On Monday, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced that longtime liberal NBC News journalist Andrea Mitchell would be receiving a lifetime achievement award during the News & Documentary Emmys in September.
In a statement announcing the decision, Academy president and CEO Adam Sharp hailed: “Andrea Mitchell's groundbreaking career has earned the respect of journalists around the world who aspire to match her standard of excellence. She is an icon.” He particularly applauded her for “building esteem and trust with colleagues, world leaders, and most importantly, the viewers she informs.”
Filling in for Craig Melvin during MSNBC’s 11:00 a.m. ET hour, immediately preceding Mitchell’s noon show on the cable channel, anchor Geoff Bennett gushed over his colleague: “But before we hand it over to Andrea, I want to congratulate her on receiving a lifetime achievement Emmy award.” After reading the comments from Sharp, Bennett concluded: “Congratulations, Andrea, from all of us who are lucky enough to call you a friend and mentor.”
Mitchell gratefully replied: “Geoff, thank you so much, thanks to everybody at MSNBC and NBC. What a lifetime it is – and more to come. Thank you very much, we’re honored.”
A write-up on NBCNews.com touted past liberal media winners of the honor: “The award’s previous recipients include media mogul Ted Turner, television personality Larry King, veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, and former ‘Nightline’ anchor Ted Koppel.”
Given Mitchell’s long track record of biased reporting, she’ll fit right in with that group.
In 2018, NBC celebrated Mitchell’s 40th anniversary at the network by claiming it “should be a national holiday” and lionizing her as “a total legend.”
When Mitchell marked 35 years at the network in 2013, the Media Research Center compiled an extensive look back at some of her most partisan promotions of liberals and nastiest attacks on conservatives.