You read it here first! On Wednesday's The O'Reilly Factor on FNC, host Bill O'Reilly cited a new study from the MRC's Business and Media Institute finding that broadcast network evening and morning news shows have slanted their coverage of President Obama's health care proposals heavily in the Democratic President's favor. O'Reilly introduced a segment with FNC analyst and former CBS News correspondent Bernard Goldberg by citing numbers reported earlier this week in an MRC Media Reality Check : Tonight, we have a number of topics for Mr. Goldberg, beginning with a new study by the Media Research Center, a... continue reading
CBS and NBC released new polls Wednesday night which illustrated how the public is moving against President Barack Obama on health care as his overall approval, at least in the NBC survey, fell to its lowest-ever level. But while both networks conveyed the bad news for Obama, NBC's Chuck Todd failed to point out how more now disapprove than approve of Obama's handling of health care, a devastating judgment for Obama, and CBS took time to elaborate on how "the poll also has some good news" for Obama. "Less than half approve of the way President Obama is handling health... continue reading
After NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams fawned Tuesday over President Obama planning to have a beer with Sergeant Crowley and Professor Gates, on Wednesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith similarly declared: "'s being called the 'beer summit.' Tomorrow's meeting between the President, the professor, and the policeman. We're going to tell you what's on tap." Smith, along with co-hosts Russ Mitchell and Maggie Rodriguez, later devoted nearly two minutes of air time to discussing who would drink what brand of beer at the White House meeting, with Blue Moon, Budweiser, and Beck's sitting on the table in front... continue reading
Taking a break from President Obama's failing health care plan or the Henry Gates controversy, at the top of Wednesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez focused on a more important story: "And move over, Martha. The First Family chooses a popular celebrity retreat for their vacation. We'll tell you where the President will tee off." Rodriguez later introduced the segment by declaring: "President Obama and his family have chosen a well-known and classic locale for their summer vacation next month, Martha's Vineyard. An exclusive island off the coast of Massachusetts." Correspondent Bianca Solorzano then reported: "It's an island retreat,... continue reading
ABC's Ron Claiborne on Saturday managed to file a report on vast Democratic corruption in the state of New Jersey and, at the same time, not once use the word Democrat. While reporting on an unfolding scandal that saw the arrest of a number of the state's mayors and assemblymen, all but one a member of the Democratic Party, the Good Morning America weekend news anchor completely ignored party identification. Claiborne vaguely explained, "44 people indicted, including three mayors, two state legislators and five rabbis and allegations of money laundering, kickbacks and bribe taking." The journalist used the same tactic... continue reading
NBC's Matt Lauer, on Wednesday's Today show, invited on conservative columnist and author Michelle Malkin to discuss several topics ranging from Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s arrest to Malkin's critique of Michelle Obama, but when the subject of only one Republican voting for Sonia Sotomayor in the Senate Judiciary committee came up, Lauer wondered if that would hurt the GOP with Hispanics as he queried: "After the, the last election it was said that the Republicans need to broaden the tent, they need to reach out to minorities. Reach out to Hispanics. Is that, are those six 'no' votes gonna hurt... continue reading
With the revelation that Newsweek Washington bureau reporter Daren Briscoe will start a new job on Monday as Deputy Associate Director of Public Affairs for the Office of National Drug Control Policy, my list of journalists who have jumped to the Obama administration - plus one who traveled through the revolving door from helping the Obama campaign into a news media slot - is up to a dozen: Three each revolved through CNN and the Washington Post; two through ABC News; and one each via the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek and Time magazine. Complete list below. [ UPDATE... continue reading
Extending the auspices of NBC News to provide some damage control help to President Obama's damage control-inspired meeting at the White House with Henry Louis Gates and the police sergeant who arrested him - so Obama can repair the mess he made in taking sides and insulting the police - Brian Williams on Tuesday night didn't mention any gaffe by Obama and instead innocuously described how the arrest led to "a national discussion on race." Noting the get-together for a beer will occur on Thursday, Williams relayed: Professor Gates reported to be a Red Stripe man, Crowley is said to... continue reading
Randy Cohen loves lawsuits: "We Americans are often mocked for being overly litigious, but we are not nearly litigious enough." New York Times "Ethicist" columnist Randy Cohen - who recently implied the Bush administration was insane and once donated money to the far-left in an apparent violation of, um, Times ethics - jumped in to the Henry Louis Gates fray with a Monday night comment on his blog. The effort was worthy of Barack Obama's ill-advised, uninformed foray. Cohen wants Cambridge professor Henry Louis Gates to sue the Cambridge police for arresting him for disorderly conduct on July... continue reading
HBO's Bill Maher, after being asked during a segment on Monday's Situation Room on CNN to explain his recent "soulless vampire bastards" moniker of the current health care system, pushed for President Obama's "reform" plan, paraphrasing the Democrat's own words: "We can't do nothing- doing nothing is actually worse." He also stood by his consistent labeling of the U.S. as a "stupid country" [audio clips available here ]. Anchor Wolf Blitzer interviewed Maher for two segments starting at the bottom of the 5 pm Eastern hour. Towards the end of the first segment, Blitzer prompted the HBO host for his... continue reading