MRC/NB media watcher Tim Graham was interviewed on the Fox News Channel show "Hannity & Colmes" on Wednesday night on media coverage of Speaker Nancy Pelosi's request to be flown to San Francisco on (some say extravagant) military aircraft with 42 seats and a crew of 16. The other guest was former ABC News veteran Bob Zelnick. Video: Windows (2.4MB) or Real (2.86MB) Plus: MP3 (1.1 MB)
Zelnick expressed satisfaction that the story was being aired. Tim disagreed, saying the Pelosi story has not aired on ABC, NBC, NPR, and so on. (CBS aired their first story on Wednesday's Evening News.) Print coverage is also lacking: no story in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, or USA Today. The Washington Times was first on the story last week, and the Washington Post ran a small 273-word piece on A-15 on Tuesday.
Former vice-president Al Gore stops briefly to speak with reporters as he enters Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. Gore was in town to speak about global warming. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)
Brent Bozell, President of the Media Research Center which operates NewsBusters, appeared Thursday night, with Rachel Sklar of the Huffington Post, on FNC’s Hannity & Colmes. Topic: The publication by the New York Times on Monday of a picture of a dying U.S. soldier in Iraq, suffering from a head wound, being carried on a stretcher. Sklar and Bozell had very different answers for how they’d react to a picture/video of a killed love one being posted by the Times, but before where the clip below begins Sklar did state that the Times was in the wrong if their actions contravened an agreement with the military about what embedded journalists could include in their stories.
The Times has agreed to apologize to the family of Staff Sgt. Hector Leija and the photo has been removed from the online posting of the January 29 article, but an accompanying video, which unlike the printed picture does not show the wounded soldier’s face and head -- but does show the events around the shooting and the wounded Leija’s legs -- remains online. The MRC’s TimesWatch posted an excerpt from Thursday’s Houston Chronicle article, "N.Y. Times to apologize for photo, video of soldier: Paper to send family a letter of explanation, regret over using images of the dying Texan."
Video clip (4:00): Windows Media (7.8 MB at higher quality 256 kbps) or Real (3 MB at lower quality 100 kbps), plus MP3 audio (1.4 MB)
NewsBusters Senior Editor Tim Graham, Director of Media Analysis at the MRC, appeared Monday night with Wall Street analyst Charles Payne on FNC's O'Reilly Factor. Topic: The controversy over CNBC's Maria Bartiromo using a jet owned by CitiCorp. Tim used the opportunity to pivot to a wider discussion of liberal bias at NBC News, citing how NBC was the first to pounce on John Sununu for using corporate jets during 41's term, how NBC News is now pounding away at the irrelevance of President George W. Bush and how the Today show is the most slanted morning show.
U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) speaks as he is interviewed by moderator Tim Russert (R) during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios in Washington, January 21, 2007. Sen. Kennedy spoke on U.S. President George W. Bush's new strategy on the war in Iraq.
In this photo released by ABC, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, poses with 'Good Morning America' co-host Diane Sawyer, in Washington, DC, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. The interview airs on 'Good Morning America' Friday, Jan. 19. (AP Hotot/ABC, Lauren Victoria Burke)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) speaks with reporters in the Senate Press Gallery as he takes his seat to watch his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), being sworn in for her second term on the first day of the 110th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 4, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, kisses Miss Piggy who popped out of a cake to surprise him during his 10th anniversary show, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Lauer has been co-anchor of 'Today' since January 6, 1997. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Matt Lauer, left, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, is embraced by the show's former co-host Bryant Gumbel during Lauer's 10th anniversary show, in New York, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Lauer has been co-anchor of 'Today' since January 6, 1997 when he replaced Gumbel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)