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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Maybe Mika Brzezinski shouldn’t announce every thought that pops into her head. On Wednesday’s Morning Joe, she suggested that Donald Trump has a sexually transmitted disease and “raided” his former doctor’s office to cover it up. MSNBC panelist Elise Jordan kicked off the discussion by suggesting that working for the administration is “the political equivalent of an STD.”
Katie Couric, half of the former Today show duo with Matt Lauer, explained away the sketchy, secret button used by her disgraced ex-colleague: “A lot of NBC executives” have that. Appearing on The Wendy Williams Show, Couric waded into dangerous territory: “I think the whole button thing.... a lot of stuff gets misreported and blown out of proportion.”
CBS on Tuesday fretted over the danger of the U.S. leaving the 2015 nuclear agreement, dismissing Israel’s claims regarding secret new files detailing Iran’s lies. Talking to Condoleezza Rice about the rumors that Donald Trump will exit the deal, This Morning co-host Norah O’Donnell started with the premise that America should stay in: “What is the damage if President Trump withdraws from the accord?”
CBS was for the vulgar White House Correspondents Dinner before the network was against it. On Saturday, CBS This Morning journalist Jamie Wax praised the “standout” comedian Michelle Wolf, touting her as “singled out for the quality of her comedic craftsmanship.” Two days later, hosts on the same show chided the “below the belt,” “extreme” performance.
Dana Carvey on Monday wondered whether Donald Trump will get credit if the efforts to de-nuclearize North Korea are successful. Talking to Conan O’Brien on TBS, he even joked about a Nobel Prize: “As far as Trump is concerned, if he solves the thing in thing in North Korea... are we going to give him the Nobel Peace Prize? I mean, we’d have to, right?”
What is it about mass death that causes liberal journalists to smear conservatives? On April 25, 1995, then-Today co-host Bryant Gumbel blamed the Oklahoma City Bombing on talk radio hosts. On April 21, 2013, The New York Times decided that the solution to the Boston Marathon bombing was... a carbon tax?
All three networks on Friday trumpeted the “historic” breakthrough in North Korea, touting “peace at last!” In total, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 26 minutes and 10 seconds of coverage to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting South Korea. Yet, of that time, a scant 76 seconds (all on CBS) was allowed for pondering what credit Donald Trump deserves.
Joy Behar took a nasty shot at Melania Trump on Thursday’s The View and token conservative Meghan McCain fired back, deriding her liberal co-host as “so mean.” The women were discussing the latest on Stormy Daniels. Behar mocked: “Today is Melania's birthday. Happy birthday, Melania.”
What has happened to Katie Couric’s career? On Tuesday’s Nightline, she was reduced to “interviewing” sex robots who want to “make love” to her “sexy ass.” Though Couric occasionally questioned the moral cesspool that is the sex robot industry, the segment is mostly a promotional for it. While chatting with “Harmony,” she listens as the sex robot tells her: “I like books, computers, making new friends. I also love making love to you.”
Talk about not letting something go. Minutes after the French President’s address to Congress on Wednesday, MSNBC sourly reminded Americans of the House’s efforts to rename french fries in 2003. After that, a clearly impressed Stephanie Ruhle gushed over the liberal Emmanuel Macron: “Isn't Macron clearly angling to be the world leader? President Trump has made it clear America first, America alone. And we're sort of all looking around saying who's the voice? Does it seem like he's the one that wants to be it?”
Almost two years later, the elitist New York Times still can’t accept that the British people voted to leave the European Union with its Brexit vote. The front page story on Tuesday is snidely titled, “In Brexit Vote, Town’s Nostalgia for Seafaring Past Muddied Its Future.”
Despite spending most of her time bashing Donald Trump and Republicans on MSNBC, Nicolle Wallace is still invited to lecture the GOP. The McCain/Palin ‘08 strategist on Monday described herself as a “non-practicing Republican” on TBS’s Conan. She also insisted that you can’t talk to Trump-supporting family members about the President.
In the wake of the funeral of Barbara Bush, The View co-host Joy Behar on Monday has decided she likes the political family. They’re so unlike the “con men and thugs” in the White House now. Apparently, Behar has forgotten that she previously smeared various Bush family members as “murderers,” “liars,” connected to Nazis and compared George W. Bush to Islamic terrorists.
Some journalists fawned and flattered over communist thug Fidel Castro. But then-ABC reporter Lisa Howard went the extra mile. In Politico Magazine, Friday, Peter Kornbluh recounts Howard’s previously undisclosed affair. The headline screamed, “‘My Dearest Fidel’: An ABC Journalist’s Secret Liaison With Fidel Castro.”
The liberal hate flows strong in today’s edition of This Week in Media Bias History. On April 19, then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann smeared Rush Limbaugh as having “blood” on his hands for the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. On April 14, 2009, CNN’s Anderson Cooper used a vulgar slang term for oral sex to describe the Tea party movement.
All three networks on Friday hyped the “bombshell,” “infamous” James Comey memos released overnight. ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 12 minutes and 12 seconds to the documents with each network claiming they “obtained” them. In contrast, the same outlets skimped on coverage of the Justice Department recommending charges against the fired-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
In a bit of self promotion and ideological promotion, ABC’s Nightline on Wednesday night hyped the season finale of Scandal. Co-host Juju Chang hailed star Kerry Washington’s Democratic advocacy: “But while she keeps her personal life personal, she does speak out publicly about issues like gun control and women's rights.
Get it? Donald Trump is just like mobster Don Corleone in the Godfather because he kinda quoted a line from the classic gangster movie. Twice (so far) on Thursday, MSNBC played a clip of Marlon Brando saying, “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” This was to introduce discussions of the President.
While token View conservative Meghan McCain on Wednesday attacked James Comey as a greedy attention seeker, fellow co-host Sunny Hostin cheered the “unassailable” ex-FBI Director as a paragon of integrity. Hostin prefaced her question by fawning: “And I have said this on the show before, when I was with the Justice Department — and I think it continues — your character was unassailable, and I consider you a patriot.”
While reminiscing about the life of Barbara Bush, all three networks on Wednesday noted her toughness and willingness to fight. On CBS This Morning, journalist Bob Schieffer called the former First Lady the “enforcer.” What none of the networks noted in their tributes is that Mrs. Bush wouldn’t hesitate to bluntly call out liberal media bias when she saw it.