All three network morning shows on Wednesday ignored Joe Biden using a term many consider to be anti-Semitic. Giving a speech on Tuesday about legal issues facing veterans, the Vice President decried "these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas."
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org.
A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
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Time magazine's Joe Klein used the September 22 issue to knock Barack Obama from the left, decrying the "cynical" Barack Obama for giving in to the "ugly," nativist opposition to immigration. Denying any legitimate, philosophical opposition, Klein sneered, "For the first 190 years of U.S. history, opposition to immigration was mostly about religion–Catholicism and Judaism. For the past 50 or so, it’s been mostly about race–Mexicans and other Latinos."
Rosie O'Donnell appeared shocked by the suggestion that Barack Obama "doesn't love people." The View co-host sparred with Republican Nicolle Wallace over the President and demonstrated that she's still obsessed with George W. Bush. After Wallace suggested that Joe Biden has an easier time because "Joe Biden genuinely loves people," O'Donnell sputtered, "So, are you implying that Obama doesn't?...He doesn't love people? Oh, wow."
Charlie Rose has repeatedly fawned over his "friend" Hillary Clinton, even reading a poem to her. But when Rand Paul appeared on CBS This Morning, Monday, Rose and his co-hosts grilled the possible 2016 presidential contender. Citing the Washington Post, Gayle King derided, " You were described yourself as an isolationist..."
In addition to 9/11 Truther Rosie O'Donnell, two other hosts debuted on The View, Monday. Moderate Republican Nicolle Wallace and liberal actress Rosie Perez. Wallace famously worked for – and then publicly trashed – Sarah Palin. Perez quizzed, "One, what was it like when you first met her? Two, did the winking get on your nerves? And three, when did you just want to just pop her?"
Rosie O'Donnell debuted for the second time as a host of The View on Monday and immediately trashed the National Football League as a natural place for abusive men. Discussing players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice, who have both been accused of attacking family members, O'Donnell spewed, " They live in an arena of -- it would be wonderful if they were able to separate the violence of their job with the violence in their life! But I don't think that's how human brains work."
Liberal comedienne and 9/11 truther Rosie O'Donnell insisted that her return to The View will feature more "objective" discussions. In an interview with Variety, she bashed previous co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Sherri Shepherd. Variety writer Ramin Setoodeh relayed, "[O'Donnell] explains that the Hot Topics segment will include pre-taped newsy intros to catch viewers up on stories they might not be as familiar with."
The mother of a beheaded American is speaking out against the Obama administration, slamming the "appalling" response of the government. Diane Foley's comments follow the declaration by Steven Sotloff's family that they felt like Obama treated them like "pawns." Just as in that case, ABC and NBC ignored the aggrieved family.
In 2012, gaffes and scandals by Republican candidates, such as Todd Akin, prompted a wave of coverage by the three networks. Yet, ill-conceived comments by Democrats in the 2014 midterms have created no such interest. Incumbent Democratic Senator Mark Udall made this cringe-inducing comment during last week's debate in Colorado. Speaking of two beheaded Americans, he insisted, "Steve Sotloff and James Foley would tell us, don't be impulsive. Horrible and barbarous as those executions were, don't be impulsive."
All three network morning shows on Thursday highlighted Barack Obama's primetime speech from the night before, promoting his talk of a "broad coalition." Yet, Germany and Britain have announced that they won't take part in the President's planned air strikes. In 2003, ABC, NBC and CBS hit George W. Bush for "going it alone" with a coalition of 18 countries.
Chris Matthews on Wednesday urged the American people to "grow up" and accept that war against ISIS will be a long, bloody struggle. At first, the cable host offered what sounded like a recitation of the cycle of violence argument: "You can't just keep killing people and not expect them to try to get even with us. You know what I mean? They're beheading people, they say, because we used air strikes against ISIS." He continued, "This is a cycle. So, we hit them with more air strikes. They'll do more against us."
As of September 10, 2014, it's been 300 days since Nightline, a once serious news program, covered ObamaCare. In the 43 weeks since November 14, 2013, the show has avoided problems with the health care law and instead focused on extremely superficial topics, such as nude reality shows and the royal baby.
A family spokesman for an American who was beheaded in Iraq appeared on CNN, Monday, and slammed the Obama administration's handling of the deaths. Barak Barfi accused the White House of playing a "game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim [Foley] and Steve [Sotloff] are pawns in that game and that's not fair." On Tuesday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today showed no interest in the condemnation of the Obama administration.
The New York Times on Monday hit Barack Obama from the left on the move to delay executive action on illegal immigration. Writers Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Ashley Parker forwarded an aggrieved comparison from angry liberals. They summarized Angela M. Kelley from the left-wing Center for American Progress (CAP) as saying "Latinos — like an aggrieved girlfriend who has waited in vain for a marriage proposal — are going to expect Mr. Obama to take even more expansive executive action later this year, given the delay." Hirschfeld Davis and Parker then cited another expert from the same liberal organization, CAP. Neera Tanden complained, "What really happened that moved this whole thing, tragically, was the border crisis, which created this argument of there being a magnet for undocumented immigrants. The journalists uncritically parroted, "White House officials said it became clear in recent weeks that the crisis had created a mistaken impression that the border was not secure."
MSNBC may be gearing up for another election season of war on women. The Hardball host on Friday speculated whether the Republican senatorial candidate from North Carolina engaged in sexism by aggressively attacking his Democratic opponent. Before showing clips of Thom Tillis sparring with Senator Kay Hagan, Matthews sneered, "But sometimes, the more we watch, the more we avert our eyes."
The cable anchor lectured, "...Talking down to your female opponent may not be the best strategy." Matthews connected the debate to George H.W. Bush's 1984 vice presidential debate with Geraldine Ferraro.
What's a sign that a liberal media outlet has made a disastrous hire? Having fellow Keith Olbermann publicly lambaste you for doing so. The former MSNBC anchor, now on ESPN, assailed Huffington Post for hiring a 9/11 conspiracy theorist to cover national security. An outraged Olbermann quoted the tweets of former football player Donte Stallworth, including this one: "No way 9/11 was carried out by dying bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. Still have no evidence Osama was connected, like Iraq."
Olbermann noted that, despite dismissing his own tweets as something that he doesn't believe anymore and that occurred five years ago, Stallworth was tweeting 9/11 truther propaganda nine months ago. The sports anchor mocked, "So, your supposed news website just hired to cover national security a still theoretically active NFL player with no journalism experience, who is a 9/11 truther, supposedly reformed about being a 9/11 truther, but lying about when he reformed."
Despite a combined eight hours of available time, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Friday ignored a bombshell new book claiming that a CIA official delayed a rescue attempt for the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Instead, the networks devoted 66 minutes to the death of Joan Rivers. Two of the co-authors of 13 Hours, men who were on the ground in Benghazi, appeared on Fox News, Thursday and insisted that the delay was deadly.
Bret Baier talked to Kris Paronto and John Tiegen, CIA security operators who told him that a CIA station chief told them to stand down from a rescue attempt for at least 30 minutes. Baier asked point blank: "If I gave you that 30 minutes back, would Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith be alive today?" Paronto responded, "Yes, they would still be alive."
Liberal journalists are fond of assailing conservatives as a bunch of birthers and conspiracy kooks, but don't seem to have a problem with hiring individuals who embrace the belief that the United States government had something to do with the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Huffington Post editor Arianna Huffington announced on Wednesday that 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth has been hired to cover national security.
In 2009, Stallworth tweeted, "NO WAY 9/11 was carried out by 'dying' Bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. STILL have NO EVIDENCE Osama was connected, like Iraq." The former NFL player, who pled guilty to a DUI manslaughter in 2009, is also an anti-vaccine truther and has fretted about the danger of getting flu shots.
ABC officially announced on Thursday that liberal actress Rosie Perez will join liberal comedienne Rosie O'Donnell and Sarah Palin-Basher Nicolle Wallace as the three new hosts of The View. The female-oriented chat show will now have no conservative voice for its 18th season, debuting in September.
In 2012, Perez campaigned for Barack Obama and starred in an ad bashing Mitt Romney. In the spot, she sneered, "Unfortunately for you, Mitt, you were cursed with the hard-knock life of growing as up the son of a wealthy governor and auto executive." The actress also appeared on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show in December of 2012. She fawned over the Democratic activist, enthusing, "It's an honor. I've been a fan of yours and respect you immensely." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Leaving no over-the-top comparison unused, ESPN's Bob Ley on Tuesday denounced the Washington Redskins name. Outside the Lines devoted an entire hour to a new poll showing overwhelming support for keeping the nickname. Unhappy with the result, Ley compared the word "Redskin" to slavery, Watergate and opposition to Jackie Robinson's entry into Major League Baseball. [UPDATED: See video below. MP3 audio here.]
After a discussion of how 71 percent of Americans don't want the team altered, the anchor fumed, "But you wonder what the polling back in the day would have been on the Emancipation Proclamation or letting that Robinson guy play with the Dodgers back in '47." After admitting that the controversy is a "media creation," Ley compared, "But so was Watergate when it first started...And 40 years after Richard Nixon left town with his playbook, nobody has a problem with the media's role."