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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Early on Monday, the news became official that co-host Norah O’Donnell is leaving CBS This Morning to become the new anchor of the Evening News. Also departing is co-host John Dickerson. Considering that disgraced co-host Charlie Rose departed in 2017 amidst sexual harassment claims, that leaves Gayle King as the incumbent star and power broker at This Morning. What does that mean for objectivity? The facts aren’t encouraging. King is a Democratic donor. Here are her contributions:
CBS This Morning on Monday again allowed Gayle King interview Cory Booker. King and the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate are personal friends and the co-host has been a supporter in the past. Booker jokingly worried he would get “tougher questions.” But instead, King simply wondered if his gun control plan could pass and if Booker will marry his actress girlfriend.
It became official on Monday as Norah O’Donnell has been announced the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Discussing it on CBS This Morning, a clearly excited O’Donnell enthused, “This is a great moment... It’s the moment we've all been waiting for.” Fellow This Morning co-host Gayle King clearly saw the decision to dump current Evening News anchor as one about ratings. She bluntly stated, “This is a business about ratings. When ratings don't work, they're making changes.”
The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday eagerly plotted strategy with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. They also helpfully ignored the reports that the Senator is an abusive boss who treats people terribly. Speaking of Attorney General William Barr and the Mueller report, Norah O’Donnell marveled, “You heard the Speaker of the House accuse the attorney general of a crime. What's the remedy?”
ABC News and The Washington Post ignored or downplayed their own poll finding that a growing numbers of Democrats, adults, and independents now find the southern border to be at a crisis situation. ABC hasn’t reported on the poll at all. The Post on Wednesday buried the story, relegating it to page A-7 in the print edition. The ABC News/Washington Post survey found this big result: “More than a third of Americans say that illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border is at a ‘crisis,’ up 11 percentage points since January as Democrats have grown sharply more concerned about the issue...”
The journalists on CBS This Morning, Thursday, were excited by the Democratic grilling of Attorney General William Barr. After speculating about whether Barr would be held in contempt of Congress, analyst Rikki Klieman praised Klobuchar’s attacks on the AG as very effective: “I thought Amy Klobuchar gets an A-plus because she had a goal in her questions and she got to it.”
MSNBC or DNC TV? You couldn’t tell the difference on Wednesday as the vitriol thrown against Attorney General William Barr continued. Earlier in the day, MSNBC repeatedly interrupted Republicans during the hearings to fact check them. Nicolle Wallace called Barr a “liar.” Wallace and Brian Williams followed this up by assailing the “scary,” radical” Barr, comparing him to a cheating boyfriend.
Even for MSNBC, Wednesday’s coverage of William Barr’s testimony to Congress was particularly unhinged. For a second time, Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace interrupted to offer their spin. This time, Wallace quoted the word “shit” from testimony and then chided Senator Lindsey Graham for using the word “fuck.”
Who better than hard-left partisan Adam Schiff to speculate on the Attorney General’s motives and Robert Mueller’s complaints about the summary of the Mueller report? CBS This Morning turned to Schiff on Wednesday as co-host John Dickerson wondered, “Do you think the Attorney General lied to Congress?”
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski on Tuesday went ballistic, blasting ABC’s Robin Roberts for daring to ask Joe Biden about his unwanted touching. After playing a clip of the Good Morning America interview, Brzezinski raged, “The amount of time that was spent on Biden's hugs — This is a guy who has hugged five to ten million people and they love the fact that he's touchy and huggy and they run to him and five women are uncomfortable with the way they hugged him.”
Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts on Tuesday hit Joe Biden from the left, demanding to know what more the Democrat could have done to defend Anita Hill in her attacks on Clarence Thomas in 1991. Though Roberts asked some tough questions, she also offered softballs, such as wondering if the presidential candidate has a motto.
MSNBC on Monday brought on New York Times op-ed writer Bret Stephens to talk about the rising threat of bigotry and anti-Semitism. Stephens made a splash on Monday when he indignantly condemned his own bosses at the paper for perpetrating bigotry with an anti-Jewish cartoon. Yet, amazingly, MSNBC didn’t mention his column at all.
A scoffing Newt Gingrich dismissed the legitimacy of the Washington Post, calling out liberal media bias and declaring the paper not “serious.” Appearing on CBS This Morning, Monday, Norah O’Donnell mentioned Donald Trump’s tendency to hammer at critics. She derided, “Does it matter that he hits back with lies?”
For all the talk in the liberal media about Donald Trump’s extreme tweets, you think there would be some humility on MSNBC. After all, that network is the home of Chris Matthews, a man who has been spewing the verbal equivalent of tweets since before the advent of Twitter. Seven years ago this past Tuesday, he blurted out a hateful comparison of conservatives and Republicans to the “grand wizard crowd.”
Surprisingly, CNN journalists on Thursday did what the networks have largely not been interested in: They looked at Joe Biden’s poor performance in presidential campaigns and his plagiarism problems. CNN Politics Reporter Chris Cillizza dove into the 1988 scandal in which Biden appeared to directly lift from a British Labour politician named Neil Kinnock. Cillizza noted that the Democrat didn’t even make it into calendar year 1988 before being forced to drop out. He explained, “[Biden] gives a speech that is very similar to a speech that a British Labour politician named Neal Kinnock and it leads to his demise.”
Don’t be surprised, but CBS This Morning on Thursday covered the launch of Joe Biden without ever mentioning any of his gaffes, including his habit of being grabby with women. Instead, co-host Norah O’Donnell touted “Uncle Joe” talking about America’s “core values.” The CBS journalist also repeated the talking points from the Democrat’s announcement video.
Don’t write an introduction to a report before you get the actual document or you might be disappointed. (If you’re part of the liberal media that is.) On Wednesday, the Washington Post released a print edition of the Mueller Report, complete with “introduction and analysis by reporters.” The cover blurbs the “long-awaited text.” The lack of collusion and no charges of obstruction may be a disappointment, but Post writers Rasalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky kept their apocalyptic tone.
Who would you turn to for advice on civility and our divided culture? If you said Samantha Bee, the same person who vomited out attacks on “lying ghoul,” Nazi, “cunt” conservatives, you have the same thinking as CBS. The This Morning hosts on Tuesday conducted a friendly interview with the liberal Full Frontal host. They never one asked Bee about infamously trashing Ivanka Trump as a “feckless cunt.”
Far-left Senator Bernie Sanders shocked many on Monday night as he lobbied for the restoration of voting rights for the Boston Marathon bomber, as well as those guilty of sexual assault. But you wouldn’t know this if you relied on the network morning shows. ABC, CBS and NBC, despite a combined six hours of available air time on Tuesday, ignored the startling comments, remarks that even baffled liberal CNN host Chris Cuomo.
CBS used Earth Day 2019 to hype higher taxes as a way of fighting global warming. The entire second hour of This Morning was devoted to climate change and the environment. On the same show, current co-host Gayle King proudly played archival footage of Walter Cronkite in 1970 promoting Earth Day alarmism: “A day set aside for a nationwide outpouring of mankind seeking its own survival.”