Mike Ciandella is a research analyst for the MRC's News Analysis Division. Before that, he was a senior analyst for MRC Business where he managed The Soros Project, the MRC's ongoing research effort into the influence of liberal donors.

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July 23, 2015, 3:23 PM EDT

Over the past 9 days, ABC News has spent a grand total of 46 seconds on Planned Parenthood executives trying to sell pieces of aborted babies for a profit. Yet, ABC’s Good Morning America on July 23, found 2 minutes to discuss how a beauty pageant contestant might be posing a threat to sharks.

July 4, 2015, 10:00 AM EDT

Despite briefly mentioning at least six reported instances of American citizens joining ISIS in June, and multiple FBI warnings about ISIS’s influence in the United States, the networks chose to devote more time to the “threat” posed by the existence of the Confederate flag.

The evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC spent just 17 minutes, 35 seconds on the threat ISIS poses to American, and 37 minutes and 18 seconds on the controversy over the flag. This disparity in news coverage occurred during a ramped up social media campaign by ISIS to recruit Americans and other westerners to commit acts of terrorism.

July 3, 2015, 10:04 AM EDT

The hunt for convicted killers who escaped a prison in New York State was the most covered topic on the evening news broadcasts of ABC, CBS and NBC for the month of June. This was closely followed by coverage of the brutal massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, with considerable amounts of air time dedicated to the 2016 presidential campaign, the ISIS terror threat and the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage.

June 15, 2015, 5:19 PM EDT

Back in 2008, the three broadcast evening newscasts showered then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama with good press during his trip to Europe that July, giving it a total of 92 minutes over an eight-day period (July 20 to July 27, 2008). GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s trip to Europe last week didn’t garner a single mention on ABC’s World News Tonight or the CBS Evening News.

June 8, 2015, 10:46 AM EDT

As they did in April, the Big Three network evening news broadcasts in May spent more airtime talking about alleged police misconduct than any other single topic – nearly 109 minutes, more than the amount devoted to the Amtrak train derailment, the horrific floods in Texas or the war against ISIS. Nearly all of that network airtime was devoted to just three instances of alleged misconduct (in Baltimore, Cleveland and Madison, Wisconsin), plus general discussion of the topic. In contrast, all of the other murders committed in the U.S. in May garnered less than half as much time (50 minutes and 48 seconds).

May 21, 2015, 11:32 AM EDT

On CNBC’s Squawk Box on May 21, GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie argued that the media’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s political scandals compared to his own was “absurd.” 

“If I had come out, the day after the BridgeGate thing was announced, and said ‘by the way, all my emails are on a private server, and I deleted a whole bunch of them, and I destroyed the server, but you need to take my word for it. The emails had nothing to do with the bridge stuff.” Can you even imagine what would the reaction have been?” 

May 7, 2015, 3:39 PM EDT

If you're more afraid of the cop on the corner than ISIS, maybe you should blame the media. In the month of April, according to a new survey by the Media Research Center, allegations of police misconduct accounted for one out of every seven minutes of broadcast evening news airtime, or 3 hours, 43 minutes.

May 5, 2015, 9:45 AM EDT

Journalists help promote Hollywood celebrities while condemning average Americans for causing climate change. The same media go out of their way to ignore or excuse the hypocrisy of celebrity “environmentalists” who fly their private jets around the world, rent mega-yachts and live in massive mansions.

Avatar Director James Cameron warned of a future “world that’s in shambles” because of climate change, and said he believes “in ecoterrorism” yet, he owns an impressive private collection of motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a Humvee fire truck and a $32-million submarine. ABC and CBS even praised Cameron for his submarine purchase, with CBS’s Gayle King saying she loved his “passion and curiosity.”

April 7, 2015, 1:41 PM EDT

Even though they like to mock conservatives for being “anti-science,” apparently basic chemistry is hard for the media. The CBS Evening News mixed up its chemical formulas during a story about a tragic case of carbon monoxide poisoning. The broadcast not once, but twice, showed viewers a graphic displaying the symbol CO2 – the chemical formula for carbon dioxide – instead of CO for carbon monoxide.

March 24, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT

Three liberal groups, with a combined total of $9.2 million in seed money from George Soros, have joined forces to create one super-network liberals hope will funnel money into different left-wing, grassroots political campaigns. These investments will finance democrat messaging through robocalls, pesky mailers, and meager hourly wages for clipboard wielding ideologues.

Late last year, the American Constitution Society’s “American Legislative and Issue Campaign Exchange” (ALICE), the Progressive States Network (PSN), and the Center for State Innovation (CSI) combined to become the “State Innovative Exchange” or “SiX.” SiX pledged to continue pursuing legislative efforts at the state level around the nation with well-funded and newly charged invigoration.

March 2, 2015, 10:50 AM EST

Liberal groups attacking Fox News host Bill O’Reilly about his past reporting got more than $15 million from left-wing billionaire George Soros. The story, questioning claims O’Reilly made as a reporter early in his career, was broken by Mother Jones, a project of the liberal Foundation for National Progress.

From Mother Jones, the story was picked up by a variety of Soros-funded outlets, including Alternet (a project of the Independent Media Institute), NPR, The Nation, Media Matters for America and the Columbia Journalism Review – all funded by Soros’ Open Society Foundations. Out of the $10.6 million that Soros has given to Columbia University, at least $500,000 went directly to the Review.

February 23, 2015, 10:33 AM EST

Patricia Arquette uses acceptance speech to demand ‘wage equality,’ and equal rights for women.

February 17, 2015, 12:20 PM EST

A liberal group funded by billionaire George Soros is accusing conservatives and the “religious right” of fear-mongering and slandering Islam. According to the Center for American Progress, the right has been coordinating to push “Sharia hysteria” which “mischaracterizes Sharia as a totalitarian ideology of hate and triumphalism committed to replacing the U.S. Constitution with a radical Islamic caliphate that will subordinate and punish all non-Muslim adherents.”

February 17, 2015, 12:11 PM EST

Center for American Progress also received money from Steyer, Ford Foundation.

February 10, 2015, 2:35 PM EST

While promoting a curriculum produced by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, NBC anchor Brian Williams stated “now I’m cleansed, I’ve made my bias out in the open. We can all be honest here.” These statements became ironic in light of Williams’ now debunked claim that a helicopter he was in during the Iraq War came under RPG fire.

Williams hosted a panel in October 2013 which “focused on veterans who received a Medal of Honor, and what they can teach our students,” according to Education Week. Williams is “a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation,” according to his bio on the NBC News website. He has also promoted tributes to Medal of Honor recipients on “Nightly News.”

February 5, 2015, 12:18 PM EST

Oh, the irony … Brian Williams, the NBC “Nightly News” anchor who fabricated a story about being shot at by an RPG while in a helicopter in Iraq, is “a member of the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation,” according to his bio on the NBC News website.

According to the 990 tax returns for the foundation, Williams has been on the board since at least 2005. He is also listed on the “Board of Directors” page on the foundation’s website.

January 28, 2015, 9:05 AM EST

Rich people are preparing to flee in case of social unrest, at least according to the head of one group founded and partly funded by George Soros.

Robert Johnson, the head of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), argued that many wealthy people feared an uprising because of “growing inequality.”

January 27, 2015, 3:30 PM EST

Soros gave $100 million to INET, used it to host a conference to remake the global economy.

January 22, 2015, 9:19 AM EST

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is supposed to be a place where world leaders solve the world’s economic and social problems. But, for the president of one Soros-funded group, it’s also a place to make a sales pitch for her plan to remake the global economy. And the name for that plan is identical to one that Soros pitched back in 2009.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation, told attendees in Davos that the answers for many of the economic questions that the world was facing could be found in Bretton Woods II, an initiative being pushed by her group.

January 19, 2015, 3:50 PM EST

As media outlets focused on the World Economic Forum’s plans to address climate change it ignored the hypocrisy of the huge number of private jets flying world leaders and celebrities to that conference.

Roughly 1,700 private planes will head to Davos, Switzerland for the 2015 World Economic Forum. That doesn’t include commercial air travel or any other method of transit to the conference. Ironically, the top article featured on the “Agenda” section of the World Economic Forum website on Jan. 19, boldly stated that “[d]ecarbonising the global economy in a matter of decades is the number one priority.”