CBS's love for the Kennedy family continued on Monday night. Evening News journalists hyped the opening of a new institute in Massachusetts that is named after Ted Kennedy. Anchor Scott Pelley swooned, "Another New England superstar was honored today. Politics was his game and we'll have his story next."
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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Ever since Colorado legalized in 2014, CBS This Morning has obsessed over all things pot, showcasing the best places to get high. On Monday, reporter Mark Strassmann touted a new app called High There. Strassmann gushed, "Think of it as Facebook or Tinder for stoners where nearby cannabis users can connect."
ABC on Monday continued to assail Indiana's religious freedom law, hyping the "firestorm" over a law that "many" say could "legalize discrimination." Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts trumpeted "growing calls to move the men's Final Four and boycott the state over the new law that many say legalizes discrimination."
Retired host Barbara Walters on Friday returned to The View to celebrate the show's 4000th episode. The self-congratulatory edition featured Walters bragging, "We had some very serious political discussions. We had very serious guests. We had the president." The co-host enthused, "When Obama came on the show that was a very big deal, a sitting president on the daytime show."
A day after CBS avoided using the "Democrat" label for the scandal-plagued Jesse Jackson Jr., the network on Friday made sure to identify "Republican" Aaron Schock for a story on the resignation of the Congressman. Guest co-host Vladimir Duthiers informed, "The Republican compared himself to Abraham Lincoln in his farewell speech."
Watch out for ABC journalists on the road! According to AAA, the most dangerous thing you can do while driving is to talk to another person in the car. Yet, that's exactly what Nightline reporter Linzie Janis did while reporting on the new study. While barreling down the road, Janis talked to Robert Sinclair Jr. of AAA. He was in the passenger seat and the journalist drove.
NBC and CBS on Thursday failed to label the scandal-tarred Jesse Jackson Jr. as a Democrat. Instead of identifying his political party, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie carefully explained, "And former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. left an Alabama prison this morning, accompanied by his family." She then noted that he would serve more time in a halfway house.
Liberal MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews on Wednesday fumed over what he saw as Ted Cruz questioning the patriotism of Democrats. This is despite the fact that the cable anchor has questioned the patriotism of people he doesn't like. On Hardball, Matthews read a quote of the Republican Senator: "Understanding Harvard law school is very important to understanding our president," Matthews quoted Cruz, citing how Cruz claimed that "there were more self-declared communists on the Harvard faculty that there were Republicans."
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday promoted as uncontroversial the idea that Andrew Jackson should be removed from the $20 and substituted with the likes of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger or radical environmentalist Rachel Carson. Co-host Norah O'Donnell described this as "a mission to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 with a female American hero."
The New York Times on Monday welcomed Ted Cruz to the 2016 presidential race by highlighting accusations that the Texas Republican is a "demagogue" and a "political flamethrower." In a piece by Nick Corasaniti and Patrick Healy, the two writers declared, "He sometimes deploys the soaring diction of a preacher while staking out uncompromising and rigid conservative positions, often playing the role of political flamethrower."
In a preview of the 2016 campaign, all five late night comics on Monday night mocked Ted Cruz, hitting the Republican as anti-immigrant, regressive and stupid. CBS host David Letterman didn't bother with a joke. Instead, he lectured, "Here's what I find interesting about Ted Cruz, he was born in Canada. His father fled to the United States from Cuba. Yet, Ted Cruz is against immigration. Isn't that odd?"
MSNBC journalists on Monday reacted predictably to Ted Cruz's announcement that he is running for President. Former Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter summed up the Republican's vision by comparing Cruz to Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign. Connecting the two, Alter concluded, "So, that's the Ted Cruz message, 'extremism is good.'"
ABC's Jon Karl announced Ted Cruz's entry on Monday into the 2016 presidential field by warning that the Republican is "trying to be the man to the right of just about everybody." According to Karl, "Cruz jumps into this race as the conservative's conservative, somebody who delights not just in fighting liberals but mainstream Republicans, too."
On Sunday, 60 Minutes devoted 12 minutes towards fawning over scientist/celebrity Neil deGrasse Tyson. Yet, the Charlie Rose-hosted segment never mentioned his repeated fake quotes, including a slam against George W. Bush that Tyson repeated for years. Instead, Rose fawned that the TV personality has followed “Carl Sagan as the country's most captivating scientific communicator.”
Writing for the March 23 Time magazine, writer David Von Drehle delivered a 2400 word essay on just how the Clintons seem to perpetually survive scandal after scandal. He began by declaring, "The Clintons play by their own set of rules" and went on to describe why Hillary Clinton might survive the e-mail controversy.
Time magazine columnist Joe Klein delivered an unrestrained rant for the March 30 issue, excoriating the "tyrant" Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu's "bigoted" election victory. The journalist offered an unrelenting attack on the prime minister, sneering, "He won because he ran as a bigot. This is a sad reality: a great many Jews have come to regard Arabs as the rest of the world traditionally regarded Jews."
The co-hosts of The View on Friday slammed anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists as "nuts" and a danger to society. However, they avoided mentioning an awkward fact: An anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist, Jenny McCarthy, previously co-hosted the show. Whoopi Goldberg highlighted the story of a grandmother who wrote to an advice column about concerns over her conspiracy-minded adult children.
According to Katie Couric, "plenty of politicians" use private e-mail for work and it's not a big a deal. The veteran journalist interviewed Mitt Romney for Yahoo on Thursday and pressed the 2012 Republican nominee on why Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail system is a source of concern.
ABC and CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning ignored Democratic Senator Dick Durbin's smear that Republicans are keeping attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the "back of the bus." NBC mentioned the liberal politician's attack, but featured no critical analysis or questioning of the remark.
MSNBC hosts and guests reacted with fury over Benjamin Netanyahu's victory on Tuesday night, describing it as "polarizing," a modern "southern strategy" and an appeal to "racism." Appearing on NewsNation, Wednesday, with Tamron Hall, London Professor Fawaz Gerges decried the Israeli Prime Minister's "use of fear, the use of xenophobia and racism against a significant segment of Israeli citizens, warning Jewish voters that Arabs were flooding the polls."