David Letterman’s impending May retirement meant two holiday traditions came to an end on Friday’s Late Show: the last time Darlene Love would sing “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” and the final time actor/radio host Jay Thomas would recite what Letterman calls “the greatest talk show story of all time.” Since the mid-1990s, on Letterman’s last show before Christmas, Thomas has been telling the story of what happened in the early 1970s when he was a local radio DJ in Charlotte and broadcast, with the “Lone Ranger,” from a car dealership.
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.
Today’s “Mainstream Media Scream” for the WashingtonExaminer.com spotlighted a low moment Saturday afternoon on CNN when the panel of analysts put up their hands to mimic the long-ago discredited “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative out of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting. CNN political analyst Sally Kohn noted the anti-police protests occurring in New York City and Washington, DC and proclaimed: “We want you to know that our hearts are out there marching with them.”
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon looked at “how long it takes for Biden to do something weird and steal the spotlight.” The specific event: When he stood beside Barack Obama on December 5 as the President announced Ashton Carter as his nominee for Secretary of Defense. Bret Baier ended his FNC show this past Tuesday with the clip of what the Tonight Show staff timed to the hundredth of a second.
From Friday’s Special Report with Bret Baier on FNC, a cell phone video which has gone viral from before a store opened on Thanksgiving night when, as Baier explained, “one Target employee took it upon himself to get his colleagues fired up with a speech on the check-out counter.”
“The Buffalo area got slammed with more than five and a half feet of lake-effect snow early this weekend. It’s expected to get an additional three feet by tomorrow morning,” substitute FNC anchor Doug McKelway noted on Thursday night before mockingly setting up a clip by maintaining “this is nothing, though, compared to the extreme conditions that hit southern California.”
National Review’s Jonah Goldberg went on a tear on Monday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, connecting the circles of lies by the White House and Jonathan Gruber that had impact thanks to liberal journalists. Goldberg charged that, in the lead up to the ObamaCare vote, Gruber was “being touted around through a transmission belt of liberal journalists, who all are all pretending to be objective analysts too, quoting each other, reaffirming each other...”
Bret Baier ended Tuesday’s Special Report on FNC with how producers for CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman re-imagined an answer President Obama gave to Bob Schieffer during last Sunday’s Face the Nation.
To promote his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father, former President George W. Bush appeared this past Tuesday at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. John Heilemann, co-host of Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, observed that “we could not help but notice it sounded a little bit like he was performing at an open mic night at the Comedy Cellar.”
As part of Face the Nation’s 60th anniversary program on Sunday, the CBS newscast played clips of interviews with current, future and past Presidents – including Ronald Reagan in 1970 being asked by CBS News correspondent Bill Stout about calling a state official a “lying son of a bitch.” Watch the video to hear how Reagan, then the Governor of California, responded with an answer which earned its place in the highlight reel.
In his pre-recorded Face the Nation sit-down with President Barack Obama, CBS’s Bob Schieffer asked about putting more troops into Iraq, fighting ISIS, giving Congress a chance to act first on immigration and whether Democratic election losses were his fault, but he also devoted several questions to empathizing with Obama, as if Obama were a victim of circumstance and not responsible for failures or making situations worse.
From Friday’s Late Show with David Letterman, a compilation of clips from President Obama’s post-election press conference on Wednesday which the CBS show titled “Barack Obama: President of Details.” You’ll hear Obama’s repeated, not so specific, references to “stuff” and “things.”
Mia Love, who won a congressional seat on Tuesday representing Utah’s 4th district, last year took part in the Media Research Center’s annual “DisHonors Awards” where we ridicule left wing journalists. On behalf of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry she accepted, in jest, the “Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis.”
The latest in the annals of hyperventilating, far-left, excessive environmental panic turned into personal demonization. When results came in Tuesday night which put Republicans into the majority in the Senate, “Americans had turned their backs on the planet,” Dan Kennedy claimed in a Wednesday post on the WGBH News site.
Monday night on HBO viewers heard one of their stars call Rush Limbaugh an “idiot” and charge “he’s a liar and a hatemonger – makes me want to puke.” But it wasn’t Bill Maher. It was actress Frances McDormand in the second half of the pay network’s two-night Olive Kitteridge mini-series about the later years of life of a woman living in a coastal Maine town.
Responding on Fox News Sunday to a question from a Facebook user about the lack of a Republican agenda in this election, George Will zinged the media’s effort to undermine the expected GOP victories: “I think what Tim is echoing is the belief that this is a Seinfeld election, an election about nothing, which is what the media says every time there’s a danger that the Republicans are going to get a mandate. This is a way of preemptively denying a mandate.”
Asked by John Heilemann who he thinks “would be a better Democratic nominee” in 2016, Hillary Clinton or MSNBC host Ed Schultz, Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders avoided a direct answer but made clear his affection for Schultz: “I think Ed does a great job. I think Ed is one of the heroes of the media. I think he speaks to the needs of the working class people.”
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.
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.