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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Author Articles

CBS Skips How Own Poll Finds Many More Think Spending Cuts Too Small Over Too Big

Running through the findings of a new CBS News/New York Times poll, on Thursday night Chip Reid highlighted how, after weeks of media hostility the Tea Party has lost popularity, as he located ...

CBS's Pelley Chafes: 'Only Budget Cuts and No Relief for Those Suffering in This Economy'

Framing a shortcoming in the debt deal as a liberal would and does, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Tuesday night regretted the how "the last time the President and the Congress ...

Top Newspapers Warn Debt Deal's Spending Cuts Will 'Weaken' and 'Undermine' Economy

Remarkable uniformity amongst some major national newspapers on Tuesday as they simultaneously worried about how the supposed spending "cuts" in the debt-ceiling deal will harm the economy. As USA ...

Sawyer and Williams Cue Up Pelosi to Expound on Her 'Fear' Debt Deal Will 'Hurt Real People'

Two network anchors cued up House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to despair the debt ceiling deal, presumably because of some future slight reductions in the projected rate of spending increases, ...

Fretting Obama's Moved Too Far to Right, Tea Party Like Reckless Teenagers, Journalists 'Scared of Being Labeled Liberal'

Three noteworthy spins on the Sunday morning interview shows. ABC, with "ALL CUTS, NO TAXES?" on screen: George Stephanopoulos hit the White House's David Plouffe from the left; CBS, Bob Schieffer ...

Networks Submerge Disastrous GDP Numbers Into Debt Ceiling Impact; ABC Spikes Revised 1st Q Flatline

The broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night noted the very anemic second quarter GDP growth rate at 1.3 percent, but instead of stressing how it showed the weak economic state well ...

Brian Williams Demands of Mitch McConnell: 'Why Shouldn't Rich Folks Pay More?'

Running a brief excerpt from his Sunday night Dateline special, "Taking the Hill: Inside Congress," Brian Williams on Thursday evening showcased one and only one question he posed to Senate ...

CNN's Piers Morgan Rails Against Republicans for Not 'Compromising,' Slaps Anti-Tax Hike Stand as 'Crazy'

Acting as if he were trying out for a MSNBC gig, Piers Morgan used his half hour of CNN's prime time, following President Barack Obama's 9 PM EDT speech on the debt ceiling and House Speaker John ...

CBS's Schieffer Mimics Obama, Proposes Republicans 'the Party that Can't Say Yes to Anything?'

Adopting the spin of President Barack Obama - who on Friday insisted "one of the questions that the Republican Party is going to have to ask itself is: Can they say yes to anything?" ' on Sunday's ...

CBS Frets Waste of Time on 'Cut Cap and Balance,' But Promotes 'Remarkable Resurrection' for 'Gang of 6'

House Republicans have a budget-cutting proposal that stands no chance of getting by President Obama while some Senators have a big tax-hiking plan which stands no chance of passage in the House, ...

Esquire Magazine Genuflects: Obama's a 'World-Historical Soul,' 'He is What We Hope We Can Be'

An effusive love letter to Barack Obama published in the August edition of Esquire magazine. "2011 is the summer of Obama," gushed Stephen Marche, genuflecting "'I am large, I contain multitudes,' ...

Amanpour Focuses on One Poll Showing Support for Tax Hikes, Schieffer Upset GOP Not as Reasonable as Obama

A couple of Sunday interview show hosts again forwarded White House talking points about the necessity to include taxes, I mean "revenues," in any debt ceiling increase deal with ABC's Christiane ...

Pelley Cites Tea Party as 'Problem' as ABC Relays 'Disgust,' Pelley Prompts Obama to Hail Reagan's Compromise 'Virtue'

Interviewing President Obama for Tuesday's CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley implied the Tea Party should be blamed for blocking a debt ceiling deal ("Isn't the problem that a large number of the ...

NBC's Chuck Todd: Anti-Tax Hike Tea Party Republicans Are the 'Problem' Blocking Deal to Help 'Hurting' Americans

"The problem is this issue with the House Republicans," NBC's Chuck Todd declared Wednesday night in naming the culprit blocking help to Americans whom Brian Williams asserted "are hurting every ...

With Chris Wallace's Help, ABC and NBC Paint Bachmann as Fact-Challenged 'Flake'

All three broadcast network evening newscasts awarded full stories Monday night to Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign announcement, with ABC and NBC unable to resist pouncing on Chris ...

Amanpour Does Obama's Bidding in Pushing McConnell to Realize Need for 'Revenue Raising'

On Sunday's This Week, ABC's Christiane Amanpour repeatedly hit Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell with the White House's plea for "revenue raising" measures, often the new euphemism for tax ...

ABC and NBC Refuse to ID Party of Mobster's Brother, 'Celebrated Star of Massachusetts Politics'

The ABC and NBC evening newscasts have focused stories on Billy Bulger, the long-time Massachusetts Democratic political hack who is the younger brother of just-captured reputed mass-murdering ...

NBC Picks on Supposed Republican Stumbles Before Showing Obama Soothing a Baby

On Tuesday night, NBC highlighted a series of stumbles by Republican presidential candidates, none of them all that significant (Romney having $100 bills in his wallet and Perry referring to ...

NBC News Twists Its Network's Pledge Censorship Into Slam at Rick Perry's Intolerance

Trying to submerge its own network's "under God" censorship into a greater narrative, Monday's NBC Nightly News managed to combine into one disjointed story the NBC Sports decision to remove ...

Washington Post Ombudsman Undermines His Claim Paper's E-Mail Quest Didn't Prove Anti-Palin Bias

Put the lie in your lead and the truth deeper into your story, Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney relayed on Sunday in passing along advice he got from his late father. A few pages away, ...