On Thursday, cast members from the Star Trek franchise set their phasers to stun against Donald Trump. Stars from the various Star Trek shows including liberal activist George Takei joined director J.J. Abrams in signing an open letter against Trump because: “Never has there been a presidential candidate who stands in such complete opposition to the ideals of the Star Trek....His election would take this country backward, perhaps disastrously.”
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. He currently writes for all of the MRC's publications and outlets including MRC.org, Newsbusters.org, Notable Quotables and has contributed to past projects including MediaWatch and MagazineWatch. He also authored the MRC's Outgunned Special Report that examined the media's bias against gun rights. Dickens has made several appearances on radio talk shows around the nation.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia this native Washingtonian briefly left the area to earn a degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism. When he's not monitoring the media's liberal bias, Dickens can be found rooting for his beloved Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Indiana Hoosiers.
NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, at Monday night’s debate, repeatedly cross-examined and fact-checked GOP nominee Donald Trump. However, for Hillary Clinton there was not one single challenge to anything she said. And there wasn’t a hard-hitting question to the Democratic nominee on any of her controversies whether it be Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation or the e-mails.
In the weeks leading up to Monday night’s first one-on-one clash between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the liberal media have set the stage for NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and his fellow presidential debate moderators to be rougher with the GOP nominee. Journalists from the New York Times to CNN have openly declared that Trump is so intolerably “polarizing,” “racist and sexist” that he must be treated to a completely different standard than the Democratic candidate.
At the very end of Charlie Rose’s interview with Bill Clinton, as aired on Monday’s edition of his PBS show, the host sounded like James Lipton talking to thespians on Inside the Actors Studio as he tossed the following softball: “Let’s assume that you make it to heaven” and “God says when you get there — St. Peter, or whoever it is — says, ‘tell me what’s the most important thing that Clinton Foundation achieved?’”
The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) have completely ignored the latest development in the V.A. scandal. On Monday, USA Today’s Donovan Slack reported that over the summer the V.A. “quietly stopped sharing data on the quality of care at its facilities with a national database for consumers despite a 2014 law requiring the agency to report more comprehensive statistics to the site so veterans can make informed decisions about where to seek care.”
So far, none of the broadcast networks have reported on this latest development.
In the September 12 edition of Notable Quotables: NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell declared questions about Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy judgement are no longer “on the table," while CNN’s Van Jones concluded “when you look at the fact checkers” Clinton is "one of the most honest politicians in America.”
At the same time, Donald Trump’s slogan “Making America Great Again” is deemed to be racist code language. Also, journalists rush to defend San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest against the National Anthem and the passing of conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly exposes the ugliness on the left.
On Friday, it was announced that NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt will be moderating the very first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on September 26. Holt took over anchoring duties from the disgraced Brian Williams in June of 2015 and a look at his coverage of this election cycle suggests he may favor Clinton in his selection of debate questions. When he interviewed Donald Trump for Nightly News he hit the GOP presidential candidate with a hard line of questions
On Sunday, longtime morning show host Charles Osgood announced to his CBS Sunday Morning audience that his almost 50-year career with the network will be coming to an end on September 25. Osgood took over the CBS Sunday Morning hosting duties from Charles Kuralt in 1994 and while the show took on a sedate tone, Osgood still managed to mix in liberal observations and even a bit of pretentious poetry.
Comedian and actress Amy Schumer absurdly claimed if only she kept her “mouth shut” about her “real feelings about politics or gun violence” that “career-wise” it “would be financially better for me, but I don’t care.” This is coming from someone who currently can be seen all over your TV in a national ad campaign for Bud Light. The star of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer came on Friday’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show and proudly told Rose she’s not afraid to offer her political stances on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and gun control.
In the August 8 edition of Notable Quotables: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, at the Democratic convention, likens President Barack Obama to Abraham Lincoln, while MSNBC's Chris Matthews gets in one last thrill, as he exclaims Obama has a smile like actress Julia Roberts. Plus, ABC’s Terry Moran and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell accused Gov. Chris Christie of inciting an anti-Hillary Clinton “mob” at the Republican convention. And HBO host Bill Maher actually attempts to rationalize recent shootings of police officers.
Two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention (RNC) a grieving mother blasted Hillary Clinton for the debacle of the 2012 Benghazi attack. Last Thursday, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), grieving parents gave a speech criticizing Donald Trump for his statements against Muslims. While all the grieving parents deserve sympathy, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening and morning shows seemed to only care about the parents that showed up at the Democratic Convention.
Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and every other presidential candidate in history were pikers compared to Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience. That, at least, was the determination of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin when she appeared, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, for a panel discussion about the historic importance of Clinton’s nomination. This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell asked the author and presidential historian to “fact-check” President Obama’s assertion that nobody was as qualified to be President as Clinton.
The CBS This Morning crew, on Thursday, couldn’t contain their glee over Barack Obama’s speech. CBS correspondent Nancy Cordes began her piece on the speech as she exclaimed “It was pretty remarkable. The President of the United States essentially pulled the rhetorical fire alarm.” Cordes finished her report by holding up celebratory headlines from the Philadelphia papers and then threw it to the This Morning co-anchors to chime in
If a Republican Congressman had gotten into a physical altercation with a reporter at the GOP convention it’s a good bet it would have been plastered all over the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network and cable newscasts. But so far no one at ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC or FNC has reported on Alan Grayson’s Tuesday scuffle, in Philadelphia, with a reporter that asked the Florida Democratic Congressman about domestic violence allegations made by his ex-wife.
Scott Pelley and the CBS This Morning crew, on Monday, made the sales pitch for Hillary Clinton’s Tim Kaine VP selection. The CBS Evening News anchor, invited on to recap his 60 Minutes interview with the Democratic ticket, proclaimed of the pair “they look terrific” and “they were finishing each other’s sentences.” His CBS colleague Charlie Rose hailed they had “perfect chemistry.”
The depiction of Donald Trump’s speech by liberal reporters and commentator continued into the next morning with CBS’s Charlie Rose greeting viewers with this stark opening: “Welcome to CBS This Morning. Donald Trump accepts the Republican presidential nomination, saying there can be no prosperity without law and order. His speech focused more on threats than hope.”
Charlie Rose, in an interview aired on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, let Hillary Clinton rant against Donald Trump as he set-up Clinton with questions like “Do you believe Donald Trump is dangerous?” and “Donald Trump with his finger on a nuclear bomb would be a threat to civilization?” The co-anchor didn’t challenge Clinton’s slams on Trump but merely repeated her attacks on him back to her, so she could re-assert them.
In the July 18 edition of Notable Quotables: MSNBC’s GOP convention co-anchor Rachel Maddow likens presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, while journalists wonder if Hillary Clinton was “over-targeted” on the e-mail scandal for a crime that isn't any worse than “jaywalking.” Plus: MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews wonders if Indiana Governor Mike Pence is too “churchy” for Trump to pick. And film director John McTieranan actually blames the “American hyper-masculnity” of Captain America for “hundreds of thousands” of deaths.
With Donald Trump’s selection of Mike Pence to be his running mate, expect the liberal media to hit the Indiana governor’s social conservatism. MSNBC host Chris Matthews has already speculated if Pence was too “churchy” to be picked by the presumptive GOP nominee. In 2015, the liberal media hammered the Indiana governor’s defense of religious liberty issues during the debate over that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Liberal journalists depicted the act as an attack on gays with Matthews’ MSNBC colleague Mika Brzezinski trashing Pence as a hater.
Correspondent Kristen Welker, who is covering the Hillary Clinton campaign for MSNBC, declared FBI Director James Comey’s announcement a “game-changer” that will “allow the Clinton campaign to move on from” the e-mail scandal. During MSNBC’s post-Comey press conference coverage Welker reported “James Comey firmly slapping Secretary Clinton on the wrist...Saying that what he found was that there was carelessness, but no willful misconduct.”