Media Bias Debate
Just when you think The View can’t get any more unwatchable, they bring on CNN journalists as their guests. On Thursday's show, host Chris Cuomo came on to talk about pretty much everything in the news cycle except Covington. He even defended Buzzfeed for their inaccurate anti-Trump report released last week, while defending his own network as having no bias but slamming Fox News for its own.
In a Wednesday appearance on Fox News @ Night, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell blasted the “very bad people” in the liberal media whose false reporting have put the lives of the Covington Kids in danger.
The World Series Champion Boston Red Sox are scheduled to visit President Donald Trump at the White House Feb. 15, prompting CNN and Newsweek writers to politicize the event and intimate that the team shouldn't show up. It's a "Big Decision in Beantown," reads the CNN headline. The Newsweek report focused heavily on Trump-era no-shows while ignoring athlete boycotts during previous administrations.
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg shamelessly defended the media Tuesday, after they spent all day Friday hyping the Buzzfeed report that claimed President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress, and was later refuted by Robert Mueller that same day. Conservative co-hosts Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman slammed the media’s initial response to the Buzzfeed report, arguing they were helping Trump get re-elected, a claim Whoopi took issue with.
Over the weekend, NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd lashed out at those who would “tar all media” for their enthusiastic sprint to push impeachment following BuzzFeed’s false report. In a Monday appearance on Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, The Hill's Joe Concha blasted Todd for failing in his duty as political director and allowing MSNBC to mention impeachment 97 times.
The liberal media had been left reeling after a weekend of spreading misinformation and smears against a group of innocent Catholic high school students who were being harassed in front of the Lincoln Memorial. At the start of the Monday’ edition of his show, on Fox News Channel, Tucker Carlson shamed those who jumped to the conclusions that fit into their narrative. Naming names, Carlson also called out those on the right who did the same thing.
In an outburst on Twitter on Saturday, NBC moderator Chuck Todd lashed out at “those trying to tar all media” with the dubious Buzzfeed story by suggesting they “aren’t interested in improving journalism but protecting themselves.” That irritation carried over to Sunday’s Meet the Press where he ended the show by decrying those people once again, despite “all media” pouncing on the now-debunked report to push impeachment for President Trump.
Buzzfeed News got into hot water over the weekend, after the Special Counsel’s Office issued a rare public rebuke regarding the outlet’s claim President Trump directed his attorney to lie to Congress. Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and co-author of the dubious piece Anthony Cormier appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” to defend themselves and “to talk about process”, but what viewers got were shady deflections.
Despite what was a much delayed but important avalanche of headlines about the group’s anti-Semitism, Saturday’s Women’s March still received nearly 15 times the broadcast network newscast coverage of the 47th annual March for Life that was held Friday. Between Wednesday morning and Saturday evening, the Women’s March fetched 14 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage on the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening newscasts. This stood in stark contrast to just 58 seconds for the March for Life.
Friday night, the Special Counsel’s office released an extremely rare statement that dismised as “not accurate” a BuzzFeed News item from Thursday night that alleged President Trump directed former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about possible construction of a Trump Tower in Moscow. Despite the fact that the story remained not confirmed by any news outlet from when it was first published to the statement from Mueller’s team, the broadcast networks devoted 27 minutes and 33 second on their Friday morning and evening newscasts to the matter.
On Thursday’s Ingraham Angle, Fox host Laura Ingraham contrasted the media’s coverage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s request that President Trump delay the State of the Union address because of the partial government shutdown with their coverage of President Trump asking Pelosi to delay an overseas trip due to the shutdown. The chyron at the bottom of the screen during the segment summarized the media’s coverage quite aptly: “media touts Pelosi’s petty move but trashes Trump for hitting back.”
The nauseatingly controversial Bob Costas, an eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year award winner, is leaving NBC. The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reports it is difficult for Costas and the network to find projects he feels passionate about and which fit into NBC's current properties. No wonder. Costas has, over his four decades with the network, demonstrated his passion is political lecture. He's worn out his welcome among sport fans who tune into sports broadcasts for sports and prefer that politics be left to the newscasters.