New on May 26: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared Hillary Clinton to FDR, hailing how FDR “was very secretive and manipulative” and was “probably the best President we ever had,” so “if Hillary Clinton is secretive...”
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.” Those picks are added, on a one week delay, to NewsBusters. (Archive for 2012-2014 on MRC.org)
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. (In February 2015, the MRC discontinued posting BiasAlerts on MRC.org and began feeding the newsletter via CyberAlert posts on NewsBusters).
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.
One last fun video from the Late Show with David Letterman which ended on Wednesday night. From its last Monday night program, a clip from Vice President Biden’s commencement address the day before at Yale University. The Late Show tagged it “Joe Biden: What?” And watching it will certainly induce a “what?” – at the very least. Biden is the gift who keeps on giving.
David Letterman may have grown more liberal over the years, but days before his last show this Wednesday, he aired a cute anti-Obama video imagining how mothers Obama called on Mother’s Day reacted to getting a phone call from the President. It’s just what you’d dream of doing if Obama ever called you.
“There’s three things I tell people that the Russians were afraid of: AIDS, Jewish people and Ronald Reagan.”Question: “In that order?” Reply: “I think Ronald Reagan took the top spot. They thought he would push the button.” One more reason to love Reagan.
Liberal media bias lives beyond the borders of the United States. As Michael Wolff noted in a front page article for Monday’s USA Today: “Many popular media notions of what a restless electorate is against (bankers, corporate power, tax dodgers, economic austerity) and what it is for (fundamental change, leveling the powerful, taxing the rich and big social program promises) came a cropper in the British election last week.”
Eight years after Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign, national media journalists have changed their tune and discovered an interest in experience and accomplishments in those running to occupy the Oval Office. To wit, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Ruth Marcus, the veteran Washington Post reporter turned columnist, dismissed Republican Carly Fiorina: “I don’t think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren’t a woman.”
FNC’s Bret Baier ended his show this past Monday with a clip the Tonight Show featured of President Obama at an event the previous Thursday with middle schoolers at a library in Washington, DC, to promote reading. Baier explained that “when the President began to ramble a bit, the moderator gave him what those of us on live TV know as ‘the hard wrap.’”
Appearing on Bill Maher’s HBO show Friday night, actor/comedian Billy Crystal delighted in recounting a phone call he supposedly received from the late Robin Williams on the day of Ronald Reagan’s funeral in 2004. Crystal, now a star of FX’s The Comedians, impersonated Williams impersonating Reagan calling from Heaven and wondering why it was so hot.
A great third season ending Wednesday night on FX’s The Americans, as the episode juxtaposed then-President Ronald Reagan’s “evil empire” speech with two undercover KGB agents in the U.S. distraught by the charge as their frantic teenage daughter, who just recently learned their true identity, gets on the phone to tell her pastor that her parents are Russians. Plus, a cameo of the voice of Chris Wallace.
From “Above Average,” a skit imagining the strategy session held by Hillary Clinton and her staff planning her van trip to Iowa with a stop at a Chipotle in Ohio. “We’re doing a casual drop-in, so we need to work out every single detail.”
An early Hollywood endorsement for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. For Thursday’s With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV, a staffer quizzed celebrities at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City about their opinion of the hospital sign-like Hillary campaign logo and prompted actor Harvey Keitel’s endorsement. He trumpeted: “She deserves the job if she wants it. And let’s help her.”
Picking up on the Draft Biden 2016 group’s “I’m Ridin with Biden,” a short and amusing clip, with a more accurate alternative slogan, created by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which Bret Baier played at the end of his Friday show on FNC.
It’s a rarity when anything breaks through the media-produced “Camelot” myth of the Kennedy White House years, but one instance came, in of all places, HBO’s Sinatra: All or Nothing At All documentary which highlighted President Kennedy’s racism. He demanded that Frank Sinatra remove Sammy Davis Jr. from the inaugural gala because he was dating a white woman.
When the Hillary e-mail scandal broke, FNC’s Bret Baier noted in setting up a video compilation, “one cable channel with five letters quickly got to another story line, one that involved Republicans and one familiar line involving playing cards.”
To serve in his inner-most circle of trusted confidants, President Obama has selected someone who spent most of her adult life in a profession very friendly to him and eager to boost his liberal causes: journalism. Former Washington Post political reporter Shailagh Murray will succeed Dan Pfeiffer as Senior Adviser to the President.
Taking on the Democratic line, eagerly embraced by the news media, on the letter to Iran from Republican Senators, the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes declared on Tuesday’s Special Report: “The idea that this is somehow new, or this is ending the idea that foreign policy stops at the water’s edge, is totally preposterous.” Hayes reminded FNC viewers of past Democratic intervention into foreign policy when a Republican held the White House, starting with when, financed by Saddam Hussein, top Democrat David Bonior “flew to Baghdad” and went on U.S. television to “trash the Bush administration.”
A week after getting his face on screen for three seconds as host of a cable TV program showing on a TV in a restaurant in a scene on CBS’s Madame Secretary, Bashir earned six seconds on Sunday night’s episode. Bashir is infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013.
Catching up with an amusing clip played on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on February 11, which answers the question of what happens when small children encounter their athlete father in a state of undress, displaying a certain piece of protective equipment they’ve never seen before.
Martin Bashir, infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013, popped up -- for a mere three seconds -- on this past Sunday’s episode of CBS’s Madame Secretary. His role didn’t take much of a stretch: He played a cable TV news host whose show could be seen on a wall-mounted television in the background during a scene set in a restaurant.
Following up on the Tuesday post, “Witty Remarks By Stan Evans, RIP, at the MRC’s 2006 ‘DisHonors Awards,’” video of the late M. Stanton Evans serving as Master of Ceremonies a few years earlier for the Media Research Center’s very first “DisHonors Awards” in 1999. Evans, who sadly passed away on Tuesday at age 80, delivered humorous reflections and quips about the politics of the time as host of the MRC event.