The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: July 7 to 13
On "CNN Newsroom," correspondent Cal Perry asserted that Hamas is fighting for "independence" from Israel. Somehow, he failed to mention that the organization has often called for the destruction of that country.
Dan Harrison, a senior VP of NBC, this week asserted that his network’s over-the-top coverage of Al Gore’s Live Earth concert wasn’t a "political issue" because "everyone" agrees global warming is happening. And the networks wonder why they’re losing viewers? Additionally, MRC intern Michael Lanza noted that this same not-"political" concert featured video of distraught children, wailing about the impending death of the Earth.
During a segment on Philadelphia’s high murder rate, ABC correspondent David Kerley discovered who was really to blame: Rural folk. Apparently it’s their fault that the city is besieged by crime.
Okay, who didn’t predict this? MSNBC host Keith Olbermann derided Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff’s "gut feeling" about a terrorist attack as nothing more than a politically motivated stunt to get Iraq off the front page.
Finally, ABC’s Diane Sawyer revealed how wounded she was when, while attempting to get on a jury, court room spectators laughed at her assertion that journalists are the deliverers of truth and fairness.