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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CBS This Morning hosts on Friday unveiled a new series that basically amounts to an op-ed during the supposedly straight news show. Calling it “The Reporter’s Notebook,” co-host John Dickerson celebrated the White House’s reversal on splitting children as a victory for “the human tribe.” Norah O’Donnell touted co-host Gayle King’s lecture from this week that “the Statue of Liberty weeps” at the administration’s actions.
CBS on Thursday once again showed itself to be the network that will at least consider not demonizing law-abiding firearms owners. This Morning co-host Gayle King highlighted a good guy with a gun who stopped an armed carjacker in Washington State. Pastor David George, described as a “holy hero” by the onscreen graphic, killed a gunman who was firing on others.
Nothing to see here. All three networks on Wednesday night and Thursday morning skipped actor Peter Fonda’s vile attack on Donald Trump’s 12-year-old son Barron. Despite nine and a half hours of available air time, ABC, CBS and NBC avoided discussing the celebrity’s ugly threat that Barron be placed in a cage with pedophiles.
Talk about fake news. During a live break in on Wednesday to cover Donald Trump’s latest comments on immigration, a network graphic falsely reported that former Trump aide Paul Manafort was guilty of killing five people. As Trump spoke, the ABC chyron claimed: “Manafort Pleads Guilty to 5 Charges of Manslaughter.”
ABC and NBC on Tuesday and Wednesday buried the unraveling story of Peter Strzok and his tainted connection to both the Russia investigation and Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal. The rogue FBI agent on Tuesday was escorted out of the organization’s headquarters. But despite a combined seven hours of air time on the two networks, there was zero coverage on the latest.
The outrage and anger coming from MSNBC continued on Tuesday as analyst and columnist Bret Stephens appeared to say that the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s is finally in power at the White House. The New York Times columnist suggested comparing the Trump administration to the Nazis was too far. However, he countered with this: “But what we now have is, for the first time an administration in power that represents the same politics that we rejected in the 1850s with the Know Nothing movement.”
A day after sneering that the policy of separating illegal immigrants from their children is making the “Statue of Liberty weep,” CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King badgered a Mexican American to be easier on illegals. King talked to Frank, a man who works in construction.
Actor Ron Perlman suffered a meltdown on Twitter, Monday, attacking the United States, smearing a Marine and launching into a profanity-laced tirade. The star of shows such as Sons of Anarchy and films like Pacific Rim freaked at the news that America would be withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council:
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King was absolutely unhinged on Monday, putting aside any pretense of objectivity as she blasted the Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of illegal immigrants: King excoriated it as a form of “child abuse,” an indication of “zero humanity” and lectured viewers at the start of the show that the “Statue of Liberty weeps” at the action.
In 2011, veteran ABC journalist Barbara Walters cheered on Anthony Weiner, praising the “good Congressman” who had been accused of texting lewd images to young women. Appearing on The View, Walters hailed Weiner, saying: “[He] should hang in there.”
ABC on Friday breathlessly reported on the “bombshell” Inspector General report, but the network skipped the revelation that an FBI agent vowed to “stop” Donald Trump’s 2016 victory. Over on NBC, Chuck Todd insisted that the real victim of all of this was Hillary Clinton.
CNN journalists suffered a full-on meltdown during Thursday’s White House press briefing, screaming, waving their hands and offering repeated outbursts of emotion. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee dismissed CNN analyst Brian Karem and zinged journalist Jim Acosta, telling him: “I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences.”
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on Thursday fawned over porn star lawyer Michael Avenatti, hailing him as a “rock star.” King, a Democratic donor who is lobbying Oprah Winfrey to run for president, touted the appearance of Avenatti on Wednesday’s Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
CBS This Morning on Wednesday did what most media outlets won’t do: The show took a serious look at efforts to arm teachers and other staff as a way to stop school shootings. Reporter Adrianna Diaz explained how Florida’s School safety guardian program will work: “Armed with real guns and real bullets, these everyday people like a minister, former teacher, and retired police officer are training to take down a potential school shooter.”
Journalists have been unsurprisingly slow to notice the latest appalling comments from Bill Clinton in which he appears to insist that times have changed and you can no longer grope people. On Thursday’s PBS NewsHour, he talked to Judy Woodruff about Al Franken and the senator’s exit from the Senate.
Glum is a word that described the reaction on MSNBC to the North Korean summit. With an annoyed tone, the Morning Joe hosts of Tuesday mocked the chances for success in the summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. MSNBC guest Jon Meacham even denied that the summit was “historic.”
Far-left HBO host Bill Maher admitted on Friday he’s rooting for an economic disaster, but most media outlets have been silent in response to his shocking comments. In contrast, journalists pounced on Rush Limbaugh’s 2009 comments on Barack Obama’s liberal agenda: “I hope he fails.”
Call it a moment of clarity on MSNBC. Liberal co-host Stephanie Ruhle on Monday acknowledged that perhaps swearing “f**k Trump” on national television might not be the best strategy to persuade middle America. Yet, the 9am hour journalist also informed her viewers that she curses out the President while showering.
Some of the examples we use at This Week in Media Bias History are so oblivious and bizarre that they stand on their own for sheer insanity. Such is the case for Newsweek editor Evan Thomas on June 5, 2009. While talking about Barack Obama, he rhapsodized: “Obama’s standing above the country... above the world. He’s sort of God.” There you go. “Sort of God.” You knew some journalist would say it.
Over the span of just three days, CBS This Morning devoted a whopping 28 minutes and 44 seconds to promoting possible 2020 candidate Oprah Winfrey. Co-host Gayle King (a Democratic donor) admitted in February that she is pushing her good friend Winfrey (a Democratic donor) to run for president. The talk show host appeared on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday to tout her new book club selection and to discuss the new Winfrey exhibit at the Smithsonian’ National African American History Museum.