The NewsBusters Weekly Recap: February 10 to 16

February 16th, 2007 9:45 AM

What happens when a noted politician announces he’s running for President? Well, in the case of conservative Republican Mitt Romney, CBS’ "Early Show" gives the story a scant ten seconds. But what if that candidate is Democrat Barack Obama? Well, then the same program devotes over nine minutes of coverage! (For those keeping count: A 54: 1 advantage for the Democrat.)

Over on ABC, "Good Morning America’s" Diane Sawyer continued her Dictator ‘07 tour. She portrayed the authoritarian Syria as a pro family, welfare paradise.

Later in the week, Sawyer asked Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, noted Holocaust denier, how often he cries.

The ABC anchor lamely defended her trip by noting, "Even your adversaries have their own point of view."

Finally, NBC announced this week that it was hiring "Countdown" anchor Keith Olbermann as a contributor for NBC News. As already noted by an MRC study, Olbermann’s "Worst Person in the World" segment maligns conservatives over liberals by an 8 to 1 margin. See? He’ll bring balance!

On the "Today" show, Matt Lauer announced that the anti-Bush Dixie Chicks "rule!" On MSNBC, Chris Matthews claimed that the President is ignoring Congress and treating the legislative body like Hurricane Katrina.