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 grew up in Northern Virginia. He can be contacted at SWhitlock@MRC.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
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Liberal journalists don’t like conservatives bringing up religion and faith, but it’s apparently okay for them to insist God supports Democratic political opinions. On December 4, 2013, then-MSNBC host Ed Schultz weighed in on what God thinks about ObamaCare: “I’ll tell you what I think God thinks of the Affordable Care Act. It’s a big ‘amen.’”
According to a new draft report from CBS on the culture at 60 Minutes and the network, it wasn’t just former co-host Charlie Rose and ex-CEO Les Moonves who allegedly harassed and abused women. CBS This Morning reporter Vladimir Duthiers explained the leaked findings: “Eight current females tell us they have experienced a toxic workplace or frat house environment including harassment and being made to feel uncomfortable.”
Chris Cuomo is the voice of reason on CNN. No, really. It’s true. Or at least it was true on Wednesday night as Cuomo called out colleague Don Lemon as “petty and small.” This rather shocking exchange came after Lemon declared he wouldn’t shake Trump’s hand, were he in the position the Obamas were during Wednesday’s funeral of George H.W. Bush.
Of course, the journalists at MSNBC had to psychoanalyze the body language of the Presidents attending the funeral of George H.W. Bush. Chris Matthews weirdly declared, “I think Prince Charles felt more comfortable in New Guinea than this President felt here today.”
The journalists at NBC News couldn’t let the funeral service of George H.W. Bush go by without using the occasion to offer some nasty comments about other Republicans. When former Vice President Dan Quayle showed up at National Cathedral, Andrea Mitchell’s first reaction was this: “He was almost dropped from the ticket, although the loyalty of Bush 41 rejected the advice of political advisers who thought he had become a liability.”
Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough on Tuesday whined about conservatives calling out the media’s hypocrisy on George H.W. Bush. As the Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes pointed out on Monday, the same journalists saying nice things now trashed him as a racial exploiter back when he was in power. Scarborough complained, “I saw some of my conservative friends come out yesterday saying how hypocritical. The media hated Bush and Bush hated the media.” After admitting “that was the case” the MSNBC host offered this ridiculous comparison: “It was like Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill had a deal that they fought like hell every day. And then at 6:00, they put it to the side.”
Much of the coverage of the death of George H.W. Bush’s death has been kind and respectful. Some has been nasty. Then there’s the just plain weird. ABC journalist Terry Moran during streaming coverage, decided to take a shot at overpaid CEOS? Huh? He began by lamenting how Americans are all “in their corners” and not really listening to each other. Moran then stretched for this weird moment:
Though there have been many nice tributes recounting the life and legacy of George H.W. Bush, there’s also been the typically nasty moments one might expect from journalists in the liberal media. On Saturday night, during a two hour-long edition of Hardball, former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter attacked Bush for going along with Ronald Reagan’s “discredited by history” tax cut policy.
Remember back when journalists were skeptical of independent investigations into presidents? In the days when Ken Starr was looking into Bill Clinton, journalists weren’t so supportive. On November 25, 1998, 20/20's Diane Sawyer grilled Starr, saying of the Starr Report: “This has been called demented pornography, pornography for puritans.”
Just hours after George H.W. Bush passed away, MSNBC and CNN felt the need to immediately jump to Willie Horton and the legacy of Bush’s 1988 ad against Michael Dukakis. During live coverage Saturday morning, MSNBC analyst Eddie Glaude insisted, “We have to bring up with Willie Horton.” Glaude sneered, “Dukakis was leading and then that ad started running. And the way in which he appealed to racial animus.”
All three networks on Friday allowed just seconds to the new U.S., Mexico and Canadian trade deal lobbied for by Donald Trump. CBS This Morning deemed it a “win” for the President, but only allowed 30 seconds of total time to the deal. NBC’s Today barely did better, managing 34 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America offered the most, a still-not-impressive 44 seconds.
The Washington Post on Thursday published a nasty, dismissive attack on Melania Trump, mocking the “gaffe”-prone First Lady and insisting she is just “just plain bad at this.” In the kind of attack not seen on other First Ladies (or at least Democratic First Ladies), columnist Monica Hesse tried to make some sort of conversation about the role of the position: “Every time Melania Trump makes another odd gaffe, I can’t help but see it as a useful thing for gender equality.”
Despite a combined two and a half hours of available air time, CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning allowed just 94 seconds to the latest shocking sexual assault allegations against the network’s former chairman and CEO, Les Moonves. The New York Times on Wednesday offered new details on Moonves’s attempts to cover up forced oral sex against an actress.
The far-left Murphy Brown revival has been cancelled after just 13 episodes, according to the Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. The entertainment outlet explained that the show managed just a 0.9 in the key 18-49 demo. Ouch. The only reason the show came back, according to its stars, is the loss of Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Far-left Daily Show comedian Trevor Noah appeared on ABC’s GMA Day, Tuesday, to gush about just how amazing it was to meet Barack Obama. Talking about his new comedy special, the comic recounted his brain “freezing” and not working as he encountered the Democrat. This is in stark contrast to how Noah talks about Donald Trump, a man the Comedy Central host has compared to an African dictator and an asteroid shaped like a penis.
As the networks decried the Trump administration’s use of tear gas on illegal immigrants trying to storm the border, none of them on Monday night or Tuesday morning mentioned the awkward fact that the Obama administration tear gassed migrants routinely, once a month even. The Washington Times on Monday explained, “The same tear-gas agent that the Trump administration is taking heat for deploying against a border mob this weekend is actually used fairly frequently — including more than once a month during the later years of President Barack Obama’s administration.”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Monday prompted Senator Bernie Sanders, finishing his liberal policy prescriptions and encouraging him to attack Republicans. None of the co-hosts bothered to identify Sanders as a socialist or even a leftist. Instead, co-host Norah O'Donnell introduced the leftist as a “political independent,” touting: “Sanders, who was just reelected as a political independent, is pushing a bold agenda that includes protecting DACA recipients and comprehensive immigration reform.”
Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski can’t help it. The liberal MSNBC couple even made their wedding political. Over the weekend, the couple got married at the National Archives in Washington D.C., in front of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. And yes, that was intentional. Talking to Vanity Fair about the wedding, Brzezinski insisted that the location showed just how principled they are: “It makes sense now more than ever, given what we stand for as a couple, what we do for a living, and what we’re worried about as a country.”
Conservatives, you can blame them for everything. On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the Washington Post featured an essay by University of Texas journalism professor Bill Minutaglio blaming the Tea Party for killing of JFK. He offered this bizarre, nutty take: “To find the very roots of the Tea Party of 2013, just go back to downtown Dallis in 1963, back to the months leading up to the Kennedy assassination.”
Before journalists were fantasizing about having sex with Barack Obama, they were musing about sex with another Democrat, Bill Clinton. On November 16, 1992, Time Senior Writer Walter Shapiro cheered that “for the first time in more than 30 years the nation has elected a President with sex appeal.”