BiasAlerts

1. Couric Scolds Palin for 'Great Depression' Scare Couric Raised Interviewing John McCain on Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Katie Couric informed him and viewers that, during an interview of Sarah Palin she conducted earlier in the day, Palin warned of a "Great Depression" if the bail out is not passed, leading Couric to scold Palin to McCain: "But isn't so much of this, Senator McCain, about consumer confidence and using rhetoric like the 'Great Depression,' is that the kind of language Americans need to hear right now?" Quite a bit of chutzpah for Couric, chutzpah CBS didn't even hide from... continue reading
1. NBC News Jealous? Runs Whole Story on Palin Avoiding Press The night before CBS's Katie Couric will sit down with Sarah Palin to discuss foreign policy and just under two weeks after ABC's Charles Gibson got three interview sessions over two days with Palin in Alaska, the NBC Nightly News, the only broadcast network evening newscast snubbed so far by Palin, devoted a full story to how reporters were initially barred from her photo-ops with foreign leaders and her general lack of availability to the press. "The McCain campaign has been launching something of a campaign against the news... continue reading
1. Couric Has Cushy Chat with Biden, Will She Be as Warm with Palin? If Katie Couric is to be consistent and treat Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, whom Couric is scheduled to interview this week, as gently as she did Democratic VP nominee Joe Biden in her day with him Thursday in Ohio which became a story on the Monday night CBS Evening News, she will (Couric quotes from the Biden story in the parentheses): Not apply any ideological label: ("We decided to take a closer look at the 65-year-old Senator from Delaware"); Hail her outspokenness: ("You say... continue reading
1. 60 Minutes: Can't See Palin as President, 'Fact' Race Costs Obama Three Sundays ago, in a 60 Minutes interview CBS's Steve Kroft cued up Barack Obama with Sarah Palin's presumed lack of qualifications compared to him: "Does the fact that he chose as his Vice President someone who has less experience than you take that weapon out of his arsenal?" But on Sunday night, in a 60 Minutes devoted to new interviews with both Obama and John McCain, Scott Pelley also hit McCain from the same angle on Palin's qualifications, telling him "the criticism of Governor Palin is that... continue reading
1. CBS's Reid, an Ex-Biden Adviser, Touts Hagel's Blast at Palin CBS News reporter Chip Reid, who was general counsel in 1987 for Joe Biden's short presidential run, on Thursday night, unlike his colleagues on ABC and NBC, highlighted how Republican Senator Chuck Hagel denigrated the qualifications of Biden's VP competitor, Sarah Palin. Reid concluded his CBS Evening News story by noting how "Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, says it's a 'stretch' to say 'Sarah Palin is qualified to be President,'" and, with matching text on screen, Reid read how Hagel told the Omaha World-Herald: "You get a passport for... continue reading
1. NBC's 'Fact Check' on Palin's False Claims Not So Damning Two weeks after Sarah Palin's convention speech "reporters are still fact-checking what they hear from her, as our own Savannah Guthrie does for us tonight," NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced Wednesday evening. But of Guthrie's five presumed misstatements by Palin, two were remarks made by Palin "aides," not Palin herself; one, the "Bridge to Nowhere," was already dissected eight days ago on the same newscast; and on another, how previous VP nominees have not met foreign leaders, Guthrie didn't disprove Palin's contention. Up first, how Palin asserted... continue reading
1. Matthews: Palin an Empty 'Vessel' for the Right Like Thomas? You'd think Chris Matthews would learn his lesson. During the Democratic convention he insulted Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell as "showcase appointments," only to apologize for it later. Then, on Tuesday's Hardball, recalling how with Clarence Thomas "they wanted to pick an African-American for the Supreme Court so they picked the kind they wanted, which was in this case a guy who was very conservative," Matthews asserted now "they" have chosen Sarah Palin, an empty "vessel" with no "independent thinking" of her own who "they can fill up with... continue reading
1. On 20/20, Gibson Aggressive w/ Palin on Taxes, Abortion and Guns In portions of Charles Gibson's third interview with Sarah Palin aired on Friday's 20/20 and Nightline, but not earlier on World News, Gibson demanded to know why she and John McCain "keep saying" Barack Obama will raise taxes when he says he won't, followed up her wish that Roe v Wade be overturned by -- in a question left out of the ABCNews.com transcript -- contending "it's a critical issue for so many women. You believe women should not have that choice?" and after Palin expressed support for... continue reading
1. Gibson Accuses Palin of 'Hubris' and Seeing Iraq as 'a Holy War' Charles Gibson's interview with Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin, the first since her selection, not surprisingly focused mostly on pressing her to prove she's qualified for the job and quizzing her about foreign policy issues. He suggested her willingness to unhesitatingly accept John McCain's offer demonstrated "hubris" and he delved into what he described as her "provocative comments" on the Iraq war being part of "God's plan." When he seemingly caught her unaware of the definition of the "Bush Doctrine," he outlined its tenets without embarrassing... continue reading
1. By 5-to-1 Public Thinks Most Journalists Trying to Elect Obama A week after a Rasmussen Reports survey discovered that by a ten-to-one margin the public believes the media are trying to hurt Sarah Palin, a new Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters, briefly highlighted Wednesday night on FNC's Hannity & Colmes, determined "69 percent remain convinced that reporters try to help the candidate they want to win, and this year by a nearly five-to-one margin voters believe they are trying to help Barack Obama." Specifically, "50 percent of voters think most reporters are trying to help Obama win versus... continue reading