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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Since 9:00 am ET Sunday morning, CNN and MSNBC have spent nearly four hours of airtime peddling dubious new charges of misconduct against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh that allegedly took place when he was in college. The claims were first published by The New York Times late Saturday night.
During MSNBC’s post-Democratic debate analysis on Thursday night and early Friday, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro was widely condemned for his attack on former Vice President Joe Biden for his false claim about his health care policy and suggesting the elderly Biden was mentally showing his age. But for anyone with a pulse, it’s amazing that the cast of characters were so enraged by Castro but have spent years either directly asserting or allowing guests to speculate that President Donald Trump’s suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, or a mental health ailment.
After Thursday’s 2020 Democratic presidential debate, MSNBC’s assembled cast of liberals journalists and pundits gushed that the “authentic” Beto O'Rourke “found his voice,” “spoke with clarity,” and had a “passion and sincerity” to take away millions of guns by force should be applauded. Not only were those nutty claims made, but one panelist even hailed O’Rourke for giving room for “voluntary buybacks” to become a moderate path forward while expressed hope that mass gun control and banning of guns like the AR-15 become popular like gay marriage.
Partnering Tuesday night on the Fox News Channel with The Hill’s Joe Concha, host Sean Hannity ripped into CNN and MSNBC for their various reports that not only appear to have some serious factual concerns regarding the reasons for extracting a CIA asset from Russia in 2017, but also put the life of that asset and his family in danger.
On Monday, CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto aired a questionable story blaming President Trump for the extraction of a longtime CIA asset in Moscow. A Monday night New York Times story cast serious doubts on the reasons Sciutto cited for the 2017 extraction, but CNN has stood by Sciutto. All told, a NewsBusters tally of CNN’s live, on-air coverage found a staggering 181 minutes (excluding teases) for Sciutto’s initial report, subsequent follow-ups, and attempts to defend his allegations since it went public just after 9:00 a.m. Eastern Monday.
Appearing on Sunday afternoon’s MSNBC Live, the Conservative Policy Institute’s Rachel Bovard injected sanity into the liberal media’s delusional, week-long obsession over Sharpiegate while thousands across the Carolinas and Bahamas have lost life, limb, and property. Not surprisingly, the MSNBC liberals were caught off guard.
As Hurricane Dorian continues to wreak havoc across the eastern seaboard, liberal cable anchors are fixated on perhaps the most frivolous piece of the news cycle: President Trump’s poorly-doctored hurricane map. Between 5:00 am and 5:00 pm Eastern time on Wednesday, CNN and MSNBC gave this non-news item a whopping 145 minutes (just under two and a half hours).
As is usually the case with CNN, hosts are reduced to no more than puppets in Jeffrey Zucker’s play, willfully reading from nearly identical scripts as they peddle their daily doses of venom for not only President Trump, but anyone who stands in the way of their far-left, anti-gun, pro-abortion, and pro-Green New Deal vision (to name a few policies). So for seven hours on Wednesday, CNN’s primetime hosts began each of the ten 2020 Democratic presidential “climate crisis” town halls by asserting that Hurricane Dorian exists because of climate change.
Well, you knew this one was coming. A mere 63 seconds past 5:00 p.m. Eastern and the start of CNN’s seven-hours of town halls on “The Climate Crisis,” Situation Room host and supposedly revered journalist Wolf Blitzer opened this monstrosity of an event by falsely blaming Hurricane Dorian’s entire existence and destruction on climate change.
After CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and American Urban Radio Networks correspondent/CNN political analyst April Ryan, the bronze medalist in carnival barking would have to be fellow CNN political analyst, Playboy correspondent, and Sentinel Newspapers editor Brian Karem. Karem had his press pass suspended on August 2 a la Acosta did last year and, like in that case, the White House was on the losing end as, on September 3 a federal judge demanded that Karem have his pass restored.
Likely seen by only a tiny audience, Sunday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom featured law enforcement analyst and former Jim Comey flack Josh Campbell decrying the lack of gun control in the state of Texas, suggesting that more mass shootings like the one in the Midland and Odessa area will continue to happen due to Governor Greg Abbott ( R)’s views about the Second Amendment.
In the world of hacks like Jeremy Peters and Brian Stelter, only journalists should be able to ruin someone’s life over past statements or offensive lines that were either harmless or sarcastic. Unfortunately, that happened Tuesday as Bloomberg’s Ben Penn forced Labor Department official Leif Olson to resign after just 18 days because, according to Penn, had “a history of advancing controversial conservative and faith-based causes in court” and writing “a 2016 Facebook post suggesting the Jewish-controlled media ‘protects their own
Thursday’s Hardball not only featured A-block panelists and MSNBC host Chris Matthews defending former FBI Director James Comey for violating DOJ policy to leak to the media, but Matthews floated to his B-block that possibility President Donald Trump could be suffering from dementia. Matthews also compared Trump to Idi Amin, Julius Caesar, and Benito Mussolini, who’s like “an eight-year-old with crayons” who must be stopped, so that’s quite a stretch from dementia to a brutal, strategic dictator.
On the Fox News Channel Thursday night, primetime host Tucker Carlson and The Hill’s Joe Concha were turned loose to ridicule MSNBC and Last Word host Lawrence O’Donnell, invoking a few of his worst moments alongside his fake news story that claimed President Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans were co-signed alongside Russian oligarchs. They noted that the faux macho man was a case study in how, when it comes to Comcast’s news properties, accountability is non-existent where falsehoods and ugly rhetoric are welcomed.
The stench of the Swamp was on full blast in the A-block of Thursday’s Hardball, thanks to MSNBC host Chris Matthews and assorted guests defending former FBI Director James Comey in the light of a scathing report from the Justice Department’s Inspector General that said he violated DOJ policy. But for these MSNBCers, it was justified because of their hatred for President Donald Trump and that Comey broke rules to help the liberal media.
TV Newswer’s A.J. Katz reported Thursday afternoon that MSNBC has pulled the plug on Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer Donny Deutsch’s Saturday Night Politics, a taped show that aired only 13 times at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. And according to Katz, this was the fifth Deustch-hosted show to be cancelled following previous attempts with CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, and USA (which was a scripted show), but Deutsch will nonetheless keep his perch as a frequent guest on MSNBC shows.
Wednesday’s CBS This Morning gave another glowing segment to Swede and climate change teen Greta Thunberg, but as my colleague Scott Whitlock noted, they failed to include an embarrassing tidbit that, while the teen sailed on a zero emissions-boat across the Atlantic to New York for a United Nations conference, two individuals are being flown across the Atlantic to retrieve the boat.
I mean, the guy was at D-Day and the signing of the Constitution, so perhaps Baltimore Sun TV columnist David Zurawik’s was right that “our democracy is made stronger by having [Brian] Williams and this production” of MSNBC’s The 11th Hour “at the end of each weeknight to offer perspective” anchored by a modern day Edward R. Murrow. (That first part was a joke, David).
MSNBC’s Hardball pontificated ad nauseam Monday night about the snowflake piece in The New York Times expressing hurt feelings about liberal journalists being held accountable for past statements they’ve made over the years. Host Chris Matthews tag-teamed with Jeremy Peters (co-author of the article) and Mother Jones hack David Corn to go after media criticism as “authoritarian,” “dirt ball politics,” and the kind of thing that will lead to people getting hurt.
After shouting at President Donald Trump on Monday because he didn’t get to ask a question at his G-7 press conference, the ever-petulant CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta instead pontificated on At This Hour, knocking Trump’s intelligence by ruling he’s “like a cat chasing a laser pointer, you know, when it comes to trying to get the President to answer a direct question.”