Washington Examiner’s ‘Liberal Media Scream’ With the MRC’s Assessment

Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” selection in his “Washington Secrets” column. For each pick, usually posted online on Monday, I provide an explanation and recommend a “scream” rating (scale of one to five).

This post contains the “Liberal Media Screams” starting in January 2019.

> For all of  2018. (Re-named “Liberal Media Scream” as of June 11, 2018.) “Mainstream Media Screams” for:

> July-December 2017 posts; January through June 2017; July to December 2016; for January to June 2016; for July to December 2015; for January to June 2015. (2012-2014 are featured on MRC.org: For 2014; for June 17, 2013 through the end of 2013. And for January 31, 2012 through June 11, 2013, when the Washington Examiner was both online and a printed daily newspaper distributed around the Washington, DC area.)

Check Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” blog for the latest choice and his other Washington insider posts. Each week, this page will be updated with Bedard’s latest example of the worst bias of the week.

(For more of the worst liberal media bias, browse the Media Research Center's Notable Quotables with compilations of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media.)

 

New on February 18: Liberal Media Scream: Morning Joe says Trump’s 2020 theme is, ‘let’s k eep America white’

I’ll add text and video here next week, but so the Washington Examiner gets the traffic for their post when it’s fresh, please read Paul Bedard’s post on their site where you can watch the video and read the full quote.

 

February 11: Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Tur cheers Green New Deal

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features MSNBC’s Katy Tur justifying the liberal "Green New Deal" by citing reports warning that global warming could lead to a “complete disaster” in 12 years.

Tur, on Sunday’s "Meet the Press," said without the deal, pushed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., “millions and millions and millions of people will die.”

Tur, host of the 2 p.m. hour weekdays on MSNBC, during the panel on the Feb. 10 "Meet the Press":

You have some real reporting out there from experts, not just analysts on television, but from actual experts at the U.N., from Donald Trump’s own administration saying how dire this is. The U.N. said we have 12 years before complete disaster. You talk to the representative of the Marshall Islands and he’s calling it what could amount to genocide if we allow things to go as they are.

The reports aren’t just hey, it’s going to get bad. The reports are people will die. Millions and millions and millions of people will die and I think that there is an appetite among voters out there, especially Democratic voters and potentially swing voters to say, ‘hey, let’s do something about this now because it’s going to affect our future.’ And there’s real economic damage that can happen as well. Billions of dollars in economic damage from crops, to deaths, to losing ocean front homes and businesses in — over the next century.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “How about a little journalistic skepticism? Tur eagerly gave justification to a plan based on ending cow flatulence and airplane travel, two of many things in the plan she could have questioned. Instead, she chose to give credibility to a plan to spend trillions to remake the economy, promulgated by those with a political agenda based on fear-mongering.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

February 4: Liberal Media Scream: Media should be ‘celebrating’ 2020 Democrats

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a concern in the media that the diverse group of likely Democratic presidential candidates filling newspapers, websites, and Twitter aren’t getting enough coverage and celebration from the press.

On CNN’s "Reliable Sources" Sunday, host Brian Stelter painted the media as coming up short when it comes to promoting liberal Democrats.

He championed “history-making” Democratic presidential candidates, citing the “incredible” number of women and people of color running, before lamenting, “I kind of feel this is being taken for granted.” He then asked if the press should be “talking more about the historic nature of this early primary season?”

Stelter on the Sunday:

"We are talking about a historic, a number of history-making candidates. It is incredible to see the number of women running, the number of people of color running for president already on the Democratic side, and yet I kind of feel this is being taken for granted. Should we, in the press, be talking more about the historic nature of this early primary season?"

Guest David Zurawik, of the Baltimore Sun, agreed: “Not only should we be talking about it, I think if we feel that way, we should be celebrating it, this diversity, all of these different voices are going to make this conversation of democracy in the election much, much stronger.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “A few weeks after a guest on 'Reliable Sources' seriously maintained ‘the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias,’ this week we have the show’s host fretting that the media are not enthusiastic enough about liberal Democratic presidential candidates. Diversity in this case is about race and gender, not ideology. And Stelter wonders why the press are held in such low regard?”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

January 28, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: Ocasio-Cortez terrifies whites, conservatives

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the latest media spin on the impact of Democratic firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

AOC, as she is known in media circles, has made a substantial impact already and been ready to strike back when attacked.

In this case, a journalist featured on Sunday’s CNN "Reliable Sources" said that the New York lawmaker’s words are threatening to whites and conservatives.

Laura Bassett, the Huffington Post’s senior culture and politics reporter until she was laid off last week, said that Ocasio-Cortez “is threatening white conservative men’s power and they’re terrified of her.” She also declared that “they’re trying to take her down. They’re using all the tricks in the patriarchy.”

From the Jan. 27 "Reliable Sources" on CNN, picking up after host Brian Stelter prompted her with this leading question: “What do you think is fueling the constant attacks on Fox against this freshman congresswoman?”

LAURA BASSETT: Look, she’s got a target on her back because she ticks every box that makes conservative men uncomfortable: She’s a woman, she’s Latina, she’s young, she’s working class, she’s a millennial, she’s a Democratic socialist. Everything that makes people uncomfortable. And she’s a star, she’s a rising Democratic star. She’s got a lot of power. People are really responding to her on social media, as Charlotte [Alter of Time magazine] said, in the same way that people responded to Trump kind of emotionally a couple of years ago. So, I think, in some ways, she’s sort of the ideal anti-Trump and she is threatening white conservative men’s power and they’re terrified of her.

STELTER: And thus she’s a feature on Fox. That’s what you’re saying?

BASSETT: Absolutely. They’re trying to take her down. They’re using all the tricks in the patriarchy.

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “How ridiculous. After months of major media outlets celebrating and promoting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the greatest gift to America since Barack Obama, CNN and Bassett impugn the motives of a rare media outlet willing to critique her left wing policy pronouncements. It isn’t Fox News that’s terrified of AOC’s ideas, it’s Bassett and Stelter who are afraid her ideas won’t hold up to scrutiny.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

 

January 21, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: Suddenly, worries about accuracy

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features concerns in the media about being dragged down by the BuzzFeed report on President Trump and his lawyer subsequently called “not accurate” by special counsel Robert Mueller.

At the end of Sunday’s "Meet the Press," moderator Chuck Todd despaired at how Mueller’s characterization of the story as inaccurate might be exploited by media critics.

“We’ve got to remind people, though, there are people who want to exploit this. They want to see us be put this way. And they’re just doing it for exploitation purposes. So let’s not give them the ammunition,” he said.

But Todd did not note that he and NBC, among many media outlets, promoted the story before the Mueller slam.

On Friday, Savannah Guthrie opened NBC’s "Today" show: “Breaking overnight: Bombshell. The new report that says President Trump himself ordered his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, a potential game-changer with claims that the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has e-mails, documents and testimony to prove it. What the president’s side is saying this morning.”

In the subsequent segment, Todd added some analysis, “You can’t overstate how significant this development is, with the caveat of the ‘If true.’”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “Memo to Chuck Todd: If you don’t want to provide ‘ammunition’ to media critics to ‘exploit’ an erroneous news story in order to discredit the whole media, including your network, then don’t allow your network to so enthusiastically promote that story in the first place when you aren’t sure yourself whether it’s true or not. It’s that simple.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

January 14, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: MSNBC’s Mika sees a ‘yes’ in Trump’s shrug on Russia

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features the new media frenzy over suggestions that President Trump is on Russia’s payroll.

Leading the campaign was Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski today.

Picking up on an AP headline, “Trump dodges question on whether he has worked for Russia,” Brzezinski opened Monday’s show by highlighting how, when Trump was asked, “have you ever worked for Russia?" that “nowhere in his 354-word answer did he say the word no.”

In fact, in response to the question from FNC’s Jeanine Pirro, Trump pretty clearly rejected the allegation: “I think it’s the most insulting thing I’ve ever been asked. I think it’s the most insulting article I’ve ever had written. And if you read the article you’d see that they found absolutely nothing.”

Pirro’s question was prompted by a New York Times story headlined: “F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia.”

Brzezinski, on the January 14 Morning Joe:

 “On Saturday the president was asked, point blank, ‘have you ever worked for Russia?’ Nowhere in his 354-word answer did he say the word no. Welcome to Morning Joe on this Monday, January 14th...”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “It’s a new silly season in the media, so well exemplified by Brzezinski. Journalists so want it to be true that Trump really is a Russian agent that they lose all critical thinking ability and embarrass themselves, as Brzezinski has here. Just because Trump did not explicitly say ‘no,’ does not mean he didn’t deny the charge for which there is no evidence.”

Rating: Three out of five screams.

January 7, 2019 Liberal Media Scream: ‘Prestige press’ pro-Trump, ‘easier coverage than he deserves’

(Washington Examiner post)

This week’s Liberal Media Scream features a view about the media’s Trump bias that even the former editor of the New York Times would mock.

It comes from Atlantic writer David Frum who said, in an apparent reference to the media biggies President Trump calls “fake news,” that the “prestige media” lets the president off the hook too often.

Frum, on CNN’s "Reliable Sources" Sunday, said that “relative to the truth, the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias. Relative to the truth, Trump gets easier coverage than he deserves.”

And he said pro-Trump commentators should be working for the Home Shopping Network.

He was reacting to the observation, in an upcoming book by former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, that the news pages the Times and the Washington Post are “unmistakably anti-Trump.”

Frum on the Jan. 6 "Reliable Sources":
“Relative to the truth, the prestige press in this country has a pro-Trump bias. Relative to the truth, Trump gets easier coverage than he deserves. The surest way onto the op-ed page of a prestigious paper is to come up with some angle to explain why something the president has done is less crazy or dangerous than it seems. Networks, like this one, give a lot of airtime to people who normally would be working for the Home Shopping Network, who wouldn’t be on at all.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our weekly pick: “What planet is Frum living on? You can argue that Trump is a terrible president who deserves negative coverage, but to contend the ‘prestige press’ has a bias in favor of Trump because they occasionally allow someone to defend him? That’s just nuts. By any measure, Trump is on the receiving end of the most hostile press of any president in the past century.”

Rating: Five out of five screams.

 

> Liberal Media Scream posts for all of 2018.

> For July through December 2017.

> For January through June 2017.

> For July through December 2016.

> For January through June 2016.

> For July to December 2015.

 


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