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.”
MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham appeared on Neil Cavuto's prime-time show on Fox Business on Thursday night to discuss how the media rained down critiques of House Speaker John Boehner for delaying more federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims. Cavuto said they tried to turn Boehner into "Satan" as the New York Daily News ran the headline "STABBED IN THE BACK: N.Y. pols blast Sandy betrayer Boehner."
This bias in favor of ever more federal subsidies reminded Graham of the old Daily News headline: "Ford to City: Drop Dead." (Video and transcript below)
The way the news media fawned over the Democratic 111th Congress -- which passed the wildly unpopular ObamaCare -- while smearing the Republican House in the 112th is like a bad Saturday Night Live skit, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Sean Hannity on the January 3 edition of his eponymous Fox News Channel program.
"Look, what they're saying is, when the Democrats were in charge with the 111th Congress they did all these things moving the agenda to the left, and, oh happy days, look at all the wonderful left-wing things they did," Bozell noted, but then, "The112th Congress comes around and Republicans try to put a stop to the madness and it's called tyrannical." [Watch the full "Media Mash" segment in the embed below the page break]
Over at CNSNews.com, MRCTV's Dan Joseph and Joe Schoffstall are reporting that nearly two months after homes in Staten Island, New York were devastated by Hurricane Sandy, residents say they’re still struggling with red tape as they try to get the government to help.
FEMA “really hasn’t done much, if anything, and they’re making people go through a whole bunch of bureaucratic tape,” one resident told MRCTV.
MRC founder and president Brent Bozell appeared on Hannity on Thursday night to debate the “fiscal cliff” morass with liberal Fox analyst Juan Williams.
"The issue has been, will continue to be, spending. And that's what no one wants to talk about," Bozell insisted. He hammered away at the idea that politicians speak in vague terms about cuts, but nothing ever gets reduced. "This is insanity. Someone has got to have the backbone to come up with specific cuts." (Videos below)
MRC founder and president Brent Bozell appeared on the Fox Business Network on Thursday to address the gridlock in Congress over a fiscal-cliff deal. Varney suggested it was “hard-core conservatives” like Bozell who would be blamed if there is no agreement. Bozell insisted there's no focus on spending cuts, only on taxes.
Bozell slammed the "absolute dishonesty on both sides. No one wants to address the fiscal insanity that’s going on in Washington, DC.” Varney also asked Brent for his opinion on the coverage of the pro-Obama media (video below):
Well, so much for “Plan B,” House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal to block tax increases on everyone whose annual income is below $1 million. After already being preemtively rejected by Harry Reid in the Senate, House Republicans told Boehner they would not support the effort to raise taxes. This caught everyone by surprise according to NRO’s Robert Costa who was there with an inside account.
The both houses have gone into recess for the Christmas holiday, what do you think should be done before the New Year? Sound off here on this topic or another topic.