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 is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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Congressman Jim Jordan on Monday fought with MTP Daily guest host Katy Tur, pressing her on MSNBC’s partisan spin. Regarding the ongoing investigation into Donald Trump, Tur tried to steer the conversation: “I want to keep you focused on this.” Jordan shot back: “I want to keep you focused on the facts.”
CNN on Tuesday freaked out over the Trump White House hiring Joseph diGenova, repeatedly dismissing the lawyer as a “conspiracy theorist.” In contrast, CNN in 2013 hired Van Jones as a host, a man who resigned from the Obama White House amidst connections to the 9/11 truther movement.
Teenage students lobbying for strict new gun control laws appeared on all three networks on Monday and were hailed as “superheroes” and “voices of a generation.” In total, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 19 minutes and 14 seconds to various young adults from the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. None of the networks asked these teens any tough questions about exactly how many guns they want to take away and what is the end game for their efforts.
After the Gulf War in 1991, Time magazine was worried about an outbreak of patriotism. It must be stopped before it “bursts the bounds of reason” and “passes into jingoism.” Another example from the This Week in Media Bias History archives: Dan Rather, he’s not subtle. The now-disgraced CBS Evening News anchor in 1995 described the 1994 GOP congressional class as aiming to “demolish” programs “helping children and the poor.”
This week, Hillary Clinton went on a bitter rant about why she lost the 2016 election, blaming “backward”- looking Americans who don’t like “black people getting rights.” It was another cringe-inducing example of the Democrat finding fault in everyone else. But, as Tim Graham noted on Thursday, most journalistic outlets have covered up the story. (Perhaps to save Clinton from the embarrassment.)
On Thursday, NBC’s Today stayed silent on the potential firing of Andrew McCabe and the allegations that he misled investigators delving into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal. ABC’s Good Morning America also ignored the story. This is despite a combined six hours of air time.
The journalists at CNN on Wednesday haughtily dismissed the hiring of Larry Kudlow as Donald Trump’s new economic adviser, discarding the former Ronald Reagan official as simply a “TV personality” who encourages the President’s “TV feedback loop.” CNN political director David Chalian condescended: “The other thing, of course, to note here is this is a cable TV personality. It is a perfect kind of appointment for The Apprentice-style presidency that Donald Trump is running.”
Professor Stephen Hawking passed away overnight and CBS on Wednesday felt the need to connect Al Gore to the science icon. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King linked, “The tributes are pouring in this morning to legendary scientist Stephen Hawking who died overnight at the age of 76. One internet pioneer, that’s also known as Al Gore, said Hawking had ‘a colossal mind and wonderful spirit.’”
An angry Katy Tur on Monday hailed Hillary Clinton as far more religious than Donald Trump. During a discussion on evangelical voters with CBN’s David Brody, the MSNBC host reacted to the idea that some Christians prized Trump’s pro-life stance over other issues: “But when you’re talking about people of faith, Hillary Clinton has a much deeper relationship with faith than Donald Trump does.”
For a newspaper with a masthead that screams “Democracy dies in darkness,” The Washington Post doesn’t seem too concerned about a new poll finding nearly 4 out of 10 college students think it’s okay limit free speech if they don’t like it. It was left to the journalists at CBS on Monday to mock college snowflakes who can't handle alternative points of view.
60 Minutes journalist Lesley Stahl on Sunday hammered Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, twice telling viewers that the “devout Christian” is the “most hated member of the Trump Cabinet.” The 13 minute segment was heavy on critics and those who despise DeVos. Stahl knocked the Education Secretary at every turn, bringing up her wealth and describing the journey “from her sheltered life in Michigan to her life now as a lightning rod in Washington.”
Sometimes reporters just come out and say it. And on March 7, 1994, Time journalist Margaret Carlson admitted that favorable coverage for Hillary Clinton is simply “rooting for your team.” Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Newsweek lamenting the “victims of capitalism,” Brian Williams insisting his work has been “cleansed” of opinion.
You might find it weird that a network where socialism is embraced would have its own store, but MSNBC has products to sell you! The cable network is now running ads for its own branded products, touting the motto: “Wear your heart on your everything!” Where else would you get a Chris Matthews “unisex tri-blend” tank top? (Sure to give you a thrill up your leg!)
CBS’s desperation for Oprah Winfrey to challenge Donald Trump in 2020 escalated to ridiculous lengths on Tuesday night. Stephen Colbert featured “God” to encourage the liberal talk show host to run. Appearing on Late Night, “God” wore Oprah 2020 apparel and seemed to worship the host: “Hmm, How do I make this clearer, Oprah?... Oprah Winfrey 2020! Yes, she can!”
MSNBC journalists suffered another meltdown on Tuesday. This time, Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace demanded that a “truth teller” be placed at every Donald Trump event to combat his lies. Reacting to the President’s briefing with the Prime Minister of Sweden, Wallace excoriated: “Nothing he says is true.”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Tuesday urged her best friend Oprah Winfrey to run against Donald Trump in 2020. King even absurdly insisted she could stay on at CBS and cover the race “impartially.” The co-host, it turns out, has been lobbying her friend to run for months. On the show, King pleaded, “But I also think you have a unique ability in terms of healing and connecting all people.”
The New York Times on Monday discovered the problem with pornography: Not enough context. That’s apparently why the esteemed paper asked the Bad Girls 7 actress to discuss the possibility of “good porn.” Yes, this was in the coveted Times-op-ed position.
Left-wing comedian John Oliver on Sunday became completely unglued, using his HBO show to hint at the “sexual tension” between Ivanka Trump and her father. He also sneered that NRA TV is like a “deranged letter from a serial killer.”
In February, the Media Research Center announced a campaign to hold ABC’s advertisers accountable for the anti-Christian bigotry spewed on The View. There, the show’s co-hosts smeared Christians as “dangerous” and “mentally ill.” But The View’s history of bashing people of faith didn’t start in 2018.
According to PBS, Ronald Reagan was to blame for AIDS, homelessness... and the rise of Donald Trump??? That was the claim from the taxpayer-supported network on February 24, 1998. Other examples from This Week in Media Bias History include: Admiring the “geek-chic cool” of Al Gore and mocking conservative Arizonians as “cranky retirees.”