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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Some quotes need no introduction because they are just so shocking. On July 20, 1998, Time contributor Nina Burleigh said this of Bill Clinton: “I would be happy to give him a blow job just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude."
CBS This Morning co-host (and Democratic donor) Gayle King on Thursday angrily reacted to Donald Trump's mocking of potential 2020 opponent Joe Biden. Yet, the very same King in 2012 did not object to Biden smearing Republicans as wanting to put black voters “back in chains.” In fact, she attempted to fix the then-Vice President’s gaffe.
A major European political leader has been slammed by his own party as an “anti-Semitic racist.” So far, the networks and cable channels have ignored the public fight in Britain’s Labour Party over how to define bigotry against Jews. A Senior Labour Member of Parliament, John Woodcock, quit the party as another, Margaret Hodge, is facing discipline for angrily confronting what she saw Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s racism.
The hosts and panelists on MSNBC’s Morning Joe now seem totally incapable of noticing just how extreme they’ve gotten. MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude Jr. On Wednesday labeled radical liberal Nancy Pelosi as part of the Democratic “center.” Talking to New Jersey Democratic congressional candidate Tom Malinowski about the state of the party, Glaude spun: “You talked about the Democrats are the new patriots. Now, how would you describe your political agenda? Where do you see yourself in this current, what we might describe as a civil war within the Democratic Party?”
CNN wants to know if America is ready for impeachment. In the wake of Donald Trump’s botched press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, At This Hour anchor Kate Bolduan on Tuesday leapfrogged to wonder: “Is the country there yet?”
Network journalists have a long history of gushing about Barack Obama’s world travels. This was true when he was president and it’s true now. CBS This Morning on Tuesday covered Obama’s trip to South Africa and touted the “Obama fever” that is spreading.
Some liberal journalists don’t just love Democratic politicians, they dream about them. On July 10, 2001, ABC’s Diane Sawyer gushed: “After pepperoni pizza and a banana milkshakes once, I dreamed about Bill Clinton.” Liberal journalists have proven, again and again, that there is nothing too horrible to be said about a prominent conservative. On July 7, 1991, then-Washington Post columnist Carl Rowan said of Clarence Thomas: “If you gave [him] a little flour on his face, you’d think you had David Duke talking.”
An American president lecturing Britain on internal domestic matters is highly objectionable. Except when it isn’t. Good Morning America journalist Terry Moran on Friday derided Donald Trump for “barging into British domestic politics, slamming Prime Minister [Theresa] May for her plan for Brexit.” But the same Moran in 2016 had no objections to Barack Obama injecting himself into Britain’s highly contested decision on whether to leave the European Union, just weeks before the decisive vote.
ABC analyst Larry Hackett appeared on Good Morning America, Thursday, to hedge about whether or not it was right for liberal comedian Sacha Baron Cohen to dupe Sarah Palin by portraying a disabled vet in order to con her into an interview. Talking to 10Ten Media managing partner Larry Hackett, co-host Robin Roberts wondered: “Is that not crossing the line?”
Talk about fake news. Jimmy Kimmel and actress Kathryn Hahn on Wednesday shared a factually false story to mock Ronald Reagan. In what was supposed to be some sort of epic slam, Kimmel recounted a letter the then-eight-year-old Hahn wrote in 1982 to Ronald Reagan: “There was a movie of the week in ‘82... called The Day After.”
CBS This Morning co-hosts often promote the newest programs on Showtime, a division of CBS. Yet, the journalists on Wednesday ignored a disgusting new Showtime series featuring a comedian who dressed up as a disabled veteran in order to dupe Sarah Palin into an interview.
Hours after preemptively deriding an unnamed Supreme Court nominee as “controversial,” ABC’s Nightline on Monday night worried about the “reliably conservative” Brett Kavanaugh and the vacancy that is sending “shivers” down the spines of liberals.
The new Supreme Court pick is very “controversial,” whoever he or she turned out to be. That’s the consensus of ABC’s Nightline. About 90 minutes before Donald Trump announced the name of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Nightline’s Twitter page blasted:
Seconds after it was revealed that Donald Trump had selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh as his Supreme Court choice, MSNBC immediately freaked out and deemed him an extreme“right-wing” “conservative.” Liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes anchored the conversation seconds before Trump’s live announcement: “This is a guy who cut his teeth on the Starr report. He has moved in conservative, right-wing legal circles for the entirety of his career.” A few seconds later, Hayes again warned that Kavanaugh “spent his life in conservative, right-wing legal circles.”
Hours before the announcement of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick, MSNBC on Monday was already plotting to stop him (or her). The Beat's Ari Melber hosted a panel full of liberals and asked former Hillary Clinton 2016 operative Brian Fallon: “On the strategy here, what do you see as the best road to actually stopping the pick?” No subtlety there.
If any cable network knows how to ruin a great American holiday, it’s MSNBC. On July 1, 2012, then-host Melissa Harris-Perry celebrated the Fourth of July by reminding everyone of the “imperialism, the genocide, the slavery.” Speaking of Independence Day, well-known fabricator Brian Williams in 2005 compared the hostage-takers in Iran to the Founding Fathers: “The first several U.S. Presidents were certainly revolutionaries and might have been called terrorists at the time by the British Crown.”
Eighty-six-year-old liberal journalist Dan Rather seems to be getting even more conspiratorial as he ages. The ex-CBS Evening News anchor on Monday speculated that the reason NBA star LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Los Angeles Lakers is to... fight Donald Trump.
Despite two hours of air time on Monday, the co-hosts at Good Morning America skipped coverage of Mexico’s election of a very liberal president, who CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC called a “left-wing” or “far-left” politician. It wasn’t because of a lack of available air time. ABC's GMA devoted over four minutes of coverage to tennis star Serena Williams deciding to stop breast feeding.
Chris Matthews has said some insane things before, but on June 25, 2013, he fretted about global warming told viewers that Maimi is “only five feet in the air.... It’s not a joke.” According to Newsweek in 1996, Republicans have been “truly despicable on race” and supported a “relapse into segregation.” Hmm, hard to imagine why Newsweek has disintegrated into a dinosaur publication that hardly anyone reads or notices anymore.
The attempt to blame Donald Trump for the awful shooting in Annapolis on Thursday continued on CBS. This Morning co-host Gayle King on Friday rightly said: “You don't think you're in danger going to your office day. That's why this is so troubling.” But then she added, “I don't think it helps, either to have the President of the United States saying that the media is the enemy of the people to lead to one of the deadliest attacks in U.S. history.”