Game Change author Mark Halperin agreed with Bill Clinton’s conspiracy theory that Republicans are engaged in a “vast” plot to make the e-mail scandal a major focus of the presidential campaign at the expense of actual issues. Appearing on Morning Joe, Monday, the Bloomberg Politics managing editor responded to an interview clip of Bill Clinton. Halperin asserted, “Much of what he says is true.”
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.
In April of 2013, Scott researched and wrote a Media Reality Check on ABC's complete blackout of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial. His stories on this subject and others were linked to on the Drudge Report, the Washington Times, Breitbart and Mediaite, to name a few outlets.
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This week, after a summer of Hillary Clinton scandals, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie grills Chelsea: “What’s she like as a grandmother?...Paint us a picture of Hillary Clinton at home, talking baby talk.” Meanwhile, the media continue to fawn over the “remarkable” candidacy of Socialist Bernie Sanders, even as longtime Newsweek reporter Eleanor Clift castigates Carly Fiorina for the latter’s condemnations of Planned Parenthood: “To imply that they are selling and harvesting baby parts — I think it’s really offensive.”
Despite teasing a new poll showing a “stunning” fall for Hillary Clinton, ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday only allowed seconds to the subject. According to a WMUR poll, Clinton trails Bernie Sanders by 16 points in New Hampshire. Robin Roberts opened the show by trumpeting, “And the stunning new poll showing Hillary Clinton falling further behind in a make-or-break state.” Yet, the actual segment only totaled 19 seconds.
Reacting to the resignation of John Boehner, MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Friday assessed the state of the modern Republican Party. After Brian Williams wondered, “who is the Republican establishment,” the cable host insisted that the GOP has been supplanted “by the sun belt because of the civil rights passage in ‘64.” He sneered, “Now, we have a Solid South which is pro-white in the South and we have a Western party in the Mountain states, which is Mormon and conservative.”
ABC’s breaking news coverage of John Boehner’s resignation from the House included George Stephanopoulos describing the Speaker as fighting “guerrilla war” against conservatives. Analyst Cokie Roberts on Friday lamented “But it is going to be much, much harder for President Obama to make deals with the Republicans in Congress.”
Brian Williams, now demoted to breaking news anchor for MSNBC, on Friday lamented that John Boehner had to “put up” with the Tea Party as Speaker of the House. His colleague Chris Matthews cheered, “Everybody likes John Boehner. I can tell you the media like him.” Talking to NBC political editor Mark Murray, Williams blurted, “Talk about what John Boehner has had to put up that is unique to his Speakership. I guess I'm mostly thinking of the Tea Party revolution.”
Pope Francis and Barack Obama have a lot in common, at least according to CBS This Morning on Wednesday. Reporter Major Garrett skipped over disagreements like abortion and the health care mandate and instead connected: “Pope Francis arrives defined at least, in part, by his humility also as an instrument of change within the church and an international celebrity.... President Obama knows a thing or two about change and celebrity.”
The hosts of The View on Tuesday ranted about Catholicism, the Pope and his visit to America. Whoopi Goldberg, offering her thoughts on the faith, complained about Pope Francis ciscussing abortion: “Well, there's nothing in the Book that says anything about abortion. Let's make sure of that. The Ten Commandments are the Ten Commandments. There's only ten.”
Good Morning America journalist Terry Moran on Monday hailed Pope Francis’s “unforgettable” meeting with the “revolutionary” Fidel Castro. Moran also skimped on coverage of protesters who spoke out. The reporter gushed, “An unforgettable moment: The Pope meets with Fidel Castro, the 89-year-old revolutionary and a Pope who is shaking up the world, too.”
All three networks on Friday slammed Donald Trump for not denouncing a campaign supporter's “hateful rhetoric.” ABC, NBC and CBS also promoted Hillary Clinton “pouncing” and “hammering” Trump. Yet, on August 28, when Clinton blasted GOP candidates for wanting to put illegal immigrants in “boxcars,” a reference many thought to the Holocaust, the same networks did not attack the Democrat as hateful or call for condemnation.
Liberal actor Robert Redford slammed global warming skeptics as simply “afraid of change” and hit Barack Obama from the left, Tuesday, in an interview with Larry King. King set up the movie star by wondering, “Why are there still deniers?...Look at the weather.” Redford derided, “If you belong to a certain group of people that are afraid of change, which I think some people are. And so, I think they’re going to deny change when it happens.”
View co-host Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday used the Republican presidential debate as an excuse to trash Ronald Reagan, assuring people that “he wasn’t all that.” Reading from note cards, Goldberg began: “I just want to point out that, you know, he did some things that were not particularly good for the country.” In a humorous moment, the View crew vainly struggled to remember Reagan’s 1984 “Morning in America” ad.
An unhappy Chris Matthews on Wednesday slammed Marco Rubio’s foreign policy comments at the Republican debate, suggesting that the Senator was trying to “prove himself the strongest, best informed, most articulate hawk. He clearly made Sheldon Adelson happy tonight.” Later, the Hardball host again singled out the long-time supporter of Israel, saying, in effect, that Rubio was sucking up to “the darling of the hawks, Sheldon Adelson and every other Daddy Warbucks out there.”
Former Democratic activist turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Thursday went after Carly Fiorina for attacking Planned Parenthood during Wednesday’s presidential debate. The Good Morning America co-host grilled, “Another powerful moment last night was when you talked about those Planned Parenthood tapes. But analysts who've watched all 12-plus hours say the scene you're described, that harrowing scene, actually isn't in those tapes.”
Filmmaker and liberal activist James Cameron appeared on MSNBC, Tuesday, to “bemoan” the climate “denialists” on “the right” who won’t face up to the “biggest crisis” for Earth. Talking to Chris Hayes, the director lamented, “I felt hopeless for a long time watching a government that's paralyzed by denialism on the right, about what I think of as the biggest crisis that our society and our global civilization faces.”
Hunger Games star Wes Bentley lashed out at Arkansas, Monday, deriding the “bigotry” and "hate" coming out of his home state after the governor signed a religious freedom law earlier this year. Appearing on Larry King Now, the star of such “classics” as Ghost Rider spewed, “It's a shame that I have to feel embarrassed to say I'm from Arkansas now because something so full of hate is coming from the place of my home.”
Good Morning America’s Tom Llamas on Tuesday happily touted Hillary Clinton’s mocking impression of Donald Trump. The ABC journalist, who has had verbal alterations with the businessman, also spun a rally in Texas as highly controversial, opining, “Trump's tough stance on immigration making him popular and infamous at the same time here.”
ABC on Sunday and Monday hid the damaging details of its own poll, minimizing Hillary Clinton's plunging popularity. Instead, World News and Good Morning America shifted the focus to Donald Trump and his continued surge. Clinton's "dramatic" fall appeared only on ABCNews.com. It was left to competitors CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today to probe the numbers. With an on-screen graphic crediting ABC, CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose explained, “Only 42 percent of Democrats in the national poll are backing her now.”
This week, ABC's David Muir interviews Hillary Clinton, serving up hardball questions such as, "Is your mother's voice in your ear?" At the same time, network journalists insist there's no news in Hillary's e-mail scandal, while a CNN pundit smears Dick Cheney as a "political sociopath."
On Saturday, Britain’s Labour Party nominated a hard-left liberal to lead their party, a man who called bin Osama bin Laden’s death a “tragedy.” Yet, although the New York Times acknowledged Jeremy Corbyn’s liberalism, nowhere in writer Stephen Castle’s article was any mention of his comments about bin Laden, nor was there discussion of his virulently anti-Israel positions.