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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Which type of person are you? A liberal... or a racist? That’s the no-win scenario liberal journalist Bryant Gumbel created for conservatives on the September 5, 1989 edition of the Today show. Speaking of classic liberal bias, remember the late Peter Jennings? The World News Tonight anchor, who was raised in Canada, talked about how own distaste for America: “My mother... was pretty anti-American. And so I was, in some respects, raised with anti-Americanism in my blood — or in my mother’s milk, at least.
The level to which some members of the media would go in order to excuse or explain away the reprehensible conduct of Ted Kennedy never ceased to amaze. On August 27, 2009, journalist Melissa Lafsky, who at one time worked for the New York Times’s Freakonomics blog, wrote this about Mary Jo Kopechne, a woman Kennedy left to drown:
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday fawned over the woman who negotiated Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, the same person who worked for the Clinton State Department. Asking Wendy Sherman no tough questions, the hosts instead wondered how Sherman’s skills could be used in the everyday lives of Americans.
Chuck Todd just lives in his own little world, doesn’t he? The MTP Daily host on Thursday again lashed out at claims of liberal media bias, lamenting that “false accusations” against the press caused journalists to question themselves. Talking about accusations of censorship against Facebook and Twitter, Todd whined: “One of the mistakes we in the mainstream media made during when these false allegations against us for being biased for 40 years happened is we started believing, ‘oh, maybe we are biased.’ ‘Oh, wait, we can’t look biased.’ So, then, we created a lot of false equivalency issues.”
The journalistic gushing over Texas Democrat Beto O’Rourke continued on Wednesday as Vanity Fair insisted not only is the liberal senatorial candidate the man to make Texas blue, he might also topple Trump in 2020. Journalist Peter Hamby isn’t the first to rhapsodize over O’Rourke, but he may be the most effusive. The writer fawned:
For some reason, CBS This Morning on Thursday decided to devote over six minutes of air time to the leaker of classified information. Live from prison, the show’s hosts interviewed Reality Winner via phone. Many of the questions were softballs, including this one from Norah O’Donnell: “It is the documents you leaked that really brought everyone's attention to the Russians trying to infiltrate and attack our state voting system which at the time was not common knowledge. What has it been like to see the Russia investigation unfold from behind bars?”
All three networks on Wednesday touted the surprise win of Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. The liberal Democrat, endorsed by Bernie Sanders, advocates for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. But ABC, CBS and NBC skipped this radical position. The Orlando Sentinel on July 5, 2018 explained what the networks missed:
In a discussion over whether to rename the Richard Russell Senate office building in favor of John McCain, CNN on Tuesday managed to blame the original honoring of the segregationist Democrat on... Republicans. In a segment that never once mentioned which party Russell belonged to, host Brooke Baldwin and historian Tim Naftali instead singled out Richard Nixon’s GOP.
After Donald Trump struck a trade deal with Mexico on Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight avoided the news of another potential trade war being avoided. On Tuesday, the network finally got around to the topic, but allowed just a scant 37 seconds on the subject. And while CBS This Morning offered a full report, the Today show only managed 25 seconds.
As the Media Research Center’s Geoff Dickens explained on Monday, journalists loved the late John McCain, except when he got in their way. That hypocrisy was certainly on display on ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning. CBS co-host Norah O’Donnell lamented “the end of an era.” George Stephanopoulos cheered: “A giant in American politics.”
Don’t talk to Chuck Todd about the liberal media. The Meet The Press host on Sunday snapped at David Brody, telling the CBN political analyst that dislike of a partisan press is simply a “campaign creation” of the late Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Todd huffed that it was “not based in much fact.”
Given what we now know about Matt Lauer and his creepy office with an automatic door lock, this August 21, 2000 Today interview with Al Gore looks weirder in retrospect. Lauer repeatedly obsessed over “the kiss” between the then-Vice President and his then-wife Tipper Gore at the 2000 Democratic National Convention: “This is the ‘The Kiss.’... You really planted one on Mrs. Gore.” Lauer was interested in the kiss. VERY interested.
The New York Times is still looking for that silver bullet to stop Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. According to the blog site NTK Network, the paper is digging into any 911 calls coming from the family home. The website explained: “The New York Times recently filed a request under the Maryland Public Information Act (PIA) seeking any 911 calls that were made from Judge Kavanaugh’s house from 2006 to the present day.”
Despite the fact that the illegal immigrant accused of killing an Iowa college student stated he blacked out and woke up with the dead woman in his trunk, Friday's CBS This Morning attacked the President for “accusing undocumented people in this.” Correspondent Adriana Diaz talked to a woman who worked with the accused murderer, Cristhian Bahena Rivera.
Don’t go to MSNBC for facts on the Constitution. For the second day in a row, the network attempted to explain the process of “how Impeachment works.” Once again, the cable channel screwed up. MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi on Thursday lectured his viewers: “Think of the House as a prosecutor and the articles of impeachment is a document detailing the alleged crimes.” So far so good.
The New York Times and Time magazine are both looking to the past as a way to highlight an impeachment drive against Donald Trump. Time magazine connected Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy to the President. Many liberal outlets aren’t fans of the constitutional originalist perspective. But the Times on Thursday offered this headline: “Not an Impeachable Offense? The Framers Might Disagree.”
Liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren offered a painfully awkward response when pressed by CNN’s John Berman on the murder of an Iowa college student by an illegal immigrant. Will the other networks, including CNN, follow-up on this gaffe? Talking to Berman on Wednesday about the killing of Mollie Tibbetts, Warren insisted that we need to focus on the “real problems,” such as illegals being separated from their parents.
Who better than former Bill Clinton operative Lanny Davis to talk with former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos about Michael Cohen pleading guilty? Davis appeared on all three networks, Wednesday morning. No one mentioned Davis’s long history of Democratic activism. However, this connection was most egregious when Good Morning America’s Stephanopoulos interviewed him.
One would think that the “most significant” killing of a terrorist “since [Osama] bin Laden” would warrant some attention. But ABC and NBC on Monday and Tuesday morning ignored the drone strike attack that likely wiped out Ibrahim Al Asiri. The killing was done in 2017, but is only being revealed now. Unlike the other two networks, CBS offered full reports both Monday and Tuesday on al-Asiri’s death.
Talk about nasty leftists. Former New York Times reporter Tim Weiner wrote an op-ed in which he implied that the late Richard Nixon is in Hell. In a piece attacking hypothetical orders from a crazed Donald Trump, Weiner sneered: “Somewhere Richard Nixon may be looking up and smiling. But above ground, the special counsel is taking notes.”