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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CBS This Morning’s look back at the top stories of 2019 stood in contrast to the nonsense offered on Thursday’s MSNBC Live with Hallie Jackson, but they threw that good will away on Friday with their recap of the 2010s, skewing left with a sense of doom and gloom. It even included the false “hands up, don’t shoot” chants.
Joining the ubiquitous collage of year-in-reviews from news organizations (including this one), weekday morning MSNBC Live host and NBC chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson offered one Thursday morning about the Trump presidency. Not surprisingly for a liberal network, it took one jab after another at the President. In contrast, Thursday's CBS This Morning had a more straightforward portion about Trump in their year-in-review look at 2019's top stories.
Folks, you know the drill. With the end of each year, we look back at some of the nuttiest takes from some of the more infamous liberal media types in 2019. As my colleagues have and will continue to do through December 31, this piece will serve as the recap of the year that Chris Matthews had on MSNBC and his show Hardball.
Following up on his February 11 tour de force on the national embarrassment that is the dishonest liberal media, National Review editor Charles C.W. Cooke concluded 2019 with another masterpiece for the magazine’s December 31 issue that NewsBusters readers will enjoy in “CNN Is Not a News Network.” Cooke eviscerated CNN as having become “a peculiar and unlovely hybrid of progressive propaganda outlet, oleaginous media apologist, sexless cultural scold, and frenzied Donald Trump stalkerblog.”
MSNBC’s post-impeachment vote coverage on Wednesday was predictably littered with former Republicans to disingenuously express dismay about the state of the GOP and hail Democrats as saviors. For The Last Word, former GOP Congressmen Tom Coleman (MO) and David Jolly (FL) filled that role, trumpeting the impeachment vote as illustrating “the greatness of the republic” but also how the GOP possesses from a “psychological feeling of a cult.”
Capping off Wednesday’s The Last Word and hours after President Trump’s impeachment, MSNBC pundit Lawrence O’Donnell boasted that the impeachment vote happened because voters took “power into their own hands and elect[ed] a new House of Representatives last year” and thus represents America. This was in contrast to the U.S. Senate because it “represents land, not people” and is thus both un-democratic and unfair because “Republicans are overrepresented compared to the number of Republican voters in this country.”
Liberal pundit Rachel Maddow could barely contain her excitement at the onset of her eponymous MSNBC show on Wednesday night, boasting “this is not a dream” after House Democrats finally voted to impeach President Trump. And then at the end of her show, she went going gaga for Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), swooning that’s been on “quite an odyssey” over the course of the impeachment inquiry.
On Wednesday’s Cuomo Prime Time after the House vote to impeach President Trump, CNN weekend host Michael Smerconish took a shot at the American voters by kvetching that, according to polls, support for impeachment has gone down. And as for why, he surmised that it’s perhaps because Americans have incorrectly deemed it too partisan, decided to tune it out, and that they’re too busy to truly understand the severity of Trump’s actions.
Whether it was repeatedly boasting of how impeachment will be a “stain” on Donald Trump’s legacy or expressing fear about what Trump will do in the future or heralding the exercise as a “great day” for “our constitutional democracy,” CNN couldn’t have been giddier about Wednesday night’s impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Who died and made CNN senior political analyst John Avlon the bearer of what’s right, wrong, partisan, and non-partisan? Well, apparently his smug attitude and lectures Americans out in Trump country is on-brand for CNN and boss Jeffrey Zucker. On Tuesday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, Avlon proclaimed that the President’s “embarrassing” letter responding to his impending impeachment would cause Republican Senators to raise questions about his “mental state.”
Seeing as how CNN’s existence can be boiled down to gaslighting Americans by deeming most everything President Trump and those not in the Resistance utter as conspiracy theories, perhaps CNN should look itself in the mirror. On Monday afternoon’s CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin entertained a wild conspiracy theory about not holding a Senate impeachment trial.
On Thursday night, conservatives worldwide were able to relive feelings of jubilation and bask in liberal meltdowns from 2016, thanks to exit polls predicting a Conservative Party landslide in the United Kingdom’s latest General Election. Unfortunately, the liberal U.S. broadcast networks didn’t take it well. In particular, the worst such individual was NBC News foreign correspondent Bill Neely, refusing to mention the following in his hideous NBC Nightly News segment: Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party, their anti-Semitism, and their far-left proposals.
Unlike CNN, MSNBC’s Hardball didn’t surrender its entire hour Wednesday to the House Judiciary Committee debate on the Articles of Impeachment, but considering all the nonsense uttered by host Chris Matthews and an assortment of guests, perhaps it would have been better to follow CNN’s lead.
On Wednesday night, NewsBusters examined the live coverage the top three cable news networks (CNN, FNC, and MSNBC) devoted to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and, most notably, far-left, pro-impeachment CNN only covered live 33.4 percent of the hearing. But when it came time for Wednesday’s impeachment hearing, CNN carried 99.9 percent of the primetime House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing.
Along with their over-the-top nonsense about the perils of not impeaching and removing President Trump, panelists on Tuesday’s Hardball argued that President Bill Clinton shouldn’t have been impeached because, unlike the Ukraine phone call, the crimes he committed never hurt anyone and didn’t harm the country in any way whatsoever.
With an array of guests, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews brought the histrionics on Tuesday after House Democrats finally unveiled Articles of Impeachment against Donald Trump, boasting that they were “push[ing] President Donald Trump closer to the brink of infamy” led by the “boss” (aka House Speaker Nancy Pelosi).
For the liberal national media, an unofficial part of any job title must include attacking Fox News in an either occasional or permanent capacity for all that ills America. The task fell to MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle and Chris Matthews on Tuesday afternoon as the pair blamed FNC for the lack of overwhelming public support for impeaching and removing President Trump from office.
Is water wet? Is the sky blue? Will CNN be moved by every single word uttered by liberals at impeachment hearings? These, dear readers, are some of life’s easiest questions. On Monday morning, the last question arose thanks to CNN’s panel of experts hailing MSNBC analyst-turned-Schiff aide Daniel Goldman for having delivered “[a]n extremely dense and fact-based summary” for impeaching President Trump that proved to be “very, very powerful.”
As our sister site CNS News pointed out, Friday morning’s jobs report was a smashing success for the American economy with “a whopping 266,000 jobs in November; and for the sixth month in a row, a record number of Americans were counted as employed.” The unemployment rate fell “to 3.5 percent, a 50-year low.” But when it came time for the Friday broadcast network evening newscasts, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News couldn’t be bothered with spending more than a short news brief (21 seconds each) on the story.
Through Friday’s CBS Evening News, CBS News has refused to show on its morning or evening newscast 2020 Democratic Michael Bloomberg telling CBS This Morning co-host and Democratic friend Gayle King that Bloomberg News journalists need “to live with it” that they can’t investigate him or his primary opponents but can continue digging into President Trump.