Yet again the Thursday network evening newscasts on NBC, ABC, and CBS failed to cover the ClimateGate scandal . However, ABC World News did manage to devote a two minute story to the release of singer Susan Boyle's first album. On Thursday afternoon, ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper reported the controversy on his blog : "President Obama's science adviser, Dr. John Holdren, faced a barrage of questions yesterday from Republican Members of Congress about a series of hacked emails at the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit that climate change skeptics have seized upon as evidence that the... continue reading
CNN anchor Rick Sanchez fairly moderated a debate between glacier photographer James Balog and Marc Morano of on Thursday's Newsroom about the issue of climate change. Sanchez did not side with either one of the debaters in his questions during the segment, and asked both reasonable questions [audio clip from the segment available here ]. The CNN anchor led the 3 pm Eastern hour with a preview of the debate segment, as he played a video clip from Balog of a glacier in Alaska, and made his first hint that the ClimateGate scandal was going to be mentioned later:... continue reading
NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman, on Thursday's Today, couldn't let a segment on advances in cerebral palsy treatments go without tipping her hat to the Obama administration's change in stem cell policy. After Today co-anchor Vieira prompted Snyderman to list new therapies "on the horizon," Snyderman took the opportunity to celebrate Obama as she hailed: "On the horizon? Keep your eyes open for stem cells, especially now that we have new stem cell lines under this new administration." The following is the relevant exchange as it was aired on the December 3, Today: MEREDITH VIEIRA: And what other therapies and treatments... continue reading
While ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today questioned Obama White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett on the breach of security at last week's state dinner, her appearance was conspicuously absent from the CBS Early Show on Thursday. The CBS morning show has made a consistent effort to downplay the administration's role in party crashing scandal. On Good Morning America, co-host Robin Roberts wondered why White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers would not be testifying before Congress on the issue: "But, first, I want to ask you about the congressional hearing today. And ask you why isn't the social secretary,... continue reading
On , NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams absolutely gushed over the lefty comedy of the "indispensable" Jon Stewart. The piece, which was promoted in the December 7, 2009 edition of the magazine, featured Williams fawning, " In just the span of a short few years, Jon Stewart has gone from optional to indispensable. " Not holding back his hyperbole, Williams rhapsodized about the harsh interview the Daily Show host conducted with CNBC host Jim Cramer. He compared Stewart's attack on Cramer to that of another moment liberals love: "And yet, in the niche-y, hip, and in-the-know world of... continue reading
Talk about taking one step forward and two steps back. Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, opened the show by offering an apology to members of the military and their families for his infamous West Point is the "enemy camp," quote made during coverage of Obama's Afghanistan speech, as caught by the MRC's Jeff Poor , but immediately after that went to an interview with John Murtha, who himself got in trouble with servicemen and women for falsely accusing Marines of killing innocent civilians in Iraq. Matthews opened the show by saying he received a "some very tough calls from parents... continue reading
On Wednesday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Bianca Solorzano reported on the couple who snuck into the White House state dinner, but avoided fully explaining the role a Pentagon official played in the scandal. She claimed emails between Pentagon liaison Michele Jones and Michaele and Tareq Salahi: "actually undermine their claims that they were invited..." Solorzano quoted one email in which Jones told the Salahis that "it doesn't seem likely" she could get them an invitation to the event and that she "then left the Salahi's a voice mail before the dinner, saying they did not get an invitation." However, Solorzano... continue reading
Jack Cafferty went above and beyond many of his colleagues in the media by highlighting the ClimateGate scandal on Wednesday's Situation Room. He presented both sides of the controversy, noting the "thousand pages of leaked e-mails and documents," while summarizing the side of the defenders of the theory of manmade climate change. Most of the viewer e-mails he read sided with the critics of the theory. The CNN commentator brought up the issue seven minutes into the 5 pm Eastern hour, and incorporated a reference to a film by a certain former vice president: "Al Gore called global warming 'An... continue reading
Imagine if you will that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin was accused of taking gift cards donated to her office for redistribution to needy constituents and using them instead for a personal spending spree. The media firestorm would swirl uncontrollably, of course, and certainly you couldn't fault the media for reporting on the ensuing criminal trial. Well, this sort of this has happened, only to the Democratic mayor of Baltimore Sheila Dixon who was convicted yesterday on a misdemeanor charge of embezzling, yet the coverage from the broadcast networks has been non-existent until the trial's conclusion. A search of "Sheila... continue reading
Unpredictable New York Times science columnist John Tierney has again struck a blow against conventional wisdom. His Tuesday column is a scathing piece on the treasure trove of damning e-mails hacked from the Climatic Research Unit at East Anglia University, a hub of climatologists who believe in the theory that global warming is caused by man, and willing to use disreputable anti-scientific tactics to further that belief. In " E-Mail Fracas Shows Peril Of Trying to Spin Science ," Tierney made the mild and defensive criticisms of the CRU put forth by Times' environmental reporter Andrew Revkin look like weak... continue reading