Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's Democratic Party Affiliation Disa

February 3rd, 2014 5:40 PM
Though there were some exceptions (e.g., this one caught by Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters a few days ago), most press reports as the beginning of the trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tagged him as a Democrat. Apparently, there's a quota on "D" references at the Associated Press. A lengthy AP story by Kevin McGaill carried at Time.com and AP's national site has…

Barely National News: Almost a Year on, Sandy Victims Still Being Jerk

October 13th, 2013 5:25 PM
In a keister-covering dispatch at the Associated Press, aka the Adminstration's Press, which, based on its headline, is supposed to be a big-picture look at where recovery efforts from last year's Superstorm Sandy stand ("NORMALCY ELUDES MANY A YEAR AFTER SANDY HIT NJ"), reporter Wayne Parry spent the vast majority of his 900-plus words on problems residents are having with…

Arch-Lib Al Hunt: 'Obama’s Syria Meanderings Border on Incompetence

September 16th, 2013 1:59 PM
If President Barack Obama is losing Al Hunt, there is definitely trouble in Lefty-land. But let's not go too far. In the midst of leveling criticisms at Obama as "bordering on incompetence," the former host of CNN's Capital Gang and executive editor at Bloomberg News, who is now a Bloomberg View columnist and host of a Bloomberg TV's Political Capital Sunday news show,…

Former New Orleans Mayor Nagin, Arraigned on Bribery Charges, Not ID'd

February 21st, 2013 10:28 AM
At the Associated Press yesterday, Michael Kunzelman managed to write a 500-word story about the arraignment of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin on bribery charges without once mentioning that Nagin is a Democrat. That's probably not a "Name That Party" record for "Most Words Used in an AP Story about a Democratic Politician Tainted by Scandal and/or Corruption," but…

CNN Reporter Compares Plight of Cruise Passengers to Katrina Victims

February 15th, 2013 4:54 PM
As Carnival Triumph passengers began to deboard their crippled ship late Thursday night, CNN's Martin Savidge decided to compare their "isolation factor" at sea to that of Hurricane Katrina victims. Passenger Rob Kenny quickly put the cruise fiasco in perspective. "Katrina was a major devastation. We're on a friggin' cruise ship and we're just all having a good…

ABC, CBS and NBC All Refuse to Identify Indicted Nagin as Democrat

January 18th, 2013 8:29 PM
All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night ran short items on the federal corruption indictments against the bumbling former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, but skipped his party affiliation, a fact Reuters considered newsworthy – if not until their sixth paragraph: “Nagin, 56, and a Democrat...” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer generously described Nagin as…

WaPo Book Reviewer Shoe-horns Slam of George Bush Into Book Review on

January 14th, 2013 5:04 PM
Leave it to a Washington Post book reviewer to find a way to blame George W. Bush for the Irish Potato Famine. Okay, Peter Behrens didn't do exactly that, but he used the occasion of reviewing two books about the mass starvation of millions of Irish in the 1840s as an opportunity to bash the Bush administration over the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.  Oh, I almost forgot, the…

CBS Welcomes Obama to Staten Island, But Criticized Bush Post-Katrina

November 16th, 2012 4:03 PM
CBS ran a puff piece Friday morning on President Obama's visit to hurricane-ravaged Staten Island, which stood in stark contrast to its hostile treatment of President Bush's visit to the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina. CBS played into the Obama PR strategy, simply noting that he "pledged the government's support" to Staten Island residents and "met with…

After Blasting Government for Katrina Response, Media Silent as New Yo

November 2nd, 2012 2:36 PM
In the days following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, America's media elite blasted the former Bush administration for not providing relief supplies to residents who were affected by the storm. With a Democrat in the White House now, however, reporters are saying almost nothing as New Yorkers are being ignored by various levels of government. With hundreds of thousands of his own…

Giving Obama the Edge After Hurricane, John Dickerson of CBS News Refl

October 31st, 2012 10:29 AM
In an appearance on CBS This Morning on Tuesday, the network's political director John Dickerson stopped by to briefly discuss the impact Hurricane Sandy could have on the upcoming election. The segment was primarily focused on how the candidates will try to sensitively make up for lost time on the campaign trail, but there was an underlying question. Who stands to gain the…

NBC Dismisses Obama Video as Old News, Edits Out Jeremiah Wright Comme

October 3rd, 2012 12:20 PM
In a stunning omission on Wednesday's NBC Today, brief coverage of a 2007 video of Barack Obama completely ignored the then-Senator praising his controversial pastor Jeremiah Wright as a "great leader, not just in Chicago, but all across the country." The NBC morning show adopted a dismissive attitude toward the video, with co-host Savannah Guthrie leading off the broadcast:…

The MRC@25: The Worst Media Bias of

September 19th, 2012 7:56 AM
Since September 2, NewsBusters has been showcasing the most egregious bias the Media Research Center has uncovered over the years — four quotes for each of the 25 years of the MRC, 100 quotes total — all leading up to our big 25th Anniversary Gala next week. Click here for blog posts recounting the worst of 1988 through 2004. Today, the worst bias of 2005: NBC’s Brian…

Politico Posts Two Stories Touting 'Ghost of Hurricane Katrina' Hangin

August 28th, 2012 8:51 AM
On Monday night, Politico posted two stories with the same theme: Tropical Storm Isaac seriously threatens to ruin the Republican convention and remind voters of Republican incompetence during hurricanes. Does anyone think this outfit is fair and balanced? In the story “GOP fears ghost of Hurricane Katrina at RNC 2012,” Politico's Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman just keep…

NBC's Mitchell Evokes 'Iconic Picture' of Bush 'Looking Down at New Or

August 28th, 2012 6:02 AM
For the second straight night, NBC Nightly News on Monday played the Hurricane Katrina card against Republicans, as Tropical Storm Isaac veered away from Tampa and took aim at New Orleans. Andrea Mitchell hyped that "both Republicans and Democrats...have a challenge - a political challenge here with this approaching storm, especially for the Republicans. No one here can easily forget the…