According to CBS on Tuesday, Republicans such as Rick Santorum and Ben Carson are "long shot" candidates running for president to make money or score a television deal on Fox. Reporter Julianna Goldman included clips of six GOP contenders, but not a single "long shot" Democratic candidate. Instead, she ripped 'Don Quixote' conservatives.
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 second attempt at walking back shocking comments, CNN's Fredricka Whitfield on Monday actually used the word "apology." The journalist appeared two days after calling a gunman who attacked the Dallas police department "courageous and brave."
Talk about a softball. On Sunday's Good Morning America, co-host Dan Harris asked George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, if class warfare was a "winning strategy" for Hillary Clinton. Unsurprisingly, the man who secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation answered in the affirmative. Regarding Saturday's campaign launch, Harris mused, "Hillary Clinton has not wanted to be seen as a class warrior. But in this speech, she really went for it... Is this a winning strategy for her?"
Andrea Mitchell scored an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Friday, but spent the entire interview peppering the senator with questions about Hillary Clinton. This included pushing Sanders on whether Bill Clinton's claim of innocence would be enough to drop any investigation into the family's foundation.
The day after Rupert Murdoch announced he was stepping down from some of his roles at Fox, CBS This Morning on Friday brought on an author to trash his successor and son, James Murdoch. Asked by Gayle King what the new CEO is like, Michael Wolff attacked, "James is an arrogant so-and-so and I don't know of anyone who has worked with him outside of the circle whole has had nice things to say about him."
New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. At least those were the wildly-inaccurate predictions made by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
One clue that the New York Times might have gone too far by publishing aggressive hit pieces on Marco Rubio: Even Andrea Mitchell thinks the liberal paper made a mistake. After playing a clip of Jon Stewart mocking the Times, Mitchell said of the articles on the Republican's speeding habits and his lack of wealth: "How is [this] front page news?"
ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday ignored a new report indicating that Hillary Clinton's favors for donors to her family's foundation go back to her days as a U.S. Senator. CBS This Morning allowed 42 seconds on the Clinton Foundation scandal in general, but didn't specifically mention the new allegations. "Former President Bill Clinton is defending his family's charity and rejecting charges that some contributors are looking for political favors."
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Tuesday couldn't help herself as she fawned over the liberal credentials of Republican turned independent turned Democrat Lincoln Chafee. Despite the fact that Chafee is no longer a member of the GOP, the journalist repeatedly hyped his former status. She recounted, "In 2004, when President George W. Bush was running for re-election as president there was one Republican U.S. senator" who didn't vote for the incumbent.
Good Morning America is not a serious news show. But even by the loose standards of ABC, the program's journalists set a new standard for cynicism. On Tuesday, hosts both hyped a reckless daredevil and later condemned such people. At 7:15am, news reader Amy Robach enthused, "One daredevil is surely at the top of his game! Take a look at his latest stunt. He's the first person in the world to stand on top of the arch that rises nearly 450 feet over London's Wembley stadium."
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, support for ObamaCare is at a "record low" level. Yet, viewers wouldn't know that from watching the network. Journalists on Sunday's World News and Monday's Good Morning America failed to cover the poll from their own network. According to the Washington Post, "The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago."
Less than a month after being forced to apologize for a conflict of interest, George Stephanopoulos's Good Morning America on Monday devoted almost seven minutes of air-time to aggressively promoting the new book from the journalist's wife. Co-host Robin Roberts interviewed Ali Wentworth for six minutes and 39 seconds. In contrast, the latest details on the massive hack from the Chinese government against the U.S. warranted a scant 21 seconds.
Larry King on Wednesday sat silently with no objections as porn-peddler Larry Flynt smeared most cops as "racist" and "a lot" of priests as "pedophiles." King, who now hosts a show on Russia Today, asked for the Hustler publisher's "thoughts" on Ferguson and other cities. Flynt slimed, "To be a policeman in just about any police force in this nation, you have to have a certain mentality and unfortunately, that mentality incorporates racism."
All three networks on Wednesday morning ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that "newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services."
Liberal newspapers to the History Channel: Don't make Texas look heroic. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Britain's Guardian newspaper and others are all trashing a new miniseries on the Lone Star State. The Post lamented the fact that the five episodes fail to portray the "Alamo and the Texas Revolution [as] a land grab by white slaveowners."
In the past, the hosts of CBS This Morning fawned over Hillary Clinton and potential candidate Elizabeth Warren, but on Tuesday they grilled Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The Senator appeared to promote his new book, but Charlie Rose focused on Paul's stand against government surveillance. He dismissed: "Senator McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham have both said this is revenue-raising, that is a performance."
A lengthy expose in the new Vanity Fair claims veteran journalist Barbara Walters wasn't thrilled that Rosie O'Donnell would return to The View. Writer Suzanna Andrews asked the show creator and long-time star if bringing back the liberal comedienne was a good idea. Walters paused and then responded, "Rosie and Whoopi together was not peaches and cream... I don’t think we needed the two of them together."
In a surprising change of pace, ABC on Friday actually covered an Atlanta man who defended himself with a gun to stop a carjacking. NBC's Today completely ignored the story, despite a four-hour running time. CBS This Morning allowed a scant eight seconds on the story.
NBC's Today show on Friday completely ignored the revelation that the Clinton Foundation failed to report over $26 million dollars in donations. ABC's Good Morning America allowed a scant 20 seconds on the topic. CBS This Morning focused on the unfolding Clinton scandal in general, but didn't specifically report on the latest news.
CBS This Morning on Thursday returned to a favorite topic of the network's journalists: Legalized pot. This time, reporter Barry Petersen hyped an all marijuana radio station. With no hint at any downside, co-host Norah O'Donnell introduced, "A Colorado radio station is fine-tuning its format to reach a higher audience in the land of legalized marijuana."