According to MSNBC, as long as you tout left-wing talking points, it doesn't matter what kind of conspiracy theories you subscribe to. Ronan Farrow on Wednesday hyped the "fascinating" views of Jesse Ventura on Wednesday, including his opposition to building the Keystone pipeline and to call Republicans "hypocrites."
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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In a surprising twist, ABC's Good Morning America, a generally superficial morning program, on Wednesday grilled Barack Obama for flip-flopping on whether he has the legal authority to issue an executive order on immigration.
A former adviser to Barack Obama on Tuesday overturned the media narrative, promoted by the President, that Jonathan Gruber was an unimportant, minor figure. The New York Times on Tuesday insisted in an editorial, "Republicans are crowing over Mr. Gruber’s remarks because he has been portrayed as a major architect of the health reform law. In truth, his role was limited." The health care operative has repeatedly bragged about fooling "stupid" Americans.
According to a MSNBC host, the racist outbursts of the character Archie Bunker can be felt in opposition to the President's amnesty plan. Ninety two year-old producer Norman Lear appeared on Monday's edition of The Cycle and journalist Blake Zeff sneered, "I think Archie Bunker still resonates today because you still have people in America who think the way Archie did."
Now that even the networks have grudgingly covered Jonathan Gruber's repeated attacks on the "stupidity" of American voters, MSNBC on Monday touted the President's efforts to distance himself. An MSNBC graphic hyped, "Obama Slams Gruber: Defending ObamaCare" and Tamron Hall insisted the President is "is firing back against" the accusations
In an interview With The Huffington Post, Thursday, former ABC weatherman Sam Champion, without naming his old network directly, blasted it as superficial. He also promoted the global warming agenda and declared he was on the side of "science." Champion sneered, "Let’s just say, on any given day if you’re watching a network morning show...I’m going to find a Dancing star, I’m going to find a musical concert."
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.
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.