s show provided a potpourri of nonsense in the form of two takes. One take pertained to fears that the public impeachment hearings won’t go as well as the left hopes and then the other comparedformer Attorney General Jeff Sessions to the ugly, racist George Wallace. 



Cry me a river, CNN. And spare the rest of America your faux outrage. On Thursday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin offered a heaping of liberal hypocrisy by feigning outrage and disgust at Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) calling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “dumb” at a Wednesday night Trump rally.



This week marks 20 years for liberal pundit Chris Matthews having his show Hardball on MSNBC and, throughout the week, the show will offer words of congratulations from celebrities, journalists, fellow pundits, and members of Congress. Through the first three days, it’s gone about as well as you would have expected, chock full of liberals in the above categories and syrupy praise for a man who was hailed as having “a great political head,” hosting a show that’s “the gold standard,” and even being a “pillar of our democracy.” 



Twitter was set ablaze Tuesday morning and likely sent ABC to curling up in the fetal position after James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas released a bombshell video of longtime journalist and 20/20 co-host Amy Robach admitting she and the network quashed reporting from three years ago that would have helped expose serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.  Not surprisingly, the blindly partisan cable networks CNN and MSNBC have assisted their fellow liberal comrades at the Disney-owned network in refusing to acknowledge the Project Veritas video since its release, which came during the 9:00 a.m. Eastern hour.



As first noticed by our friend Ryan Saavedra at the Daily Wire, CNN chief White House correspondent and egotistical high-horseman Jim Acosta gave an interview last week to the Canadian outlet TVO and their show The Agenda to promote his narcissistic book The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America. The half-hour interview crammed in as many displays of snobbish cliches attacking his critics as possible, making it so unbearable that it could be legally classified as torture.



Washington Post local news columnist Petula Dvorak often plays the identity politics card in her items for the Metro section, seeing things like racism and sexism everywhere. And after a column boasting how it’s not the Nationals that unites The Swamp but a rabid hatred of President Trump, she used her spot in Friday’s print edition to suggest the champion Washington Mystics have been shafted with a delay in their parade until spring and the female football team D.C. Divas not having one at all.



Thursday’s Hardball featured a thick, heavy lather of liberal love for everyone from the Obamas to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, all thanks to an ebullient host Chris Matthews hours after the House voted to formalize the impeachment inquiry against President Trump.



In a segment that was mocked by my equal over at Mediaite, the Fox News Channel’s The Five led off Thursday’s installment by brutally mocking the liberal media as “continu[ing] to win the brain dead Olympics” and prove that they’re “not that smart” as evidenced by their ludicrous fact-checking of a Daily Wire meme the President tweeted of himself with the now-famous military service dog Conan.



2020 Democratic presidential candidate and impeachment fanatic Tom Steyer joined Tuesday’s edition of Hardball on MSNBC and, while he received plenty of praise from host Chris Matthews, he was strangely hailed by Matthews as a modern day John Brown despite the abolitionist suffering death by hanging in 1859.



Right on cue, the Jeffrey Zucker-led, Trump-hating CNN decided on Monday’s CNN Right Now to bringing on Deep State liar James Clapper to downplay the U.S. special forces raid that led to the death of ISIS leader of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Amidst his deep, visceral hate for Trump, Clapper suggesting the details President Trump shared of the raid were too “celebratory,” made him “cringe,” and could be false.



Far-left filmmaker Michael Moore joined MSNBC’s Hardball and host Chris Matthews on Tuesday to not only trumpet his endorsement of Bernie Sanders (despite previous skepticism about the 2020 field) but offer the hideous claim that white Trump voters of all economic stripes are racist on the level of pro-apartheid South Africans. This ugly comparison came about part way through the block thanks to Matthews pondering “why” working class white voters “stick with” President Trump through all the controversies and now impeachment.



In a press release and subsequent article by the arrogant and biased Philip Rucker of The Washington Post, it was announced with much fanfare among the liberal media and elites that the self-righteous anonymous White House official behind that infamous New York Times op-ed will soon release a book about being a member of The Resistance. Despite the fact that there’s no way for anyone other than The Times or the book publisher to vet them (plus the claims they’re leveling), the book will undoubtedly be celebrated as a modern-day Gospel by the liberal media.



Appearing twice in as many days on CNN, The Hill’s Rising co-host and former MSNBC host Krystal Ball attempted to breakthrough the CNN machine and their establishment crowd by calling out Hillary Clinton for referring to 2020 Democrat, Congresswoman, and Hawaii Army National Guard Major Tulsi Gabbard as a Russian asset. Further, Ball attempted to make the argument that if droves are repeatedly accused of being Russian assets or ideas or campaigns are deemed Russian-backed, then nothing is. Unfortunately, CNN’s Zuckerbots weren’t interested in this point of view.



The Washington Free Beacon’s Andrew Kugle released Friday morning the site’s latest indispensable SUPERcut. This time, the topic centered around the not surprising but nonetheless horribly biased double standard between when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wagged a finger toward President Donald Trump versus when then-Governor Jan Brewer (R-AZ) did so to Barack Obama in January 2012.



Before focusing on liberal media bias and their disdain for those in flyover country and not within their bubbles, Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson and former FNC host Megyn Kelly dove Wednesday night into the ongoing train wreck that is Kelly’s other former employer (NBC News) with their alleged coverups of sexual misconduct. 



In an interview spanning the last 30 minutes of Wednesday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, Megyn Kelly returned to television for the first time since NBC News cut ties with her and, appearing on her old home Fox News, Kelly lambasted the liberal media in the second half of the interview for their rampant, anti-Trump bias with a “hyperfocus on impeachment.” Carlson pivoted to “the state of journalism today” from NBC’s horrid state of affairs over their attempted squashing of Ronan Farrow’s 2017 bombshell on Harvey Weinstein and the Matt Lauer sexual misconduct scandal.



Once again, pompous leftist, MSNBC host, NBC News political director, and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd cloaked himself as someone who’s above the fray on Wednesday’s MTP Daily, insisting that he’s like “a lot of us who — who don’t live in partisan places.” Todd’s delusional take simultaneously occurred while decrying Republicans as the ones playing political games by criticizing President Trump on Syria but opposing his impeachment.



While not in any way a conservative Republican, it’s amazing to consider how insufferably liberal former Bush administration official and failed McCain campaign hand Nicolle Wallace has become and such a reliable lefty for MSNBC.  Tuesday’s post-debate coverage provided numerous examples of her progressivism, including her gripe that the debate insufficiently covered impeachment and voicing support for Senator Kamala Harris’s pleas for Twitter to ban President Trump.