BiasAlerts

"Congress let renewing the estate tax slip through the legislative cracks and gone with it is $14 billion for the U.S. Treasury," ABC anchor John Berman fretted in setting up a Saturday night World News story which didn't consider any of the costs of the death tax , which ABC only referred to as the "estate tax," such as destroying family businesses, nor the unfairness of re-taxing already taxed earnings. Reporter Laura Marquez, who last year expressed frustration at the difficulty of raising taxes in California, described the demise of the death tax as "a big gift from Congress" to... continue reading
Deborah Howell, the Washington Post's ombudsman from late 2005 through the end of 2008, "suffered fatal injuries when struck by a vehicle" while vacationing in New Zealand, an overnight post on WashingtonPost.com reported early Saturday morning . Howell, the top editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Washington bureau chief for the Newhouse newspaper chain before jumping to the Post, recognized and documented liberal media bias in some of her weekly ombudsman columns ( Post's archive ). Howell agreed with readers who saw "a tilt toward Democrat Barack Obama" in the paper's campaign coverage, as she had earlier determined... continue reading
The failures that allowed the unsuccessful Christmas Day terrorist attack have marred President Barack Obama's relaxation schedule in Hawaii, CBS's Jeff Glor and Chip Reid regretted Thursday night as Reid fretted Obama had "hoped to spend this vacation recharging his batteries, but now he appears to be spending most of it working" and assured viewers Obama is moving fast to protect Americans: "The President has immersed himself in the details of the review and that individuals will be held accountable, but the top priority now is to make sure it doesn't happen again." Fill-in CBS Evening News anchor Jeff Glor... continue reading
On the last day of 2009, The Washington Post revisited the decade from its own narrow liberal persective. Style section writer Dan Zak found "we cheered the inauguration of a black man" and suggested the "we" was appropriate because 93 percent of D.C. voters cast a ballot for Obama. That's probably a lower percentage than the Washington Post staff. Zak offered Time magazine's decade-from-Hell mantra as the declaration of Everyone: Everyone says this decade was the decade from hell, the lost decade [read: Bush], but also the decade of tantalizing evolution [read: Obama]. The capital was the crucible for this... continue reading
The third runners-up quotes in the MRC's " Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The Twenty-Second Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting ." As announced in a CyberAlert Special last Monday, the awards issue was posted, with videos, on Monday, December 21, but following tradition, Monday , Tuesday , yesterday and today - the last weekdays of the year - MRC.org's BiasAlert and corresponding CyberAlert e-mail newsletter will run the winning quotes followed on succeeding days by the runners-up. The page linked above also has links to download a PDF version or the text of the entire issue in MS... continue reading
The Daily Beast's Tina Brown targeted Rush Limbaugh for ruining 2009, particularly after Obama's inauguration, on Thursday's Today show on NBC, blaming him for the "big discord and toxic atmosphere in politics," and likened him to the "the bad fairy at Sleeping Beauty's christening" for uttering his famous words about the President, "I hope he fails" [audio clip available here ]. Brown slammed the talk show host just hours after he was hospitalized for chest pains. The British-born journalist appeared with commentator Nancy Giles and comedian Andy Borowitz nine minutes into the 8 am Eastern hour for a panel discussion... continue reading
Unlike CBS and NBC, ABC on Wednesday night reported on criticism from the right of how President Barack Obama is addressing terrorism, but correspondent David Wright tried to discredit the critics' points by reacting with astonishment and sarcastic snipes. Astonishment: "Do you really feel like President Obama has made the country less safe?" Sarcasm: Rebutting former Bush speech writer Marc Thiessen's bewilderment ("Why are we taking a terrorist who just tried to bring down a plane and telling him, 'You have the right to remain silent'? That's insane"), Wright disparaged the point with an extreme exaggeration of the alternative which... continue reading
Naming his ten best movies of what he misidentified as "the first decade of the 21st century," Boston Herald film reviewer James Verniere on Tuesday asserted that "in terms of filmmaking that opens the world's eyes to a worldwide problem, Al Gore trumps Michael Moore in my view." In his list (" Closing credits: As decade fades to black, 10 films deserve kudos "), he put Gore's propagandistic and discredited movie at #7 as he expressed bafflement over how it failed to propel Gore into the White House: 7. "An Inconvenient Truth" (2006) - Rock star Al Gore takes on... continue reading
MSNBC.com's Steve Adubato went so far to compare Sarah Palin's notoriety to a reality show during a segment on Wednesday's Today show on NBC. Adubato acted as an apologist for Levi Johnston's move to open his child custody dispute with Bristol Palin: "Sarah Palin's reality show that she's been on for the past couple years...It has an impact on this baby as well....and it's not good for the kid either." The MSNBC.com "media analyst" and former Democratic politician appeared with former prosecutor Wendy Murphy just after the bottom of the 7 am Eastern hour for a panel discussion about the... continue reading
The second runners-up quotes in the MRC's " Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The Twenty-Second Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting ." As announced in a CyberAlert Special last Monday, the awards issue was posted, with videos, on Monday, December 21, but following tradition, Monday , yesterday , today and tomorrow - the last weekdays of the year - MRC.org's BiasAlert and corresponding CyberAlert e-mail newsletter will run the winning quotes followed on succeeding days by the runners-up. The page linked above also has links to download a PDF version or the text of the entire issue in MS... continue reading