BiasAlerts

ABC News economics and business reporter Bianna Golodryga (pictured at right), a regular contributor to Good Morning America, will marry Obama budget chief Peter Orszag next fall. Fill-in co-hosts Dan Harris and Elizabeth Vargas announced the news on Tuesday's Good Morning America, after Golodryga (subbing for news reader JuJu Chang) finished the 7am ET newscast with Bristol Palin's custody suit with her ex-boyfriend and Playgirl model Levi Johnston. She quipped of her future husband: "There was no Playgirl shoot in his portfolio." New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes reported the pairing Monday on the Times' Caucus blog: He met Ms... continue reading
On Tuesday's Today show, NBC's Jenna Wolfe singled out Sarah Palin and grouped her with "flabby thighs, cheap men, [and] rude people" as subjects some people chose to ritually "purge" from their minds in an annual event in New York City called "Good Riddance Day." Participants wrote down their worst memories of 2009 on sheets of paper and fed them into a giant shredding machine to mark the upcoming new year [an audio clip from the report is available here ]. The NBC correspondent began her report, which aired 50 minutes into the 7 am hour, by briefly describing the... continue reading
The first 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, yesterday, today, Wednesday and Thursday - 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 Word, OpenOffice... continue reading
Here's a shock: Retired New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse donated to the Obama campaign. Greenhouse revealed the donation in a nytimes.com column expressing her ambivalence about McCain-Feingold's stringent restrictions on campaign speech. In " Hurry Up and Wait ," an Opinionator piece on campaign finance reform posted December 17 at nytimes.com, Greenhouse admitted donating to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008. Receiving such requests was a new experience for me after my years at The Times, which doesn't permit reporters to make political contributions. After I left the paper in mid-2008, I made a few contributions: to... continue reading
The winning 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, today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday - 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 Word, OpenOffice Writer... continue reading
As the lone journalist on Sunday's Meet the Press roundtable (with Newt Gingrich, Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick), NBC's Andrea Mitchell insisted the "Obama Doctrine" has "borne fruit," but "it is not perceived yet" - though the President has already "united the world behind the United States." Citing all those who "camped out" for the Sarah Palin book signings, Mitchell denigrated her appeal as evidence of how "they are so hungry for a symbol for anyone who can give them answers" it shows "there's an anger out there" she hasn't seen since George Wallace in 1968. And that, she maintained,... continue reading
On Thursday's World News, ABC anchor Diane Sawyer took the time to devote an entire story to 92-year-old Democratic Senator Robert Byrd's vote for the Democratic health care bill, which the West Virginian dedicated to former Senator Ted Kennedy, whom the ABC anchor described as "health care champion Ted Kennedy." Sawyer recounted that Byrd had to be brought into the Senate chamber in a wheel chair several times recently to cast votes related to the bill. Sawyer informed viewers of Byrd's long Congressional career and 98 percent attendance record, and then quoted his declaration that "I do what duty tells... continue reading
Saturday's Fox Newswatch on FNC highlighted two "winners" in the MRC's " Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The 22nd Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting ." (Posting on NewsBusters ) Viewers were treated to Katie Couric pining to Barack Obama: "You're so confident, Mr. President, and so focused. Is your confidence ever shaken? Do you ever wake up and say, damn, this is hard?" FNC host Jon Scott announced "her performance there garnered the Media Research Center's ' Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award for Obsequious Obama Interviews .'" Scott also pointed out how Time magazine's Joe Klein won... continue reading
Early in the 1PM ET hour on MSNBC on Tuesday, anchor Norah O'Donnell pressed New Hampshire Senator Judd Gregg on Republican efforts to slow down passage of ObamaCare: "You guys are going to probably be there late on Christmas Eve....And a lot of people say it's the Republicans' fault, that you could easily go ahead and move forward with this legislation. Are you the Grinch that stole Christmas?" Senator Gregg rejected that notion and pointed out: "...it wasn't necessary for the Democratic leadership to back this up to Christmas....We could have come back at the beginning of January and debated... continue reading
More than a year before the end of "the first decade of the 21st century," Katie Couric on Monday night eagerly publicized a non-CBS News poll which, she relayed, found that "as we get ready to close the chapter on the first decade of the 21st century, most of us are ready to say 'good riddance.' In a poll released today, Americans 2-to-1 expressed a negative view of the past ten years." (The 21st century began with 2001, not 2000, so the decade will not conclude until the end of 2010.) In reciting the numbers from the Pew Research Center... continue reading