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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Channeling Bernie Sanders on Wednesday’s Hardball, MSNBC’s Morning Joe co-host and Trump friend-turned-foe Joe Scarborough loudly pontificated about the “un-American” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) aka “Moscow Mitch” for not, in his mind, sufficiently pushing back against Russian meddling and trying to destroy the health care of millions.
After having hosted the first set of 2020 Democratic presidential debates, MSNBC was relegated to only post-debate analysis and some panelists used this format to, without using names, bash CNN moderators Dana Bash, Don Lemon, and Jake Tapper for their debate setup being a “WWE”-style slugfest that should be “throw[n] in the river” for the betterment of candidates and voters. Lyin’ Brian Williams and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson took the first stabs (which you can read about here), but MSNBC political analyst and MoveOn.org spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre followed suit.
Late Tuesday night, MSNBC struggled to form a cohesive narrative following night one of the second set of 2020 Democratic presidential debates. While some admitted they were “shattered” and “shook up by tonight’s debate” and had some far-left proposals, others hailed Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) as the big winner and even appeared “presidential” at times since “nobody took her down.”
CNN has gone after Sinclair Broadcast Group for having affiliates read scripts about fake news. But what about CNN’s penchant for identical segments with little independence for its hosts? Well, an example popped up Monday with the President criticizing Baltimore for its rampant crime, decrepit conditions, and Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who’s gerrymandered-district includes much of the city. Instead of acknowledging that, CNN journalists called Trump’s comments full of “hate” and “racist” often alongside the chyron “Politics of Hate” between 4:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern.
With an embarrassing technical problem to boot, MSNBC’s Hardball featured on Thursday night an irascible host Chris Matthews nagging House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) to fulfill the wishes of his constituents (which includes CNN and other media organizations in dark-blue Manhattan) to see through “this unstoppable push” for impeachment.
As our friends at the Washington Examiner and Washington Free Beacon have reported, former MSNBC host Krystal Ball eviscerated her former employer MSNBC during The Hill TV’s Rising by comparing them to Infowars for their breathlessly deranged coverage of the “feverish Russian conspiracy theories,” suggesting the Mueller hearing would resonate in middle America, and not showing accountability.
Continuing on MSNBC’s theme on Wednesday of panic regarding the Robert Mueller hearings, Hardball featured a number of panelists melting down at the possibility that President Trump won’t be impeached, removed from office, and/or be criminally charged, but it was host Chris Matthews who tried to keep up the fight with this opening tag of “second term or prison term.”
Just after 3:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, the Robert Mueller hearings came to a merciful end. In the immediate 30 minutes or so, an assembled group of CNN personalities painstakingly admitting that the President had won the day while others also insisted that Congress can only sufficiently protect American democracy if the President is impeached.
During a brief break in Wednesday afternoon’s House Intelligence Committee hearing with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, CNN again did its best to keep the faith for their boss Jeffrey Zucker and fellow lefties amidst their permanent impeachment campaign, hailing the hearing as part of a “Watergate roadmap” to begin ridding America of President Trump.
While others in the liberal media conceded that Wednesday morning’s House hearing with former Special Counsel Robert Mueller didn’t go as swimmingly as planned, CNN largely operated in an alternate reality concocted by Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Instead, the analysts and hosts triumphantly hailed the hearing’s contents as a “big deal,” a “bombshell,” and “really bad” for Trump that it was “almost like an opening argument in an impeachment proceeding” with Democrats asking real questions while the GOP had illegitimate ones.
On Monday’s The Situation Room, Congressman Mark Walker (R-NC) showed why Republicans appearing on CNN shows has become a chore filled with persistent hostility and left-leaning questions, no matter the host. In this case, it was Wolf Blitzer badgering Walker to further condemn the President for his criticism of “The Squad,” using the Gospel of Matthew to hit Trump and fretting that the President could be setting up a “loyalty test.”
On Sunday morning, MSNBC legal analyst and former Obama-era U.S Attorney Joyce Vance offered quite the whopper that, if she were at Fox News, the CNN Media team would be tut-tutting for days on end. Instead, Vance’s false claim that the Fox News Channel would not be airing Wednesday’s House hearings featuring former Special Counsel Robert Mueller drew thousands of retweets. And in her two MSNBC hits since the tweet totaling 18 minutes and eight seconds, none of the hosts or other panelists thought to call her out.
That’s right, Trump supporters and non-liberals. According to MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews and lefty author Tim Wise on Monday, 2020 must be framed as not just an election between a Democratic candidate and President Donald Trump but a question of whether Americans want to reelect “a moral danger” supported by a “white identity cult” that rejects “the values that Americans hold dear.”
With the first week of the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell in the books, it has showcased a CNN-like penchant for liberal bias and punditry masquerading as reporting. On Friday, the Trump coverage offered an embrace of anti-Semitic, corrupt, and far-left Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) by attacking the President for “demonizing” her to please his “anti-immigrant base.” To make matters worse, an additional segment skewed the President’s “go back” tweet with the help of at least two covert liberal activists.
While NewsBusters has spent a copious amount of words this week on the liberal bias on television this week against the President for his criticism of the squad, a review of The Washington Post showed that it spilled more than its share of ink to defend the so-called “Squad” over the course of 16 print stories from Monday to Friday, ranging from supposedly straight news items to some that actually featured a slightly different font to delineate that change to analysis.
After the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News refused on Wednesday to mention that the U.S. Attorney’s Southern District of New York office was closing its investigation regarding the now-infamous hush money payments, Thursday’s CBS Evening News noticed this legal victory for President Trump, but offered a tinge of disappointment there were no new charges. And similar to how the liberal media tried to make hay with the Mueller Report despite the lack of collusion, CBS tried to do that on a smaller scale with the documents released on the probe.
Oh, the lengths that the liberal media will go to defend their far-left flanks. On Thursday, NBC Nightly News led with the “send her back” chant from a Wednesday night Trump rally that many across the spectrum have condemned, but instead of leaving it there, the controversy was used to defend the rampant anti-Semitism from Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) as merely something that upsets Republicans.
After the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell debuted with two nights of rampant liberal bias on a number of fronts, Wednesday’s installment included a rare reprieve with substantive, snark-free coverage of the illegal immigration crisis at the border (compared to what we usually see from them) and another example of how, even in the liberal media, broken clocks can occasionally be right.
It was another bad day on Wednesday for The Resistance as it was revealed that the Southern District of New York had ended their probe concerning the Trump Organization and alleged hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. And on cue, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News saw no reason to acknowledge this while ABC's World News Tonight only gave it a 16-second news brief.
After Monday’s debut of the CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell established that it would be an unquestionable home for liberal bias, night two cemented that as O’Donnell and her team provided more liberal bias, whether it be the President’s “racist tweets,” letting a Democratic donor interview “The Squad,” or blaming an upcoming heat wave to climate change.