As we have all week, NewsBusters is reviewing the Media Research Center’s Best Notable Quotables of 2014, as a way to review the worst media bias of the year. Today, the Ku Klux Con Job Award for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges.
By Mark Finkelstein | December 25, 2014 | 10:15 AM EST
Couldn't the New York Times give it a rest on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't.
Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."
By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 7:34 PM EST
Liberal newspapers like The Washington Post will grant a wide berth to leftist academics on their silliest-sounding ideas. I found this gem in my Washington Post Express tabloid the other day. Post reporter Peter Holley asked this question about the "Elf on the Shelf" phenomenon: "Cute doll? Or Big Brother on a shelf?"
The doll apparently teaches children to live submissively in a national surveillance state:
By Melissa Mullins | December 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM EST
Here’s a question: how can you tell when you are reading “news” from the Huffington Post? Answer: When both views on a highly controversial topic are NOT given…meaning, only the liberal view.
Case in point: An article the Huffington Post wrote on Monday about the Federal appeals court declaring a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman the ultrasound and describing the images in detail before going through an abortion as unconstitutional.
By Clay Waters | December 24, 2014 | 2:09 PM EST
A new congressional report on the IRS persecution of conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election? Nothing to see here, the New York Times' headline blared. The paper set the bar sky-high for anti-Obama scandal, using the evident lack of a smoking gun linking IRS persecution to the White House as an excuse to completely dismiss the scandal. The Washington Post was little better.
By Mike Ciandella | December 24, 2014 | 12:12 PM EST
Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has had a really bad year.
He failed to get other left-wing donors to join his crusade to make climate change the No. 1 election issue. Then he wasted nearly $75 million backing liberal candidates. Four out of the seven politicians he and his NextGen Climate Action group backed lost. And the few races where liberals won owed little or nothing to Steyer’s bizarre and sometimes inaccurate campaign ads.
By Tom Johnson | December 24, 2014 | 11:56 AM EST
Elias Isquith criticizes the “shallowness of Stewart’s politics” and “his tendency to fall prey to the trap of blaming 'both sides.'" Isquith declares that “if liberals want to see more of the kind of direct action that’s characterized the Occupy Wall Street and #blacklivesmatter movements…they’re going to have to embrace a political vision that has grown beyond the idiosyncratic limitations of Jon Stewart.”
By Rich Noyes | December 24, 2014 | 11:01 AM EST
Last week, the Media Research Center announced the winners and top runners-up for “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” and NewsBusters is reviewing the list as a way to reflect on the worst media bias of the year. Today’s category: the Obama’s Orderlies Award for Championing ObamaCare.
By Tom Blumer | December 24, 2014 | 10:42 AM EST
When I first read about this, I thought that it had to be some kind of weird spoof. But it's not.
Over the course of almost two excruciatingly tedious minutes complete with ominous piano-dominated background music, a recently created video intended to become a public service announcement (PSA) shows a teenage boy taking a gun out of a drawer in his parents' bedroom and bringing it to school. At the end of a class period, he puts it on the desk of his shocked teacher and asks her, "Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house."
By Connor Williams | December 24, 2014 | 10:31 AM EST
According to MSNBC, it’s the religious right who is depraved when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes featured guest Sam Seder comparing gay marriage opponents to ISIS, while the host suggested that traditional marriage supporters are morally bankrupt.
After Hayes and his guests cheerfully talked up the supposed emerging consensus surrounding the issue, Sam Seder of the Majority Report took things to an alarming level. He argued: “There seems to be a concession on some level from long-time opponents. Almost to a point where you see it leveraged about in places. You know, ISIS, you should see the way they don't allow gay people to get married.”
By Kristine Marsh | December 24, 2014 | 10:29 AM EST
Good news from the latest Gallup poll – unless you’re a member of the Angry Atheists Club or the League of Whiny Secularists. Three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian. That number has remained virtually unchanged since last year- just a slight one percent drop.
Moreover, the latest Pew Research Poll reveals that most Americans, 72 percent in fact, support allowing Christian Christmas displays, such as Nativity scenes, on government property. Not only that but 65 percent of Americans, including the non-religious, believe the entire supernatural story of Jesus’ birth as told in the Gospels. The number shoots up to 81 percent when asked to Christians alone.
By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 9:23 AM EST
The season of Christmas and Hanukkah is just another season for National Public Radio to describe religion as a negative force for judgmental people massaging their own ego by being self-righteous. On the December 19 TED Radio Hour -- a spinoff of the TED Talks enterprise -- host Guy Raz asked author Karen Armstrong about how divisive religion is.
By Jack Coleman | December 24, 2014 | 9:06 AM EST
MSNBC used to bill itself as "the place for politics." An updated version of the slogan would add -- "... provided we're not left embarrassed and defensive." Such has been the case on the cable outlet ever since the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers by a gunman who vowed on social media that he would avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police.
On her show Monday night, the network's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference asking "everyone" and "this is across the spectrum, to put aside protests, put aside demonstrations, until these funerals are passed. (And that includes those of you on the other end of the "spectrum" with your fiendish insistence that "police lives matter.")
By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 8:41 AM EST
While Christians are taught by priests and ministers to think of the poverty and humility of Mary and Joseph having a baby in a stable, in today’s America, Christmas can look like the season for self-indulgence.
CNN Money’s Emily Jane Fox offered the headline: “All I want for Christmas: Boobs.” The Christmas season is the busiest time of year for plastic surgeons,“because people have time off to get the procedures and then recover.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 23, 2014 | 11:34 PM EST
Historians will record that 2014 was a terrible year for liberal Democrats, not just at the polls but also in the news. The networks spent most of the fall campaign pretending there wasn’t a fall campaign, and for good reason. Obama’s Hope and Change aura had completely sunk into the muck as Obama’s honesty and competence both took a hit in the hard news of ISIS and Ebola.But if Team Obama was going down, the journalistic elite were going down with him. They are cemented with their so-called savior, as can be seen in the Media Research Center’s “Worst of the Worst 2014,” marking the worst quotes gathered from media coverage this year.