There are currently 17 declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but viewers of the three broadcast evening news shows this year have mainly heard about just two of them: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New York businessman Donald Trump. And even though Trump received virtually no TV news attention until he officially declared on June 16, he’s received far more network news coverage than Bush has received all year.
Rich Noyes is currently Research Director at the Media Research Center where he is co-editor of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous, sometimes humorous, quotes in the liberal media, and the Media Reality Check, a regular analysis of how major news stories are distorted or ignored.
Noyes has authored or co-authored many of MRC’s authoritative Special Reports, including: The Censorship Election: How the Broadcast Networks Buried the Bad News That Threatened Barack Obama’s Quest for a Second Term; TV’s Tea Party Travesty: How ABC, CBS and NBC Have Dismissed and Disparaged the Tea Party Movement; Cheerleaders for the Revolution: Network Coverage of Barack Obama’s First 100 Days; Better Off Red? Twenty Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Recalling the Liberal Media’s Blindness to the Evils of Communism; and Megaphone for a Dictator: CNN’s Coverage of Fidel Castro's Cuba, 1997-2002.
An expert with nearly 30 years of experience studying the news media’s impact on U.S. politics, Noyes has discussed the issue of liberal bias on the Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC and dozens of radio talk shows, and has authored articles which have appeared in the Journal of Political Science, New York Post, Investor’s Business Daily, Roll Call and Human Events.
This week, liberal journalists use Donald Trump's rise as another reason to bash conservatives, with NBC's Chuck Todd suggesting this is a "reap-what-you-sow" moment for the GOP, even as CNN's Nia-Malika Henderson blasts that "the politics of... race baiting have defined the Republican Party for quite some time." And The Daily Beast's Jonathan Alter says it's "not a partisan comment," but "there's a vileness gap between our political parties" — with Republicans, of course, being the only ones guilty of nasty rhetoric.
Nearly 27 years before Donald Trump actually announced he was running for President, then-NBC News correspondent Chris Wallace pressed a younger, thinner Trump about his political ambitions during an interview at the 1988 Republican National Convention. Not surprisingly, Trump at that time said if he did run for President, “I’d have a very good chance....When I do something, I like to win.”
Since Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign exactly one month ago on June 16, ABC, CBS and NBC have aired a combined 31 evening news stories discussing his comment about illegal Mexican immigrants: “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” When then-President Bill Clinton was accused of rape, those same newscasts aired just four stories mentioning those charges during a 12-month period from March 1998 through March 1999.
Journalists seize upon one week's good news for President Obama to proclaim he's "clearly" a "transformational President" who has engineered "a massive progressive shift to the left." And ABC champions the "Bernie-mentum" of socialist Bernie Sanders's far-left candidacy, cheering how his campaign events seem "more like rock concerts," while the boomlet for Donald Trump is merely evidence that "xenophobic language sells" among GOP primary voters.
This week, reporters cheer the Supreme Court ruling which saved ObamaCare from its own sloppiness, with ABC's Terry Moran enthusing: "'ObamaCare 2, conservatives 0' is the score right now," while NBC's newly-elevated anchor Lester Holt trumpets how "so many families" say the government takeover of health care has been "quite literally a lifesaver." And, Rolling Stone smears the GOP as provoking violence against African Americans: "The Republican Party has weaponized its supporters [and] made violence a virtue."
This week, the New York Times sinks its investigative teeth into Marco Rubio, and makes the bombshell discovery that the GOP presidential candidate had four traffic tickets in a 17-year span.
Meanwhile, MSNBC host Chris Matthews pops up on NBC's Meet the Press to absurdly declare Hillary Clinton a "centrist," and that "most Democrats are not lefties," while Newsweek smears that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh's "ideals" have become the "mainstream" of the Republican Party.
In May, as ISIS terrorists captured the cities of Ramadi and Palmyra, and with FBI warnings of hundreds of radicalized sympathizers here in the U.S., ABC, CBS and NBC devoted a combined 84.5 evening news minutes to ISIS. Despite the dour news, viewers heard virtually no criticism of President Obama’s handling of the terror group — just 43 seconds in a pair of NBC Nightly News stories, or less than one percent of the coverage.
This week, with George Stephanopoulos under fire for his donations to the Clinton Foundation, the BBC's Katty Kay declares it impossible to find "a partisan bent" in any of his work at ABC News. And, USA Today's Susan Page cannot fathom why the scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton would duck questions, because "she can handle any question you throw at her....She does it very well."
This week, as the Clinton Foundation scandal simmers, NBC travels to Africa to tout the "heartwarming" stories of the Foundation's good works, while CBS belittles the scandals as "distractions" and "noise." Yet, even as they protect Hillary, reporters deride GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "I don't think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren't a woman."
This week even as her scandals compound, Time prints a ridiculous, over-the-top tribute to Hillary Clinton: "She is one of America's greatest modern creations." And, left-wing journalists attempt to justify the Baltimore "uprising" as payback for "state violence" against black citizens, with a headline on Salon.com arguing: "Baltimore's violent protesters are right."
This week, reporters attempt to manufacture excitement over how newly-declared Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton used Twitter, rode around in a van and ate lunch at a Chipotle ("fun and new," opined Bloomberg's Mark Halperin). And, even as the media drooled over Hillary, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski disparaged GOP candidate Marco Rubio as a "little boy," while fellow MSNBC host Ed Schultz trashed Rand Paul as someone who is "arrogant, demeaning, disrespectful and clearly doesn't know how to run for president."
This week liberal reporters welcomed Ted Cruz to the 2016 presidential race by blasting him as "hardline," "right-wing," "radical," "dumb," "scary," "dangerous" and "slimy" -- all in the first 24 hours. And: the networks hype the "growing outrage" over Indiana's religous freedom law, with one pundit saying that Republicans who came out in support Mike Pence were having a "premature intolerance ejaculation."
This week, the New York Times laughably claims Hillary's "toughest foe" in 2016 will be the news media, even as CBS anchor Scott Pelley scoffs at the media "hyperventilating" over the ex-Secretary of State's e-mail scandal. Plus, the media rampage against Republican "traitors" after Senators point out they have a Constitutional role in approving treaties; and journalists have a sour reaction to the re-election of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
This week, the media’s reaction to the Israeli election seemed indistinguishable from the reaction of the Obama White House. Not only were journalists surprised by Benjamin Netanyahu’s victory on Tuesday (they apparently believed pre-election surveys showing his party trailing by 2 to 4 seats; they ended up winning by 6 seats), but they seemed distressed by the result.
This week, journalists lash out at ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani for saying he doesn't think Obama loves America, even as Bloomberg's Mark Halperin agrees Democrats said similar things about George W. Bush: "It's a huge double standard in the media." Also, CNN's Christiane Amanpour scoffs at Benjamin Netanyahu's "Strangelovian" speech warning of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, while Netflix star Kevin Spacey outlines how his character would handle GOP obstructionism: "I'd just kill everybody. Just kill them all."
This week, after a federal judge delays implementation of President Obama's executive amnesty, the networks frame it as “a historic day... on hold,” and a ruling that “dashes American dreams for millions of families.” Also, a rogues’ gallery of journalists led by Dan Rather leap to the defense of suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, while others in the media wish we'd stop talking about ISIS terrorists in favor of something more important: global warming.
There was a telling media moment on Friday’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, as the Fox Business host dissolved into a fit of uncontrollable laughter as he recounted the latest questionable claims from suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. By the time Dobbs had finished reading the 30-second update, he was laughing so hard he could barely speak.
Earlier this afternoon (Tuesday), National Review’s Eliana Johnson dug up the full transcript of embattled NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams recounting his helicopter story to Tim Russert in 2005, and she zeroed in on Williams specific claim that the pilot — “our captain” — was shot “right through the earlobe,” a claim disputed by the two pilots on that Chinook.
Just hours after returning to Kuwait after the his now-infamous helicopter incident, NBC's Brian Williams on MSNBC likened it to "Black Hawk Down meets Saving Private Ryan."