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NBC's chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, in an interview with the President that was aired on Friday's Today show, actually questioned Barack Obama about his controversial recess appointment of the pro-health care rationing Dr. Donald Berwick to head Medicare, something, as BiasAlert has documented the networks have vastly ignored. However, Todd never explained to viewers why the President's opponents were upset by the appointment, and instead gave him an excuse to say the move was just his way of getting around a failed political system as he asked the following: Do you think Washington is broken? And the reason... continue reading
"Fear Factor," Diane Sawyer teased at the top of Thursday's World News in picking up a cause-celebre of the left, demanding: "Who leaked a list of people labeled illegal immigrants, naming children and pregnant women? Are these vigilantes at work?" She soon intoned that "an investigation is under way into what's being called 'The List' - thirteen hundred names leaked in an apparent campaign of intimidation." Reporter David Wright relayed how "we called at least fifty people on the list. Most of them declined to be interviewed," but "one woman," an apparent serial offender, "told us she's pregnant with her... continue reading
On Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Don Lemon conducted a confrontational interview of a black tea party member and disputed his assertion that the U.S. is "more divided now, racially, than any other time in modern history." Lemon bizarrely reached back to the Confederacy to challenge his guest's claim: "Some of the reasons for the Civil War....was racism....How can you say the country is more divided now?" The CNN anchor brought on the Reverend C. L. Bryant during a segment eight minutes into the 10 am Eastern hour to discuss the NAACP's recent condemnation of the tea party's "racism." After playing a... continue reading
Matt Bai's Thursday "Political Times" column in the New York Times, " A Risky Campaign Tactic: Unpleasant Truth ," heralded the comeback of former liberal Republican Lincoln Chafee, who left the party after losing his re-election bid in 2006 and is running for governor of Rhode Island as an independent. What brave-if-brutal "truth" is Chafee telling? The need for tax hikes, naturally. There's a lot of talk in Washington these days about "hard choices"- specifically, about why no one ever seems to make them. A lot of policy experts and former members of Congress (who no longer have to run)... continue reading
Kirk Johnson filed an overheated article from Salt Lake City for the front page of Thursday's New York Times: " 'Immigrant' List in Utah Reveals Private Data and Sets Off Fears. " Apparently this isn't what the Times means when it constantly pleads for illegal immigrants to be allowed "to come out of the shadows." Johnson, known for his hyper-sensitivity to any sign of conservative political weakness in Utah, kept the focus squarely on alleged privacy and safety concerns stirred by the dissemination of the list - not the fact of massive illegal immigration. A list of 1,300 Utah residents... continue reading
On her Bravo TV show Tuesday night, left-wing comedian Kathy Griffin referred to Sen. Scott Brown's two daughters as "prostitutes," and a CNN reporter apparently thought it hysterical. [Audio available here .] Griffin, who was readying herself to rally and drum up support for a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," brought CNN reporters (husband and wife) Dana Bash and John King onto the show to "coach" her for handling Washington, DC. Bash is a congressional correspondent for CNN, while King anchors the news hour John King, USA. When the couple showed Griffin a picture of Sen. Scott Brown and... continue reading
A night after ABC's World News elevated the NAACP's allegation that the "Tea Party movement is a threat to the pursuit of human rights, justice and equality for all," the CBS Evening News pitched in to advance the charge from the unlabeled liberal group. Over "BIGOTRY ALLEGATIONS" on screen beneath a Tea Party sign, from New Orleans Katie Couric teased at the top of her Wednesday newscast: "The NAACP accuses the Tea Party movement of tolerating bigotry." Anchoring from New York, Harry Smith announced "the Tea Party movement has come under fire from the NAACP. The accusation: the party tolerates... continue reading
CNN's Rick Sanchez returned to attacking conservative talk radio on Wednesday's Rick's List program, lamenting that "a lot of people in this country...think that Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are legitimate news organizations." Sanchez also brought on liberal CNN contributor Roland Martin to do the same: " The Glenn Becks of the world...use the race-baiting...Rush Limbaugh and his racist language " [audio clips available here ]. The left-leaning CNN anchor brought on Martin and Memphis, Tennessee Tea Party founder Mark Skoda just after the bottom of the 4 pm Eastern hour to discuss the NAACP's recently-passed resolution condemning the tea... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, invited on recently defeated Republican Representative Bob Inglis to slam Matthews' favorite targets, namely the Tea Party, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin and after he got the requisite criticisms out of the South Carolina congressman of those entities asked him if he could explain how primary voters from his own party could nominate an Indian-American like Nikki Haley, even though they've "got a problem with a black president?" Matthews, clearly not grasping the concept that perhaps voters in South Carolina could cast their ballot based out of purely ideological and not racial motives, asked Inglis... continue reading
Most networks skipped over the story of their own corporate advocacy of broadcast profanity Tuesday night when the Second Circuit Court of Appeals shredded the FCC's broadcast decency regulation. (All the major broadcast networks signed on, with Fox in the lead). NBC's Brian Williams offered 94 words, but erred in claiming "When a curse word has slipped out in the past, the FCC has imposed heavy fines on networks." There were no fines for NBC when Bono said "f-ing brilliant" at the 2004 Golden Globes, nor were their fines for Fox when Cher and Nicole Richie for profanity at (respectively)... continue reading