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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If there’s one thing that some journalists love, it’s fawning over tyrants. This Week in Media Bias History returns with a disgusting quote from then-Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on February 13, 2007. She asked Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if he becomes sad and emotional when bad things happen. Also, we’ve now arrived at the tenth anniversary of Chris Matthews getting a “thrill” up his leg after a Barack Obama speech.
CBS journalist Major Garrett on Friday derided Donald Trump, portraying the President as only really caring about crime when an immigrant commits it. Additionally, he repeated the bogus claim that the President in 2017 weakened efforts to stop the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
CBS on Friday admitted that This Morning co-host Gayle King, a Democratic donor, is actively lobbying her liberal friend Oprah Winfrey to run for president. Does anyone see this conflict of interest as a problem? Previewing a segment from Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Winfrey recounted what happened after her Golden Globes speech, “When there was so much talk about it and Gayle was, like, every day saying, ‘You should think about it. You always say when things show up, you should think about it.’”
All three networks on Thursday reacted similarly to Donald Trump’s speech about the mass shooting in Broward County, Florida, knocking it at as free of calls for gun control and specific policy. Yet, the President, did mention mental health reform, something that NBC’s Chuck Todd seemed to miss.
During live coverage of a school shooting in Broward County, Florida, ABC reporter Cecilia Vega couldn’t resist taking a bizarre and totally unconnected shot at Donald Trump. After explaining that the President has been updated on the breaking news, Vega blurted, “We are expecting a briefing in the hour from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And of course, as you know, George, this very tragic incident comes as this White House is in turmoil right now over this with this Rob Porter scandal.”
ABC on Tuesday went after the “high-flying” head of the Environmental Protection Agency , complaining that Scott Pruitt regularly flies first class. This is the same network that hailed a “lush,” “luxurious” vacation of Michelle Obama, ignoring the $148,000 cost.
The journalists on MSNBC are in a huff because Donald Trump isn’t catering to them. Appearing on Monday’s Last Word, Ezra Klein appeared “disappointed” that the infrastructure bill supported by the President and Congress doesn’t go far enough. Vox editor Klein marveled, “I do not understand why they didn't go big on an infrastructure bill. It would have been good politics and clearly it’s what Donald Trump actually believes.”
CBS This Morning journalists on Tuesday pestered Tom Cotton, wondering why the Republican Senator wasn’t offering up an immigration bill more to their liking. Co-host John Dickerson talked to the conservative and noted that his proposed bill “calls for $25 billion for a wall and border security, limits to family-based immigration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.”
Last week, CBS This Morning journalists warned not to politicize the story of a drunk illegal alien who killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson. That instruction apparently no longer applies as the network on Monday focused on an illegal hiding in a Phoenix church, trying to stay with his pregnant wife and five-year-old son who has cancer. Talk about story selection.
As tough as journalists are on Donald Trump, it’s hard to believe they ever loved a president as much as Barack Obama. But it’s now been a full decade since Chris Matthews announced his famous “thrill” up the leg. Provoked by Obama’s speeches during the 2008 Democratic primaries, the MSNBC host prompted ten years of mockery for the fawning comment.
Just when you thought This Week in Media Bias History couldn’t get any crazier, it does. Journalists hate Donald Trump. But they really LOVED Barack Obama. How far did the New York Times go to make that clear? In 2009, one of the paper’s bloggers wrote about sex dreams involving the Democratic president. Other examples this week include talking about impeaching Ronald Reagan and falling for Soviet propaganda.
Stephen Colbert’s constant drumbeat of lefty comedy has another goal according to the Late Night host. The same guy who has repeatedly compared Donald Trump to the Nazis appeared on Friday’s CBS This Morning and lectured, “But as my mom used to say, ‘You can't laugh and be afraid at the same time.’”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday whined about the impact that the new Republican tax law will have on blue states, singling out New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. Yet, incredibly, reporter Alex Wagner’s entire report managed to never mention that these states have the highest taxes in the country and are wildly in debt.
CBS on Tuesday finally covered the tragic story of the Indianapolis Colts player who was killed in a car crash over the weekend after a drunk, illegal alien crashed into him. Yet, This Morning reporter David Begnaud cautioned against “politicizing” the death. NBC is still ignoring the death.
All three networks on Monday broke in with special reports that the stock market plummeted over 1000 points. Yet, it was ABC that spun the bad news as time for Donald Trump to take ownership of the stock market. NBC, which hasn’t exactly promoted the idea that Trump had anything to do with last year’s gains, chided, “In the past, presidents have tried to shy away for taking too much credit for stock market games because on the flip side there's the possibility you own the losses too.”
“Just because it’s biased, doesn’t mean it’s not true.” That was the assessment from Good Morning America journalists and analysts on Saturday while discussing the intelligence memo released on Friday. Guest Matt Dowd touted the already tired “Al Capone vault” comparison.
Some quotes featured in This Week in Media Bias History are so awful, they end up becoming infamous. This edition has one of those quotes. On January 29, 2015, NBC journalist Ayman Mohyeldin smeared Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL portrayed in the film American Sniper. He slimed Kyle as a “racist” who went on "killing sprees.” The quote would go on to win the Media Research Center’s 2015 “DisHonors” award.
CNN suffered another media meltdown on Thursday as political analyst Brian Karem absolutely freaked out over the potential release of a congressional memo on surveillance abuses. According to Karem, this was an example of “mad” “mafia boss” Donald Trump getting ready to end democracy.
All three networks on Thursday hyped the “escalating” fight over a “controversial,” “bombshell” memo set to be released alleging surveillance abuses. ABC’s Good Morning America touted Democratic “outrage.” At the same time this story developed, ABC and NBC ignored what should be big news: The revelation that the FBI in 2016 waited a month before telling Congress of additional Hillary Clinton e-mails.
What State of the Union coverage anchored by Chris Matthews would be complete without the inevitable, nostalgic look back at Barack Obama? In the early hours of Wednesday, the MSNBC host talked to liberal actor Bradley Whitford and blurted, “I looked up to Obama. As a journalist, I looked up to Obama. I don't mind saying so. Obviously.”