20 Years Ago: ABC News Prez Had ‘No Opinion’ on Pentagon Terror Attack

October 23rd, 2021 12:15 PM

Here’s a question that shouldn’t be hard for anyone: “[Was] the Pentagon a legitimate target?” But it wasn’t a simple one for then-ABC President David Westin exactly 20 years ago today. On October 23, 2001, at an event at Columbia University, Westin offered a sickening response to 9/11.

Former ABC News Boss Boasts on Huff-Post: Martha Raddatz 'Won The Deba

October 13th, 2012 2:07 PM
No one was more over the top in praising ABC's Martha Raddatz as debate moderator than her colleagues at ABC. Former ABC News president David Westin -- the man so deeply biased to the left that he declared a journalist can't judge if the Pentagon is a legitimate target for a terrorist attack -- honored Raddatz on The Huffington Post with an article titled "Why and How Martha Won the Debate --…

The MRC@25: The Worst Media Bias of

September 15th, 2012 8:06 AM
For the past two weeks, 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 September 27. If you’ve missed a previous blog, recounting the worst of 1988 through 2000, you can find them here. Today, the worst bias of…

Ex-ABC News Head Westin Defends Ban on American Flag Pins Even in

May 27th, 2012 1:20 PM
Appearing as a guest on Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN to plug his book, Exit Interview, former ABC News president David Westin recounted his decision to continue barring journalists from wearing American flag lapel pins on air even after the 9/11 attacks, and ended up defending his decision. Westin: (Video at bottom)

Brit Hume Calls Out Media Double Standard on Rich Democrats and Republ

May 23rd, 2012 7:44 AM
Appearing on Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor on FNC, former FNC anchor - and former ABC correspondent - Brit Hume recounted the liberal bias many journalists exhibit in how they treat wealthy Republicans versus wealthy Democrats.

Ex-ABC Head Westin Denies Liberal Bias, Rationalizes Greater Media Foc

May 23rd, 2012 6:25 AM
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's The O'Reilly Factor to promote his book, Exit Interview, former ABC News president David Westin denied seeing a liberal bias among his colleagues when he was head of ABC News, and, when confronted by a recent study by the MRC's Business and Media Institute, rationalized the greater attention the media have paid to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's…

Flashback: Reacting to MRC, ABC News Chief Westin Apologized for 'No O

September 7th, 2010 4:17 PM
Reporting ABC News President David Westin's plan to step down at the end of the year, the Washington Post's Howard Kurtz noted “some early missteps” during his 13-year tenure, such as “a comment after the Sept. 11 attacks, for which Westin apologized, that journalists should offer no opinion about whether the Pentagon had been a legitimate military target.”That apology was promoted by an MRC…

Bozell: Congratulations to ABC News on Departure of President David We

September 7th, 2010 1:03 PM

Bozell Column: News Executives In The Tank

July 8th, 2009 2:10 PM
The network news divisions are enjoying the unprecedented coverage they're providing President Obama, not just because they support him, but because White House specials are cheap and do well in the ratings. "Obama should change his middle name from Hussein to Nielsen," quipped longtime TV reporter Gail Shister in a story by David Bauder of the Associated Press. It seems like a never-ending spin…

David Westin Reacts Testily to Congressional Critics of ABC News Obama

June 24th, 2009 9:03 AM
It seems that congressional criticism about the fairness of the ABC News Obamacare show tonight has struck a nerve in the president of that organization, David Westin to such an extent that he has responded via letter in a less than pleased manner. What sparked this testy reaction was a letter signed by 40 members of Congress that was sent yesterday by the Congressional Media Fairness Caucus to…

Bozell to ABC's Westin: Address Stephanopoulos' Conflict of Interest

February 4th, 2009 1:55 PM
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell took to MRC's state-of-the-art studio earlier to record a video statement accompanying his open letter to ABC News President David Westin. The complaint: "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos's reported ongoing communication strategy phone calls with Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel. [audio available here]Calling the development, if true, "a clear…