Nets Defend Obama Vacationing, Blasted Bush For Response to Katrina
August 19th, 2016 11:04 AM
It took former President Bush 5 days to visit Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit and the media would never let him off the hook for it, even calling it a “stain” he could “never recover from.” It’s been a week since devastating flooding hit many parts of the same state, destroying thousands of homes and killing 13 people but President Obama still has not stopped golfing in Martha’s Vineyard to…
Nets Compare Louisiana Flood to Katrina But Ignore Obama Vacation
August 18th, 2016 3:28 PM
Between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, the broadcast networks of NBC, ABC, and CBS presented several reports on the “massive” and “historic” flooding devastating Louisiana, even comparing storm damage to that suffered during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina. However, the one thing missing from the coverage was a single mention of the President of the United States, Barack Obama.…
CNN: Does Absent Obama 'Deserve Same Criticism' As Bush After Katrina?
August 18th, 2016 2:49 PM
Thursday morning, CNN’s Kate Bolduan brought on a local Louisiana journalist to discuss his paper’s editorial calling for President Obama to stop his vacation and address the devastating flood which has killed 13 people and been called “the worst disaster since Hurricane Sandy” by the Red Cross. The journalist, Peter Kovacs, editor for The Advocate, Louisiana's largest daily newspaper, compared…
MSNBC: Katrina a ‘Stain’ Bush Presidency ‘Could Never Recover From'
August 28th, 2015 3:08 PM
MSNBC hosts on Friday jumped at the chance to bash former President George W. Bush over his handling of Hurricane Katrina on the 10th anniversary of the storm that ravaged the gulf coast. On NewsNation, host Tamron Hall proclaimed: “Many have said, including writer Douglas Brinkley and others, that this was the stain on his presidency that he could never recover from.”
Flashback: 15 Times the Media Politicized Hurricane Katrina
August 24th, 2015 1:23 PM
Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and it wasn’t long after the devastation that liberal reporters, hosts and columnists politicized the tragedy - from the left. Everything from George W. Bush’s “big oil” buddies to America’s racism to even tax cuts were blamed for the high human toll.
On CNN, Douglas Brinkley Makes Excuses for 'Talent' Brian Williams
February 12th, 2015 1:26 PM
Liberal author Douglas Brinkley did his best on Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 to excuse Brian Williams's "embellishment" regarding his reporting of the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina – mere moments after the CNN program spotlighted examples of the NBC anchor's questionable claims. Despite this reporting, host Anderson Cooper never confronted his guest over his own role in boosting…
Scarborough Shocked by Snark Over 'Straight' Reporter Brian Williams
February 11th, 2015 8:21 AM
Joe Scarborough is shocked by the outpouring of "sheer hatred, snarkiness and snideness" directed at Brian Williams.
On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough drew a contrast between himself, who as an opinion person has to expect much criticism, and Williams, who he claimed reported the news in a "straight" way. But as Newsbusters and our parent MRC has carefully documented, Williams has been…
New York Mag: NBC Has a 'Dossier of Williams' Apparent Lies'
February 11th, 2015 12:00 AM
In his story on Brian Williams at 10:55 p.m. ET Tuesday, Gabriel Sherman at New York Magazine reported that the now-suspended anchor and his agent "were presented with a dossier of Williams' apparent lies," and that "Williams himself was only slowly grasping the depths of the mess he'd created."
That begs the obvious question of whether the public will ever get to know what's in that "dossier,"…
In 2007, Williams Says He 'Looked Down the Tube of an RPG' in Iraq
February 7th, 2015 6:36 PM
This is for the "false memories" and "he's an untouchable 'brand' crowds defending Brian Williams, who this afternoon announced that he has "decided to take myself off of my daily broadcast for the next several days."
At the 2-minute mark of the 2007 interview with a collegiate reporter following the jump, watch Williams speak of his alleged brushes with danger, including how he "looked down the…
New Orleans Doc Mocks Dramatic Brian Williams Katrina Tales
February 6th, 2015 8:31 AM
The New Orleans Advocate is finding the locals skeptical about Brian Williams catching dysentery from Katrina flood waters. “I saw a lot of people with cuts and bruises and such, but I don’t recall a single, solitary case of gastroenteritis during Katrina or in the whole month afterward,” former city health director Dr. Brobson Lutz said. "I don’t know anybody that’s tried that to see, but my…
ABC Ignores Start of Nagin's Prison Term; NBC Gives Story 15 Seconds
September 8th, 2014 10:04 PM
Beginning on Monday afternoon, Democrat and former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin began a 10 year prison sentence for corruption charges that were as result of his actions following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding of the city in August 2005. When it came to reporting on the story during their evening newscasts, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir refused to cover the…
Mother Jones, Washington Monthly Bloggers Blast GOP’s Anti-Immigrant
July 10th, 2014 5:48 AM
Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore has found some people he thinks conservatives hate even more than they hate President Obama: the thousands of Central American children trying to enter the U.S. at its border with Mexico. After all, righties are merely obsessed with making Obama at least as unpopular in his second term as George W. Bush was in his, but they want to “immediately ship [the]…
ABC, CBS Go 3-for-3: Refuse to ID Nagin as Democrat After Indictment
July 9th, 2014 9:00 PM
On Wednesday, ABC and CBS's evening newscasts punted yet again on reporting Ray Nagin's Democratic affiliation, after the disgraced former New Orleans mayor was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. World News and CBS Evening News previously omitted Nagin's party ID when he was indicted in January 2013, and after a jury convicted him in February 2014.
ABC's Diane Sawyer…
Networks Won't Call Convicted Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin a Democra
February 12th, 2014 7:33 PM
None of the network evening newscasts identified ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin as a Democrat when reporting on his conviction of 20 counts of corruption on Wednesday.
The ABC World News called him "the face and voice of a city in ruins" post-Katrina, and joined CBS in simply labeling him the "former mayor" of New Orleans without the Democratic label. As NewsBusters reported last year, all…