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 (here as well), National Review Online 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.
Latest from Scott Whitlock
Socialist MSNBC anchor Lawrence O’Donnell on Wednesday night kicked off his prime time show by snarling that competitor Fox News is “endangering your life” with Coronavirus “lies.” The Last Word host, who has himself politicized the virus, insisted that “Fox now takes the pandemic seriously.” But “the sudden switch to taking the pandemic seriously at Fox proves that Fox was lying about it deliberately for weeks and weeks when they were lying in the way they believed Donald Trump wanted them to lie.”
Talk about tone deaf. CBS This Morning on Thursday attempted to report the upside to a global pandemic that is killing thousands. Correspondent Vladimir Duthiers, reporting from his home because of the virus, cheered, “Let's talk to you about Italy. Obviously that country, its people have been devastated by the coronavirus. But there is a little bit of a silver lining in some of its historic cities. This is Venice. For the first time, you guys have been to Venice, you can never see the waters because they're so murky from all the boats.”
Even when journalists are supposedly focusing on the growing Coronavirus health crisis, the 2020 campaign is never far from their mind. Case in point on Wednesday, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King hijacked a discussion on COVID-19 to talk about censoring political speech. Such was the case when King scored an exclusive interview with Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.
As they offer grudging agreement that the President has been handling more recent responses to the Coronavirus crisis well, the journalists at CNN don’t seem to quite know what to do with themselves. On Monday night, liberal host Don Lemon brought on network fact checker Daniel Dale for a response to Donald Trump.
Does it make sense for liberal CNN host Chris Cuomo to interview his liberal Democrat brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on the network’s prime time line-up? According to the network, it’s the perfect place for two members of a prominent Democrat family to bash the Republican president.
Never let a crisis go to waste. That’s clearly a motto embraced by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell. As the nation fights to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, O’Donnell on Sunday lectured that more will die if ObamaCare is fully repealed. After the Democratic debate ended, the Last Word host talked to former Obama administration official, Dr. Kavita Patel. She attacked, “Donald Trump has dismantled the Affordable Care Act.”
CNN on Sunday continued the network’s efforts to politicize the coronavirus and blame Donald Trump. Fareed Zakaria trashed the President for “emulating” the “propaganda” of North Korea. Opening his Fareed Zakaria GPS show, the anchor hammered, “This crisis seems to have been designed to bring out the worst of Trump. The President doesn't like or trust experts, often explaining that he knows more than they do. He has bluffed and fibbed his way through much of his life.”
Bernie Sanders has been on the national stage for almost 30 years and his relationship with the media has fluctuated. Sometimes, journalists view him as a threat, a candidate that would surely lose to Donald Trump and must be stopped. Other times, his socialist views are exciting and captivating for these reporters. But if you go back to November 11, 1990, you can see that World News Tonight found the then-Congressman-elect to be fascinating and worthy of attention. Reporter Bob Jamieson told viewers that the socialist was “no fringe politician.”
Donald Trump declared a state of emergency on Friday at a White House press conference detailing the ongoing efforts to combat the Coronavirus. After speaking and sharing the stage with doctors and leaders in the economy, CBS News journalist Weijia Jiang wondered if the President was being “selfish” for not immediately taking a COVID-19 test.
Talking to a self-quarantined Ted Cruz on Friday, CBS This Morning’s Tony Dokoupil worried that unconcerned Republican voters might get more Americans sick with the Coronavirus. The host nudged, “As a Republican senator, what is your message to Republican voters, Republican citizens, about how seriously they should take this outbreak?”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday lashed out at Donald Trump’s Coronavirus address from the White House, objecting to the President using the word foreign in his Wednesday-night speech. This, apparently, made the whole thing an “America-first” attempt at sliming “outsiders.” Guest host Michelle Miller complained, “The President also called this a foreign virus. What has he accomplished by making this an outsider's problem?” Chief Washington Correspondent Major Garrett derided, “It is kind of an America-first rhetorical flourish that has nothing to do with public health, safety, or public health communication.”
Justin Danhof, General Counsel for the National Center for Public Policy Research, on Wednesday confronted the new CEO of Disney about ABC's obviously slanted political coverage. (Disney owns ABC.) CEO Bob Chapek laughably touted the “stellar record” of objectivity from the network's news division. Considering that ABC just had to suspend a reporter for bragging about his socialism, this may not exactly be convincing.
What a difference a political party makes. In 2019, ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd linked Donald Trump’s “rhetoric” and tone to a shooting at a synagogue. Yet, on Tuesday, he cheered an unhinged Joe Biden moment in which the Democrat berated and threatened a “horse’s ass,” “full of shit” voter.
Time magazine, a liberal dinosaur publication, is desperately trying to hold onto relevance. Its latest effort is to rewind 100 years and pretend that the magazine has been giving out a Woman of the Year prize all the back to 1921 We counted and here’s the revealing totals: Of the women who were Democrats (elected or otherwise) or liberal activists or left-leaning feminists, 21. Number of conservatives or Republicans? Just three.
Throughout the 2020 presidential cycle, the journalists at CBS have been trying to convince you that anyone who isn’t an avowed socialist must be a moderate. O’Keefe played video of an excited Harris at a Biden rally in Michigan: “I'm so proud to endorse Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States!” As video played of Harris, Booker and Biden holding hand played, the journalist cheered, “With the polls giving him a big lead in Michigan, Joe Biden campaigned with some prominent supporters including the Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. It was a show of unity among moderates in the party.”
Liberal CNN host Chris Cuomo on Friday gushed over the disgraced Al Franken, mourning his 2017 exit from the Senate amidst multiple allegations of unwanted touching. Cuomo mostly ignored the scandal that ended Franken’s career, instead marveling at the Democrat’s intellect and passion. He cheered: “Your voice is needed.”
It’s another presidential election and CNN is releasing more episodes of its documentary series Race for the White House. The February 23 episode showcased the 1980 Jimmy Carter vs. Ronald Regan battle. The show bizarrely labeled Jimmy Carter a “fiscal conservative” and made sure to highlight Reagan’s “gift-wrapped” gaffes. Narrator Mahershala Ali began with the primaries, telling voters: “As the election approaches, Carter needs his party behind him. Instead, he feels the chill of growing discontent.”
ABC and NBC on Friday spun the cringe-inducing, awkward new comments by Bill Clinton, in which the former President blamed his White House affair with Monica Lewinsky as “anxiety” management. The Today show and Good Morning America hailed a Hulu documentary as “remarkable” and a look at the “painful” time (for the Clintons).
The journalists at CBS This Morning have a history of featuring the President of Planned Parenthood on their show. They also have a history of tossing softballs to the head of the abortion provider. So it was shocking on Thursday to see Gayle King tell Alexis McGill Johnson that “some would call” the procedure “murder.”
Elizabeth Warren’s floundering presidential campaign grinded to an end on Thursday with the liberal Democrat finally dropping out. In recent weeks, Warren has been complaining about her media coverage, sending out a campaign e-mail that whined, “We can’t count on the media to cover our campaign fairly, so we’re taking our case directly to voters.”