1. ABC Trumpets How Japanese Use Obama to Learn English Monday's World News concluded with a story touting how a school in Japan, which ABC failed to note is affiliated with the Washington Post Company, uses President Obama's speeches to help teach English. Anchor Charles Gibson poured on the flattery: "Finally tonight, there's the old saying that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Well if that is the case, hundreds of students in Japan are flattering President Obama no end. That's because they're busy imitating him, all for a good reason." After clips of adult students saying "Yes, we... continue reading
1. Schieffer Commiserates w/ Obama: 'Have You Lost Any Friends Yet?' CBS's Bob Schieffer devoted about half of his Face the Nation interview, with President Barack Obama, to Pakistan and Afghanistan, but on Iraq he failed to point out Obama's opposition to the surge as he hoped: "Are things going well enough there now that you may consider speeding up the withdrawal of troops from Iraq?" On violence in Mexico, Schieffer pushed a blame America first line, suggesting more regulations on guns: "It's my understanding that 90 percent of the guns that they're getting down in Mexico are coming from... continue reading
1. Obama's 'Virtual Town Hall' White House 'First' Enthralls ABC President Barack Obama doesn't have to do too much to impress ABC News. A little more than five weeks after the fill-in anchor of World News effused over two-week-old photos of Obama "serving cookies" on Super Bowl night while an awed George Stephanopoulos glowed over how "these are just remarkable....we've never really seen anything like this before in real time," on Thursday night the newscast devoted a full story to "a White House first" of answering questions via the Internet. (NBC Nightly News didn't air a syllable about the stunt... continue reading
1. ABC's George Stephanopoulos Fawns Over Obama's 'Law Seminar' ABC's George Stephanopoulos appeared on Wednesday's Good Morning America to laud Barack Obama's "confident" Tuesday night press conference as reminiscent of a "law seminar." The This Week host then cooed, "The President used to be a law professor" and enthused: "I would say overall, though, a good performance, about an A-." He spoke to co-host Robin Roberts and praised: "Well, I thought the President was confident as he always is, Robin, and very straight. You didn't see a lot of laughter that we saw on Jay Leno." 2. CBS's Rodriguez: 'What... continue reading
1. NBC Admires Obama's 'Know What I'm Talking About Before I Speak' The NBC News team of Brian Williams, Chuck Todd and Keith Olbermann were all enamored with President Barack Obama's explanation that "it took us a couple of days" to express outrage over the AIG bonuses "because I like to know what I'm talking about before I speak." But on CNN, Bill Bennett undermined Obama's spin. Just after Obama's news conference ended at 8:57 PM EDT on Tuesday night, MSNBC anchor Olbermann quoted Obama's "I like to know what I talk about before I speak" line and then exclaimed... continue reading
1. Stocks Soar and Plunge, Couric Always Upbeat About Obama's Efforts On Monday night, Katie Couric teased the CBS Evening News by trumpeting how "the stock market soars as the Treasury rolls out a new plan to rescue America's banks," and then leading: "The Treasury put out the details today of a plan to rescue America's banks and Wall Street responded with two thumbs up and a triple-digit rally." Six weeks ago, however, when the Dow plunged 382 points in reaction to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner's vague plan for banks, Couric didn't mention the stock market in her tease as... continue reading
1. Hypocritical Olbermann Maligns Hume for Using 'Lunatic-Fringe' MRC The Media Research Center's annual "DisHonors Awards," held Thursday night, furnished MSNBC's Keith Olbermann with comments to ridicule, but his rants exposed his own hypocrisy. As Brit Hume accepted our "William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence" he thanked the MRC for providing information he could use, leading Olbermann to denounce Hume at the top of Friday's Countdown: "Brit Hume's dumbfounding admission. He was fed a buffet of daily talking points by an ultra-conservative media site and quote 'we certainly made tremendous use of it.'" As if Olbermann doesn't graze... continue reading
1. DisHonors Awards Held Thursday; Hume Honored with Buckley Award Mark Levin, Monica Crowley, Ken Cribb, "Joe the Plumber," Andrew Breitbart, Ed Meese and a performance by the Capitol Steps highlighted the MRC's "2009 DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters" presented on Thursday night, March 19, before an audience of more than 800 in the Independence Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Washington, D.C. Following the presentation of the DisHonors Awards videos in four categories (see text of quotes in #2 below with a link to the video clips), a look at some "funny clips" from... continue reading
1. MSNBC's Shuster Frets Over GOP 'Fear Mongering' and 'Wing Nuts' 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue host David Shuster on Monday worried that "conservative fear mongering" about President Barack Obama could be "seriously dangerous." A graphic for the MSNBC segment hyperbolically read: "Stoking Hatred?" In a tease for the piece, Shuster played clips of former Vice President Dick Cheney asserting that Obama has made America less safe and of Fox News host Glenn Beck ("We are a country that's headed toward socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest imagination.") The MSNBC anchor asked: "The inflammatory rhetoric from the wing nuts, is it merely entertaining... continue reading
1. Stephanopoulos Empathizes with Obama's 'Tough Dilemma' The Obama administration is just flummoxed by the burdens of power, ABC's George Stephanopoulos fretted on Monday's World News. Discussing the public backlash over how AIG used bailout funds to pay bonuses, Stephanopoulos related that the White House feels "caught in a bind" between "populist anger" and appeasing the business community which only causes negative public reaction. "It's a tough dilemma," he concluded. Stephanopoulos lamented: "They feel caught in a bind. When they respond to this populist anger, they feel they get a very negative reaction from the business community and the stock... continue reading