Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org website. Previously, he was a contributing editor and the MRC's senior news analyst. Scott's work has been published in The Washington Times, National Review and other outlets. He has been cited in publications such as The Washington Post, Red State, to name a few. Scott's articles have also repeatedly been linked to on the Drudge Report.
Scott is a graduate of George Mason University and grew up in Northern Virginia. He can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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While token View conservative Meghan McCain on Wednesday attacked James Comey as a greedy attention seeker, fellow co-host Sunny Hostin cheered the “unassailable” ex-FBI Director as a paragon of integrity. Hostin prefaced her question by fawning: “And I have said this on the show before, when I was with the Justice Department — and I think it continues — your character was unassailable, and I consider you a patriot.”
While reminiscing about the life of Barbara Bush, all three networks on Wednesday noted her toughness and willingness to fight. On CBS This Morning, journalist Bob Schieffer called the former First Lady the “enforcer.” What none of the networks noted in their tributes is that Mrs. Bush wouldn’t hesitate to bluntly call out liberal media bias when she saw it.
Larry Kudlow on Tuesday made his first network TV appearance as a member of the Trump administration and fought back against selective polling when it comes to the Republican tax bill. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King demanded: “Mr. Kudlow, the latest poll shows that only 27 percent of Americans think that this tax bill is a good idea. Is that a good enough number for you?”
CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson has been one of the few journalists calling for some calm in the hyping of James Comey and his new book. On Monday night, he seemed to shock Late Show host Stephen Colbert with tough skepticism. Colbert hailed the ex-FBI director as “setting up all this criteria for going after Donald Trump and talking about ethical leadership along the way.”
Dan Rather has absolutely no sense of self awareness. The disgraced ex-CBS Evening News anchor on Friday posted video of a keynote speech he gave to the American Geophysical Union. In it, the man who lost his job at CBS over the use of phony documents, attacked the “ignorance” of climate skeptics and praised himself as similar to a scientist: “I believe we journalists and scientists are in many ways kindred spirits. We both try to get as close to the truth as is humanly possible.”
Who better than Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential nominee to respond to James Comey’s book tour? Tim Kaine and fellow partisan Democrat Adam Schiff were the only politicians brought on CBS This Morning, Monday, to comment on Comey’s hour-long interview on ABC. Co-host John Dickerson tossed this softball to the man who was almost vice president: “Let me ask you about James Comey. Hillary Clinton said he shivved her. How are we supposed to take this new revelation?”
According to the late 60 Minutes journalist Andy Rooney, U.S. soldiers in Iraq weren’t all “heroes,” many were simply “victims” of George W. Bush. That nasty example from This Week in Media Bias History is from April 12, 2004. Another example includes a Time reporter saying that Ted Kaczynski may have been a killer, but at least he wasn’t a hypocrite.
View co-host Meghan McCain is making a habit of upending the liberal narrative on the ABC program. On Friday, she mocked the idea that Jim Comey is a pious, non-ideological truth teller, saying that the “highly political” ex-FBI Director just wants to be a View co-host.
In a surprising twist, ABC and CBS journalists on Friday were taken aback by the “petty” and “personal” way in which James Comey goes about “settling some scores.” Unlike NBC, which glossed over Comey mocking Donald Trump’s hands, heights and tan. On CBS This Morning, Jeff Pegues highlighted Comey “taking shots at the president... talking about his height and some of his physical characteristics. This is James Comey definitely settling some scores here.”
Token conservative View co-host Meghan McCain on Thursday unloaded on the liberal Joy Behar when she compared Donald Trump to thug dictators like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. It all started when Behar sneered, “We have gotten to the point in this world now where we have to rely on the sanity of Kim Jong-un and Putin over the President of the United States. That's where we're at.”
CBS This Morning’s Gayle King on Thursday complained to Paul Ryan that he made her and other minorities feel “excluded” during his time as Speaker under Donald Trump. The co-host also slimed the Republican about “compromising” his personal integrity. King’s aggressive questioning is quite the contrast to her fawning interview with liberal Congressman Joe Kennedy III on Sunday. There, she hailed the “legendary,” “storied” Democrat and his family.
Madeleine Albright continued her media blitz for a new book worrying that Donald Trump could turn America into a fascist state in the style of past dictators. She talked to Time magazine’s website on Wednesday.
ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday slammed The Simpsons, fretting about the “racist,” “stereotypical” portrayal of the character Apu. The show joined the chorus of liberal outlets unhappy with how the veteran comedy dealt with complaints about the Indian American Apu.
The women of The View, Tuesday, eagerly promoted the idea that a fascist Donald Trump might bring a dictatorial reign to America. Promoting ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s new book, the ABC show’s announcer panicked: “Why is former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright warning that President Trump could turn America into a fascist country?”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday donated over seven minutes of air time to Madeleine Albright’s shameful attempt to claim that Donald Trump is turning the United States into a fascist regime. Co-host Bianna Golodrygra introduced the liberal ex-Secretary of State by touting her new book Fascism as a warning “that contemporary leaders are turning to the same tactics used by fascists like Hitler and Mussolini nearly a century ago.”
The appalling way in which Ted Kennedy treated women is currently being exposed in the new film Chappaquiddick. But you wouldn’t know about the sordid legacy of the Kennedy family in the nearly nine minutes CBS spent on Joe Kennedy III. Instead, the network on Friday and Sunday serenaded the “legendary,” storied” Kennedys and hyped Joe Kennedy’s possible presidential run in 2020.
The New York Times doesn’t change. The paper is atrociously biased today and it was 85 years ago when columnist Walter Duranty proved himself to be a useful idiot for Soviet propaganda. Talking about a famine that killed millions of Ukrainians, he insisted: “There is no actual starvation... There is no famine.”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Friday gushed over “good guy” Joe Kennedy and his “gorgeous” family. Despite April 6 being the day that the Ted Kennedy film Chappaquiddick debuts, the topic of his great uncle abandoning a drowning woman never came up. Yet the two discussed “ChapStick-gate.”
Friendly actor interviews on the Today show don’t often include detailing a list of complaints about the film being “fictionalized” and “a disservice.” But those are the attacks that Savannah Guthrie brought up on Thursday as she pressed Jason Clarke, the star of the new Ted Kennedy expose Chappaquiddick.
CBS has finally discovered bias and conflicts of interest. Just not the kind impacting co-host Gayle King. On Thursday, Norah O’Donnell and Paula Reid hyperventilated about Sinclair broadcasting requiring stations to play a PSA declaring a commitment to objectivity and truth.