The blackout of Jonathan Gruber and his ObamaCare deception continued on ABC and NBC, Friday. CBS allowed a scant 13 seconds to the highly embarrassing videos of the health care law architect's mockery of the "stupidity of the American voter." CBS This Morning anchor Charlie Rose relegated the latest on Gruber to the "Eye Opener" segment, a 90 second round-up of what's happening in the world.
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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When it comes to political prognosticating, Chuck Todd in 2014 erred repeatedly as he imagined Democratic victories and Republican missteps with conservative legislation. On August 1, the Meet the Press host appeared on the Daily Rundown and speculated, "If November comes and goes and Democrats hold the Senate and break even in the House, I think we’re going to look back at the month of July as the month Republicans lost their shot at the Senate."
All three networks on Thursday covered the abrupt reversal of the United States Senate on the Keystone XL Pipeline. In the wake of the devastating midterm losses last week, Democrats are allowing a vote. NBC's Today, unlike ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, ignored the fact that the vote is a transparent attempt to save Senator Mary Landrieu, currently struggling in a Louisiana runoff election.
All three networks on Wednesday offered excited descriptions about a global warming deal struck with China by the Obama administration. According to Good Morning America's Jim Avila, the President's Asian visit was supposed to end with "toasts to the landmark global warming agreement." In a follow-up story, Amy Robach parroted the President's claim that it is a "breakthrough climate deal with China."
The low-rated HBO series Newsroom returned on Sunday for a shortened six episode run before limping to a series finale in December. The new season kicked off by examining the Boston bombing and forgiving CNN for botching a call.
In March, all three networks heralded a "sign-up surge" in ObamaCare numbers ahead of a deadline. Yet, when the administration announced on Monday that the number of people who enroll in the program will be "significantly lower by the end of next year," ABC, CBS and NBC ignored the downbeat forecast.
The journalists at ABC News get very excited whenever a new book attempts to undermine Christianity. On Monday, the reporters at Good Morning America hyped "shocking new claims" that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had children. After playing a clip of the fictional Da Vinci Code movie, Dan Harris excitedly insisted that a "an explosive, new interpretation of ancient texts agrees" with the film.
Liberal filmmaker Oliver Stone, who has previously made sympathetic documentaries on dictators Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, now plans to promote Russia's Vladimir Putin, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The director asserted he "would love to do an interview with [Putin] because he represents a different point of view that Americans don't hear."
For years, liberal journalists have been predicting Republican doom with Hispanics, declaring that rage from the growing ethnic population would result in a permanent GOP minority. NBC's Matt Lauer, for instance, wondered if the severe "damage" could be repaired. Yet, the Republican landslide on Tuesday was powered, in part, by a strong showing with Latinos. So far, this has been met with disinterest from the three networks.
Covering the midterms on election night, Nightline anchor Dan Harris huffed that Senator-elect Joni Ernst's 2014 campaign commercial was "downright bizarre." As the returns rolled in and it became clear that Democrats had suffered massive losses, Harris recapped the year's political commercials and the money behind them: "Most of it spent on a barrage of political ads that ranged from terrifying...to downright bizarre."
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday spun Barack Obama's post-midterm press conference as "taking his medicine," hyping a jokey response by the President about having a drink with Mitch McConnell. On Wednesday night's World News, Jon Karl highlighted Obama's confrontational style, noting, "But [the President] offered no sign that he has a mea culpa or a desire to change course. No apologies from the President today."
Despite the Republicans dramatically retaking the Senate, increasing their majority in the House and upping the number of GOP governors, veteran NBC journalist Tom Brokaw insisted, "I don't think that this was a big, ideological election as much as it was 'we want to change the team.'"
As the walls crumbled in on the Democratic Party, with huge losses in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina and other places, ABC analyst Donna Brazile stubbornly clung to the idea that prosecuting the "war on women" meme is a good one for Democrats. Late on election night, George Stephanopoulos gingerly offered, "...Alot of people think that the Democrats overplayed this war on women."
As MSNBC's election night coverage continued into the night, Tuesday, it began to get sloppy. While Tom Brokaw was discussing Mitch McConnell's win in Kentucky, a loud ringing began. "Could that be me," the 74-year-old wondered? "No, it's not," assured Rachel Maddow.
Appearing on MSNBC, Tuesday night, for election returns, anchor Andrea Mitchell angrily denounced Republican ads on Ebola as "scary" and "non-factual." Hardball host Chris Matthews lamented that ISIS terror attacks had dropped off as an election issue: "How did that cease to be an election issue?"
Waiting for election results on Tuesday, Chris Matthews blurted, "Can I sound a bit like a Marxist here?" The Hardball host, along with Al Sharpton and Rachel Maddow, was comparing 2014 to previous midterms.
It may be a bad night if even MSNBC hosts can't spin the results. Chris Matthews on Tuesday afternoon talked to Joy Reid and noted that they were both "progressives." Wondering for liberals everywhere, he asked, "What do you think is the good news that might come tonight for people that want to have good news tonight?"
The liberals on MSNBC have already begun to pre-spin the reasons behind a possible Democratic disaster in Tuesday's midterms: It's because the party didn't tout Barack Obama's "accomplishments." Host Ronan Farrow complained: "But, if these Democratic candidates are just flouting the President and at a time when he faces a tough environment on the hill already, sort of adding to his woes, do they risk alienating Democratic voters with that kind of divisiveness?"
Considering that ABC's World News failed to cover the midterm elections from September 1 to October 26, one might think the network isn't interested in a possible Republican wave. ABC journalists reinforced that belief by promoting their election night coverage: Seven hours of coverage. But six of those hours will be online only.
ABC's The View, a show featuring a woman who believes the United States government may have been involved in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, will now be overseen by the network's news division, according to Variety. ABC News President James Goldston announced, "Moving ‘The View’ to our non-fiction programming group now allows it to fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News and our team in New York, where the show is based right next door."