Trump Takes the Wheel? PBS Promotes Cassidy Hutchinson, No Fact Checks

September 29th, 2023 3:42 PM

Even on a newscast preceding that night’s GOP presidential debate, the tax-supported PBS NewsHour kept its focus on former president Donald Trump, inviting former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson on to promote her book, Enough, about her traumatic experiences in the Trump White House and how dangerous it would be for Trump to win a second term of office. You may remember…


ABC, CBS Apoplectic Over GOP Debate Not Focusing on Trump Indictments

September 28th, 2023 1:32 PM

During the post-GOP presidential debate analysis on Thursday’s CBS Mornings and ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA), liberal journalists bellyached that the seven candidates didn’t obsess over the four indictments against former President Trump or fixate on a recent Truth Social post calling for charges to be brought against former Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen.…

Politico's Cheney Can't Wait for Trump's January 6 Trial, Puffs Judge

September 27th, 2023 11:31 AM

Politico reporter Kyle Cheney is clearly on pins and needles waiting for the January 6 trial of Donald Trump, which isn't until next March. But on Monday, he offered "pregame" excitement in a story promoting heroic Obama-appointed District Court Judge Tonya Chutkan. 

Jonathan Capehart Glenn Kirschner MSNBC The Saturday Show With Jonathan Capehart 9-23-23

MSNBC: Trump Jail Worries Show 'Overwhelming Consciousness of Guilt'

September 23rd, 2023 10:09 PM

On MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart show, they wildly speculated about a Rolling Stone report with anonymous sources alleging Trump wondered about whether he'd get a "Club Fed" prison or a "bad" prison. Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner imagined that Trump's alleged worries about jail demonstrates his "overwhelming consciousness of guilt." 

NewsBusters Podcast: Media Gift Trump Prosecutors a Pass on Party ID

September 6th, 2023 8:38 PM

Hot off the presses! On this episode of the NewsBusters Podcast, Managing Editor Curtis Houck and I discuss a brand new Rich Noyes on NewsBusters about the broadcast networks omitting the political party connections of the prosecutors going after former President Trump. Hint: They’re connected to Democrats. We also talked about the return of The View after their summer vacation.


Media Hide the (D) When Covering Those Prosecuting Trump

September 6th, 2023 12:00 PM

Even though the various legal cases against Donald Trump are taking place in the obviously partisan environment of a presidential election, an examination of ABC, CBS and NBC evening news coverage finds the networks rarely identified even elected Democratic prosecutors as “Democrats.”

Willie Geist  MSNBC Morning Joe 9-1-23

IRONY: 'Morning Joe' Co-Host Whines Trump Lawyers 'Crave' Attention

September 4th, 2023 12:28 PM

On Morning Joe, Willie Geist says that Trump lawyers John Eastman, Sidney Powell, and Rudy Giuliani make frequent TV appearances because they "crave" attention. Meanwhile, Geist himself is omnipresent on NBC and MSNBC, with eight different gigs.

Ken Dilanian MSNBC Morning Joe 8-29-23

MSNBC's 'Collusion Ken' Accuses Trump Team Of 'Reality Distortion'

August 29th, 2023 3:45 PM

On Morning Joe, MSNBC analyst Ken Dilanian, who had been a big promoter of the debunked Russian collusion conspiracy theory, accuses the Trump defense team in the January 6 trial before Judge Chutkan of harboring a "reality distortion field."


TV’s Distorted GOP Primary Race: Three-Fourths Trump, 90% Negative

August 21st, 2023 8:01 AM

A new Media Research Center study finds the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts focused 74% of their GOP campaign coverage on Donald Trump, with the remaining candidates forced to split the remaining airtime. Most TV coverage of Trump (90%) was negative, but the media also bashed his nearest challenger Ron DeSantis (78% negative).

Joe Scarborough Robert Gibbs MSNBC Morning Joe 8-18-23

'Not How An Innocent Person Acts'—Scarborough Slimes Trump Delay Try

August 20th, 2023 7:59 AM

Joe Scarborough, saying "innocent people don't do that," argued Friday that Donald Trump's attempt to push his federal trial related to January 6th back to 2026 is evidence of his awareness of guilt.

NY Times Gloats: Harsh J6 Convictions Discouraging Pro-Trump Protests

August 18th, 2023 8:58 AM

New York Times "democracy reporter" Nick Corasaniti adopted a vengeful tone in his report on Trump allies getting their legal comeuppance. The headline: “After Years of Lies, Election Deniers Face Something New: Consequences.” Corasaniti pushed a sinister argument: "Legal experts say those convictions are a key reason that recent provocations by Mr. Trump after his series of…


Biden Special Counsel Fetches 72 Mins as Trump/J6 Case Hits 373 Mins

August 14th, 2023 9:46 PM

What a difference a few days can make. Between Friday night and Monday night, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC chose to rediscover Hunter Biden’s life of corruption with 72 minutes and 23 seconds on their flagship morning and evening news shows and Sunday morning political programs. Add in the miniscule tally of four minutes and 50 seconds between the evening of August 1 and the…

Joe Scarborough Jonathan Lemire MSNBC Morning Joe 8-14-23

Scarborough: Trump Would Be 'Quite Dumb' Not To Give Up, Plead Guilty

August 14th, 2023 10:55 AM

Morning Joe opened its week on Monday with the argument that Donald Trump should seek a plea deal in the various criminal cases against him, with Joe Scarborough saying Trump would be "quite dumb" not to do so.

PBS's Balanced Trump Indictment Talk? GOP: ‘Traitor…Belongs in Jail'

August 7th, 2023 10:44 AM

Amanpour & Co’s idea of a balanced segment on the news of Donald Trump’s third indictment for “conspiring to defraud” the United States for contesting his loss in 2020? Hosting a sitting liberal Democrat, Rep. Joe Neguse, and the ex-Republican (in all senses) Rep. Joe Walsh, who ran against Trump in the 2020 primary and remains fiercely opposed. Amanpour’s Tuesday evening…