While there have been many respectful tributes to John McCain in the media in the past few days, there was a time when the liberal press weren’t always supportive of the war hero and independent-minded Senator from Arizona —  particularly when he was getting in the way of their progressive agenda. A look back at McCain’s relationship with the press, over the decades, shows it was complicated at best.



Given what we now know about Matt Lauer and his creepy office with an automatic door lock, this August 21, 2000 Today interview with Al Gore looks weirder in retrospect. Lauer repeatedly obsessed over “the kiss” between the then-Vice President and his then-wife Tipper Gore at the 2000 Democratic National Convention: “This is the ‘The Kiss.’... You really planted one on Mrs. Gore.” Lauer was interested in the kiss. VERY interested.



In a not-exactly shocking conclusion, NBC has cleared NBC of having a culture that tolerated and excused sexual harassment at the network. Though NBC had no problem exonerating itself, the journalists at the network scoffed when House Republicans found no evidence of collusion for GOP President Donald Trump. 



Katie Couric, half of the former Today show duo with Matt Lauer, explained away the sketchy, secret button used by her disgraced ex-colleague: “A lot of NBC executives” have that. Appearing on The Wendy Williams Show, Couric waded into dangerous territory: “I think the whole button thing.... a lot of stuff gets misreported and blown out of proportion.”



In a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday, disgraced former Today show anchor Matt Lauer bitterly went after his sexual harassment accusers, dismissing the “many false stories” about his behavior “from anonymous or biased sources.” The comments came amid a lengthy Post report on NBC’s poor handling of such allegations, which also detailed new accusations of harassment against former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.



On Thursday, NBC Today co-host Savannah Guthrie grilled Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshawi about his company's culture of sex harassment before he was hired, which she described as an "Animal House" environment. The Uber boss was too polite to suggest that Matt Lauer's team was probably not the ideal set of prosecutors on a hostile work environment.



Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang South Korea might want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Over the years the MRC has documented lefty reporters and writers using the games to celebrate socialist policies of the host countries, bash expressions of patriotism and even work in jabs against Republicans, like when Bryant Gumbel, in 2006, complained that the “paucity” of black athletes “makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.” The following is a compilation of some of the most outrageous Olympic outbursts from media figures over the years, as culled from the MRC’s archives.
 



New York Times Michael Grynbaum’s latest paranoid attack on President Trump’s harsh criticism of the media appeared in Tuesday’s paper, “In Age of Trump, Political Reporters Are Under Attack, and in Demand.” Once again, Grynbaum found a threat in the term “fake news,” which originated as a mainstream media attack on false pro-Trump Facebook posts, but has since been appropriated by Trump, to the media’s chagrin:



Ann Curry is “not surprised” at the allegations of abuse by her former Today co-host Matt Lauer. She also called out the “verbal sexual harassment” at NBC. Those were the big revelations when Curry appeared on CBS This Morning, Wednesday, to discuss the Me Too movement and her return to TV. 



All this week, NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of 2017. Monday, we presented the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons; on Tuesday, we showcased some of this year’s nastiest attacks on Republicans or conservatives; and yesterday, we highlighted the media’s freak-out over President Donald Trump. Today a look at the stupidest quotes of the year. 



The year 2017 unfolded into a massive surprise to liberals, who fully expected that before Christmas we would (a) all die in a nuclear war over Donald Trump’s tweets, or (b) be swearing in President Pence after Trump was impeached or petulantly quit because the news media were full of meanies. More than ever, the media see themselves as valiant tellers of truth. More than ever, most Americans peg them as emotionally intense leftists.



As 2017 comes to a close, this week NewsBusters is recounting the most obnoxious liberal bias of the year. Today’s installment: the most outrageous examples of journalists fawning over liberal or left-wing icons, including Barack Obama who MSNBC’s Chris Matthews swooned over: a “fine case of that fine man” that was a “fine president.” His colleague Rachel Maddow called Obama a “top ten” president of all-time who saved us from another Great Depression, while former disgraced Today show host Matt Lauer admitted he “burst out crying” over Obama and Joe Biden’s final moments.