Media Reality Check

As they did in April , the evening news shows on the broadcast networks spent more airtime in May talking about alleged police misconduct than any other single topic – nearly 109 minutes, more than the amount devoted to the Amtrak train derailment, the horrific floods in Texas or the war against ISIS . Nearly all of that network airtime was devoted to just three instances of alleged misconduct (in Baltimore, Cleveland and Madison, Wisconsin), plus general discussion of the topic. In contrast, all of the other murders committed in the U.S. in May garnered less than half as much... continue reading
In May, as ISIS terrorists captured the Iraqi city of Ramadi and the Syrian city of Palmyra, and with the FBI warning of hundreds of radicalized sympathizers here in the U.S., the ABC, CBS and NBC broadcast evening newscasts devoted a combined 84.5 minutes to ISIS, compared to just under 40 minutes in April. Yet even though the coverage doubled, evening news viewers last month heard virtually no criticism of President Obama’s handling of ISIS — just 43 seconds in a pair of NBC Nightly News stories, or less than one percent of the coverage. The networks aired a combined... continue reading
If his 2012 presidential run is any indicator, Rick Perry’s jump into the 2016 presidential race will bring a flurry of the liberal media’s favorite pejoratives for Republicans. Racist? Anti-science? Religious bigot? Gun nut? Heartless cutter of programs for the poor? You name it, the former Texas governor was called it by his haters in the leftist press. The Washington Post was the first to imply Perry was a racist when it ran a front-page hit piece that hyped the fact that the Perry family spent time at a camp that had a rock with a racial slur on it,... continue reading
Social conservative-haters in the liberal media are sharpening their knives today as Rick Santorum is set to announce his 2016 presidential ambitions. From his arrival to the Senate in 1995 through his 2012 presidential run the media have attacked the former Pennsylvania Republican Senator as a “terrifying” “theocrat” who wants to impose a “Christian version of Sharia law.” This is not surprising since journalists have admitted, in several surveys , to being far more liberal on social issues like abortion than even the general public. One such survey of journalists, from top media outlets, found that nearly all of the... continue reading
George Stephanopoulos may be in trouble right now for donating cash to the Clintons but for years he’s been giving in-kind contributions, in the form of on-air praise and suck-up questions to them in his time as anchor of Good Morning America and host of This Week . In a 2007 interview with former President Bill Clinton about the Clinton Global Initiative, Stephanopoulos asked if his old boss worried that he might be become better remembered as the “philanthropist who happened to be President.” He also gleefully wondered if Bill's old slogan of “buy one, get one free” was still... continue reading
If you're more afraid of the cop on the corner than ISIS, maybe you should blame the media. In the month of April, according to a new survey by the Media Research Center, allegations of police misconduct accounted for one out of every seven minutes of broadcast evening news airtime, or 3 hours, 43 minutes. That's three times more airtime than the next-most-covered topic, the 2016 presidential campaign (1 hour, 18 minutes), and nearly six times more airtime than the Big Three devoted to the ISIS terror threat in April (38 minutes, 45 seconds). The NBC Nightly News devoted the... continue reading
Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee’s entry into the GOP 2016 presidential field is sure to bring attacks on his social conservatism by liberal elites, if recent history is any guide. Despite his background as a former pastor, liberal journalists seem confounded by his sticking to religious tradition when it comes to issues like same-sex marriage, federally-funded birth control or even Christmas. In 2014 the former governor was attacked for saying “Women I know are outraged that the Democrats think that women are nothing more than helpless and hopeless creatures whose only goal in life is to... continue reading
Newly-announced presidential candidate and neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson broke onto the national scene at a National Prayer Breakfast in 2013 when he, while sharing the same stage as the President, had the courage to rail against the deficit, political correctness, and the tax system while also standing up for religious values and advocating health savings accounts as an alternative to Obamacare. Carson’s candidness to speak his mind within the President’s earshot caused a backlash from liberal elites in the media. CNN’s Candy Crowley questioned if Carson’s “weaving the Bible into some objections” he had with the President was “offensive.” The... continue reading
The Baltimore riots surrounding the death of Freddie Gray became a moment for liberal reporters and commentators to take the blame off those who destroyed cars, looted businesses, burned a church senior center and hurled objects at police officers. Liberal journalists claimed the real culprits were police “terrorism,” right-to-work states (for robbing Baltimore of jobs) and even local sports teams like the Ravens and Orioles. Chris Matthews blamed the riots, in part, on “right-to-work states” in the South stealing jobs from labor union friendly Baltimore. CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill claimed it was wrong to call the violent acts a riot... continue reading
Hillary Clinton’s official presidential announcement was a golden opportunity for networks to demand the former Secretary of State respond to unanswered questions about her e-mail scandal. Yet in the flurry of coverage since her official rollout (April 12 - April 20) the e-mail scandal garnered a total of just 3 minutes, 53 seconds* on the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening and morning shows. Even a new angle on the e-mail scandal – the New York Times reported April 14 that Clinton never responded to a congressional inquiry [in December of 2012] that “directly asked” if she had used a... continue reading