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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When one thinks of liberal reporters who relish showing off at White House press briefings, three individuals who come to mind are CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta and CNN political analysts Brian Karem and April Ryan. All three showed up at Monday’s installment to question White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about possible racist overtones in a Trump tweet that used the word “breeding” in regards to California’s sanctuary cities.
Upon perusing CNN late Friday morning, the chest-thumping, sanctimonious news channel aired a new ad in its parody-laden yet irksome “Facts First” campaign featuring a mound of bananas while claiming there was a single, out-of-view apple. The ad served as CNN’s latest (and failed) attempt to convince viewers that it’s pro-truth when it’s actually anti-Trump and pro-Resistance.
On the Friday broadcast network evening newscasts, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News played the role of faithful PR representatives for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), giving legitimacy and life to a DNC lawsuit seeking to somehow avenge their 2016 election losses and lay blame on, among others, the Russian government.
CBS’s The Late Show host Stephen Colbert made an astonishingly hypocritical claim during his Thursday monologue, lamenting in an aside (entitled “What Have We Become?”) about the prevalence of sex-crazed stories about President Trump, his alleged affairs, and the unsubstantiated “pee tape.” It’s quite amusing that a lewd liberal comedian named Stephen Colbert complain about the culture and discourse that he, Stephen Colbert, helped concoct at CBS and previously at Comedy Central.
Princeton University professor and MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude appeared to complain during Thursday’s Hardball that, along with new demands from Republican congressmen for documents from the Clinton e-mail investigation, the FBI Inspector General’s criminal referral concerning former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was part of an “assault” on Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Throughout Thursday’s Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews teased a “Let Me Finish” commentary to end the show about the 243rd anniversary of the start of the American Revolution with the Battles of Lexington and Concord. However, such sanity quickly eroded as Matthews linked the actions and ideals fought on that idea to the anti-gun, far-left Parkland students.
For the second time in as many days, frequent CNN and MSNBC guest/former Republican Congressman David Jolly proved his usefulness to the liberal media by not criticizing the relationship between President Trump and Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity on conflicts of interest or policy, but by cheaply condemning Hannity for not having graduated college.
Tuesday’s New Day featured a respectful but vigorous debate between two CNN law enforcement analysts at the opposite ends of the spectrum on the James Comey book tour extravaganza. In one corner, former Comey aide Josh Campbell declared that he’s “not a partisan” and defended his boss while James Gagliano argued in the other that Comey’s a “good man” but carrying out a “vainglorious and self-serving” book tour.
For the umpteenth time, Counselor to President Trump Kellyanne Conway battled CNN host Chris Cuomo during Monday’s New Day in a marathon shoutfest (almost 30 minutes in length) with the topics de jure being James Comey’s book tour and the Russia investigation.
Friday’s White House briefing was raucous with James Comey’s liberal media-acclaimed book tour set to officially begin and, yes, CNN’s Jim Acosta played a prominent role tangling with Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about whether criticizing Comey is “unbecoming of the presidency” and White House writ large. He also found help from CBS correspondent Paula Reid after he ran over the two question limit that Sanders imposed on the egotistical CNN personality.
On Friday morning, our friends at Grabien flagged down quite the takedown of the much-anticipated book by James Comey thanks to Chris Wallace. The Fox News Sunday anchor ripped into the former FBI Director for having written a “bitchy” book full of “opinions” lacking bombshells that could do “more damage to his own reputation than he has to President Trump’s.”
Despite largely salivating over the leaked copies of James Comey’s book to news outlets, there was plenty of consternation during the Thursday edition of MSNBC’s Hardball, thanks to host Chris Matthews and other guests taking issue with Comey’s “cheap stuff” going after the President’s hand size, height, and skin color.
On Thursday afternoon, it was no accident that CNN almost universally focused on New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker’s questions for CIA Director Mike Pompeo at his confirmation hearing to oversee the State Department. It was even less of a surprise that the CNN panel gushed over Booker “masterfully” attacking Pompeo in a “tough exchange” about his views on gay sex.
On Tuesday’s zany edition of Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews admitted during the A-block that the news media “love to play” the infamous Access Hollywood tape with President Trump over and over again because it’s “fun” and “everyone” will think the President would be “wagging the dog” to attack Syria to distract from the Mueller probe.
Feeding into the left’s dream of impeaching President Trump, CNN’s infamously incomparable White House correspondent Jim Acosta raised during Wednesday’s White House briefing the prospect of the President being impeached by the House if Democrats take control starting in January 2019.
In the latest example of a zany rant from a fake conservative, Washington Post columnist and MSNBC political analyst Jennifer Rubin reacted to the Michael Cohen raid on Tuesday’s All In by declaring that the Trump-Russia probe is worse than Watergate and that Democrats must win in November to defeat Republicans who have violated their oaths of office.
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg grappled with questions of all stripes at Tuesday’s Senate hearing on the social media platform and the 2016 election, but it was Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse’s questions about hate speech that should alarm free speech advocates. Along with inquiries from Texas Republican Ted Cruz, Sasse stood out.
CNN Tonight host Don Lemon has been prone to meltdowns over the latest Trump controversy, so Monday’s news concerning the Mueller probe, Michael Cohen, and Syria were bound to set the liberal journalist off and he certainly did over the “historic” and “unbelievable” day that has America “on the brink.” Following two hours of gabfests on CNN’s AC360, Lemon seemed exasperated when he appeared on camera at the top of the 10:00 p.m. Eastern hour.
Tin foil hats were bountiful on Saturday morning’s AM Joy as MSNBC host Joy Reid laid out a conspiracy theory for the ages, hyperventilating over a scenario in which President Trump refuses a subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller and is either arrested by U.S. Marshall or barricades himself in the White House.
For this installment of if the parties were reversed, the Thursday evening and Friday morning broadcast network newscasts refused to cover possible 2020 presidential candidate and Democratic Senator Kamala Harris (Calif.) joking on The Ellen Show about killing President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Fox News Channel’s Hannity naturally covered it, but the other mention of this sick joke was MSNBC’s First Look, which airs in the 5:00 a.m. Eastern hour prior to Morning Joe.