Time magazine's Mark Halperin , formerly the political director at ABC News, announced on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday that he believed that most reporters operated under the belief that they are not biased. Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, herself a veteran of CBS News, quickly agreed with Halperin that journalists could not see their own bias. Host Joe Scarborough seemed incredulous: "Most people that you hang out with in the media think that they're, like, right down the middle?" "I think that that's still the dominant view," Halperin insisted. "Yes, I agree with that. Yes," Brzezinski quickly echoed. NewsBusters'... continue reading
On Wednesday, the CBS Early Show once again feared a rise in right-wing extremism as co-host Russ Mitchell cited a report from the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center: "A report out this morning says anti-government and white racist militias are regrouping around the country. The Southern Poverty Law Center says it is in part a reaction to the election of America's first black president." [Audio/video (1:21): Mp3 | WMV ] The CBS morning show touted a similar report from the liberal group on April 15, with co-host Harry Smith declaring: "The Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report found 926 active... continue reading
Chris Matthews, on Tuesday's Hardball, painted town hall protestors as racist as he charged, "I think some of the people are upset because we have a black president." Matthews invited on Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and the Wall Street Journal's Stephen Moore to analyze the uproar at the town hall meetings and after Moore offered that some of the protestor's rage was caused by the "$800 billion obscene fiscal stimulus bill," Matthews interjected with his own explanation for the anger as he exclaimed: "Are you telling me that these guys were created by this new president? That the people we're... continue reading
With the Obama administration and their friends in the media denouncing the sometimes loud dissent that liberals are facing in town hall meetings on health care, it's worth recalling how some of those same journalists celebrated the anti-Bush dissenters and denounced what they claimed was the Republican administration's attempts to stifle dissent. Back in 2006, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann attacked what he called President Bush's " portable public chorus " (does President Obama have one of those?) For telling " those who dissent...[that] we are somehow un-American ." PBS's Bill Moyers in 2003 found it " galling" to see "all those... continue reading
ABC's Kate Snow, who early on Monday couldn't find time to show any Republican opposition to a controversial provision in the health care plan relating to end-of-life care, reversed course on World News and briefly highlighted a GOP voice. Congressman Thaddeus McCotter appeared and asserted, "And there should never be any doubt as to whether your end-of-life decisions are influenced by its effect on the United States Treasury." Snow was filing a piece for Monday's World News about a section in the House health care bill that reimburse doctors for discussing end-of-life care with their patients every five years. And... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer, on Tuesday's Today show, invited on Robert Gibbs to preview Barack Obama's town hall meeting on health care and warned the White House press secretary that it could become a "Super Bowl for shouters." In a segment headlined: "Town Hall Tensions, Obama Battles Health Care Outrage," Lauer, given all the "tension" at the meetings, worried about the President of the United States being shouted down: MATT LAUER: Let me start with a blunt question. Is this a good idea? I mean, you're gonna send the President out there in a town hall forum and two more later... continue reading
On Sunday's Meet the Press , moderator David Gregory showed his panelists an out-of-context clip of Rush Limbaugh announcing: "There are far more similarities between Nancy Pelosi and Adolf Hitler than between these people showing up at town halls to protest a Hitler-like policy." New York Times columnist David Brooks was taken aback: " I hadn't seen the Rush Limbaugh thing. That is insane. What he's saying is insane. " Brooks should not have trusted that NBC was giving him the whole story, since Limbaugh's remark was part of a lengthy reaction to scornful statements by Pelosi smearing anti-ObamaCare protesters... continue reading
MSNBC's graphics department on Monday provided some visually obnoxious examples of media bias, fretting about "unhinged" conservatives and "health care hysteria." Throughout the morning, the left-leaning cable network featured on-screen texts promoting the Democratic agenda. At 11:35am, MSNBC News Live host Carlos Watson anchored a piece urging liberals to get tough in supporting universal health care. The graphic screamed, " Are Liberals Being Too Weak ?" At the beginning of the 12pm show Dr. Nancy, Nancy Snyderman discussed whether or not conservatives such as Sarah Palin are frightening the elderly over health care. This time, the on-screen visual spun, "... continue reading
Reporting on Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court on Saturday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Wyatt Andrews declared: "...she's not always the reserved, work-aholic judge she portrayed in the Senate hearings.... The judge is also known for her can't-miss Christmas parties, which included salsa dancing inside the federal court of appeals in Manhattan." [Audio/video (1:25): Mp3 | WMV ] Andrews offered a detailed report on Sotomayor's down-to-earth personality as he spoke with her friends and colleagues: "...according to friends, like former law clerk Allison Barkoff, the Judge has a big, engaging, New York personality." Barkoff exclaimed: "She is fun. She... continue reading
Catching up with a front page Boston Globe story from late last week, the financially-troubled newspaper owned by the New York Times failed again to limit its liberal laments, and belittling of conservatives, to the editorial page. In " Foes' decibels replace debate on healthcare: Protesters' yells at meetings frustrate Democrats' push ," reporter Lisa Wangsness rued: This summer, the Rockwellian ideal of neighbors gathering to discuss community issues in a neighborly way is gone, replaced by quarrelsome masses hollering questions downloaded from activist websites, as video cameras record every word of the squirming lawmaker's response. Many seem to be... continue reading