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Brent Baker

the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications

Brent H. Baker, the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center (MRC), has been a central figure at the MRC since its 1987 founding. In 2001, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes dubbed Baker “the scourge of liberal bias.” In 2005, Baker spearheaded the launch of the MRC’s NewsBusters blog (his blog postings).

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Winning Quotes in the MRC's Best of NQ Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting

The winning quotes in the MRC's "Best Notable Quotables of 2011: The Twenty-Fourth Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting." The awards issue was posted, with videos, on Monday, December 19. ...

Moderating a Debate About Size of Government, Amanpour Takes the Liberal Side

In her next to last week hosting This Week, ABC's Christiane Amanpour moderated a show-long debate, touted as "The Great American Debates," devoted to the proposition: "There's Too Much ...

In 2009, ABC's Sciutto Touted Kids Saying 'Yes, We Can!' Now He's Joined the 'Yes, We Can' Team

"After 13 years with ABC News, correspondent Jim Sciutto is leaving the network and TV news. He's moving to China where he'll be Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke," TVNewser's ...

Kroft Avoids Scandal with Obama, Presses Him to Respond to Liberal Disappointments

CBS's Steve Kroft challenged President Barack Obama a few times during the two-part 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday night, but managed to ignore the scandals (Solyndra, Fast & Furious and ...

Amanpour Despairs 'Sanest' Huntsman with 'Eminently Sensible Positions' Losing to 'Bombastic' Gingrich

ABC's Christiane Amanpour just can't comprehend why Jon Huntsman, with his "eminently sensible" anti-conservative positions, could be losing to Newt Gingrich who is full of "bombast" and "does say ...

ABC and CBS Eat Up Obama's 'Sharp' and 'Pointed' Retorts

"In the presidential campaign," CBS anchor Scott Pelley announced Thursday night, "President Obama fired back today at Republican opponents who criticized his foreign policy using words like ...

NBC Delivers Brief Against 'Cry Baby' Gingrich and His Speakership Marked by 'Chaos, Polarization...'

NBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday evening promised a look "back at some of the hits, runs and errors" of Newt Gingrich's years as Speaker of the House, but other than a sentence from Lisa Myers ...

Upcoming HBO Drama: Dan Rather 'Got It Right' on Bush and National Guard

A not so creative liberal fantasy. Dan Rather "got it right" in his 2004 story about President George W. Bush's avoidance of National Guard duty, a hit piece discredited because of Rather's ...

Networks Trumpet Barney Frank's Legacy, Ignore Role in Housing Crisis

"The first line in Barney Frank's political epitaph," The Weekly Standard's Stephen Hayes predicted on Monday's FNC Special Report upon news the longtime liberal Democratic Congressman won't seek ...

Boston Globe Reporter Drags 11-Year-Old Daughter to Occupy Boston

"Bring the Family: Looking for Adventure with the Kids" reads the tag line over a weekly series of tips to Boston Globe readers suggesting what to do with them on weekends. The headline announced ...

ABC Elevates Left-Wing Hit, Charges 'Limbaugh Hurls Racially-Charged Words at the First Lady'

Picking up on a blog post by a far-left group devoted to silencing Rush Limbaugh, ABC on Monday night dedicated an entire story to one word used by the radio host, a comment the other networks ...

Schieffer Calls Anti-Tax Pledge a 'Problem,' Presses Republican and Democrat to Raise Taxes

Highlighting Grover Norquist's upcoming appearance on 60 Minutes, CBS's Bob Schieffer, on Face the Nation, pointed to the anti-tax hike pledge Norquist asks politicians to sign as "one of the ...

ABC Hypes 'Massive' OWS Protest and NBC Touts 'Huge Crowds,' But CBS Sees Just 'a Thousand'

ABC anchor David Muir hyped "masses of people taking to the streets here in New York City," before Dan Harris referenced "this massive protest march tonight" and "this big protest." Yet on CBS, ...

ABC and CBS Spike Ohioans Rejection of ObamaCare Mandate, NBC Sees Voter Call for 'Restraint'

Conservatives had some significant victories in Tuesday's scattered elections across the country, but the broadcast network evening newscasts on Wednesday night ' with the exception of one topic ...

Amanpour, Agreeable with Pelosi, Pushes Boehner Repeatedly from Left to Raise Taxes

ABC's Christiane Amanpour, on Sunday's This Week, hit House Speaker John Boehner repeatedly from the left to raise taxes, a hostile, political agenda-driven approach she failed to apply a month ...

Sour Schieffer Scolds Cain for Ad: 'It's Not Funny to Me...I Don't Think It Serves the Country Well'

CBS's Bob Schieffer unintentionally played the foil to Herman Cain on Sunday's Face the Nation as Schieffer expressed his politically-correct displeasure with Cain's "downright bizarre" Web video, ...

Obama's Infrastructure Spending Wish 'Makes All of the Sense in the World,' Amanpour Enthuses

President Barack Obama's new infrastructure spending plan "makes all of the sense in the world" and is an "eminently sensible idea," ABC's Christiane Amanpour enthused Sunday morning on This Week ...

MSNBC and ABC Eager to Herald 'Vindication' for Obama in Qadhafi's Death

It's no surprise MSNBC hosts were quick to see "vindication" for President Barack Obama in the death of Moammar Qadhafi, but ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper were just as eager Thursday ...

Williams Hypes Protests 'Still Growing, Changing and Spreading,' CBS Delivers 'Series' of Genial Stories

The broadcast networks continued their enthusiastic coverage Friday night on behalf of the far-left Wall Street protesters, with NBC's Brian Williams the most excited while CBS anchor Scott Pelley ...

Sean Penn Calls Tea Party the 'Get the N-Word Out of the White House Party' Which Wants to 'Lynch' Obama

Left-wing actor Sean Penn slimed the Tea Party as motivated by racism, charging on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Friday evening that an impediment to Obama's success is "what I call the 'Get the ...