On Thursday night the IRS watchdog charged with investigating Lois Lerner’s missing emails told the House Oversight Committee that he is looking into the possibility of “potential criminal activity.” This latest development in the IRS-Tea Party scandal has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening or morning shows.
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.
Liberal journalists from CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank have questioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for not rejecting Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama’s patriotism and for his response to a “gotcha” question about the President’s faith. But where were they when Walker himself was being called an un-American, tyrannical, racist woman-beater?
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s statement that “we cannot win this war” against ISIS by “killing them” and suggestion that “we need...to go after the root causes” like “lack of opportunity for jobs” was even too ridiculous for a liberal like Chris Matthews to swallow. Yet this latest embarrassing moment for Barack Obama’s administration has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows.
Disgraced NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was the butt of several jokes on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special. Jim Carrey, Jerry Seinfeld and even former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani got into the act during an interview on the red carpet.
Stand-up comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld cracked up the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary audience with a joke at Brian Williams’ expense: “I just found out that one of the original cast members in 1975 was Brian Williams.”
Over the years Jon Stewart has used his Daily Show perch to mock Dick Cheney’s “torture boner,” called conservative columnist Robert Novak a “vampire demon,” and yelled “Go f*** yourself!” at Bernie Goldberg, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions and Fox News. He also told conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh to “get the f*** out of” New York.
The political statement rating website PolitiFact, so far, has yet to label Brian Williams’ Iraq war tall-tale as “false” or even “mostly-false.” In fact a search of the site shows the most recent article on Williams, posted on their PunditFact page, is from Thursday and it’s merely a timeline of the still-unfolding crisis for the NBC Nightly News anchor.
Ex-CNN host Piers Morgan is the latest journalist with a history of black marks (Dan Rather, Geraldo Rivera) to come to the defense of Brian Williams. In Monday’s online edition of the Daily Mail, the fired host of Piers Morgan Live sarcastically wrote Williams’ critics wouldn’t be satisfied until he was: “feathered, tarred, dragged through the streets of New York to Times Square, and stoned to death.” Morgan also wondered how former CBS newsman Walter Cronkite would “have fared under the intense scrutiny of today?”
With Brian Williams’ reputation now tarnished by his Iraq war tall-tales it’s going to be awfully awkward for NBC News to allow him to cover any stories involving public figures caught in lies. At the very least his days of “precinct captain for” NBC’s “Truth Squad” are probably over. Williams served in that capacity during NBC News’s live coverage of the 2004 presidential and vice presidential debates.
On his Thursday show, Sean Hannity showcased how the liberal media will use almost every weather event to advance their radical climate change agenda
Actor Gary Sinise, a longtime supporter of American servicemen and women, took to twitter to denounce former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean’s Friday night attack on the moviegoers that have made American Sniper a massive hit.
Debate in the Senate over the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to heat up this week, but the popular project has yet to pique the interest of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening news shows.
What is it about positive portrayals of Navy SEALs and the families that support them back home that induces liberal actors into making Nazi propaganda comparisons? On Sunday, comedic actor Seth Rogen took to twitter to say that “American Sniper kind of reminds me of the movie that’s showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds.”
On Thursday, the tag team of FNC’s Sean Hannity and conservative author Mark Steyn slammed the weak response by American journalists and satirists to the recent terror attack on Charlie Hebdo in France. On the January 8 edition of FNC’s Hannity, the host asked Steyn to make his case about how the “media has cowered in the face of radical Islamists.”
This week the media greeted the new GOP Congress with fears about a conservative “kamikaze caucus,” pushing “confrontation with Obama,” and stressed that if Republicans were to be successful they needed to look less “scary,” as they pointed out the 114th Congress was “80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent of its members are Christian.” But in 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats took over the House, the tone from the liberal media was very different.
On the January 3 edition of the McLaughlin Group, the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift laughably broke her 2015 New Year's resolution to treat Republicans running for president respectfully within a few seconds.
Sean Hannity, on Wednesday, pointed out the double-standard the liberal media has when it comes to their condemnation of CIA interrogation techniques versus Barack Obama’s drone strikes. After playing a montage of NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley preaching to former CIA directors about interrogation he then went after CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who actually compared what the CIA did to the Nazis and the Khmer Rouge.
Tuesday’s congressional hearing that featured Jonathan Gruber being grilled about his controversial ObamaCare remarks was carried live by Fox News for 54 minutes, and 53 seconds. CNN and MSNBC didn’t bother to air any of the hearing live.
The campaign's worst-kept secret was uncovered when the Kansas City Star, on Sunday, reported that Democrats had financially backed so-called independent candidate Greg Orman in his race to unseat Republican incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. The facade that Orman was an independent was kept up, throughout the campaign, by supposedly skeptical political reporters at ABC, CBS and NBC, even after Democratic candidate Chad Taylor had dropped out in early September.
Brian Williams marks ten years as anchor of NBC Nightly News on December 2 and it’s been a decade full of absurdly softball interviews with Barack Obama and trashing of Republicans and Tea Partiers.