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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The women of The View on Wednesday angrily denounced Ben Carson for an awkward moment during congressional testimony. The Housing and Urban Development Secretary didn’t know what the acronym REO stood for and made a joke about Oreos. This prompted co-host Joy Behar to blow up: “He's also under the influence of Donald Svengali who already created this cult of mentally crazy people! I mean, everybody who believes Donald Trump I believe has to look a little closer.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday laughed at a new trend by militant leftists: Dumping milkshakes on politicians they don’t like. Co-host Tony Dokoupil began with a whimsical recounting: “In the latest of a series of attacks on right-wing politicians, Brexit Party Leader Nigel Farage was doused with a milkshake yesterday. That was actually salted caramel if anyone is wondering.”
MSNBC on Friday pushed conspiracy theories and “dark” scenarios about the future. Rehabilitated liar Brian Williams invited network host and frequent guest Donny Deutsch to speculate on America’s foreboding future, should Trump continue in office. Deutsch warned, “People have to understand this is not a man who is playing with any boundaries on what a normal civilization and normal democracy has. I use the word sociopath and I know you’re not supposed to use psychological terms.”
The networks have suddenly discovered Congressman Justin Amash. After mostly ignoring him for the last two years, NBC ABC and CBS hyped the Republican this weekend after the libertarian called for Donald Trump’s impeachment. On NBC’s Today, reporter Kristen Welker identified the Freedom Caucus as “far right.” She touted, “The President is under fire from a member of his own party, Michigan’s Republican Congressman Justin Amash, a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus and a frequent critic of the President.” How many Democratic caucuses get branded “far-left?”
This weekend, another political earthquake hit the establishment. After trailing in every poll and being left for dead by liberals in the media, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the conservatives in Australia won a shocking victory. But, just like with Brexit, Donald Trump’s win in 2016 and other examples, the New York Times on Sunday responded by sneering. In This case, the paper offered up the worst insult coming from Manhattan Liberals: Parts of Australia are now like the “American south.”
CBS This Morning offered a gushy, praise-filled music video on Thursday dedicated to Norah O’Donnell as she prepared to leave the program. O’Donnell will become the new anchor of the CBS Evening News in the summer. Gayle King, who will continue as This Morning co-host, introduced the montage by hailing, “Norah O’Donnell, she's been a very important part of our CBS This Morning family for nearly seven years now. She's asked, as you know, the tough questions, headed into disaster zones, given survives a voice and shared the stories of people all around the world.”
Former late night host David Letterman appeared on Today, Friday, to preview the new season of his Netflix series and to bash Donald Trump. Asked by NBC’s Willie Geist if he missed his old CBS Late Show, Letterman said no and admitted he would be really “ugly” to Trump if still on the air. The host explained how he would handle Trump: “My approach would have been head on. And probably inelegant. Probably really inelegant.”
Good Morning America scored the exclusive scoop of the first interview with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he became the 23rd Democrat to run for president in 2020. However, former Democratic operative turned host George Stephanopoulos avoided any mention of de Blasio’s hard-left stances on abortion, gun control or his total embrace of the Green New Deal. This as even the Mayor himself referenced his very liberal opinions.
Chris Matthews on Tuesday seemed to compare Joe Biden to fictional movie boxer Rocky Balboa fighting against Apollo Creed. (Donald Trump in this comparison.) Appearing on Deadline: White House, the Hardball host enthused, “On Saturday, coming up the 18th, [Biden is] going to the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia art museum, the essential blue collar guy from south Philly. Italian Stallion, the one that never got his shot, finally gets his shot at the title against Apollo Creed.”
With the chaos engulfing CBS over the last couple years, it was announced that a new line-up of hosts will take over CBS This Morning on Monday. Gayle King will stay, but Tony Dokoupil and Anthony Mason will be added, which does not bode well for the show's dwindling objectivity. On Tuesday Mason appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to brag about how he had campaigned for Democrat President Lyndon Johnson... at age eight.
CNN’s John Berman talked to retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Tuesday and somehow never managed to call Stevens a liberal, despite his evidently far-left positions. The New Day co-host however, still managed to ask, “Are you still a Republican?”
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on Monday fretted that Donald Trump’s proposed involvement with the nation’s Fourth of July celebrations could result in a “foaming at the mouth” call “for violence.” The New Day talked to Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post and worried, “what kind of speech would he give? Would he give a presidential speech or would he give one of these sort of 'foaming at the mouth' speech that we sometimes see at the rallies where they clamor... where people in the crowd clamor for violence?
CBS This Morning journalists on Monday again lashed out at new pro-life legislation passing in several states, deriding them as “extreme.” Co-host Norah O’Donnell explained the efforts of Georgia and Alabama, wondering if Roe vs. Wade might be in danger. Correspondent Jan Crawford dismissed: “I think it’s very, very slim that this new conservative Supreme Court is going to overturn Roe vs. Wade at this point. These state laws are just coming too fast and they are too extreme.”
Talk about misleading your audience. The Washington Post, in a front page headline teasing a story on John Paul Stevens, described the famously liberal Supreme Court justice as a “centrist.” The above-the-masthead tease insisted, “At 99, reflecting on a career as a Supreme Court centrist.” What’s most dishonest is that the misleading headline is even contradicted by Post writer Robert Barnes. In the article, appearing on A-11, he noted that Stevens “retired in 2010 as the court’s most outspoken liberal.” Outspoken liberal is an accurate description of the pro-abortion rights, anti-Second Amendment judge.
In this week’s NewsBusters Time Machine, we flashback to a conversation between the left and the very far left. Three years ago this week, on May 6, 2016, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and Bernie Sanders discussed the need for a liberal Fox News. Again, this all happened on the deeply liberal MSNBC. After Sanders complained about Americans being “a little bit tired of corporate media,” Maddow replied, “What’s the solution to corporate media?”
Conservative host Ben Shapiro appeared on BBC in a contentious interview and attacked the bias and agenda of the network. After host Andrew Neil derided Georgia’s new pro-life abortion bill as “extreme,” “hard policies” that would “take us back to the dark ages,” Shapiro unloaded, “Okay, so you’re supposedly an objective calling polices with which you disagree barbaric.”
One of the two shooters at a high school in Colorado hated Christians, Republicans and praised Barack Obama. Yet none of the networks have, so far, covered his angry social media posts. This is in contrast to other occasions when they have tried to pin violence on conservative ideology.
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle worried about “breaking traditions” and “seeing norms eroded” in order to get Donald Trump’s court nominees approved. This came in the wake of Mitch McConnell ignoring the objections Democratic senators as the 2nd Circuit’s Joseph Bianco was confirmed. Ruhle opened the segment by fretting that the Senate Majority Leader is “ is breaking tradition this week by moving forward” on Bianco “ despite the objection of both of his home state senators.” She acknowledged, “Yes, they're both Democrats, but this is only the third time happened in the 230-year history of the Senate.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning scored an exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey. So what did they do with the time? They read back quotes from Comey to Comey. Though there was the occasional attempt at challenging the fired FBI director, the hosts often seemed impressed just to be talking to him.
CBS This Morning on Tuesday actually covered the heartbeat bill working its way through Georgia’s state house, deeming it a “controversial” and “restrictive” attempt at stopping abortion. This same network offered no coverage when New York state legalized late-term abortion (and certainly didn’t find the bill “controversial.”)