Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org website. Previously, he was a contributing editor and the MRC's senior news analyst. Scott's work has been published in The Washington Times, National Review and other outlets. He has been cited in publications such as The Washington Post, Red State, to name a few. Scott's articles have also repeatedly been linked to on the Drudge Report.
Scott is a graduate of George Mason University and is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Thursday, Ted Cruz struck back at liberal CNN anchor Chris Cuomo and his fake news accusation that the senator is afraid to come on his network. CPAC moderator Ben Domenech joked, “I am not on Twitter right now, but I do wonder if the five minutes since we have started, Chris has tweeted whether you are afraid to come on his program to talk about [guns].”
NRA representative Dana Loesch on Thursday absolutely demolished a hypocritical, gun-grabbing media and politicians who don’t really do anything to keep mentally unbalanced people from buying guns. Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, she prefaced: “I say this to the reporters in the media, I say this to the people at Slate and the Salon and Think Progress and Media Matters.”
In the wake of the tragic Parkland, Florida shooting, there have been some disgusting and crazy conspiracy theories attacking some of the survivors as “actors” who didn’t really suffer through an ordeal. These comments are obviously offensive and should be condemned. But one person who doesn’t have the credibility to do that is former MSNBC analyst Toure. Why? Because he’s promoted 9/11 truther conspiracy theories.
Prepare for a lecture from The Washington Post. The paper has created a new video series to explain “how to be a journalist.” In the second video, reporter Stephanie McCrummen insisted that the Post’s “agenda” is simply “the truth.”
In case it wasn’t clear, the New York Times really doesn’t like Donald Trump. The paper used President’s Day to reveal a new historian survey finding — surprise! — Donald Trump is ranked as the worst president ever. Worse than James Buchanan, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce and other perennial bottom dwellers. Again, this after just a year as president. And, of course, Barack Obama is listed as the ninth best commander-in-chief.
CBS’s 60 Minutes on Sunday devoted 11 minutes to potential presidential candidate Oprah Winfrey’s conversation with voters in the swing state Michigan. Winfrey’s questions included pressing these selected Americans on Donald Trump’s mental fitness as well as accusations of sexual abuse against the President.
Late last week, a major world leader suffered serious allegations that he was, in effect, a commie stooge. But unfortunately for liberal journalists, it was Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader in Britain. According to numerous stories, the man who could very well soon be Prime Minister was paid by communist spies to pass information during the Cold War. Will the networks notice this?
If there’s one thing that some journalists love, it’s fawning over tyrants. This Week in Media Bias History returns with a disgusting quote from then-Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on February 13, 2007. She asked Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad if he becomes sad and emotional when bad things happen. Also, we’ve now arrived at the tenth anniversary of Chris Matthews getting a “thrill” up his leg after a Barack Obama speech.
CBS journalist Major Garrett on Friday derided Donald Trump, portraying the President as only really caring about crime when an immigrant commits it. Additionally, he repeated the bogus claim that the President in 2017 weakened efforts to stop the mentally ill from obtaining guns.
CBS on Friday admitted that This Morning co-host Gayle King, a Democratic donor, is actively lobbying her liberal friend Oprah Winfrey to run for president. Does anyone see this conflict of interest as a problem? Previewing a segment from Sunday’s 60 Minutes, Winfrey recounted what happened after her Golden Globes speech, “When there was so much talk about it and Gayle was, like, every day saying, ‘You should think about it. You always say when things show up, you should think about it.’”
All three networks on Thursday reacted similarly to Donald Trump’s speech about the mass shooting in Broward County, Florida, knocking it at as free of calls for gun control and specific policy. Yet, the President, did mention mental health reform, something that NBC’s Chuck Todd seemed to miss.
During live coverage of a school shooting in Broward County, Florida, ABC reporter Cecilia Vega couldn’t resist taking a bizarre and totally unconnected shot at Donald Trump. After explaining that the President has been updated on the breaking news, Vega blurted, “We are expecting a briefing in the hour from Press Secretary Sarah Sanders. And of course, as you know, George, this very tragic incident comes as this White House is in turmoil right now over this with this Rob Porter scandal.”
ABC on Tuesday went after the “high-flying” head of the Environmental Protection Agency , complaining that Scott Pruitt regularly flies first class. This is the same network that hailed a “lush,” “luxurious” vacation of Michelle Obama, ignoring the $148,000 cost.
The journalists on MSNBC are in a huff because Donald Trump isn’t catering to them. Appearing on Monday’s Last Word, Ezra Klein appeared “disappointed” that the infrastructure bill supported by the President and Congress doesn’t go far enough. Vox editor Klein marveled, “I do not understand why they didn't go big on an infrastructure bill. It would have been good politics and clearly it’s what Donald Trump actually believes.”
CBS This Morning journalists on Tuesday pestered Tom Cotton, wondering why the Republican Senator wasn’t offering up an immigration bill more to their liking. Co-host John Dickerson talked to the conservative and noted that his proposed bill “calls for $25 billion for a wall and border security, limits to family-based immigration, and an end to the diversity visa lottery program.”
Last week, CBS This Morning journalists warned not to politicize the story of a drunk illegal alien who killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson. That instruction apparently no longer applies as the network on Monday focused on an illegal hiding in a Phoenix church, trying to stay with his pregnant wife and five-year-old son who has cancer. Talk about story selection.
As tough as journalists are on Donald Trump, it’s hard to believe they ever loved a president as much as Barack Obama. But it’s now been a full decade since Chris Matthews announced his famous “thrill” up the leg. Provoked by Obama’s speeches during the 2008 Democratic primaries, the MSNBC host prompted ten years of mockery for the fawning comment.
Just when you thought This Week in Media Bias History couldn’t get any crazier, it does. Journalists hate Donald Trump. But they really LOVED Barack Obama. How far did the New York Times go to make that clear? In 2009, one of the paper’s bloggers wrote about sex dreams involving the Democratic president. Other examples this week include talking about impeaching Ronald Reagan and falling for Soviet propaganda.
Stephen Colbert’s constant drumbeat of lefty comedy has another goal according to the Late Night host. The same guy who has repeatedly compared Donald Trump to the Nazis appeared on Friday’s CBS This Morning and lectured, “But as my mom used to say, ‘You can't laugh and be afraid at the same time.’”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday whined about the impact that the new Republican tax law will have on blue states, singling out New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and California. Yet, incredibly, reporter Alex Wagner’s entire report managed to never mention that these states have the highest taxes in the country and are wildly in debt.