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. Previously, he was a contributing editor to NewsBusters and the MRC's senior news analyst. Scott's work has been featured or cited in outlets such as the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, Red State, to name a few. He has also been linked to several times on the Drudge Report.
A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
In April of 2013, Scott researched and wrote a Media Reality Check on ABC's complete blackout of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial. His stories on this subject and others were linked to on the Drudge Report, the Washington Times, Breitbart and Mediaite, to name a few outlets.
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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The fear tactics from partisan liberal journalists are at work to save funding for PBS. USA Today online on Tuesday trumpeted this deceptive headline: “Could Trump's 2018 budget kill Sesame Street's beloved Big Bird?” Well, no. Because Sesame Street no longer receives government funding and airs on HBO. The news outlet also outrageously connected the defunding move to bigotry.
The partisan journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday gushed over a new Obama administration book, touting its “real talk” and encouraging ex-staffer Alyssa Mastromonaco to lash out at Donald Trump. In contrast, this same network questioned the loyalty of ex-Secretary of Defense Bob Gates after he wrote a book criticizing Barack Obama.
Former CNN host D.L. Hughley ranted in a TMZ video posted Monday that Donald Trump is a “f***ing’ “liar” who “doesn’t deserve respect.” The former host of CNN’s D.L. Hughley Breaks the News blasted, “I think if the president were respect-worthy, you should do it. But I think in all the things he’s done — just this week, accusing a man, a former president, of a felony. He’s lied. A liar doesn’t deserve respect like that.”
Hostile journalists sparred with Donald Trump on Friday at a press conference, wondering why he was “scared” of “diversity” in the media and if German Chancellor Angela Merkel has “reservations” about the President. Kristina Dunz of the DPA German Press Agency labeled Trump an “isolationist” and disrespectful to the European Union. She then lectured, “Why are you scared of diversity in the news, in the media that you speak so often of fake news? And that things, after all, in the end cannot be proven?”
Journalists on CNN, Thursday, made no effort to disguise the disdain and rage they hold for the White House. Anchor Don Lemon compared Sean Spicer to the Adam Sandler movie Billy Madison. After playing an extended clip of March 16 press conference, Lemon mocked Spicer: “Did anyone see Billy Madison? The game show scene? ‘Everyone in this room is dumber for having listened to that.’ I hope that you're not dumber and I hope we're providing information.”
He may be gone, but no one on CBS has forgotten “teacher” Barack Obama and his ability to “make people understand.” On Thursday, the journalists at CBS This Morning and liberal actor Jesse Williams previewed a Smithsonian documentary on the former President, complete with the excessive fawning over the Democrat.
You know it’s bad when even the liberal Stephen Colbert is mocking Rachel Maddow’s non-scoop about Donald Trump’s taxes. The Late Show host on Wednesday devoted two segments to skewering Maddow’s hype-fest on the President’s 2005 taxes. After noting how the MSNBC host pushed the story on Twitter prior to Tuesday’s show, Colbert joked, “Rachel took us on an emotional roller coaster. Because, like a roller coaster, at the end you are right back where you started and feeling a little queasy.”
The New York Times on Wednesday published an ominous front page story about Neil Gorsuch’s “web of ties to secretive billionaire.” The article by Charlie Savage and Julie Turkewitz never once mentioned that Democratic senator Michael Bennet, who shares the home state of Colorado with the Supreme Court nominee, also has connections to billionaire Philip F. Anschultz.
Liberal director Joss Whedon on Wednesday fumed that Mike Pence is a “loathsome,” “unethical” “swine.” But he’s still better than Donald Trump. BuzzFeed reporters Steven Perlberg and Lissandra Villa talked to prominent Democrats about new-found affection for the Vice President. Well, sort of.
Get ready for a new, left-leaning HBO take on the presidential election. This one will follow yet another Game Change book from authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Halperin is the same man who said this on election night: “Outside of the Civil War, World War II and including 9/11, this might be the most cataclysmic event the country’s ever seen.”
Disgraced former anchor Dan Rather will be writing a new book on patriotism, USA Today reported on Friday. The journalist stressed that the book won’t promote patriotism “as a divisive cudgel.” Instead, he proclaimed on Facebook that it's “a patriotism that will not ignore the sins of our nation, but challenge them honestly and head on.”
Illegal border crossings have plummeted since Donald Trump took office, down a considerable 40 percent. The hosts of NBC’s Today, despite a four hour-long show, didn’t bother covering the development. CBS This Morning managed 24 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America offered a scant 19 seconds. The three morning shows have an available eight hours of air time.
Who’s the best woman to represent International Women’s Day? Why, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood, of course. That was the thinking of the hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday. Naturally, the journalists offered softballs to the head of the abortion provider and repeated liberal talking points. Democratic donor Gayle King offered this easy question: “Some people have described it or called it a war on women. Do you see it that way?”
Disgraced journalist Dan Rather on Monday ranted about Donald Trump on Facebook, lecturing that anyone who “normalizes” the President will “answer to future generations.” The same man who, in 2004 used phony documents in an effort to torpedo George W. Bush in 2004, accused someone else of falsehoods: “The man who sends out a Twitter tirade accusing a former President of crimes for which he provides no evidence.”
Given the chance to press Nancy Pelosi on her fellow Democrat’s shocking sex joke at the expense of Kellyanne Conway, the journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday punted. Instead, they stuck to other topics as they talked to the House Minority leader. At a dinner last week, Congressman Cedric Richmond remarked on a photo of Conway kneeling on a couch in the White House, saying, “she really looked kind of familiar there in that position.”
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper on Monday night admitted that he “muted” the President of the United States on Twitter because Donald Trump represents “annoying people” you don’t want to hear. Talking to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show, the journalist allowed, “I have actually muted the president on Twitter. Don't tell him.”
In the “feud” between Barack Obama and Donald Trump, it’s the current president who broke “tradition” and started with the “personal” attacks. That’s the selective memory pushed by the journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday. Co-host Anthony Mason insisted that the President’s tweets on Saturday “broke an uneasy truce between the two men since the White House transition.”
Liberal ABC journalist Brian Ross spent the weekend attacking the conservative Mark Levin as a “conspiracy-loving talk show host.” On Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Ross used the phrase over and over as he dismissed comments the radio host made about attempts by the Obama administration to undermine Donald Trump’s campaign.
Washington Post political reporter Ed O’Keefe appeared on CBS This Morning, Friday, to lobby for more investigations into Jeff Sessions and Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. With a Republican in the White House, the Post suddenly has a lot of questions. Co-host Norah O’Donnell set up the curiosity by wondering, “If there was nothing improper or nefarious about these meetings [with Russian officials], why, perhaps, the effort to conceal them?”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King could barely contain joy on Friday as she talked about Jeff Sessions recusing himself from any investigation into Russia’s connections with the 2016 election. Talking to John Dickerson of Face the Nation, she enthused, “It is like a song out of Empire. That drip, drip dripity drop where we just heard the President say, ‘No one I know has had contact.’”