Curtis Houck is the Managing Editor of NewsBusters for the Media Research Center
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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Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson began his eponymous show Wednesday with a lengthy monologue eviscerating the left and their allies in the media for their eager peddling of indefinite lockdowns and limits on American life with no expiration dates. Specifically, he called out the liberal media for their dangerous promotion of eternal lockdowns contributing to a massive, national mental health crisis.
Friday brought us another White House press briefing featuring Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany batting behind President Trump and Dr. Deborah Birx and, predictably, McEnany continued to impress (except the ardent anti-Trump liberal media). On new CDC guidelines allowing houses of worship to safely reopen and then the Michael Flynn case, McEnany rattled their cages. In the case of the former, she raised eyebrows when she informed the journalists assembled that they’re hoping “desperately” that “these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”
Somewhere, Matt Dornic, Jeff Zucker, and the rest of CNN must be nodding and smiling in approval. Thursday afternoon on Twitter, Never Trumper and CNN political commentator Ana Navarro gleefully attacked Fox News senior meteorologist Janice Dean for calling out Wednesday’s despicable, mega-swab-filled, and now-infamous Cuomo Prime Time segment. Check out the full post to see Dean’s powerful appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight paying tribute to her in-laws, speaking of how Mickey and Dee Newman were “real people…not just numbers on a curve.”
For all of CNN’s conspiracy theories, juvenile news coverage, and lack of accountability on the left, MSNBC has had many of the same issues. On Thursday’s Deadline: White House, host Nicolle Wallace and former Obama official Richard Stengel flaunted their opposition to the First Amendment, equating President Trump’s pandemic rhetoric to Chinese disinformation campaigns. But even more sinister came from Stengel, who falsely claimed that “the First Amendment doesn’t protect false speech about a virus or a false speech that endangers the health” of social media users in context of clamping down on Trump.
After the recent liberal media meltdown over hydroxychloroquine, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tore apart their hysteria in Wednesday’s briefing. In particular, she took aim at CNN host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo for taking the more-dangerous quinine during his coronavirus bout. And seeing as how deranged corners of the liberal media have been seemingly rooting for the drug to fail, it was time someone --- anyone --- called out their nonsense.
Two and a half hours before the CBS Evening News suffered catastrophic technical difficulties Tuesday that kept it from airing, CBS White House correspondent Paula Reid was embarrassed by President Trump after she fired off a mind-numbing question wondering what the White House will do to get unemployed Americans “back to work.” Predictably, Trump snuffed out Reid’s nonsense, calling her “a rude person” and quickly moved on, insisting “that’s enough for you.”
On Monday, Fox News filed a scathing response to the latest antics from WASHLITE, the far-left Washington state group looking to take down the network over what they (and their kooky, like-minded allies) have claimed was deadly and unserious coronavirus coverage. NewsBusters obtained the six-page reply in support of motion to dismiss and it pulled no punches in shredding their “frivolous” claims and “bad facts” as “astounding,” “dangerous,” “distortion,” full of “hutzpah,” and “irrelevant.” Overall, the motion laid bare the First Amendment complaint as a horrid attack on free speech.
Unfortunately for the liberal media, it’s become a routine for White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to shred them for their years of biased reporting and daily shenanigans. On Friday, CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy found himself on the receiving end after he wondered what crimes the President thought were committed in “Obamagate.” Like she’s done repeatedly in her short tenure, McEnany came prepared with a tome of evidence.
Everyone send CNN positive vibes they were perplexed Friday afternoon over how coronavirus cases were declining as more states begin to reopen their economies. Put another way, this drove a dagger through the heart of CNN’s campaign of apocalyptic rhetoric, indefinitely lockdowns, and Trump hate. During the second of two segments on the topic in the 1:00 p.m. Eastern hour, one could sense their disappointment in this chyron: “Coronavirus Pandemic; Why Are Cases Declining as Nearly All U.S. States Reopen?”
Anderson Cooper ended Thursday’s latest CNN coronavirus town hall with an emotion-driven, hypocritical, and sophomoric rant complaining about “the phony online outrage machine” after CNN received widespread blowback for having climate change activist Greta Thunberg as a guest. This was despite the town hall’s billing of facts, science, and part of the show title having the phrase Facts and Fears.
Back on April 10, NewsBusters wrote about a bizarre move by the far-left group WASHLITE to have a judge removed from their farcical lawsuit trying to destroy Fox News for its supposedly dangerous, deadly, and inept coronavirus coverage. Earlier this week, the case took an even more baffling turn when, as part of a new filing, WASHLITE cited the Second Amendment in a case pertaining to the First Amendment.
Former conservative media writer-turned-CNN media quack Oliver Darcy pinch hit Wednesday night for Brian Stelter in the daily media newsletter and, predictably, it was dominated by his deep hatred for Fox News. Even worse, Darcy’s falsely claimed that Fox News “largely ignored the virus in the afternoon and into its primetime programming” due to the declassified unmasking list on Michael Flynn. FNC spent devoted over two hours of programming to the virus since the list came out, but facts were in short supply for the #FactsFirst network.
On Wednesday’s Situation Room, a cast of CNN charlatans engaged in shameless gaslighting viewers on the unmasking list in the Michael Flynn case, insisting that not only were “all of the rules….followed” and Flynn’s “name was protected” (not true), but the list’s declassification was “disgraceful,” “shameful,” and “100 percent politics.” Predictably, the panel never explained why individuals like an Energy Department official, Treasury staffers, and the U.S. Ambassador to Italy and San Marino deserved access.
Behold, the epitome of laziness. On Tuesday’s MTP Daily, NBC News political director Chuck Todd offered a muddled and pathetic apology/non-apology for the deceptive edit Sunday’s Meet the Press carried out against Attorney General Bill Barr, saying that he was “very sorry for that mistake” but blamed CBS News clips for this kerfuffle. Only in the final seconds of the 65-second bit did Todd offer the magic words: “I obviously am very sorry for that mistake. We strive to do better going forward.”
The White House press corps must have consumed plenty of Wheaties ahead of Monday’s presidential press conference as, by and large, reporters came at President Trump with an emphasis on fear to keep Americans in their homes and impugn the motives of Trump on both death tolls and testing. And when CBS’s Weijia Jiang made her latest scene a la Jim Acosta and sought to have Trump ensnared in a racism trap, Trump ended the briefing early, cutting of CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
From the newscast that brought you the infamous Bill and Hillary Clinton interview, Dan Rather’s fake news on George W. Bush, and one Obama love letter after another, CBS’s 60 Minutes added a new chapter Sunday to its embarrassing history by peddling Chinese coronavirus propaganda.Throughout the lengthy report, Scott Pelley dutifully touted one piece of fake news after the next, including a deceptively-edited clip of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (hours after NBC had their own kerfuffle).
Along with reporters donning masks (which led to muffled questions), Friday’s abbreviated White House Press Briefing was tough sledding for the liberal media. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany began her third briefing highlighting the Justice Department dropping the Michael Flynn case and citing NewsBusters before ending later with a zing to a perturbed Paula Reid from CBS.
In a Thursday afternoon that felt like a trip back to life before the coronavirus pandemic, CNN and MSNBC were not only apoplectic over the Department of Justice dropping its case against retired General Michael Flynn, but despondent over the “demoralizing,” “destructive,” “nuts,” and “terrifying” “injustice” that signaled “the collapse of the Justice Department” and “the rule of law.”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ended Wednesday's press briefing with a bruising takedown of the liberal media after Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason wondered if she’d retract comments about the coronavirus from a February 25 Fox Business appearance. Instead of offer a mea culpa that wouldn’t assuage the liberal media’s disdain for her or anyone else in the administration, McEnany lowered the boom with a series of news headlines from earlier in the year before the pandemic truly went global and became a grim situation.
On Monday, CNN’s PrimeTime host, congenital liar, and former coronavirus patient Chris “Fredo” Cuomo lectured Americans about daring to leave their homes to get fresh air amid the coronavirus pandemic even though he broke quarantine on April 8. For Tuesday’s show, Fredo was back and up to no good, implying President Trump was comfortable with dead Americans as a result of reopening the economy.