Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center.  He currently writes for all of the MRC's publications and outlets including MRC.org, Newsbusters.org, Notable Quotables and has contributed to past projects including MediaWatch and MagazineWatch. He also authored the MRC's Outgunned Special Report that examined the media's bias against gun rights. Dickens has made several appearances on radio talk shows around the nation.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia this native Washingtonian briefly left the area to earn a degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism. When he's not monitoring the media's liberal bias, Dickens can be found rooting for his beloved Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Indiana Hoosiers.

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April 26, 2016, 12:00 PM EDT

When Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore plugged his White House Correspondents Association dinner hosting gig on CBS This Morning, the hosts absurdly praised him for being a “passionate centrist.” But if a review of his hosting duties at The Nightly Show is an indicator of who he will skewer the most at Saturday’s event, expect a lot of crass shots taken at the Republicans who are running for president. 

 

April 23, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT

How crazy left does a president have to be, if Barack Obama isn’t considered “progressive?” According to Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore the United States hasn’t had a progressive president since Lyndon Johnson. That wasn’t good enough for his guest, actress Susan Sarandon, who insisted you had to reach all the way back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

April 19, 2016, 5:26 PM EDT

Lowbrow humorist Larry Wilmore made a truly tasteless joke at Ted Cruz’s expense on his Thursday show. Citing a Mother Jones article that reported “In 2004 Ted Cruz fought to preserve a law that banned the sale of dildos in Texas” the host of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show went on to shamelessly ridicule the GOP presidential candidate: “It’s just such a shame to see dildos persecuted and marginalized by one of their own....I guess back in 2004, Cruz was just another self-hating dildo.”

 

April 18, 2016, 6:10 PM EDT

When it comes to softball questions Bernie Sanders has had his fill from cable and network hosts alike but they’d all be hard-pressed to top Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore’s slow-pitch to the socialist senator when he asked: “Are you Jesus?” 

April 18, 2016, 1:20 PM EDT

CBS’s Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett hyped the rise of the once “fringe” socialist Bernie Sanders as an “enormously important moment” for the country. On Friday night’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show, Garrett marveled “The [Bernie] Sanders phenomenon is real and long-lasting.” 

April 12, 2016, 3:31 PM EDT

On Monday’s edition of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the Comedy Central host couldn’t get through a rant against Bill and Hillary Clinton without taking a cheap shot at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Wilmore noted the former First Lady once used the politically incorrect term “super-predators.” Wilmore reported that even the criminologist who coined the term had disavowed it: “He’s ashamed of his creation, like Dr. Frankenstein or Ted Cruz’s parents.”

April 4, 2016, 8:58 AM EDT

In the April 4 edition of Notable Quotables the liberal media: Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba inspires journalists to sing communism’s praises and worry about capitalism ruining that country’s “charm.” Meanwhile, anchors at PBS and CBS slam Ted Cruz for his “ugly” anti-terrorism policies and a former New York Times editor decries sexist persecution of “fundamentally honest” Hillary Clinton. 

March 24, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT

The latest stunning development in the IRS targeting scandal, that a federal appeals court on Tuesday scolded the IRS for failing to turn over its full list of groups it targeted, has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows. However, as NewsBusters’ Scott Whitlock reported, all three networks on Thursday found time to gush over Barack Obama’s “fancy footwork” and “dancing diplomacy” in Argentina.

March 16, 2016, 3:07 PM EDT

As anticipated, the immediate and predictable reaction from the liberal media to Barack Obama’s selection of Merrick Garland was to go right to their playbook and sell the anti-gun justice as a “moderate” pick that liberals won’t be “happy” with and only unreasonable GOPers could oppose. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos declared that Garland was “a moderate” that in “any other year” would be seen as a “safe pick.”

March 15, 2016, 10:25 AM EDT

Whomever Barack Obama selects to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia expect the liberal media to worry the selection isn’t progressive enough. As might be expected, journalists criticize the Supreme Court appointments made by Republican presidents as “hardline” and “very conservative.” But even the nominees elevated by recent Democratic presidents have been challenged as not liberal enough for the media’s taste.

March 12, 2016, 9:00 AM EST

In an all too rare moment Patricia Smith got her grievances aired against Hillary Clinton, when Univision anchor Jorge Ramos played a clip of the mother of Benghazi attack victim Sean Smith to Clinton at the March 9 Democratic debate. It was a rare moment because while Fox News outlets have pursued her story, the Big Three networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) have barely touched it. In fact, since 2012, ABC has yet to air a second of Smith’s claims that the former Secretary of State lied to her.

March 1, 2016, 11:47 AM EST

Comedian and podcaster Adam Carolla has a special Election Day message for primary voters. Instead of endorsing a specific candidate, he had a message for voters on who NOT to support. Hint: It’s anyone promising to “level the playing field.” In other words, don’t vote for a  liberal. 

February 23, 2016, 3:57 PM EST

On Monday, Charlie Rose used the insulting term “climate deniers” as a way to describe those who dare express any sort of skepticism of climate change propaganda. He asked, on his PBS show, if “climate deniers” have “gained strength?” Bill Gates responded that “the problem of climate denial is not a huge problem outside of the United States.” 

February 19, 2016, 9:05 AM EST

Senate Republican plans to delay Barack Obama getting another justice on the Supreme Court could be driven by only one thing -- racism! Well at least that’s what the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin implied, when they collected a bunch of quotes from angry Obama supporters for a front-page February 18 story headlined: “Blacks See Bias in Delay on a Scalia Successor.”

February 16, 2016, 1:17 PM EST

Gun-rights supporters usually brace themselves whenever a figure from the entertainment world starts discussing gun control, but in the case of Paris terrorist attack survivor and Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes, he actually slammed France’s anti-gun policies. 

February 15, 2016, 4:11 PM EST

Horror novelist Stephen King is apparently scared by the candidacy of Ted Cruz. The author of truly terrifying books like The Shining and Carrie told The Daily Beast's Marlow Stern he finds Cruz to be “very scary” because the conservative Texas senator is “a fundamentalist Christian” and his election would be “the analog of an Imam.”

February 15, 2016, 11:43 AM EST

Donald Trump received praise from a group that you wouldn’t normally expect would champion a GOP presidential frontrunner. On Sunday, the co-founder of anti-war group Code Pink Medea Benjamin celebrated Trump’s bashing of former president George W. Bush’s decision to attack Iraq. So far, none of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have yet to report on this unusual development in the 2016 campaign. 

February 15, 2016, 10:25 AM EST

The satirical website The Onion wasted little time in delivering an obnoxious take on Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s passing. Over a photo of Scalia The Onion ran the following headline: “Justice Scalia Dead Following 30-Year Battle With Social Progress.” 

February 8, 2016, 9:00 AM EST

This week, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt tells Hillary Clinton how he “winced” when a young voter told the candidate that “people don't trust you,” even as Holt's scandal-scarred predecessor Brian Williams showed a stunning lack of self-awareness when he told MSNBC viewers on caucus night: “We will be the purveyors of truth and justice.” Plus, when Hollywood is accused of racism over the all-white Oscars, Danny DeVito blames the rest of America: “It's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country.”

February 4, 2016, 9:30 AM EST

For the liberal media there might not be a greater hate object than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The consistent conservative’s win in Iowa and rise in the polls will probably mean even more heightened attacks from journalists. Which would be remarkable, given liberals in the chattering class have already compared him to Nazis, the KKK and even pointed a figurative gun to his head.