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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Disney CEO Bob Iger on Thursday was confronted about media hypocrisy when it comes to blackface. Two of ABC’s hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Joy Behar, have both used blackface in the past. Yet, Iger insisted that “context” must be considered for these cases. (ABC, as a reminder, is owned by Disney.)
This week, CBS This Morning has explored motherhood around the world, gushing about how other countries do things better than the United States. On Tuesday, the show touted all the free stuff Finland gives out, ignoring the country’s high taxes. On Thursday, the CBS journalists cheered China’s handling of raising children. At no time did reporter Ben Tracy mention the country’s authoritarian government or the millions of forced abortions as a result of its one child policy.
As Democrats fumble about and attempt to grapple with how the party should react to perceived anti-Semitism within the party, there’s another prominent leftist leader who has repeatedly been accused of Jew hatred. Despite the fact that Jeremy Corbyn could easily become Prime Minister of Britain, there has been no network coverage of charges of anti-Semitism against him. The Labour leader is also someone with a connection to socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez here in America.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Wednesday downplayed the latest anti-Jewish outburst by Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar as simply a “family feud” over Israel. And while GMA reported that something happened with Omar and thus admitting that she said *something,* the network didn't define the remarks targeting Jewish supporters of Israel.
CBS This Morning journalists on Tuesday spent an entire segment hyping the glories of Finland and the country's free stuff, chiding the United States for falling behind. With very little discussion on the nation's high taxes, foreign correspondent Holly Williams and the show’s hosts praised the country’s paid maternity leave, hospital care and even supposedly free nannies.
The Democratic Party has been roiled by the latest anti-Semitism charge against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. As Nancy Pelosi prepares a resolution this week to condemn Jew hatred, one which might mention Omar by name, the network newscasts have remained silent. By contrast, Fox News and MSNBC covered it on Monday.
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Monday pulled back the veil on the liberal echo chamber, telling likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand that “dinner party” conversations chide her for “betraying” the Clintons. In the same interview, co-host Norah O’Donnell wondered if Donald Trump might be impeached by the time Gillibrand hypothetically won the Democratic nomination.
This week’s NewsBusters Time Machine looks back at a mammoth PBS documentary on Ronald Reagan that aired 21 years ago this week. The 270 minute film, which aired on February 24,1998, included the usual tropes about Reagan not caring about the poor. But it also seemed to blame the conservative president for the rise of... Donald Trump?
HBO anchor John Oliver may be your standard entertainment liberal, but even he can see the awfulness in the way ex-Today host Matt Lauer treated women. In a segment deriding psychics as the low rent scam artists, the Last Week Tonight host mocked Lauer as “sophisticated Manhattan sex monster.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday threw softball after softball at fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. The co-hosts even invited McCabe, who was dismissed due to lack of candor, to weigh in on the reliability of witness Michael Cohen. Guest co-host Alex Wagner wondered, “Mr. McCabe, the country watched Michael Cohen testify to Congress, congressional oversight, this week. Did you find him a credible witness?”
Is there no conversation Joy Behar won’t hijack to turn it into a rant about Donald Trump? The liberal View co-host on Thursday co-opted a conversation with actor Tyler Perry from Black History Month to ranting about the “thug” Trump. She started shouting, “It’s Shameful! It’s shameful.”
Now that it’s clear that none of top three Virginia Democrats engulfed in scandal will be resigning voluntarily, CBS and NBC have stepped up the effort to clean up their racial gaffes. During a tour of the governor’s mansion, First Lady Pamela Northam last week handed cotton to an African American child and asked her to “imagine” what it would be like to be a slave. CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today on Thursday covered the latest revelation, but skipped the fact that First Lady Pamela Northam, her husband and the state’s other top leaders are, in fact, all Democrats.
George Stephanopoulos, unintentional comedian? The former Democratic operative turned Good Morning America co-host on Wednesday previewed the Michael Cohen hearings by appearing on the local Washington affiliate. There, he ridiculously insisted that his goal is to assure viewers of his “fairness and “accuracy.” A local ABC 7 Washington reporter asked Stephanopoulos how he deals with “informing the public on news that’s constantly changing.”
Apparently, one congressional effort that can’t succeed is worthy of attention on ABC and CBS, but the other is not. The difference? The two networks yawned at a pro-life effort to protect infants who survive abortions. But Good Morning America and CBS This Morning hyped the mostly Democratic move to terminate Donald Trump’s national declaration of emergency on the southern border.
ABC and CBS on Monday offered sneering shots at Green Book, the Oscar winner for best picture, as not being sufficiently enlightened enough. Deriding the movie as “problematic” and “inauthentic,” Good Morning America and CBS This Morning chided it as a film that “glosses over” Jim Crow-era horrors.
Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts, the woman who refused to say the word “alleged” when interviewing Jussie Smollett, has suddenly discovered that there were “a lot of red flags” in the hate crimes case, now widely dismissed as a hoax. Roberts got a do-over as she interviewed Chicago’s superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson.
For this week’s NewsBusters Time Machine, we look back at one of the most over-the-top examples of journalistic fawning over Barack Obama. Remember when Terry Moran compared the Democrat to George Washington and said that the presidency is a “step down” for Obama? It happened ten years ago this week.
Suddenly, the journalists at MSNBC are concerned with executive overreach. Liberal reporters didn’t care much during the Obama years, but now that Donald Trump has declared a national emergency, MSNBC is concerned. Reporting on news that Democrats will try and stop it, correspondent Garrett Haake goaded, “How many Republicans come out and get on this resolution? After as much Republicans have talked about executive overreach in the Obama presidency, how will they react now? When this thing moves over to the Senate, that's the same question we're seeing one more time there.”
Even if the crumbling and increasingly dubious Jusse Smollett hate crime story is false, it still indicates the level of racial “menace” and “fear” in the United States. That was the claim of the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart on Thursday, doubling down on comments from last week. He even cited a survey as the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center as proof.
According to a scoop by Variety magazine on Wednesday, CBS is considering removing Evening News anchor Jeff Glor and replacing him with liberal This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell. Writer Brian Steinberg announced that “executives are considering putting CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell in the lead role of its evening-news broadcast, these people said, as well as moving the broadcast to Washington, D.C.”