Geoffrey Dickens

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Deputy Research Director


Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.  He currently writes for all of the MRC's publications and outlets including MRC.org, Newsbusters.org, Notable Quotables and has contributed to past projects including MediaWatch and MagazineWatch. He also authored the MRC's Outgunned Special Report that examined the media's bias against gun rights. Dickens has made several appearances on radio talk shows around the nation.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia this native Washingtonian briefly left the area to earn a degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism. When he's not monitoring the media's liberal bias, Dickens can be found rooting for his beloved Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Indiana Hoosiers.

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Today marks the official release of fired FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty and the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks already have done their part to boost its sales, packing a total of two hours, 24 minutes in five days of coverage on their evening and morning news programs. 
 



The hype for James Comey’s book tour (set to launch on ABC Sunday evening an hour-long George Stephanopoulos special) began last November 2 when CBS’s Gayle King teased it during an interview with the former FBI director. And while liberal journalists are clearly hoping for Comey to dish dirt on President Trump, there was a time when they hammered him as a partisan hack whose investigation into then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal was sneaky sabotage of an all-but-certain Democratic victory in 2016. 



The media’s attempt to embarrass President Donald Trump – over reports that at a closed-door meeting he called some nations “shithole countries” – generated a lot of ire from viewers who didn’t want to hear that word over and over again. On April 3 Politico’s John Hendel reported: “At least 162 people filed indecency complaints with the Federal Communications Commission about news coverage of President Donald Trump’s reported remarks denouncing immigrants from ‘shithole countries,’ according to documents obtained by POLITICO.”



Liberal reporters, hosts, analysts and Hollywood types have been in overdrive, seemingly trying to outdo each other in their insults of President Donald Trump. In the past month, Trump has been compared to dictators Joseph Stalin and Benito Mussolini. He was even depicted as a slave owner. The following are the worst attacks against Trump and conservatives over the last month from lefty journalists and celebrities.



Sad news today, as former Democratic Senator Zell Miller passed away. But here at NewsBusters we choose to honor the Senator from Georgia – who wasn’t afraid to go against progressives in his own party – with a fond memory of him challenging Chris Matthews to a duel. That’s right, a duel. The back-and-forth took place during the 2004 Republican National Convention, where Miller was scheduled to be the Keynote Speaker. 



Saturday’s “March for Our Lives” represents the culmination of more than a month of the liberal media’s seemingly endless parade of soundbites and interviews featuring the strident and, at times, vicious anti-gun statements from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students, teachers, parents and their allies in the Democratic Party. Looking just at the airtime of soundbites in these stories and interview segments, gun rights opponents received 71.5 minutes, roughly eleven times more coverage than pro-gun rights voices (6.5 minutes).



In the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the liberal media immediately launched another gun grab attempt by exploiting the horrific tragedy that occurred in Parkland, Florida. Network and cable journalists blamed gun owners and gun-rights organizations for the “slaughter of our children.” The following is a collection (so far) of the media’s ugliest attacks on gun rights supporters in the wake of the Parkland, Florida school shooting.



While liberal journalists are exploiting the Parkland shooting tragedy to get more gun control legislation, including another “assault weapons” ban, what they’re not telling their viewers is they know it won’t work. Or at least that’s what CBS News’s Lesley Stahl recognized way back in 1999, when she admitted that the 1994 assault weapons ban did nothing to stop Columbine.



In the past month liberal journalists have blamed “domestic terrorist” enabling Republicans for the Parkland, Florida school shooting tragedy, depicted Donald Trump as an “ethnic cleansing” “dictator” and decried Fox News as a “racist outfit” that is a “noxious stain on American society.” On the other hand, the media fell in love with North Korea’s “first sister” of Kim Jong-un as they contrasted the Winter Olympics appearance of the “prim” “political princess” against “bully” Mike Pence.



Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea might want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Over the years the MRC has documented lefty reporters and writers using the games to celebrate socialist policies of the host countries, bash expressions of patriotism and even work in jabs against Republicans, like when Bryant Gumbel, in 2006, complained that the “paucity” of black athletes “makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.” The following is a compilation of some of the most outrageous Olympic outbursts from media figures over the years, as culled from the MRC’s archives.
 



When Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in a January 11 press conference, belittled the $1,000 bonus Walmart workers that were going to get (via the tax cut) as mere “crumbs”  CNN and MSNBC offered the elitist comment a mere 17 seconds in a week’s worth of coverage. 



According to a CBS News/YouGov poll a pretty impressive 43 percent of Democrats approved of Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. However, you wouldn’t know this if you only watched the next day’s editions of CBS This Morning or CBS Evening News. So far, only CBS’s streaming service CBSN has revealed that number. 



Donald Trump’s State of the Union address was immediately panned by liberal reporters, hosts and celebrities as a “divisive” speech that stoked “racial tensions” by emphasizing offensive themes like “church” “family and the “military.” Yes, you saw that right. MSNBC’s Joy Reid was appalled that Trump promoted those “terms of the bygone era.” The following are the most egregious examples of anti-Trump liberal media hate that surrounded his State of the Union address:



When Donald Trump delivered his first joint address to Congress, on February 28, some in the media were actually outraged by the President’s invitation to Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Bill Maher called her a  “prop.” The New York Times's James Poniewozik was enraged by Trump's other invitees, including victims of undocumented immigrants. The following are some of the worst takes on Trump’s first address to Congress, as culled from the MRC’s archive: 



As many as five months worth of texts between two anti-Trump officials at the FBI are missing, but ABC and NBC have yet to report on this stunning development. The missing texts story first broke on Sunday night (at that point it was thought to be only 400 missing messages) and while Fox News was on top of story, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) stories had completely ignored it –  until CBS This Morning finally arrived on it in a three-minute Paula Reid segment on Tuesday’s show. 



Efforts by President Donald Trump and Republicans to secure the border and let Americans keep more of their money sent the liberal media into hysterics over the past month. On MSNBC, the President was called a “white supremacist” who was a “danger to non-white people” for wanting to tighten immigration enforcement. The following is a collection of the most heinous outbursts from liberal journalists and celebrities over the past month.



Today marks the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s Inauguration and in that time liberal reporters and hosts have been apoplectic in their reactions to the President’s brief time in office. The President was called every name in the book, from “racist” to “crazy.” Journalists were also convinced he was going to get all of us killed. The following is a look at the Most Obnoxious Attacks on Trump since he was sworn-in a year ago today. 



The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks engaged in a feeding frenzy over Michael Wolff’s gossip-filled book, as they ate up the salacious details in Fire and Fury. From January 3 through January 9, the networks stuffed their evening and morning programs with over two hours of coverage of the Wolff book and the subsequent fallout for former Donald Trump aide Stephen Bannon. 



All this week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of 2017. Monday, we presented the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons; on Tuesday, we showcased some of this year’s nastiest attacks on Republicans or conservatives; Wednesday, we highlighted the media’s freak-out over President Donald Trump; and yesterday was a look at the stupidest quotes of the year. Today, we finish the series with some of the most outlandish celebrity quotes of 2017. 



All this week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of 2017. Monday, we presented the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons; on Tuesday, we showcased some of this year’s nastiest attacks on Republicans or conservatives; and yesterday, we highlighted the media’s freak-out over President Donald Trump. Today a look at the stupidest quotes of the year.