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For 14 straight days, the three broadcast networks have failed to report on the great and growing ClimateGate scandal on their weekday morning or evening news programs. How to explain this?
Perhaps it is that ABC, NBC and CBS have not yet heard of the story, despite two weeks of non-stop reporting on and discussion of ClimateGate in a whole host of media outlets.
Perhaps the broadcast networks only trust their fellow liberal press outlets, like the New York Times. Perhaps they don’t realize the Times exhibited journalistic diligence on ClimateGate, with a front page story the day the story broke.
In the event that ABC News, NBC News and CBS News missed the news, the Media Research Center (MRC) is today rushing each of them a copy of the Times story, in the hopes that armed with this new information, they will finally report a story that has been roiling nearly everywhere else for a fortnight.
So as not to offend the networks’ pro-global warming sensibilities, MRC President Brent Bozell is looking to have the stories delivered by bicycle messenger.
Said Mr. Bozell in a statement today:
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Obama re-declares war in Afghanistan.
...it appears we're seeing some things we've not seen before. The president of the United States gave a war speech, and the next day the nation didn't seem to rally around him. This is not the way it's gone in the past. Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, George W. Bush—when they addressed the nation about the wars they led, they received immediate support.
Check out the latest episode of NewsBusters’ Notable Quotables comedy show.
This week we have CBS’s Harry Smith on death watch for the Republican Party, Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift worshiping a new deity, and MSNBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman has some issues with white men.
Enjoy the show!
To see past and current episodes in a larger format, check out the NQ Show Eyeblast channel.
Yesterday at noon, Media Research Center President Bozell hosted the first in a new series of Webcasts entitled "MRC Live! with Brent Bozell," in which the NewsBusters publisher answers questions submitted by members of the MRC Action Team. We expect to hold the next Webcast sometime in mid-January. We'll bring you more details when we have the date nailed down.
[Click here for information on how to join the MRC Action Team. You can view yesterday's Webcast in the video embed at right.]
Among other questions fielded, Bozell addressed the "why" in the perennial question, why are the mainstream media so liberal:
ABC, CBS and NBC’s collective silence on “ClimateGate” has reached ridiculous levels as the broadcast networks continued to ignore the great and growing scandal. The bias by omission has now become scandalous.
Media Research Center President and NewsBusters Publisher Brent Bozell will appear on a live 20 to 30-minute-long Web cast starting at noon EST. You can submit a comment or question in the comments field below the video window there.
President Obama is scheduled to address the nation in less than an hour.
The primary topic of discussion: Afghanistan.
Please express your thoughts either here, or in the chatroom here.
And for those that would rather watch "A Charlie Brown Christmas" -- which has been shamefully bumped to next Tuesday! -- here are a few clips (videos embedded below the fold):
A special captionfest thanks to a photo from the Mobile [Ala.] Press-Register, via al.com (h/t NB intern Mike Sargent):
Original caption: "A passing motorist's photo shows the unfortunate juxtaposition of three of WPMI-TV's on-air personalities with a Twitter headline stating that three people have been arrested in a gang rape case."
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Democrats who politicized the Afghan war are reaping the consequences.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: ClimateGate demonstrates the power of citizen journalism.
It seems clear that the Obama administration, and the folks in traditional media, think this is a story better ignored.
It won't work. While Big Media folks ignore the story, the alternate media are all over it.
Any must-sees today? What are the big upsets?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Tiger Woods.
Yeah, this isn't the sports open thread, but as it's now been two days since this story broke, and Tiger has yet to go before cameras to explain what's going...what's going on?
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: ClimateGate.
Yeah, I know we've been discussing this for a week, but I wonder what the staying power of this scandal is.
Is it the game-changer many think, or will it be gone in time for Obama to make something positive happen in Copenhagen?
Some sectorsof the retail economy are doing well this Black Friday per the Wall Street Journal:
Discounters were doing well early Black Friday morning, with door-busters bringing in big crowds, while higher-end and some apparel retailers were seeing somewhat muted traffic despite big discounts.
Happy Thanksgiving to all NewsBusters readers!
What are you cooking for your feasts?
FNC host Glenn Beck on Tuesday cited a NewsBusters article in his attack on all the television news outlets that have boycotted the growing ClimateGate scandal.
As NewsBusters reported earlier in the day, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC have completely ignored last week's bombshell story about controversial e-mail messages between some of the world's leading global warming alarmists.
By contrast, Fox has been all over this issue.
With this in mind, Beck used the NewsBusters piece to demonstrate that much as in their boycott of the ACORN scandal and green jobs czar Van Jones's peculiar associations, the television press are once again hiding important information from the public hoping it will all just go away (video embedded below the fold with transcript):
Take a sneak peak at the next episode of the Notable Quotables comedy show.
Apparently MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has a very interesting perspective on race relations.
Enjoy the show and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
To see current and past episodes in a larger format, check out the NQ Show channel on Eyeblast.tv.
For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: ClimateGate reveals attempts to subvert scientific review.