Last Sunday’s episode of CBS’s Madam Secretary, which stars Tèa Leoni as “Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord” (another episode airs tonight), advanced liberal paranoia that the oil lobby is using nefarious means to push the long-delayed Keystone Pipeline.
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center (MRC), the publisher of NewsBusters. He’s been the central figure in the MRC’s News Analysis Division since the MRC’s 1987 founding and in 2005 spearheaded the launch of NewsBusters.
Baker oversees the selection of the award nominees and “winners” for the MRC’s “DisHonors Awards,” presented at an annual gala, and each week he helps the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard select a “Mainstream Media Scream.” (Full list of all those selected.)
In 2001, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes dubbed Baker “the scourge of liberal bias.”
For 13 years he compiled and edited the daily CyberAlert e-mail and online report. In late May of 2009 the CyberAlert became an e-mail-only product based on BiasAlert postings on the MRC's Web site. (BiasAlerts since early 2012.)
An avid fan of the Washington Capitals NHL hockey team, in January of 2009 the Washington Post's "DC Sports Bog" took note of Baker's attendance at a Caps game with John Kerry: "The Caps, John Kerry and a Scourge."
Baker lived in Massachusetts through high school, whereupon he fled the liberal commonwealth for George Washington University in DC and, since graduation, a life in Northern Virginia. Full bio on MRC.org.
Out of sync with MSNBC, NBC’s Saturday Night Live opened last night with a skit in which “President Obama” acknowledged the ineptitude of his administration and “Ron Klain,” the Ebola Czar, conceded to a reporter that he has no medical expertise. Picking up on poor Democratic prospects in the mid-term elections, the comedy show then had Klain warning “if you live in a southern state, such as Louisiana, Arkansas, or Kentucky, you actually may want to avoid any large public spaces like, say, a polling booth.”
KTLA-TV entertainment reporter Sam Rubin noted during a Friday morning newscast on the Los Angeles station: “My wife calls and says, ‘Since when did you become the fat guy on that show?’” To which off-camera traffic reporter Ginger Chan blurted out a response, not realizing her microphone was live.
Vice President Joe Biden visited Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, prompting ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel to send a video crew out onto Hollywood Boulevard to ask: “Who is Joe Biden?” Of course, no one heard of him and several had some very creative, if ridiculous, answers.
Wednesday’s USA Today featured a laudatory front page profile of Tom Steyer, the far-left billionaire donor to efforts to elect liberals and un-seat Republicans of all stripes – especially if he can denigrate them as climate change “deniers.” Yet, in 1,832 words, the piece by Fredreka Schouten failed to identify Steyer -- or anyone in the article -- as a “liberal,” but Schouten applied the “conservative” tag twice.
Stephen Colbert will replace the retiring David Letterman next year, but Colbert’s smart-ass, ridiculing of conservatives act doesn’t impress legendary actor Robert Duvall. On Thursday’s Late Show, as his segment with Letterman was wrapping up, Duvall pressed Letterman: “Why are you retiring? That guy taking over’s not that funny. That guy’s not that funny. Sorry, maybe your friend.”
ABC’s Scandal, which has a fresh episode tonight, last week featured “President Fitzgerald Grant,” supposedly a Republican, channeling Piers Morgan as he used the State of the Union address to plead for more gun control: “How many other people’s children are we going to let die before we put a stop to this?”
Okay, maybe not so much falling down funny as amusing. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver put HBO’s producers to work tracking down video of TV newscasters and guests avoiding certain words and only referring to, for example, “the T word.”
Watch the MRC’s 2014 Gala, featuring the “DisHonors Awards” and Mark Levin receiving the eighth annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.” Full video below of the entire two hours from Thursday night, September 25.
Prompted by Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski to confirm “you watch Morning Joe, I take it?”, actor/author Ron Perlman affirmed: “I get all my news from MSNBC.” He then quickly quipped: “Which is probably not wise.”
If it’s Sunday, it’s time to advance liberal hopes. NBC’s Meet the Press with Chuck Todd and ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos both opened by plugging segments which forwarded the hope liberal Democratic dreams are becoming reality.
Guest Eli Lake of TheDailyBeast.com zinged a caller with quite a rebuke when a man, using the Democratic phone line to C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, spouted some nonsense abou 9/11 and Israel.
The potshot of the weekend illustrates the visceral disgust in academia toward the Fox News Channel. If Franklin Roosevelt were a candidate or President today, FNC “would have loved” to show video of him “at his most helpless” – such as when he was carried or forced to have others attach and remove his leg braces.
Senate candidates of a certain party are out with anti-Obama attack ads and a late night comedy show played clips of a few from “Republican” candidates.
CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Thursday night used the 9/11 anniversary as a chance to chastise Presidents Bush and Obama for making declarations that the war on terrorism had been won, but two and a half years ago Schieffer himself championed the Obama administration’s campaign boast.
“President Obama has undoubtedly gotten a little more gray since the start of his presidency...so now, one late night show tracked down a company looking to cash in,” FNC’s Bret Baier noted on August 27 in setting up a comedy clip from CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.
Fill-in host Chris Wallace ended Thursday’s Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC by noting how “potential presidential candidates are already testing possible pitches for 2016.”
Setting up a comedy clip from earlier in the week on CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, Wallace cued up “one idea for a campaign commercial” -- an anti-Obama one from a certain past candidate.
“What really gets” actress Chloe Grace Moretz “going” is Hillary Clinton, a USA Today reporter discovered in meeting her for a profile piece on the 17-year-old star of If I Stay, the movie which opened yesterday (Friday) that’s based on the young adult novel by Gayle Forman.
“‘I cried when I met her,’ says Moretz, who calls Clinton an ‘icon.’”
He’s made it this past week onto a couple of late night shows as well as ABC’s World News and Good Morning America, but if you haven’t seen the video of five-year-old Noah Ritter, here’s the version shown Tuesday night by Bret Baier at the end of his FNC show.
The video of the future newscaster came from a report last weekend, by Sofia Ojeda of WNEP-TV’s “Newswatch 16” in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton market, who was covering the Wayne County Fair in Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
Reid Cherlin, an Assistant Press Secretary during the first two years plus of the Obama administration, managed to deliver two laugh-worthy howlers in a piece for Rolling Stone posted this past Monday:
> “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.”
> “I...believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President.”