Media Reality Check http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9/all en Omission Outrage! Big Three Networks Censor Huge IRS Scandal Developments http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/omission-outrage-big-three-networks-censor-huge-irs-scandal-developments <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/IRSGraphicB.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage. Huge developments in the last week – like IRS official Lois Lerner receiving a criminal referral from the House Ways and Means Committee and e-mails proving she fed tax information on a targeted group to the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – were completely censored by ABC and NBC news.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/omission-outrage-big-three-networks-censor-huge-irs-scandal-developments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs IRS Lois Lerner NBC Tea Party Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:08:28 +0000 geoff.dickens 46000 at http://www.mrc.org Lefty Letterman: A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host's Most Liberal Outbursts http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/lefty-letterman-top-ten-list-outgoing-cbs-hosts-most-liberal-outbursts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Obama%20and%20Letterman%20Laughing.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />David Letterman shocked the late night talk show world, <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/03/david-letterman-retiring/">last week</a>, when he announced he was going to retire in 2015. But over the last few years Letterman had been losing the ratings war to his less liberal competitor Jay Leno. While Leno tried to be more even-handed in his jokes against Republicans and Democrats, Letterman took a decidedly leftist turn.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/lefty-letterman-top-ten-list-outgoing-cbs-hosts-most-liberal-outbursts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Barack Obama David Letterman Dick Cheney George W. Bush Sarah Palin Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:24:08 +0000 geoff.dickens 45958 at http://www.mrc.org American Horror Story: Tales of ObamaCare Victims Untold by the Big Three Networks http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/american-horror-story-tales-obamacare-victims-untold-big-three-networks <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="300" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/HealthCareHorror.jpg" />If a government program signed into law by former President George W. Bush was causing cancer patients to go broke, brain tumor victims to pay more for their insurance, and was leaving HIV/AIDS patients in the lurch - you can bet the Big Three news networks would’ve packed their shows with these tragic tales. But these horrific stories and more, all caused by ObamaCare, have yet to be given even one second of airtime on ABC, CBS or NBC’s evening and morning shows in 2014.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/american-horror-story-tales-obamacare-victims-untold-big-three-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs NBC obamacare Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:14:44 +0000 geoff.dickens 45849 at http://www.mrc.org MRC Study: Network TV Buries ObamaCare’s Bad News http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/mrc-study-network-tv-buries-obamacares-bad-news <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/March/NightlyNewsObamaCare.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" width="267" />Unquestionably, ObamaCare is the central political issue of 2014.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RichNoyes" target="_blank">Follow Rich Noyes on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/mrc-study-network-tv-buries-obamacares-bad-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Brian Williams cbs Diane Sawyer NBC obamacare Scott Pelley Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:13 +0000 rich.noyes 45823 at http://www.mrc.org Bye-Bye Piers! A Top 10 Countdown of the Soon-to-Be Ex-CNN Host's Most Outrageous Outbursts http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bye-bye-piers-top-10-countdown-soon-be-ex-cnn-hosts-most-outrageous-outbursts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-10-23-CNN-PiersMorgan.JPG" width="300" />This week marks the end of Piers Morgan’s show on CNN and his run has been full of effusive praise for liberals and damnation of conservatives. Even before Morgan began his show, back in 2010, he tipped his hand in which ideological direction he wanted to take the show when he revealed who he most wanted to interview: “I’d love to do President Obama. I like what he’s done for the reputation of America abroad, which I’m not sure many Americans fully understand.” </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bye-bye-piers-top-10-countdown-soon-be-ex-cnn-hosts-most-outrageous-outbursts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Guns Piers Morgan Tea Party Mon, 17 Mar 2014 21:14:41 +0000 geoff.dickens 45776 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Spend 100 Times More Coverage on Plugging Obama Joke Interview Than Low Enrollment! http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-spend-100-times-more-coverage-plugging-obama-joke-interview-low-enrollment <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/TwoFerns.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />This week, anchors and reporters practically fell over themselves laughing at Barack Obama’s Funny or Die collaboration with comedian Zach Galifianikis as they hailed the ObamaCare promotional video was “great” and urged viewers “you gotta check it out!” </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-spend-100-times-more-coverage-plugging-obama-joke-interview-low-enrollment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bias by Omission obamacare Zach Galifianakis Thu, 13 Mar 2014 19:00:04 +0000 geoff.dickens 45756 at http://www.mrc.org More 'Newsworthy' than Latest ObamaCare Delay: Dry Cleaner Scams, Corvettes and Dating Apps http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/more-newsworthy-latest-obamacare-delay-dry-cleaner-scams-corvettes-and-dating-ap <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/ObamaCareDelay.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />In a nakedly political move designed to ease election year pressure on Democrats, the Obama administration has delayed, yet again, another aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and <a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bad-news-obamacare-no-just-hiccup-say-big-three-nets">again</a> the Big Three networks have barely covered it. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/more-newsworthy-latest-obamacare-delay-dry-cleaner-scams-corvettes-and-dating-ap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc ACA cbs NBC obamacare Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:56:03 +0000 geoff.dickens 45727 at http://www.mrc.org Two New MSNBC Hosts Bring News Media-Obama Revolving Door to 30 http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/two-new-msnbc-hosts-bring-news-media-obama-revolving-door-30 <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/february/ReidReport-promo-MSNBC.jpg" target="_blank"><img style="float: right; margin: 1px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/february/ReidReport-promo-MSNBC.jpg" width="260" /></a>With two political activists, who toiled for Barack Obama, starting hosting duties today with new shows on MSNBC (Ronan Farrow’s 1 PM EST <em>Ronan Farrow Daily</em> and Joy-Ann Reid’s 2 PM EST <em>The Reid Report</em>), the Media Research Center’s list of those revolving between working on behalf of Obama and positions in the news media has reached 3</p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/two-new-msnbc-hosts-bring-news-media-obama-revolving-door-30" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Revolving Door Thu, 20 Feb 2014 16:54:26 +0000 brent.baker 45595 at http://www.mrc.org Bad News for ObamaCare? No, Just a 'Hiccup' Say Big Three Nets http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bad-news-obamacare-no-just-hiccup-say-big-three-nets <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="300" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2014-02-11-NBC-TDAY-Morales.JPG" />In the last couple of weeks ObamaCare has been dealt two serious setbacks: yet another delay in the employer mandate, and a devastating CBO report that claimed it will cost the equivalent of two million jobs. However, the reaction of Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network reporters to these latest ObamaCare failures has been to blow them off as just a little “hiccup.” <br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bad-news-obamacare-no-just-hiccup-say-big-three-nets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc cbs Natalie Morales NBC obamacare Mon, 17 Feb 2014 17:31:00 +0000 geoff.dickens 45566 at http://www.mrc.org The Media's Most Outrageous Olympic Outbursts http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/medias-most-outrageous-olympic-outbursts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/LauerOlympics2.jpg" width="300" />Sports fans checking in on coverage of Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia might want to brace themselves for unexpected outbursts of liberal preaching from reporters covering the games. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/medias-most-outrageous-olympic-outbursts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Bryant Gumbel Jane Clayson Katie Couric Meredith Vieira Paula Zahn Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:49:31 +0000 geoff.dickens 45458 at http://www.mrc.org It’s Not Just One Tweet: MSNBC’s Despicable Record of Smearing Conservatives as Racists http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/its-not-just-one-tweet-msnbcs-despicable-record-smearing-conservatives-racists <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/january/Cheerios.JPG" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="267" />On Thursday, MSNBC President Phil Griffin apologized for <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-balan/2014/01/30/msnbc-slimes-right-wing-racist-over-cheerios-ad-featuring-biracial-ki"><strong>a Twitter post</strong></a> suggesting conservatives (“the rightwing”) are racists who would “hate” a cute new Cheerios ad because it featured a biracial family: “Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheer</p><div class='signature'><p>— Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RichNoyes" target="_blank">Follow Rich Noyes on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/its-not-just-one-tweet-msnbcs-despicable-record-smearing-conservatives-racists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division character assassination Chris Matthews Keith Olbermann Lawrence O'Donnell Martin Bashir MSNBC race Racism Thomas Roberts Sun, 02 Feb 2014 20:15:00 +0000 rich.noyes 45452 at http://www.mrc.org Don't Know the Party of a Politician Caught in a Scandal? He's Probably a Democrat http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/dont-know-party-politician-caught-scandal-hes-probably-democrat <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2014-1-27-nwill-Redel.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Within the span of 40 seconds, <em>NBC Nightly News</em> anchor Brian Williams reported on two politicians caught in scandals, one a Republican the other a Democrat, but he gave the party affiliation of only one of the troubled politicians. Can you guess which one? &nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/dont-know-party-politician-caught-scandal-hes-probably-democrat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Bias by Omission Brian Williams labels ray nagin Trey Radel Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:02:42 +0000 geoff.dickens 45419 at http://www.mrc.org Bieber Obsessed Nets Ignore NYT's Front Page IRS Scandal Scoop http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bieber-obsessed-nets-ignore-nyts-front-page-irs-scandal-scoop <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/BieberNightlyNews.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />A Thursday front page <em>New York Times</em> story reported that Friends of Abe, a group made up of Hollywood conservatives like actors Gary Sinise and Kelsey Grammer, became the latest right-leaning group to be targeted by the IRS. Total Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network time spent on this story: zero seconds. However there was a celebrity news story the Big Three news networks did jump all over -- Justin Bieber getting arrested for drunk driving.<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bieber-obsessed-nets-ignore-nyts-front-page-irs-scandal-scoop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc cbs Gary Sinise Justin Bieber Kelsey Grammer NBC Fri, 24 Jan 2014 18:42:40 +0000 geoff.dickens 45384 at http://www.mrc.org Priorities! Nets Spend Twice as Much Time on Michelle Obama's Birthday Bash Than Benghazi http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/priorities-nets-spend-twice-much-time-michelle-obamas-birthday-bash-benghazi <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2014-01-17-NBC-TDAY-MichelleO50.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On Wednesday the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a devastating report that blamed the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton’s State Department for security failures leading up to the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/priorities-nets-spend-twice-much-time-michelle-obamas-birthday-bash-benghazi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Al Roker Benghazi cbs Hillary Clinton Lara Spencer Michelle Obama NBC Mon, 20 Jan 2014 19:53:06 +0000 geoff.dickens 45343 at http://www.mrc.org Deluge: Now 44 Times More TV Coverage of Christie's Traffic Scandal Than in Last Six Months on IRS http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/deluge-now-44-times-more-tv-coverage-christies-traffic-scandal-last-six-months-i <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In less than 48 hours, ABC, CBS and NBC deluged viewers with coverage of Chris Christie's traffic jam scandal,&nbsp;<strong>devoting a staggering 88 minutes to the story.</strong>&nbsp;In comparison, these same news outlets over the last six months have allowed a scant two minutes for the latest on Barack Obama's Internal Revenue Service scandal. The disparity in less than two days is 44-to-one. [See a chart below.]</p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/deluge-now-44-times-more-tv-coverage-christies-traffic-scandal-last-six-months-i" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc cbs Chris Christie IRS NBC Fri, 10 Jan 2014 18:34:40 +0000 scott.whitlock 45268 at http://www.mrc.org