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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Surprise! Journalists should stand up to those in power and “question the government.” That’s the lesson learned from the hosts of CBS This Morning after seeing a worshipful new film about the Washington Post. On Wednesday, reporter Jan Crawford talked to two stars of The Post, a film set in 1971 that features “heroes” who stand up to Richard Nixon.
ABC on Sunday spent the final day of 2017 whining about the term “fake news” and insisting that Donald Trump is a threat to the First Amendment. With no mention of the network’s demonstrably fake reporting, This Week guest host Martha Raddatz complained, “There was an attack on the media, on the First Amendment that we have not seen before, really, in this country... and the profound effect that can have. This is a President, as you know well, who likes attention from the media. On the other hand, he calls us fake news.”
Watching A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a tradition for millions every Christmas since 1965. While many love the iconic Vince Guaraldi score, the humor and the animation, one part of the special has always stood out and made it unique: Linus’s recitation of the Gospel of Luke.
On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning, all three networks buried a blockbuster report by Politico that exposed just how far the Obama administration went in order to secure a deal with Iran over nuclear weapons. ABC, CBS and NBC have yet to cover what Politico blasted in a headline: “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook.”
Talk about self love. Washington Post journalists want you to know that they’re great and that you should see a new film promoting the paper’s publication of the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. Over three days, The Post devoted 3,375 words and three articles to touting The Post.
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo on Monday absolutely gushed over video of Louisiana Senator John Kennedy grilling one of Donald Trump’s judicial nominees. Cuomo hailed the Republican’s questions as “classic” and “wise.”
Liberal columnist aren’t good at subtlety when objecting to conservative and Republican goals. Philly.com journalist Will Bunch on Monday argued that the GOP tax cut bill is the worst since... the Fugitive Slave Act. Yep. Cutting taxes across the board is the same as requiring states return fleeing slaves to the horror they escaped from.
The British-born Christian Bale appeared on CBS This Morning, Monday, to sneer that the American “genocide” and “bigotry” featured in his new western film is “relevant” to what’s going on today in the country. Regarding his movie Hostiles, Bale lamented that the film, set in 1892, has “become surprisingly, sadly relevant, more so since we stopped filming, you know, in terms of... some of Americans’s ease and comfort now expressing hatred to those who are different from them.”
Hillary Clinton’s seemingly endless book tour stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres show on Friday. And even for the liberal entertainer, the questions were over the top. DeGeneres turned to the woman who lost the 2016 election to wonder if Donald Trump can “last” four years. She also wistfully highlighted the plan to do the show from the Clinton White House.
It’s hard to notice, given all the other vitriol on the cable network, but MSNBC’s 9am hour has morphed into one of the liberal network’s most biased. On Friday, an agitated Stephanie Ruhle flat-out declared that it “isn’t an opinion” to say Donald Trump is a “bully.” Apparently, it’s just a fact.
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell wants some alleged sexual harassers on Capitol Hill gone immediately. Others, she laments the “rush to judgment.” What’s the key difference? Whether the offender is a Democrat or a Republican. On Thursday, Mitchell reported on the news that Republican Congressman Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election. It was revealed he paid $84,000 in tax payer money to settle allegations against him.
CBS co-host — and Democratic donor — Gayle King on Wednesday openly lobbied Joe Biden to make a presidential bid. CBS This Morning’s journalists donated 19 minutes and 39 seconds to promoting the former Vice President’s new book. Although the hosts focused on women accusing Donald Trump of harassment, the resignation of Al Franken never came up. Neither did Biden’s long history of creepy touching.
Journalism is under siege from a tyrannical president and it’s just like Richard Nixon. That’s the hyperbolic trope from the hosts of CBS This Morning on Monday, as well as Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. Promoting The Post, a new film about the Pentagon Papers in 1971, co-host Gayle King marveled, “Some of the lines that you hear Nixon say are exactly, Tom, what we hear today from the President of the United States when it comes to the press!”
Journalist Brian Karem on Monday demanded to know if Sarah Huckabee Sanders has ever been sexually assaulted. The male reporter works for Playboy — not exactly a defender of the dignity of women — and lectured the female Sanders on the difficulty of being a woman.
An unfolding terrorist attack in New York City wasn’t enough to derail CNN’s obsession with Donald Trump. Forty minutes after suicide bomber Akayed Ullah on Monday attempted to murder people with a bomb, New Day journalists lost interest. Co-host Alisyn Camerota had more important topics: Trump’s appreciation of Diet Coke.
Aging liberal fans of “Camelot” won’t be happy with the portrayal of John F. Kennedy in the new season of Netflix’s The Crown. Various reviews reveal that the liberal icon will be portrayed as a “functional addict,” “a jealous jerk” and a “scheming conniver.” Yet, the Washington Post on Friday glossed over this negative portrayal, minimizing it.
You don’t see that very often. The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday grilled socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, hitting the progressive over hypocrisy relating to a possible government shutdown. On the issue of Sanders and Al Franken, the co-hosts called him out on his flip flopping.
Veteran liberal journalists Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell on Thursday lamented the “rush to judgment” that forced Al Franken from the Senate. Despite the fact that eight women have now accused the Democrat of inappropriate or unwanted touching, Tom Brokaw mourned, “... There was on the part of the Democratic Party a determination and kind of a rush, if you will, to have the Senator resign so they didn't have the burden of trying to defend him .”
Liberal CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway battled it out again on New Day, Wednesday. The Counselor to the President blasted Cuomo and lobbied that he stop telling “flat-out lies.” At one point, she jabbed, “You work for the Cable News Network, CNN. It's not the CON, C-O-N, Cable Opinion Network.”
Despite two hours of available air time, ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday skipped a damning New York Times story with a bombshell claim: Hillary Clinton, during the 2016 presidential campaign, was told that Harvey Weinstein was a rapist, but still took his donations and raised money off him.