With 2017 rapidly approaching, I decided that, as NewsBusters managing editor, it would be worthwhile to take a look back at the top ten most-read blogs from 2016. Once again, tens of millions of people flocked to NewsBusters for the best and worst media bias in newspapers, television news, social media -- and liberal outbursts from celebrities.
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Here are the top ten stories, starting at the top:
1. Hollywood Freaks Out: ‘About to Throw Up’ — November 8, 2016 by Sarah Stites
MRC Culture’s Sarah Stites played a critical role in our election night team and she struck pure gold with a story that saw time on the Drudge Report. Stites’s compilation of Twitter meltdowns by the liberal elites in Hollywood when it became clear Hillary Clinton wouldn’t be winning in a landslide (then not at all).
Whether it was Sarah Silverman fretting that “Putin’s gonna win this thing” or a producer with Ellen DeGeneres’s afternoon talk show tweeting that they were “on hold” with Air Canada, it’s definitely one conservatives will savor for years to come.
2. MSNBC Warns Sensitive Viewers Before Showing Anti-Hillary Buttons – July 20 by Scott Whitlock
NewsBusters Associate Editor Scott Whitlock joined yours truly and Nicholas Fondacaro for a fierce convention team covering the droves of liberal bias from both Democratic and Republican shindigs.
During the RNC, Whitlock chronicled how MSNBC co-host Rachel Maddow went the step of giving a viewer warning to video depicting a series of anti-Hillary Clinton buttons being sold. Whitlock’s hilarious find led to his story being picked up by, among others, The Blaze, the Drudge Report, Daily Caller, and The Rush Limbaugh Show.
3. CNN Anchors Hyperventilate After Crowd Chants ‘CNN Sucks’ At Trump Rally – October 11 by Kristine Marsh
News analyst Kristine Marsh knocked it out of the park with a catchy headline and hilarious segment from CNN’s New Day that featured gripes that anti-CNN chants at a Trump rally frightened them.
“Hosts Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota, along with guests Brian Stelter and Bill Carter suggested that Trump was endangering reporters' lives, painting a nightmare scenario of Trump supporters violently attacking reporters,” Marsh reported.
4. Clueless MSNBC Reporter Goes to Gun Range; It Doesn’t End Well — February 23 by Scott Whitlock
Whitlock published another gem that made its way into the top ten with another blog from MSNBC. A frequent source of mockery by the newsroom this year (for other examples, see here, here, and here), NBC’s Kerry Sanders attempted to visit a live gun range ahead of the Nevada presidential caucuses and, needless to say, he couldn’t be heard over the gunfire.
5. CBS, NBC Hype 'GOP Civil War,' Predict Loss of House and Senate – October 11 by Nicholas Fondacaro
Evening news analyst Nicholas Fondacaro made a fine addition to the team starting full-time in April and this post from October only bolstered that.
With now-President-elect Donald Trump well down in the polls, CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News seized the opportunity to try and paint the darkest possible picture for the GOP as possible with fears “a GOP civil war has broken out.”
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6. ABC’s Martha Raddatz Gets Emotional as She Bashes Trump – October 9 by Scott Whitlock
Whitlock was right on ABC’s case on election night as he astutely caught chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz choking up at the notion that Trump, at the point, was going to win the election to become the next commander-in-chief.
7. Ingraham Tells Off Lauer: ‘Press Has Its Own Problems With Credibility’ – November 17 by Kyle Drennen
One of the beats for senior news analyst Kyle Drennen is NBC’s Today and he wrote up this fascinating beat-down by conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on co-host Matt Lauer over media bias.
Not surprisingly, the story spread like wildfire on November 17 as Ingraham informed Lauer that the media “as its own problems with credibility and building back credibility with the American people” because most Americans knew they were “in the tank for Hillary Clinton.”
8. CNN’s Stelter Blames Firebombing of NC Republican Office on Trump's 'Over Heated' Rhetoric – October 16 by Nicholas Fondacaro
Fondacaro captured a huge hit on Drudge Report on a Sunday evening as he wrote about CNN’s Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter appearing to blame the fire-bombing of a North Carolina Republican Party office on the rhetoric of Trump.
9. South Park Teases New Season with Kaepernick Version of National Anthem — September 13 by Alexa Moutevelis Coombs
MRC Culture’s On TV editor Alexa Moutevelis Coombs did yeoman’s work in 2016 leading a team of bloggers covering the world of bias on scripted network television shows.
In 2016, Coombs led the way with this hilarious post about Comedy Central’s South Park teasing its new season by revealing they planned to lampoon San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his pathetic National Anthem protest.
10. Flashback: Trump-Trashing Journalists Oozed Over Obama’s ’08 Transition — November 23 by Rich Noyes
Media Research Center Director of Research Rich Noyes produced this sterling piece of analysis you can only find on NewsBusters just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Using the MRC’s vast archives, he took a look back at how enamored the media were with the Obama transition in 2008 versus their almost universally negative connotations toward the Trump transition.