Media Bistro: CNN 'Sex Scandals' TV Segment Omits CNN Show Host Eliot

May 17th, 2011 9:22 PM
UPDATE, May 18: NewsBusters commenter "dreamsincolor" has pointed out that CNN "somehow" forgot Democratic New York Congressman Eric Massa, who resigned in 2009 to avoid "an ethics investigation into alleged misconduct toward a male staff member." (Begin original post) Chris Ariens filed a report today at MediaBistro's TVNewser that opened with a…

Pentagon Rescinds Franklin Graham’s Invitation, Al Sharpton is Welco

April 23rd, 2010 10:21 AM
The Pentagon rescinded the invitation of evangelist Franklin Graham to speak at its May 6 National Day of Prayer event because of complaints about his previous comments about Islam. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation expressed its concern over Graham's involvement with the event in an April 19 letter sent to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. MRFF's complaint about Graham, the son of…

Leno Calls Disgraced Democrat Spitzer a Republican

May 31st, 2009 12:37 PM
On Monday’s Tonight Show on NBC, Jay Leno incorrectly called New York’s former Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer a Republican during the show’s monologue as he joked about Republican sex scandals. Inspired by John McCain’s daughter Meghan’s recent declaration that she is a "pro-sex Republican," Leno used her comment to poke fun at Republican Senator David Vitter of Louisiana, as well as…

Shameful: 'Today' Plays Heart-Rending 911 Tape of DC Madam's Mother

May 2nd, 2008 10:35 AM
What legitimate journalistic purpose did this serve? In a segment narrated by Pete Williams on the apparent suicide of Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called DC Madam, this morning's Today played the tape of the 911 phone call made by Pelfrey's 76-year old mother, who had discovered her daughter's body. Of all the 911 calls I've heard, this was the most anguished and heart-rending.

In Vitter Prostitution Scandal, Networks Spun: Whole GOP 'In Crisis

March 10th, 2008 4:54 PM
A prostitution scandal strikes the Democrats? When Sen. David Vitter admitted he’d used the services of the "DC Madam," thanks to probing by ABC News, the major media saw harm for the entire Republican Party nationwide. Will Governor Spitzer become a national problem for the entire Democratic party? Or will the media suddenly keep the scandal as localized as they can make it? NBC and…

Brzezinski Reverses on Villaraigosa Story: 'That Story's Important

August 7th, 2007 12:42 PM
Yesterday I wrote a piece about reporter Mika Brzezinski's handling of a story that reflected a political double standard on her part. While hosting MSNBC's "Morning Joe" for the vacationing Joe Scarborough, Brzezinski aired a video of a female reporter chasing after Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Before she could catch up with the mayor however, the reporter was intercepted by…

Brzezinski: Democrat's Affair 'Not Pressing,' No Objection to Vitter C

August 6th, 2007 3:57 PM
Liberals can rest easier knowing that despite her outspoken views on newsworthiness and ethics, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski can still be counted on to go to bat for the Democrats. The reporter and "Morning Joe" regular showed off her famous sense of journalistic integrity while filling in for host Joe Scarborough on Monday morning. In the first half hour, Brzezinski played a video of a…

'Doesn't Bother' Brzezinski If Cleavage Coverage Helps Hillary

July 30th, 2007 7:01 AM
Mika Brzezinski is so outraged that people are discussing Hillary's cleavage . . . that she hopes it helps the Dem prez candidate.The topic arose at 6:18 A.M. EDT on today's "Morning Joe." The affable Willie Geist, a frequent panelist, is serving this morning as guest host for the absent Joe Scarborough. He broached the subject.MORNING JOE GUEST HOST WILLIE GEIST: One of the other…

Olbermann Belatedly Apologizes for Guest Host's Wendy Vitter 'Ho-Pas

July 24th, 2007 4:01 PM
Filling in on July 17 for Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's Alison Stewart devoted a "Countdown" segment to criticizing the dress Wendy Vitter wore during a July 16 news conference in which her husband, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), admitted to an affair with a prostitute. With "Fashion Ho-Pas?" emblazoned on-screen (pictured at right), Stewart interviewed Radar Online's Jeff Bercovici,…

CBS Blogger: Praises MSM for Vitter Coverage Yet Revels in Lefty Blogs

July 12th, 2007 10:46 AM

Liberal Activist Goes Cuckoo on Carlson: 'You Preppy Punk

July 12th, 2007 7:37 AM
There's surely some deeper lesson to be drawn from the tantrum liberal activist Michael Rectenwald threw on yesterday's "Tucker." But in the meantime, for sheer entertainment value it's hard to beat Rectenwald's display of purple-faced apoplexy.Rectenwald is the man behind the left-wing "Citizens for Legitimate Government," whose mission, according to its website, is "…

ABC's '20/20' Getting Cold Feet About Hot Sex in DC

May 3rd, 2007 2:34 PM