The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: September 30 to October 6

This past week, the media hyperventilated over two developing scandals: Congressman Mark Foley, and Bob Woodward's "State of Denial." ABC, CBS and NBC produced 103 stories on the Foley scandal, quite a bit more time then was devoted to Democratic sex scandals. The "Today" show’s Matt Lauer joined with Tim Russert to slam Speaker Hastert and the GOP. Lauer also contributed to the fawning over Bob Woodward and his new book. The MRC’s Brent Baker noted that Woodward has mocked the President’s intellect in the past. Speaking of journalists with huge egos, Chris Matthews, yet again, displayed his partisan leanings by defending Robert ‘KKK’ Byrd, claiming that Bush "won’t tell the truth" about Iraq, and praising Clinton for his anti-Fox News rant. Perhaps he should rename his show, "Hardball...For Republicans." And to think, it was just a few days ago that the former president of MSNBC stated, prior to Fox News, "many in the media scoffed at the notion of a liberal bias." Would this not be the best time to mention that leftist MSNBC host Keith Olbermann recently called Roger Ailes a "fat ass?" Conservative Senator Jim Inhofe apparently isn't happy with CNN. He appeared on the network and ripped it for producing a grossly unfair piece on his global warming position. On celebrity watch, respected intellectual Rosie O’Donnell informed her viewers this week that the Second Amendment is "not really a right." Comedian Bill Maher told CNN that torture in Iraq is now worse then it was during Saddam Hussein’s regime. Finally, Bill Moyers recently stated that conservatives are ruining democracy and Ted Turner has a great plan for winning the war on terror: Give up.

Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org