BiasAlerts

In 2006 the MRC put together a compilation outlining how, since his retirement in 1981 after nineteen years as anchor of the CBS Evening News , Walter Cronkite had made clear his liberal views on a range of issues. For the full collection of Cronkite's liberal pronouncements, and denunciations of conservatives, since the late 1980s check the MRC's " Walter Cronkite: Liberal Media Icon ." Categories: "Promoting Liberalism," "Denouncing Conservatives," "Get Out of Iraq 'Now,'" "Believing in Conspiracies," "Wishing for 'One World Government,'" "Terrorism Caused by Economic Disparity," "Pushing for More Gun Control" and "Proud of News Media's Liberal Persuasion."... continue reading
Newsweek engaged itself deeper in the battle for nationalized health care by turning over its cover story - " We're Almost There " - to Senator Ted Kennedy for his lengthy personal recitation of "the cause of my life." ABC and NBC on Sunday night dutifully championed his cause as World News anchor Dan Harris highlighted how "Kennedy is using his own battle against brain cancer to make an emotional pitch for health care reform" and NBC reporter Mike Viqueira touted: Today, another dramatic push, this time from an ailing Ted Kennedy , absent from Washington but appearing on the... continue reading
A night after CBS and NBC skipped the assessment from the chief of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the Senate and House health plans won't meet President Obama's pledge to not increase deficit spending, the two networks caught up only when Obama, reacting to "anxiety" even from Democrats, addressed the setback to his quest late Friday. CBS anchor Katie Couric spun the bad news for Obama into "a warning" from him about the ominous fate which awaits Americans if he does not succeed. "Also tonight, a warning from the President," she teased Friday's CBS Evening News before a clip... continue reading
Earlier this week, ABC , CBS and NBC all noted the tenth anniversary of the death of John F. Kennedy, Jr. That Kennedy was an "icon" according to CBS's Harry Smith, and "the Prince of Camelot" to ABC's Chris Cuomo, a former cousin-in-law. Saturday marked the 40th anniversary of the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, killed July 18, 1969 after leaving a party with Senator Edward Kennedy. That night, Kennedy drove his car off a bridge, and left the scene with Kopechne still in the submerged vehicle; he did not call the police until the following morning. Over the course... continue reading
On Friday, MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall exclaimed: "Harsh political discourse against [President Obama] really amped up and people started to push the boundaries of what might be considered decency. From talk radio to those tea parties that we saw with some pretty offensive signs folks were holding, even in the presence of children. The anger has certainly intensified." As evidence of the supposed lack of "decency" co-anchor David Shuster declared: "And so listen to Glenn Beck make his case against health care reform just yesterday on his radio show, watch." The audio clip that followed featured Beck yelling at a... continue reading
The House Ways and Means committee approved a half-trillion dollar tax increase early Friday morning, but the ABC and NBC morning news shows offered only a single sentence to the development, while CBS's Early Show skipped it entirely. Neither NBC's Today nor ABC's Good Morning America mentioned the tax increase's $544 billion price tag, as each newscast folded the development into larger pieces on President Obama's push for health care "reform." ABC's Deborah Roberts first gave a mere two sentences to the CBO report that contradicts White House claims that Obama's plan would save money. She then mentioned the big... continue reading
On Friday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Randall Pinkston described President Obama's Thursday address to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People: "The crowd responded to his soaring, almost sermon-like rhetoric." Obama's speech was part of the NAACP's annual convention and marked the 100th anniversary of the organization's founding. Fill-in co-host Jeff Glor introduced Pinkston's report by declaring: "The NAACP has spent a century trying to break down racial barriers...last night's anniversary party in New York featured the man who broke the ultimate barrier." In contrast to the two news briefs the Early Show dedicated to the President's speech,... continue reading
Summing up Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's performance during four days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg on Thursday night asserted "Republicans argued her views on issues like abortion and gun rights, and her controversial speeches, proved Sotomayor was a liberal activist who would rely on empathy." But, Greenburg countered, "Sotomayor - calmly, persistently, repeatedly - described herself differently, sounding almost conservative." To illustrate, Greenburg played this soundbite from Sotomayor: "The great beauty of this nation: that we do leave those law-making to our elected branches, and that we expect our courts to understand its... continue reading
"Congress's chief budget analyst delivered a devastating assessment yesterday of the health care proposals drafted by congressional Democrats," the Washington Post reported Friday , but of the broadcast network evening newscasts on Thursday only ABC's World News related how, as Jake Tapper put it, "the President's case was dealt a blow today" when CBO Director Douglas Elmendorf warned the health plans will require massive additional spending. Noting "House Democrats would impose a surtax of up to 5.4 percent on top wage earners," Tapper relayed how the Tax Foundation determined it "would push top tax rates to over 50 percent in... continue reading
CNN anchor Rick Sanchez devoted an entire segment on Thursday to his interviews of five "wise Latina" women from his hometown of Miami, including his own mother, about the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Though Sanchez did point out how many Americans disagreed with the nominee's decision in the New Haven firefighters case, all of the women supported Sotomayor [audio clips from the segment are available here ; the video clips are available at this link ]. The anchor traveled to Miami, in his words, going "out of the D.C. Beltway and find some other Latina women... continue reading