NBC's Today on Thursday ignored the militant atheism and liberalism of a North Carolina man accused of executing three Muslims on Tuesday night. ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning at least mentioned Craig Stephen Hicks's hatred of faith, but none of the networks highlighted the individual's affinity for programs such as the Rachel Maddow show.
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 the wake of a six month suspension for NBC anchor Brian Williams, ABC and CBS on Wednesday offered mocking coverage of their competitor's downfall. New York Times reporter David Carr appeared on CBS This Morning to deride: "...Everyone, including Brian, thought he was maybe too big to fail...Turns out, he's not the most important thing."
Unlike the near silence from NBC and most of MSNBC, Morning Joe's hosts actually covered the Brian Williams scandal. Despite the six month suspension for the Nightly News anchor, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist aren't sure that the journalist will ever return to his old job.
CNN's Brian Stelter on Tuesday suggested that it was unlikely Brian Williams could survive as Nightly News anchor, given the ongoing challenges to his honesty. The media analyst explained just how hard it would be for the anchor to get past the scandal related to lying about being struck by an RPG.
In a fairer world, the increasing number of lies and exaggerations arising from the Brian Williams scandal would be perfect fodder for Jon Stewart. However, it wasn't until Monday night that the liberal Daily Show anchor finally broke his silence and covered Williams and his fabricated story about being struck by an RPG during the Iraq War. Predictably, Stewart neglected mockery aimed at the NBC journalist and turned it towards a Republican target, the Bush administration.
According to View co-host Rosie O'Donnell, the ongoing Brian Williams scandal is an example of why Americans should know that "what you hear on the news is not always the truth." While conservatives have been making that point for decades, the liberal O'Donnell seems to now agree.
After offering nothing but silence on Brian Williams, NBC's Today on Sunday finally covered the evolving scandal related to the anchor's lies about being struck by an RPG in Iraq. The morning show only allowed a scant 20 seconds, however.
Of the three morning shows on Saturday, only CBS covered the latest on the evolving Brian Williams scandal. Predictably, NBC’s Today again stayed silent. But so did ABC’s Good Morning America. CBS reporter Anthony Mason noted, “the New York Times reports NBC News is launching an internal investigation into the reporting of anchorman Brian Williams.”
According to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter, "fear" is setting in at NBC as the executives and journalists there worry over the widening "questions" being raised about Brian Williams.
ABC on Friday finally woke up to the scandal engulfing NBC competitor Brian Williams. Good Morning America's David Wright covered the story and gravely intoned, "This controversy threatens to tarnish the reputation of America's number one news anchor."
Liberal View co-host Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday was disgusted by a falsehood repeatedly uttered by Brian Williams. After playing a clip of Williams apologizing for saying that an Army helicopter he was on in 2003 was hit by a RPG missile, O'Donnell unloaded, "So, I don't think he didn't remember that, I think he fabricated that story."
Don Imus and his co-host Bernard McGuirk on Thursday could barely contain their disgust at they highlighted Brian Williams's unraveling lie about being hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) while in Iraq in 2003. After playing video of the anchor repeating the falsehood on Late Night With David Letterman, McGuirk railed, "This is really, unbelievably disgraceful."
Should GOP candidates take advice from Chris Matthews? The liberal host on Tuesday night cheered Jeb Bush for standing up to conservatives, touting the likely 2016 candidate for having "guts." The MSNBC anchor pleaded with Bush to keep it up. In a closing commentary, Matthews lauded: "I'm watching Jeb Bush show a lot of guts out there, defending national education standards, and the opportunity for people who came to this country illegally, to become Americans."
ABC's Good Morning America, a superficial show that rarely focuses on actual news, on Wednesday made time to promote the book of Reggie Love, Barack Obama's former "body man." Co-host Robin Roberts enthused over the "beautifully written" Power Forward: My Presidential Education.
ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday ignored the massive new budget proposed by Barack Obama (and the tax increases contained within). NBC's Today, despite four hours of air time, allowed a scant 23 seconds. But in that brief period, news reader Natalie Morales spun, "President Obama unveiling a record $4 trillion budget on Monday aimed at helping the poor and middle class."
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday offered a jovial segment on Groundhog's Day and Bill de Blasio's 2014 mishap where he dropped "Staten Island Chuck." Yet, they ignored the mayor's less funny role in the rodent's death.
For the seventh straight year, Barack Obama will be interviewed prior to the Super Bowl. Just before the kickoff between the Seahawks and the Patriots, the President will talk to NBC's Savannah Guthrie. This will be the third Super Bowl interview with NBC. Back in 2009, Matt Lauer gushed to the new president: "Has there been any surprise in terms about life in the White House? Is there something at the White House that you didn't think they had or doesn't have that you thought they did have?"
The same networks that have repeatedly defended Eric Holder in the past are now quietly ignoring the congressional testimony of a Milwaukee sheriff who has slammed the Attorney General.
A furious Ed Schultz on Thursday raged over the fact that only 36 Senate Democrats opposed the Keystone pipeline in a vote. Nine defections contributed to the bill passing the Senate. Schultz sneered, “But what a sad moment for Democrats if they're concerned about climate change…The Democrats can be bought.”
Veteran journalist Charlie Rose is an anchor on the state-sponsored PBS. On Wednesday, Rose chided Republican Governor Mike Pence for starting a "state-run news service."