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 is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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MSNBC’s hyperbolic, frenzied State of the Union coverage climaxed in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Despite the fact that 75 percent of Americans approved of the speech, director Rob Reiner lamented that “intelligent people” like Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow were forced to listen to the “racist” “liar” Trump.
Chris Matthews does not understand why Donald Trump said such nasty things about North Korea. The MSNBC host on Tuesday was clearly rattled by the President’s State of the Union criticism of the outlaw country. Matthews chided: “Why did he stoke the fires tonight? Why did he bring out the really tough case of their family losing their kid who was hiking through the mountains there? What was the whole point of that?”
After pompously declaring that MSNBC regulars like the disgraced Brian Williams would “fact check” Donald Trump’s State of the Union, Williams and Rachel Maddow on Tuesday went juvenile and touted a protester flipping off the President’s limo. The disgraced ex-Nightly News anchor mocked, “It encountered a small but vocal, as they say, group of protesters including a gentleman you seen who had a funny way of waving to the motorcade.”
If there’s someone you don’t want doing your fact checking, it’s probably Brian Williams. Yet, the disgraced ex-Nightly News anchor began MSNBC’s State of the Union coverage on Tuesday by triumphantly asserting, “We will fact check” Donald Trump’s State of the Union claims.
CNN and MSNBC previewed the State of the Union on Tuesday with amazingly similar talking points: Donald Trump is Richard Nixon in January of 1974, just waiting for the tidal wave of scandal to bring him down. CNN’s Anderson Cooper singled out a clip of Nixon’s ‘74 State of the Union, comparing: “But I gotta say, looking at President Nixon during one of his State of the Union’s when he’s talking about the Watergate investigation, I just want to play that. Because it sort of an interesting look back at how he handled it.”
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle on Monday slammed Nikki Haley for speaking out about the politicization of everything and forgot that the U.N. Ambassador was the victim a disgusting smear herself. On MSNBC Live, she whined, “When I read Nikki Haley last night tweeting it destroyed the Grammys that politics were brought into entertainment, is she aware that the President himself went after Jay-Z this weekend?”
When Donald Trump allegedly used the word “shithole” in reference to some African countries, journalist and media outlets went into hyper drive. CNN on January 12 used the word, with no self-censoring, 195 times in a 24 hour period. Yet when Hillary Clinton on Friday night bizarrely mentioned “activist bitches supporting bitches,” the cable network ignored the remark.
You may think that our latest edition of This Week in Media Bias History contains examples too insane to be real. Sadly, they were actually uttered by journalists. In 2015, ex-Today show host Bryant Gumbel called the NRA “pigs” and a “curse upon the American landscape.” In 1990, CNN founder Ted Turner praised Communist Mikhail Gorbachev as “moving faster than Jesus Christ.”
ABC and NBC on Friday skipped the news that a photographer in 2005 agreed to cover up the photograph he took of then-Senator Barack Obama and notorious Jew hater Louis Farrakhan. Only CBS This Morning covered the story that a meeting took place between Obama, Farrakhan and the Congressional Black Caucus.
Both ABC and NBC on Thursday night and Friday morning skipped rabid leftist George Soros’s ranting in Davos that Donald Trump is a “threat to the world” and close to a “mafia state.” Only CBS — and only for a combined 29 seconds — bothered to report on the influential billionaire’s latest comments.
MSNBC on Thursday offered an immediate, and typically negative, review of Donald Trump’s debut in Davos, Switzerland. Hosts Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi mocked the “uninformed,” “strange,” nonsensical” conversation that the President had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Ruhle made sure to inject race into it, earlier noting that Trump was “flanked almost entirely” by “white guys.”
Thirty years ago tonight, January 25, 1988, Americans across the country saw with their own eyes an early example of the liberal media attack machine in its ugliness. Dan Rather, then the anchor of the CBS Evening News, laid a trap and attempted to ambush then-Vice President George H.W. Bush. The interview was live and Rather’s goal was to embarrass the leading Republican contender for the 1988 Republican presidential nomination.
The three big networks have been extremely resistant to credit Donald Trump with any policy success. So it was rather surprising to see CBS This Morning on Wednesday tout the President’s “huge impact” in filling the courts with “conservative powerhouses.” Reporter Jan Crawford explained a low key success that has been flying under the media’s radar.
ABC, CBS and NBC on Tuesday spun the end of the government shutdown from the perspective of angry liberals, hyping that Democrats are being “blasted by left-wing,” “progressives” who are unhappy about how the party bungled the impasse.
The government reopened on Monday after Democrats reversed course, apparently failing to get their demands met on “ironclad commitments” about DACA. This prompted an admission from an unlikely source on the state of liberalism: Chris Matthews denounced some on the “hard left” who “don’t care” about the impact of the shutdown.
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday placed the blame for the government shutdown on Donald Trump and the Republicans. Co-host Gayle King pressured the President to “do more” on ending the stalemate. The journalists failed to point out that Chuck Schumer in 2013 vowed not to shut down the government over immigration.
This Week in Media Bias History returns with some real groaners from the liberal press. In 1994, ABC lamented the demise of the USSR, saying, “For many, the workers’ paradise has become a homeless hell.” In 2015, PBS chided that having more kids meant more damage to Earth. And NBC’s Bryant Gumbel mocked Donald Trump... back in 1992.
CBS This Morning co-host John Dickerson on Friday touted Democratic talking points regarding a government shutdown. Talking to Senator Cory Gardner, Dickerson tried to explain away demanding a DACA fix in return for keeping the government open. He lectured the Republican: "And nothing focuses the mind like a hanging.”
Never let reality get in the way, CNN. After the White House released the largely positive data from Donald Trump’s physical, CNN Doctor Sanjay Gupta refused to accept the findings and overruled the doctor who actually examined the President. Asked on Tuesday if Trump had heart disease, Dr. Ronny Jackson responded, “No, not at all… I think he had great findings across the board, but the one that stands out more than anything to me is his cardiac health. His cardiac health is excellent.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning allowed Senator Cory Booker to smear Trump administration officials with what sounded like a Nazi comparison. The Democrat appeared, Wednesday, to gloat about his theatrical attack on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her recounting of whether Donald Trump used a profanity in the Oval Office.