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.
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CBS This Morning on Wednesday finally committed journalism and covered the latest example of Elizabeth Warren being forced to confront contradictory facts about her background. This time, it’s claims that she was fired from a teaching job in 1971 because she was pregnant. After ignoring claims highlighted by The Washington Free Beacon on Monday, This Morning’s Tony Dokoupil explained, “A series of reports have questioned the story she's been telling it on the campaign trail.”
As biased as the journalists on CNN are, the anonymous individuals behind the graphics department seem even worse. Wednesday’s CNN Newsroom may have seen the worst example yet. (And that’s saying something.) The network told viewers that the White House has officially “declared war” on the “Constitution.” (It hasn’t.) Here’s the full graphic and screen shot from the opening of the 9am hour: “WH Declares War on Impeachment Inquiry & Constitution.”
In a surprising move, CBS This Morning on Tuesday defended a judge in Texas who gave a Bible to convicted murderer Amber Guyger. Judge Tammy Kemp last week made the dramatic gesture after the brother of the man the police officer shot called on Guyger to turn her life over to Jesus. CBS’s Vladimir Duthiers highlighted the complaints of atheist organizations: “There is a religious group Freedom From Religion Foundation group. It’s a secular group that challenges religious displays in government.”
CBS This Morning on Tuesday lectured viewers that companies should be prepared to “check” “American principles” “at the door” in order to do business in China. While liberal journalists often react with fury at perceived assaults on the First Amendment, the NBA capitulating to the communist country resulted in a collective shrug. CBS Sports analyst Bill Reiter demanded, “Whatever American principles you bring to the table, including free speech, you check that at the door if you want to do business with China.”
NBC, MSNBC and CNN on Monday eagerly hyped Colin Powell calling out Republicans in Congress, citing this as an example of the former Secretary of State criticizing “my party.” The fact that Powell has endorsed Democratic presidential candidates in 2008, 2012 and 2016 didn’t come up.
The keyword is “conservative.” CBS and CNN on Monday repeatedly fretted over the coming Supreme Court term, due to future cases on abortion, gun control and gay rights. Both networks repeatedly took time to warn viewers of a looming right turn.
It was just this time about a year ago that liberals in the media started to realize that Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed to the Supreme Court. In fact, on October 5, 2018, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes realized, on-air, that such a thing would happen. MSNBC’s Ali Velshi broke into coverage to explain that Democrat Joe Manchin would vote yes: “We have breaking news now. Senator Joe Manchin, who did not want to be the deciding vote on this, has announced he will support.” Hayes sputtered, “He’s a yes?” The host then bowed his head in amazement.
Who better than former Obama/Biden official Susan Rice to talk about Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine and the identify of an anonymous whistleblower? (Rice in 2017 came under fire for requesting identities of dozens of people connected to Donald Trump.) Apparently, that’s exactly who the journalists at CBS This Morning wanted for an interview.
The brother of a murder victim shocked a courtroom on Wednesday as he offered an overtly religious act of forgiveness, urging the killer to turn to Jesus Christ. But you wouldn’t know that from the network morning show coverage on Thursday. Today, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning skipped the appeal to faith, instead portraying it as more generalized forgiveness. Later in the day, View co-host Joy Behar rejected the call to grace and instead insisted, “I think to hold onto the rage gives you strength.”
For Chris Matthews, impeaching and removing Donald Trump is now a given. The Hardball host on Wednesday moved on to impeaching and removing Mike Pence. Matthews repeatedly pressed his new obsession with Democratic senators and liberal journalists. Talking to Chris Coons, he demanded, “The Vice President now, according to reporting as of tonight, seems to be engaged in the same thing Trump was engaged in, which is basically shaking down a foreign leader to get dirt on a political opponent, the candidate you're supporting, Joe Biden. Shouldn't he be the subject of an impeachment inquiry as well at this point?”
CBS This Morning on Wednesday excitedly touted the opening of a “ginormous” new Planned Parenthood clinic, part of an effort to open locations next to states with stricter pro-life laws. As though she was hyping the grand opening of a grocery store, Gayle King wondered, “Are they getting a lot of business?”
If you happen to be drinking coffee and reading the print New York Times this coming Sunday, a word of warning: Put your drink down first or you might gag on the long, very long, profile of “oracle” Rachel Maddow. The online version by Amanda Hess trumpeted, “This Is the Moment Rachel Maddow Has Been Waiting For.”
Journalists still haven’t lost the thrill they have for Hillary Clinton. The 2016 candidate is doing a book tour and appeared on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. Amy Robach fawned over the Democrat, gushing, “What’s the gutsiest thing you’ve ever done?” The GMA guest co-host hesitantly brought up Clinton’s private e-mail server, but not with much enthusiasm or interest.
Who is this Bill Maher and what has he done with the hateful liberal who has a TV show on HBO? The Real Time host talked to the New York Times Magazine on Sunday and ridiculously declared, “We live in an era where I don’t think people’s main focus is the truth and/or sussing out something valuable or teachable. We live in a time in which people are more concerned with scalps and clicks.”
CBS This Morning analyst Jonathan Turley offered an unpopular opinion, one not heard much on the network newscasts: Impeachment might not work out just the way Democrats and liberals in the media think. Turley actually highlighted problems for the Bidens, noting, “One of the only ways to really take down Donald Trump may be to beat him with a lifeless body of Joe Biden.”
In 1993, more than a decade before Dan Rather would fully disgrace himself as a partisan determined to take down George W. Bush, he fawned over then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s efforts to nationalize health care. Twenty six years ago this week, on September 22, 1993, Dan Rather interviewed Clinton and fawned over all her hard work: "You know, as I hear you talk, as I have before on this subject, I don't know of anybody--friend or foe--who isn't impressed by your grasp of the details of this plan."
Jay Sekulow, Donald Trump’s lawyer, sparred with CBS This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil on Friday, offering a feisty response and forcing the network to actually hear about Adam Schiff’s fake transcript from the Ukraine hearing. As the Media Research Center’s Nick Fondacaro noted on Thursday, CBS and the other networks skipped the fabricated transcript read by the California Democrat.
Joe Biden took another slap at the press on Wednesday night, falsely stating that “no legitimate journalist” gives any credibility to claims that, as vice president, he improperly intervened on behalf of son Hunter Biden. After Jimmy Kimmel wondered about the “gossip element” of the Ukraine story, Biden attacked: “Look, you know, when you step back from it, this is not about me and my family. There's not one single solitary legitimate journalist in the world given any credibility to this.”
CBS, as well as the other two networks, routinely push gun control policies over gun rights by a large margin. So it was a welcome surprise to see the hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday actually quiz New Zealand’s Prime Minister over the morality and effectiveness of her newly enacted policies.
All three networks broke into regular programming on Wednesday with live coverage of the release of the Ukraine phone call transcript. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell offered the most hyperbolic response, comparing Donald Trump to a gangster “godfather” making an obvious threat. She also exonerated Joe Biden as simply “following the policy.” CBS, on the other hand, offered a surprise. Liberal This Morning co-host Gayle King wondered if this was all a “big bowl of nothing.”