1. NBC Denies Liberal Bias As It Elevates Olbermann to Nightly News NBC News on Thursday announced that the network has extended its contract with Keith Olbermann, host of MSNBC's Countdown, for four years. As part of the deal with the vitriolic journalist who, the AP's David Bauder reported, "has become a liberal hero" and who "has seen his ratings increase since launching a series of anti-President Bush commentaries late last summer," he will be elevated to the broadcast network which will air two Countdown specials a year and he will contribute "occasional essays" on NBC Nightly News. In announcing... continue reading
1. Soldiers in Iraq on Anti-Surge Resolution: 'Sick' & 'Treason' Of the broadcast network evening newscast stories Tuesday night on the House debate over the non-binding resolution that "disapproves of the decision of President George W. deploy more than 20,000 additional United States combat troops to Iraq," only ABC's Jake Tapper included the views of soldiers in Iraq. Tapper's report on World News featured soundbites from two Army Sergeants in Ramadi, and both condemned the resolution. First Sergeant Louis Barnum declared: "It makes me sick. I was born and raised a Democrat, but when I see that it just... continue reading
1. Couric Touts Opposition to Funding Surge, Not Split on Resolution A new CBS News poll, released Monday night, determined that Americans are almost exactly evenly split on whether Congress should "pass a non-binding resolution against sending additional troops to Iraq" with 44 percent in favor and 45 percent opposed. But in highlighting how the Senate on Tuesday "will begin a three-day debate on a non-binding, symbolic resolution stating its disapproval of President Bush's Iraq troop build-up," CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric ignored that finding of an evenly-divided nation. Instead, she focused on how "a total of 53 percent... continue reading
1. NBC's Engel with Troops: 'All Told Me It's Time to End This War' Making up for advancing the view that soldiers in Iraq are upset by anti-war opponents at home? Exactly two weeks after the NBC Nightly News featured a report from Richard Engel about how "troops here say they are increasingly frustrated by American criticism of the war," Friday's NBC Nightly News ran a dispatch from Engel which showcased soldiers who want the war to end. Engel ran just one soundbite, from a Staff Sergeant with the First Infantry Division, who declared: "It is pretty much almost a... continue reading
1. CBS, and Then ABC and NBC, Catch Up with Pelosi Jet Controversy On Wednesday evening, CBS became the first of the broadcast networks to cover the controversy over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's efforts to acquire access to a larger military jet than what her predecessor used. CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric relayed that Pelosi's request for a "big travel upgrade" was coming at a time when "they're cracking down on congressional perks." After pointing out that Pelosi "finds herself on the defensive" as military officials are "grumbling," correspondent Sharyl Attkisson gave attention to House Republican Whip Roy Blunt's... continue reading
1. Out of Control: Matthews Drops F-Bomb in MSNBC Rant Against Bush Hardball host Chris Matthews lurched even further off the deep end on Wednesday's Imus in the Morning. After praising the "great job" Rudy Giuliani did in cleaning up New York City, the MSNBC star, who appeared by phone, went on a rant declaring how he's "sick of southern guys with ranches running this country." Losing control, Matthews dropped the F-bomb on national television: "I want a guy to run for President who doesn't have a fucking -- I'm sorry, a ranch." As host Don Imus began to snicker,... continue reading
1. Couric Highlights 4 Year Mark of Powell's 'Embarrassment' at UN CBS's news judgment: Monday's CBS Evening News devoted a first segment story to, as anchor Katie Couric put it, the "irony" that the Senate debate over resolutions on the Iraqi surge occurred "four years to the day" after Colin Powell made his presentation at the UN which "became an embarrassment." Couric asked and answered: "And how's this for irony? Today's Capitol Hill confrontation began four years to the day after then-Secretary of State Colin Powell made a dramatic speech at the UN to make the case that Iraq was... continue reading
1. NBC: Beware of 'Global Warming'; No Wait, Fear the 'Deep Freeze' About 12 minutes into Thursday's NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams warned viewers about "global warming," but just eight minutes later NBC ran a story about the month-long "deep freeze" in Colorado. With "Global Warming" on screen in the graphic over his shoulder, Williams promoted the "much-anticipated" upcoming report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: "Global warming, they are to say, is very likely to be caused by people, by very likely, the scientists behind this report say, that means 90 percent certain." Williams went on to... continue reading
1. Warming Hype: 'Will Billions Die?' and 'Could Destroy Earth?' The networks on Wednesday, without any sense of any questions about the media-fueled scientific "consensus," continued their hyperbolic panic over the supposed dire threat of global warming. ABC's Good Morning America displayed this on-screen throughout a report from weather reader Sam Champion: "Will Billions Die from Global Warming?" Champion eagerly relayed how the upcoming report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) "will estimate that between 1.1 and 3.2 billion people will suffer from water shortage problems by 2080. That's not your grandchildren, that's your children. And between... continue reading
1. Nets Hype Democratic Hearings on 'Silencing' of Warming Science The broadcast network evening newscasts on Tuesday, especially NBC and ABC, jumped to hype a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing meant to publicize a report from two far-left groups about how the Bush administration supposedly suppressed science about the dire threat of global warming -- as if that view isn't already getting plenty of play in the mainstream media. "The question in Washington today was this," anchor Brian Williams intoned in leading the NBC Nightly News: "Did the Bush administration in any way try to cook the... continue reading