According to an analysis by the Media Research Center, the three broadcast networks are using the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI to advance their left-wing social agenda and attack the Catholic Church’s centuries-old doctrine on the priesthood, abortion, and gay marriage. While NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News predictably dwelled on scandals and the Pope’s "conservatism," their anti-Catholic coverage paled in comparison to the disgraceful onslaught on ABC World News.
"Instead of reporting the historic news of Pope Benedict’s resignation, Diane Sawyer... used the opportunity to bludgeon the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict with every left-wing grievance imaginable. It was a disgusting and deeply offensive assault on the Church," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell complained in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
"What do you think would [have] happen[ed]... if the media learned, if George Bush announced, that he was having 23 executive orders to limit the authority of Planned Parenthood?" NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell posed to Neil Cavuto on the February 10 edition of his eponymous Fox Business Network program. The media, of course, would be predictably outraged, the Media Research Center president noted, and yet, when President Obama announced his executive orders related to gun control, the media applauded the president for his efforts to go around Congress. "Nobody, but nobody" on ABC, CBS, or NBC have "explored it from the standpoint that [Obama] is usurping power" and treading on a constitutional right.
"Look at the [NLRB] recess appointment[s]," Bozell added, which the president announced early last year and have been since deemed unconstitutional by the unanimous panel of a federal court. "This goes to show the chutzpah of these people." [MP3 audio here; watch the full segment below the page break]
Pope Benedict, the man liberal reporters slammed as "God's Rottweiler," is resigning. A spokesman for the Vatican did not have any more information and did not reveal a possible reason for the 85-year-old's resignation. Fox News reports "The last pope to resign was Pope Gregory XII, who stepped down in 1415 in a deal to end the Great Western Schism among competing papal claimants."
The pope may have based his decision on watching all the press reports insisting Pope John Paul II resign due to his failing health from Parkinson's disease. The college of cardinals will elect a new leader for the world's Catholics in mid-March.
When then-Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.) was caught in a sex scandal involving inappropriate instant messages to an underage boy, the media had a field day, using the matter to tar House Republicans at large in the 2006 election cycle, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted in a February 7 appearance on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto." But fast-forward six years to allegations against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and the media snoozed on the story until well after he was reelected.
"Silence! You heard nothing from the media before the election. it was this complete opposite view. In other words, we're not going to cover this if it hurts the Democrats," Bozell noted of the liberal media. [watch the full segment below]
While ultimately only cop-killer Christopher Dorner is responsible for his crimes, the liberal media's deliberate papering over of the left-wing views that inspired him is telling, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted on the February 7 edition of Fox News Channel's Hannity program.
When you read Dorner's manifesto, it's clear that "[y]ou've got a direct association of liberal luminaries with this killer. This in no way is to suggest that" any of them should be held responsible for Dorner's murders, Bozell cautioned, but, that being said, "how in the world do you put that alongside the pattern of these reporters on the Left who have connected the dots to conservatives in previous killings when there was no connection to conservatives?" [watch segment video below page break]
While liberal media outlets are slamming Al Gore for hypocrisy over selling his cable network to a Middle East oil magnate, one would "have every reason to not just criticize but condemn Al Gore for selling Current TV to Al Jazeera," because of a far greater reason. It is "a radical pro-Islamic enterprise that is regularly promoting anti-Americanism," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News's Sean Hannity on the January 31 Hannity program.
"Al Jazeera is owned by the emirate of Qatar" which is "openly endorsing and supporting [terrorist networks] Hamas and Hezbollah." In fact, the father of the late Daniel Pearl -- who was murdered by Islamists -- "is calling for a congressional investigation," Bozell noted. In spite of this, "national security has nothing to do" with the liberal media's outrage, "it's the stupid global warming argument!" [watch the full "Media Mash" segment below the page break]
On Monday’s edition of “Martin Bashir,” MSNBC ran footage of the testimony of Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook victim, in which it appears he is heckled by gun rights activists. MSNBC’s accompanying graphics box read “Mocked and Loaded. Sandy Hook Victim’s Father Heckled by Gun Rights Advocates.” In reality, Heslin was not heckled. He posed a challenge to the audience, and the audience responded. The MSNBC version deliberately cut out Heslin’s challenge to make it appear as though he was interrupted by heckling gun advocates.
"This is not how a legitimate, professional news organization operates," NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell complained in a statement released today. "MSNBC’s relentless anti-gun advocacy is bad enough, but this is downright dishonest. Time and time again NBC News has demonstrated why the American people can’t trust a single thing they say."
On Sunday’s edition of ABC’s The Week, Martha Raddatz managed to conduct a six minute-long interview with Democratic Senator Bob Menendez (N.J.) without asking a single question about an FBI investigation into allegations that he slept with underage prostitutes while in the Dominican Republic. Instead Raddatz lobbed softball questions at Menendez about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s performance during the Benghazi hearings, immigration reform, Chuck Hagel, and the upcoming Senate race in New Jersey.
NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell reacted:
NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" broadcast from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona on January 19, and offered "humorous" advice to their Midwestern home base in Minneapolis about "Survival In The Desert." In a skit about seeking shelter from the intense desert heat, Garrison Keillor had a confrontation in a cabin with an old anti-government woman who hates liberals, gays, and the United Nations. Keillor's transcript listed this character simply as "Demented." It was shrieked by regular performer Sue Scott.
The liberal media's handling of any conservative political organization is a four-phase process, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Tea Party News Network reporter Scottie Nell Hughes in a recent interview in the MRCTV studio. "It begins by ignoring them, and if you can make them go away that way, you're done," the Media Research Center founder noted. "If that doesn't work, then you go to phase two, which is to ridicule them. And if that doesn't work, you go to phase three, which is try to destroy them. And if that doesn't work, then you're at phase four, where you have to accept the reality that they're there."
Bozell then examined how the coverage by the liberal media evolved along that template. [see full interview below the page break]
At his media blog, Jim Romenesko reports that “More than 70 editors and publishers have responded to NBC Peacock Production’s casting call for a reality series about a small-town newspaper.” Do they want to be famous, or do they just want to keep their papers afloat?
Producer Cara Biega “noted that she was impressed with how amazing their stories are,” according to Stan Schwartz of the National Newspaper Association, which is helping NBC Peacock select the right newspaper setting. Biega told Romenesko there would be a meeting about selecting a newspaper for the series on Wednesday.
We were amused by this one. In the 1 pm hour, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers was talking about the frigid temperatures in the eastern United States. Guess the culprit? As always, global warming.
"So what's causing all of this cold air? If I tell you and I look at you straight in the face and tell you global warming, you're going to laugh at me. But in fact, it's the case." At least he didn't applaud Obama's inaugural comments about climate-change policy:
"Chris Matthews has it exactly wrong!" NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Sean Hannity on the January 22 "Media Mash" segment, reacting to the Hardball host's effusive praise on Monday for what he insisted was a Lincolnesque inaugural address by the president. "The Gettysburg Address was an attempt at healing the nation's wounds" from the Civil War while "Obama's speech... was a left-wing declaration of war against the conservative movement, so it was the opposite of the Gettysburg Address."
Another telling exchange from MSNBC on Monday was when presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett thanked the crew of MSNBC's Morning Joe for "a good four years with you all," Fox News host Sean Hannity noted. [watch the full segment below the page break]
As most NB readers are aware, today will be the second time that Barack Obama will be sworn in as president of the United States. Are you watching the news today or do you think the media bias will be just too nauseating? Whatever you choose, we will be watching so you do have the option not to.
In his syndicated column, Jonah Goldberg takes to task many of the people who claim to be “fiscally conservative” but in truth are anything but. While there are people who actually are fiscally conservative and socially moderate or liberal, Goldberg makes the point that many liberals try to describe themselves in this way, even though they really do not have any conservative beliefs at all:
Dave Andrusko at National Right to Life analyzed the "serene and beautiful" suicide of twins in Belgium, or so suggested ABC News. This was the most chilling paragraph:
Euthanasia is currently “limited” to those over the age of 18. However “Just days after the twins were killed Belgium’s ruling Socialists tabled [introduced] a legal amendment which would allow the euthanasia of children and Alzheimer’s sufferers,” the Daily Mail reports. “The draft legislation calls for ‘the law to be extended to minors if they are capable of discernment or affected by an incurable illness or suffering that we cannot alleviate.’”
Bernard Goldberg isn't mincing words. "Al Gore is no run-of-the-mill hypocrite." Gore sold Current TV to al-Jazeera, and as Goldberg recounted, "In 2009, the host of Al Jazeera’s most popular Arabic language show says, on the air, that he wants Allah to count the numbers of every Jew … and kill them 'down to the very last one.' Are these the journalistic values that Al Gore holds so sacred?"
He also recounted the infamous birthday cake for child-killing terrorist Samir Kuntar, and noted:
Update: Full transcript of the press briefing available here. | Consider this your presidential press conference open thread. Managing Editor Ken Shepherd will live-blog the questions. This is a rush transcript. We will update it later with an accurate transcript.
Julie Pace, Associated Press: Today marks the one month anniversary of the shooting in Newtown.... How hard will you push for an assault weapons ban? ... What other measures could be pushed?
NPR All Things Considered anchor Melissa Block was clearly wowed when disgraced ex-president Bill Clinton appeared for Steven Spielberg at the Golden Globe Awards to promote his film "Lincoln." Block took to Twitter and cyber-shrieked"The big dog is in the HOUSE!"
This comes shortly after Block announced she was "Adding 'brand ambassador' to my NPR biz card." In the tank for corrupt Democrats: Block certainly represents the NPR brand quite effectively.
Dan Joseph of MRCTV took to the streets to see if we could find anyone who supported the actions taken by the Journal News last week when it printed the names and addresses of 16 thousand legal gun owners in two New York counties.
Some liked the concept of publishing the names of legal gun owners. One lady who signed off on the idea changed her tune when asked if it'd be okay to publish the names of everyone on food stamps or receiving government money. "Now, I sound hypocritical, because I don't think that's right," she admitted. (Video below)
Today's question is "In how many ways can sex columnist/MTV star Dan Savage offend?" In his latest column of "advice," Savage jokes that one kind of sex from behind is useful in mocking the Catholic hierarchy: It's "known variously as frottage, outercourse, the Princeton Rub, or 'the pearl tramp stamp.' But in Chicago, it's known as 'the Cardinal George.'"
The cardinal is opposing same-sex marriage legislation currently being proposed in Illinois. Last week, Savage answered questions he didn't have time for at a recent event in Madison, Wisconsin, and dismissed Ann Coulter as too much of a hag to be relevant on the gay issues of the day:
The hot new video at MRCTV.org is 1995 footage of Attorney General Eric Holder, when he was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In his remarks before the Woman's National Democratic Club, broadcast by CSPAN 2, Holder said people should be ashamed to own guns, just the way that cigarette smokes now "cower outside of buildings" to smoke.
"What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip to carry a gun anymore, in the way in which we’ve changed our attitudes about cigarettes. You know, when I was growing up, people smoked all the time. Both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way that people thought about smoking, so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.” Laughter followed. (Video below)
Terence Jeffrey at CNSNews.com reports that two days before Notre Dame will face off against Alabama in college football’s national championship game, the Washington Post has published a piece--“Should American Catholics cheer for old Notre Dame?”--in which Post reporter Michael Leahy discusses his understanding of how Catholics might view the game and expresses his belief that the Catholic Church is “dogmatic, frustrating change and stifling dissent.”
“But our coolness toward Notre Dame,” Leahy writes, “also reflected fissures within the Catholic Church, cracks widening to this day over birth control, abortion rights and the broader matter of whether any dissent--particularly tough questions of the Vatican--will be tolerated by the Catholic hierarchy.”