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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The three networks in September deluged viewers with incessant coverage of unproven sexual abuse accusations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But when some of those claims fell apart, ABC and NBC went silent on the crumbling assertions. As reported in the USA Today, Friday, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Judy Munro-Leighton to the FBI to be investigated for taking “responsibility for authoring an anonymous letter that made allegations that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her..”
Journalists have been bashing conservative Supreme Court judges for decades. Even after Clarence Thomas was confirmed, reporters never liked him much. On November 2, 2007, Jeffrey Toobin sneered that Thomas is “angry,” “bitter,” and “isolated.”
Aggressively liberal Late Show host Stephen Colbert isn’t used to having his ideology challenged. But that’s what happened on Thursday night as Fox News host Chris Wallace pushed back on immigration, the President’s accomplishments and the very simple idea that one shouldn’t be reflexively anti-Trump.
CBS This Morning on Thursday fawned over the woman who would be one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. And while journalist Reena Ninan hailed what could be a “Muslim wave” headed to Congress, she completely skipped the anti-Israel views of congressional candidate Rashida Talib.
Now that Oprah Winfrey is once again off campaigning for Democrats, CBS on Thursday announced that the 60 Minutes contributor will be “stepping away” from her role at the network. At least for now. This arrangement at the network is full of all sorts of conflicts, yet CBS kept Winfrey on in spite of her far-left politics. On Thursday’s This Morning Nancy Cordes reported on Winfrey’s decision to go and campaign for liberal Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams.
Apparently, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle isn’t aware that American presidents call and congratulate world leaders upon winning, even if those the victories are disputed or if the individual involved has bad ideas, weird ideas or un-American beliefs. On Wednesday, the host bashed Donald Trump for congratulating Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro. This, apparently, is a coded message to the “far right.”
CBS hasn’t had time for the wildly controversial comments from a Democratic senatorial candidate in Arizona, a woman who is tied in the polls and could win. So what did CBS This Morning cover instead on Wednesday? A House member from Iowa who is embarrassing his own Republican Party instead.
Sometimes, pulling an allegedly corrupt Democrat over the finish line isn’t the most pleasant journalistic task. That’s the feeling one gets from reading the grumbling support (?) the New Jersey Star-Ledger offered to Democrat Robert Menendez on Sunday. The newspaper managed this not-exactly-ringing endorsement: “Choke it down, and vote for Menendez.”
CBS This Morning on Tuesday continued the effort to link Donald Trump to the appalling murder of Jews worshiping at a synagogue on Saturday. Co-host Norah O’Donnell talked to Jim VandeHei of Axios and demanded to know if he grilled the President in an interview: “I wondered if you got any sort of opportunity to challenge the President on some of the rhetoric that he's used, specifically using the word ‘invader,’ which is also a word that the Pittsburgh shooter used.”
Given that Barack Obama won the PolitiFact “lie of the year” for his famous untruth that “If you like your doctor, you can keep it,” it seems he wouldn’t be the person for journalists to tout on health care falsehoods. Apparently, MSNBC didn’t get the memo as host Ali Velshi on Monday eagerly hyped the President “calling out Republican lies.”
CBS This Morning journalists on Monday chided Donald Trump for his “tone” in reaction to Saturday’s mass murder of Jews in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Despite the President condemning the acts as evil and ordering flags at half staff, co-host Norah O’Donnell and reporter Weijia Jiang repeatedly brought up Trump’s outside activities. This is in stark contrast tothe network spinning for Barack Obama after a vacation in the wake of the beheading of American James Foley.
As readers of This Week in Media Bias History know, journalists aren’t good at hiding their partisan agenda. Yet, there’s some subjects they don’t want to take a stand on. For instance: Whether the terrorist attack on the Pentagon was wrong. ABC News President David Westin on October 23, 2001 mused, “The Pentagon as a legitimate target? I actually don’t have an opinion on that.” Talking to Columbia University journalism students, he lectured, “As a journalist, I feel strongly that’s something that I should not be taking a position on.”
MSNBC guests and hosts went into full blame mode on Friday, lashing out at Donald Trump as “terrorist sympathizer” in the wake of the arrest of alleged mail bomber Cesar Sayoc in Florida. Additionally, Deadline: White House host Nicolle Wallace wondered if people would be scared of criticizing the President.
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Friday demanded that a Democratic Senator go to the White House and “confront” the President. After Mark Warner attacked Donald Trump for criticizing the FBI, King insisted, “A lot of people feel the way you do, Senator, that words matter. Why don't a group of you all get together and just confront him and say, you know, ‘Mr. President, this is not helping. You've got to stop it'?"
CNN’s liberal bias is so overt and obvious these days, you don’t even have to hear the journalists speak. Just reading the onscreen graphic will explain everything you need to know. In the wake of Wednesday's attempted mail bombings, here’s how the CNN graphics department responded.
Despite the fact that journalists are linking Donald Trump to Wednesday’s attempted mail bombing and placing blame on his supporters, CNN on Thursday rather bizarrely denied doing just that. Inside Politics host John King lectured, “No one is blaming the President. Is anyone blaming the President?”
Far-left ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel on Monday urged those in Texas to defeat Ted Cruz and elect liberal senator Beto O’Rourke. Prefacing a “question for those of you in Texas,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live host mocked, “Whatever side you're on, Democrat, Republican, doesn't matter. Imagine how hilarious it will be if Ted Cruz is forced to kiss his bully's ass in front of the world and then loses anyway?”
Another day, another liberal Democrat the New York Times has disguised as a moderate. On Tuesday, the so-called paper of record gushed over the “homespun” “centrist” Jon Tester, who is struggling to hold onto his Senate seat in Montana. This comes a day after the Times hailed the “centrist,” “moderate” Joe Donnelly in Indiana.
Journalists just cannot contain their excitement over Beto O'Rourke and the possibility of turning Texas into a Democratic stronghold. Despite the fact that O'Rourke has NEVER LED in a single poll, reporters have decided this is the year. Appearing on Nightline, Monday, ABC News political reporter Rick Klein enthused, “The idea that Texas is ripe for the picking, it's powered by the growing minority population, the growing young voter population.”
The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Tuesday plotted strategy for the Democrats in the 2018 midterms, talking to the liberal co-hosts of the podcast Pod Save America, Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. Together, they wanted to know just what Democrats could do to take the House and the Senate. This Morning co-host John Dickerson asked, “To the extent that Democrats can have a message, what should it be in the last two months?”