Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007. Previously, he worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in political science and history.

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June 29, 2016, 1:03 PM EDT

CNN Money associate editor Charles Riley deeply lamented British voters' decision to "exile themselves from the European Union" in a Wednesday piece on CNN.com. Riley played up "reports of racist abuse," and underlined that "it's not easy to dismiss some of the darker forces that were conjured during the [Brexit] campaign." He later cited a U.K.-based American writer who asserted that "the British have become more greedy and selfish, more like the American model, except they haven't quite mastered it yet."

June 28, 2016, 12:54 PM EDT

Left-wing comedian Trevor Noah still found a way to blast Pope Francis on Monday's Daily Show as he gave mild praise to the pontiff over his recent remarks: "The Pope says the Church and all Christians should apologize to gay people...My question is, how?..it's not like Hallmark makes 'Sorry, I oppressed you for centuries' cards." Noah later dropped an obscenity: "It almost seems like the higher up the Pope goes, the more progressive he becomes. We got to send that mother-f***er into space just to see how liberal he can get!"

June 27, 2016, 4:00 PM EDT

On Monday, CNN's breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court striking down Texas's sanitary regulations on abortion clinic clearly slanted towards the pro-abortion side. Pamela Brown twice touted the "huge win for abortion rights activists," and later underlined the "big win" to a pro-abortion legal analyst. Jake Tapper trumpeted the "seismic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court," and hinted that pro-lifers were being hypocritical: "All of the, quote/unquote, burdensome rules and regulations that conservatives often complain about would have to be adhered and applied to these abortion clinics."

June 24, 2016, 10:50 PM EDT

On Friday's CBS Evening News, Steve Hartman hinted that the Bible Belt — and specifically, Alabama — was a dangerous place for homosexuals. Hartman pointed out that "a lot of people came out after Orlando" terrorist attack, but touted how "few took as big a risk as Jesse Johnson. Jesse's family lives in Jemison, Alabama, in the heart of the Bible Belt. Fly a flag here, and it better have just red, white, and blue."

June 24, 2016, 4:49 PM EDT

NPR's Asma Khalid made it clear in a series of posts on Twitter during the evening/early morning after the Brexit vote that she opposed the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. Khalid initially expressed her shock after the British television network ITV projected that there was an 80 percent probability that 'Leave' would win. She later spotlighted a British Muslim's Tweet that contended that "potentially I live in a country with many closet racists." She also labeled the pro-Brexit result "an isolationist move with global ripples."

June 23, 2016, 5:28 PM EDT

CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday refreshingly aired a full report on the questionable donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign government and multi-national corporations. Drew Griffin noted that "there's no question the Clinton Foundation has received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments," and pointed out those from "Middle Eastern countries with poor human rights records." Griffin later underlined that "even with private companies, there's smoke," and cited Monsanto's donations to the foundation as an example.

June 22, 2016, 7:30 PM EDT

On Wednesday's MSNBC Live, Luke Russert fawned over Rep. John Lewis, as he and his Democratic colleagues staged a pro-gun control sit-in inside the well of the chamber of the House of Representatives. Russert first asked Lewis, "You are a civil rights icon. Your stories are remarkable — beaten within one inch of your life, it has been said. How important is this moment for you?" Russert later wondered, "Put this in history for me....Where does this stack up for you, in terms of what you've been able to accomplish in this life?"

June 22, 2016, 12:58 PM EDT

On Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC minimized their coverage of a Pennsylvania jury convicting Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah on 23 federal charges related to a scheme to repay campaign debt from an aborted 2007 bid to become mayor of Philadelphia. Jake Tapper stood out as the only CNN anchor, as of noon on Wednesday, to mention that Fattah was "found guilty on all 23 charges he faced — including racketeering, money laundering, and fraud" during a brief on his program, The Lead. Steve Kornacki also gave a news brief on MSNBC Live.

June 21, 2016, 4:35 PM EDT

Don Lemon boosted gun control on Monday's CNN Tonight during a panel discussion segment with Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, liberal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and conservative guest Richard Feldman. Lemon played up how the "the police commissioner of New York City said...that Congress was completely controlled...by the NRA," and asked Himes, "Do you agree with that?" Toobin also asserted that gun rights supporters "control the entire Republican Party at this point....And that's why we're not getting gun control."

June 20, 2016, 5:29 PM EDT

CNN's Jim Sciutto clearly slanted towards gun control advocates during an interview of Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar on Monday's New Day. Sciutto contended, "You'd have to think that this would be the...political sweet spot on the gun issue...whetting everyone's fear — both parties...want to keep guns out of terrorists' hands." He also underlined, "...if not now, then when? When is something going to get it through?"

June 16, 2016, 5:12 PM EDT

On Thursday's Legal View, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield bemoaned how "nine out of ten people on terror watch lists, who want to buy a gun, get to buy a gun after passing a federal background check — nine out of ten!" Banfield questioned former Rep. Mike Rogers about this statistic: "I can't believe I actually have to state that being on a terror watch list does not put you in the category of the other bad guys who we won't sell weapons to. How is this happening?"

June 15, 2016, 6:14 PM EDT

On CNBC's Squawk Box on Wednesday, Dan Rather somehow thought it was wise to offer criticism of the way the media has covered the 2016 presidential campaign so far. The former CBS anchor, whose career was crippled after the MemoGate scandal in 2004, asserted that there's "too much on the horse race, not enough on the substance of the race."

June 15, 2016, 1:27 PM EDT

Carol Costello was true to her liberal form on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with regard to her pro-gun control slant. Costello tossed softball questions at Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and, as she's done in the past, gave a platform to call for new firearms regulations in the wake of the terrorist attack in Orlando. She also wondered, "Is this the turning point?"

June 14, 2016, 4:10 PM EDT

Andrew Breiner carried water for socially-liberal activists and their congressional allies in a Monday item for Roll Call. Breiner, who previously worked for the left-wing website Think Progress, hyped how "House Democrats are criticizing congressional Republicans for...their refusal to call the [Orlando] massacre an anti-LGBT hate crime." The writer then spotlighted Twitter posts from 16 Republicans politicians and included the score that each received from "leading LGBT equality group," the Human Rights Campaign.

June 14, 2016, 1:11 PM EDT

On Monday's AC360, CNN's Anderson Cooper and his guests likened Donald Trump to Richard Nixon. David Gergen decried the billionaire revoking The Washington Post's press credentials: "That's extraordinary! Why would he do something so stupid?" Cooper replied, "He's assembling an enemies list, like presidents have in the past." Gloria Borger interjected, "Most presidents, like Richard Nixon, keep it private....Donald Trump publicizes it; and says, this is my list."

June 13, 2016, 12:24 PM EDT

Erin Burnett revealed her pro-gun control bias on a special edition of her CNN show on Sunday. Rep. Alan Grayson used the terrorist attack in Orlando to push for a new ban on military-style, semi-automatic firearms: "If somebody like him had nothing worse to deal with than a Glock pistol — which was his other weapon today — he might have killed three or four people, and not fifty. It's way too easy to kill people in America today; and we have to think long and hard about what to do about that." Burnett replied, "Well, you're right about that."

June 10, 2016, 10:41 PM EDT

Friday's NBC Nightly News played up that "V.P. speculation [was] swirling as Elizabeth Warren meets Hillary Clinton at her house." Lester Holt trumpeted Senator Warren as "a hero of the left," while Andrea Mitchell hyped that "the buzz about Warren [is] only growing." Mitchell later underlined that "the pros of picking Warren: she's a fiery speaker, who relishes attacking Trump....and [is] a progressive who could win back Bernie Sanders supporters."

June 9, 2016, 8:59 PM EDT

Miguel Almaguer touted "medical aid in dying" in California on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, as the state's new assisted suicide law went into effect. Almaguer showed a clear slant towards proponents of the legislation by playing four soundbites from supporters, versus only two from opponents. He also failed to mention that one booster of the new law was involved in a lawsuit against California's state government to gain the so-called "freedom to control her death."

June 9, 2016, 5:31 PM EDT

As of Thursday afternoon, the Big Three networks, along with CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, have yet to air one segment or news brief on the Associated Press's Wednesday report that spotlighted that "the names of CIA personnel could have been compromised...by hackers who may have penetrated Hillary Clinton's private computer server or the State Department system." There were only passing mentions of the AP scoop on Thursday's Fox & Friends on Fox News Channel, and by a conservative guest on Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN.

June 9, 2016, 1:03 PM EDT

CNN's New Day apparently can't get enough of "enhancing" footage of a triumphant Hillary Clinton at her Tuesday victory rally, as the newscast on Thursday gave the video of the Democratic presidential candidate a sparkle/shimmer effect, while darkening the cheering crowd in the background. This modified video excerpt aired a day after the program gave Mrs. Clinton a "golden god" glow using the same clip.