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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Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek and the role of Jean-Luc Picard in a new CBS streaming show, but the reason it exists at all is, unsurprisingly, political. The liberal actor told Variety this week that Picard is “me responding to the world of Brexit and Trump.” he also said that the United States (under Trump) and Britain (under Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson) are “completely fucked.”
A former top CIA official had to explain to CBS just why it’s unwise to believe Iranian propaganda claiming that 80 members of the U.S. military were killed during the country's air strike. Co-host Gayle King on Wednesday seemed to equate equally the Iranian propaganda outfit and western reporting, siting “conflicting information.”
According to a Hollywood Reporter story, disgraced ex-CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose may have made a former intern watch an S&M scene, had a nickname of “Charlie Fuckin’ Rose” and intimidated his co-hosts who might stand up to his alleged sexual abuse. In the deposition, a lawyer asked, “Did you have a nickname in the studio, Charlie fuck'n Rose?” Rose responded in the affirmative
According to MSNBC, it’s the “rational” Iranians who must deal with the “unpredictable” Donald Trump as the world waits to see if the U.S. will escalate tensions. Appearing just prior to the President’s address on Wednesday about the latest actions in the Middle East, Mohyeldin mentioned an unidentified “colleague”: “He was saying that it’s unimaginable to think in this day and age it would be the Iranians who are signaling that they want to de-escalate. They're being rational.”
Ever since Donald Trump last week ordered the killing of Iranian terrorist Qasem Soleimani, journalists have skeptically questioned his motives and the timing of the strike in the midst of an impeachment effort. On the Sunday Today, Harry Smith cynically noted that “impeachment, no one’s talked about impeachment, what, for two or three days now?” The New York Times wondered if Trump was trying to “wag the dog” to divert from impeachment.
Journalists from ABC and CBS eagerly raced over to Iran to toss softballs to a top government official. They also wondered when the country will strike back at the United States. Good Morning America’s Martha Raddatz on Tuesday highlighted the “hundreds of thousands of mourners” “paying their respects” to the dead terrorist, Qasem Soleimani.
Given that journalists have echoed Democratic talking points on the killing of Qasem Soleimani and touted the militant as a “revered,” “inspiring” leader, it was a breath of fresh air on Monday to see CBS This Morning’s Ed O’Keefe flat-out ask Elizabeth Warren if he was a “terrorist.”
Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais delivered a blistering, brutal attack on liberal Hollywood, Sunday night, bringing up awkward topics like covering for Harvey Weinstein. All three morning shows covered the Globes on Monday, but they allowed just seconds to the biting commentary that Gervais served up to the not-so-pleased crowd. CBS This Morning included just 7 seconds to playing the words the comedian actually said. NBC’s Today barely beat that, managing a meager 15 seconds of Gervais. Good Morning America offered the most, 47 seconds of the entertainer’s commentary.
Earlier this week, CBS Evening News journalists apologized for embarrassing themselves as the program used a picture of Congressman Elijah Cummings in a story on Congressman John Lewis. Both are African Americans. This isn’t the first time members of the liberal media committed such a gaffe. On October 21, 2009, then-MSNBC host Contessa Brewer introduced Jesse Jackson this way: “Joining me now to talk about this and the nation’s real problem of joblessness, the Reverend Al Sharpton....”
The journalists at CBS just couldn’t help themselves with the flowery language for dead terrorist Qasem Soleimani. This Morning reporter Holly Williams described the man who ordered the killing of U.S. military members as a “revered,” “inspiring” “military genius.” She blandly understated, “For America, though, General Soleimani was a problem.” Williams began: “There are fears that the killing of Soleimani, a revered figure in Iran and some other places in the Middle East, could see simmering tensions between the U.S. and Iran turn explosive.”
CBS offered a double take moment on Thursday as contributor Michael Morell concluded that the “the Iranians want a Democrat in the White House in 2021.” CBS This Morning hosts Tony Dokoupil and Jericka Duncan wondered about the “cycle of violence” and whether “President Trump is vulnerable when you look at him facing impeachment and an election?”
Given the intense and sustained media attacks on Donald Trump, it’s sometimes easy to forget just how much journalists loved Barack Obama. Instead of comparing the President to Hitler or Nazis, The Washington Post embarrassed itself by drooling over the Democrat’s “chiseled pecs.” Eleven years ago this week, on December 25, 2008, The Washington Post’s Eli Saslow gushed over Barack Obama as a “paradigm of a new kind of presidential fitness.”
After 11 years of hemorrhaging money, the Newseum, a 250,000 square foot temple dedicated to journalists by journalists, will close on December 31, 2019. Apparently, despite pouring $650 million to the project, the effort to prop up the floundering museum has finally failed.
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.
Mostly secular network journalists don’t frequently cite “sin” when it comes to policy positions. Certainly not approvingly when it comes to issues like abortion. But such overt religiousity is okay for fighting climate change. One year ago this week, on the December 20, 2018 edition of Today, the morning show profiled a Christian church that is taking a stand on global warming.
Just imagine if this was said about a Democratic President, maybe Barack Obama or Bill Clinton:
Talking to Congressman James Clyburn on Thursday, New Day co-host John Berman had NO response when the Democrat said of a Senate impeachment trial for Donald Trump: “Let's give him a fair trial and hang him.”
Talk about being tone deaf and having no sense of self awareness. George Stephanopoulos, a former top aide to impeached President Bill Clinton, on Thursday demanded to know about the “indelible mark” left by the Democratic effort to impeach Donald Trump.
CBS journalists want the Senators in the coming impeachment trial to be impartial and unbiased. Except when they don’t care about that. On Wednesday, This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil hammered Mitch McConnell for having already made a decision against impeachment. Talking to CBS News legal analyst Kim Wehle, he demanded, “The Senate rules for impeachment say, ‘I do solemnly swear,’ this is the oath that each senator takes.”
Andrea Mitchell isn’t even trying anymore. The veteran liberal journalist on Wednesday co-anchored live impeachment coverage and gushed over the “remarkable,” “dignified” Nancy Pelosi, lamenting that she must face off against the “profane” Donald Trump. Regarding the six page letter the President sent Pelosi, Mitchell derided it as “partly profane, angry, vituperative letter filled with exclamation points.”
Appearing on The View, liberal actor Charlize Theron changed her tone about playing former Fox News star Megyn Kelly in a new sexual harassment film Bombshell. The actress, who said it was “harder” playing a serial killer than the conservative journalist, can’t imagine why there is “instant” suspicion against her taking the role.