When liberal MSNBC provides more balanced coverage than NBC, you know there’s a problem. On Monday night, Nightly News completely ignored the gaffe of Barack Obama’s Secretary of Veterans Affairs comparing wait time for medical treatment to that of lines at Disneyland. On Tuesday, the Today show, a four hour-long program, allowed a scant 35 seconds on the controversial remarks. Yet, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell actually grilled Secretary Robert McDonald.
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org. Previously, he was a contributing editor to NewsBusters and the MRC's senior news analyst. Scott's work has been featured or cited in outlets such as the Washington Post, the Washington Times, National Review, Red State, to name a few. He has also been linked to several times on the Drudge Report.
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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After a firestorm of outrage over liberal bias, Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would change how trending news topics appeared on its social media site. According to Bloomberg, “The company said it will no longer require stories to appear on sites considered news leaders, including the New York Times and Buzzfeed, as that requirement could lead to bias.”
Journalist and Hillary Clinton fan Cokie Roberts on Tuesday insisted that women will be “upset” if Donald Trump continues to highlight Bill Clinton’s past affairs and mistreatment of women. Talking to former Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, Roberts huffed, “Women will be very upset if they think that another woman is being blamed for her husband's infidelities.”
The journalists at NBC on Monday searched for a “silver lining” for Hillary Clinton’s sagging poll numbers and suggested it was just “hand-wringing” to worry about a potential November loss now. Today's Willie Geist hoped, “How much of this is hand wringing in May, five and a half months ahead of the election?”
The networks have not shown a great interest in holding the Obama administration accountable for the Veterans Affairs scandal, but will they notice a gaffe by VA Secretary Robert McDonald? According to the Washington Examiner, on Monday he compared long wait times for veterans to those at Disneyland rides.
Gun-grabbing Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper enjoyed softball questions on Monday as the co-hosts of CBS This Morning uncritically hyped his gun control moves in the state and talked him up as a potential vice president to Hillary Clinton. Attempting to spin Hickenlooper as a moderate, Charlie Rose touted, “What's the difficulty in explaining, on the one hand, that certain kinds of guns you don't want people to be able to get, you want certain procedures and at the same time saying you do not want to do away with the Second Amendment?”
Despite the fact that an overwhelming amount of Native Americans do not find the Washington Redskins team name offensive, Bob Costas thinks he knows better. The liberal sportscaster on Friday talked to the Washington Post and ignored the impact of a new poll finding 90 percent support for the moniker.
In an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt, Friday, CBS journalist John Dickerson insisted that Hillary Clinton is more “vindictive” than Donald Trump. Asked by Hewitt who hates political enemies more, the Face the Nation host declared, “I think Clinton. Trump is very tough on those he does not like, as I know, but he gets over it.”
A day after NBC dismissed the Bill Clinton rape accusation as “discredited,” CBS This Morning journalist Julianna Goldman on Friday warned that there was “great risk” for Donald Trump as he “dredges up” an “unproven” sex claim. Showing her distaste, Goldman chided, “Trump's most recent attack, dredging up this nearly 40-year-old unproven accusation.” Co-host Gayle King lamented, “Donald Trump is still using Bill Clinton's past to attack Hillary Clinton.” Regarding Trump talking about claims that Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick, King deemed this to be “risky tactics.”
In a commencement address to the University of Mississippi last Saturday, NBC anchor Tom Brokaw lectured that “more guns” “will mean more homegrown acts of terror.” The veteran journalist, who worked for years with the unreliable Brian Williams, also dismissed websites that say “to heck with the truth.” On guns, Brokaw chided, “I'm appalled by the determination of organizations and individuals to arm more people without any appreciation of the consequence of ever more lethal weapons in our midst.” He added, “More guns and more firearm tolerance will mean more homegrown acts of terror.”
The journalists at ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Thursday offered groaning coverage of Donald Trump “rehashing” “old” rape allegations about Bill Clinton. Given the networks’s past hesitance in covering the claims against the Democrat, it’s clear these journalists probably didn’t enjoy highlighting them now. On CBS, Major Garrett reminded, “In an interview Wednesday, Donald Trump previewed a potential general election attack, rehashing accusations made against former President Bill Clinton.” On Good Morning America, former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos marveled, “Donald Trump launches his toughest attack yet on Bill Clinton calling out his history with women. Even bringing up rape.”
It’s hard to imagine a network journalist repeatedly grilling Chelsea Clinton over her father’s sexual misconduct and poor treatment of women. But co-host Norah O’Donnell hammered Ivanka Trump on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning. O’Donnell highlighted the New York Times piece investigating Mr. Trump and reminded, “It says many of the women interviewed, quote, ‘reveal unwelcomed romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct.’”
CBS and ABC on Wednesday highlighted a meeting with influential conservatives and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations that the social media site is censoring right-leaning news stories. Yet, ABC’s Good Morning America allowed a mere 14 seconds on the story and CBS This Morning’s Gayle King defended the company. Co-host Gayle King spun, “They didn't have to meet at all. So, call it PR or not, it's interesting they're saying, ‘Come on, we want to hear what you have to say.’”
Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Monday said that if the New York Times doesn’t want to cover Bill Clinton’s problems with women, the so-called paper of record should be “shamed” into doing so. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Kelly highlighted the Times’s efforts to go after Trump’s issues with women: “They ought to do the same to her. Because Trump's allegations about Hillary's past with women and the role she played in trying to diminish ones who claim they had affairs or attacked by Bill Clinton is also relevant if we're going back 25 years on him and figure out what he did.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Tuesday worried about the “risks” of Trump’s “aggressive” attitude towards Hillary Clinton. Charlie Rose pondered as to whether it was “smart or stupid.” Journalists don’t often worry about the fate of Republican candidates. Yet, Face the Nation host John Dickerson appeared on the show and fretted over journalists being manipulated: “So what [Trump] does is he sends a warning shot about how he's going to talk about Bill Clinton's personal life and Hillary Clinton's involvement in that, and then the press talks about it and brings all of this up.”
Joy Behar, who has defended “dog” Bill Clinton’s mistreatment of women because “he votes in my favor,” on Monday got angry at Donald Trump for being a “liar” and “sexually harassing” women. The View co-host reacted to a story in the New York Times that Trump has been inappropriate with women.
The journalists at Good Morning America have repeatedly ignored or downplayed Hillary Clinton’s multiple scandals. Co-host George Stephanopoulos even secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation. But now with the Republican primaries effectively over and Donald Trump the presumptive nominee, the show’s reporters are focusing in on the businessman’s taxes.
The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday looked at a Newsweek expose on the differences between teens in 1966 and 2016. Fifty years after the magazine published, “The Teen-Agers,” Amy Robach revealed, “There are distinct differences, says Newsweek between today's teens and teens in 1966. Fifty years ago, teenagers most admired icons were JFK, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Lyndon Johnson and Helen Keller.”
In a surprising twist, ABC’s Good Morning America on Thursday hyped the “bombshell” documentary on Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin. Yet, the tone of the Jon Karl segment was worried. The reporter fretted, “This documentary with extraordinary behind-the-scenes footage dredging it all up again at the worst possible time for Hillary Clinton and her closest aide.”
Journalistic love for Barack Obama certainly hasn’t gone away. Newsweek’s Twitter page on Tuesday hyped, “Has there been any president cooler than Obama?” The magazine, which barely publishes these days, features contribution from a website called Quora. That article wondered, “OBAMA, THE FIRST POP CULTURE PRESIDENT?”