Media Reality Check

That's their story and they're sticking to it: Four weeks after a Media Research Center Special Report detailed the broadcast networks' biased coverage of global warming, ABC, CBS, and NBC treated viewers to more one-sided, inaccurate reporting on the topic. This time the hook was a report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) which detailed many of the scientific uncertainties which surround global warming. In spite of the NAS paper's carefully qualified language and the protestations of some panel members (see box), network reporters insisted that the scientific panel had blessed environmentalists' most pessimistic predictions. "Sweltering summers, rising sea... continue reading
Barring a last-minute court win, Timothy McVeigh will die Monday because he killed 168 men, women and children on April 19, 1995. In the days and weeks after McVeigh's murderous attack, some liberal journalists used his Oklahoma City bombing as an opportunity to take cheap political shots at mainstream conservatives and talk radio hosts. Recall: " In a nation that has entertained and appalled itself for years with hot talk on radio and the campaign trail, the inflamed rhetoric of the '90s is suddenly an unindicted co-conspirator in the blast. " - Time senior writer Richard Lacayo, May 8, 1995... continue reading
Republicans owe defecting Senator James Jeffords a hearty handshake and deep gratitude for exposing the awfulness of their party's conservatives - at least according to the media's twisted take on next week's scheduled Senate switchover. Journalists insist that Jeffords' jump proves that conservative policies are political poison, and are advising Republican leaders to follow the guidance of the party's most liberal members. "Is this a chance for the party to look at itself and perhaps move more to the center, become more moderate, in the wake of his defection?" NBC's Matt Lauer advocated to White House counselor Karen Hughes on... continue reading
Previewing today's defection by Vermont's Jim Jeffords, ABC's Linda Douglass told viewers on last night's evening news that conservatives were to blame for making the liberal Senator feel uncomfortable. "Jeffords' frustration with his increasingly conservative party has been building for a long time," Douglass blurted on Wednesday's World News Tonight . Douglass' liberal spin was echoed a couple of hours later by Newsweek's Jonathan Alter on MSNBC's The News with Brian Williams : "I was thinking of Ronald Reagan, of all people, when I heard the news. He, when asked why he changed parties, he said, 'I didn't leave the... continue reading
Appearing on the Fox News Channel's The O'Reilly Factor Tuesday night, Dan Rather insisted he had no "inner bias...that goes easy on a Clinton and hard on somebody from the Republican side." But in his answers, Rather revealed that he sees the world through liberal-tinted lenses. Highlights from Rather's FNC appearance: Rape is a private matter: "I don't remember all the details of Juanita Broaddrick," Rather dismissively commented in reference to the Arkansas woman who alleged that Clinton raped her in 1978, "but I will say that - and you can castigate me if you like - when the charge... continue reading
ABC, CBS and NBC are so committed to the idea that human-caused global warming will be a disaster for the planet, they completely excluded all other points of view from their evening newscasts this year, according to a new study by the MRC's Free Market Project. Out of 51 global warming stories shown between January 20 and April 22, only CNN and the Fox News Channel mentioned experts' lack of consensus - and CNN's nod toward balance was merely a brief recitation of a statement by President Bush about "the incomplete state of scientific knowledge." In contrast, FNC's David Shuster... continue reading
According to Peter Jennings, the ABC anchor's e-mail box was "unusually crowded" on Wednesday morning. "Not sure why," he related in his usual afternoon e-mail to World News Tonight viewers, "though there was a lot of traffic on the subject of President Bush and missile defense." Maybe the Internet got clogged up because of Jennings' disdainful Tuesday night coverage of Bush's proposal to proceed with efforts to defend the U.S. from missile attacks. "The consequences of his new policy are very far-reaching," Jennings lectured. "For one thing, he does not intend to abide by a major treaty made with the... continue reading
Television's self-styled experts on everything are busily producing flashy retrospectives of the first 100 days of George W. Bush's presidency - Nightline has a four-night mini-series this week - but how good a job have the networks done? MRC analysts went back to the videotape, identifying the best and worst coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC from the past three months: Biased CBS Gets an F: As Dan Rather might say, you'd find more liberal spin on CBS than blackberries at a bake-off in Altoona. Rather himself frequently denigrated Bush's policies, calling his tax program a "gamble" and a "cut-federal-programs-to-get-a-tax... continue reading
The next time Democrats invite CBS's Dan Rather to star at a partisan fundraiser, as he obligingly did in Texas on March 21, he could remind them just how generously he gives at the office. A new study by MRC's Free Market Project (FMP) documents that, while all three evening newscasts aided liberals' fight against President Bush's tax program, Rather's CBS Evening News was by far the most hostile to the concept of tax cuts. The FMP study looked at 93 tax stories from the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts, January 20 to March 31. For complete results, including... continue reading
On Thursday, April 5, NBC will commemorate Katie Couric's tenth anniversary as co-host of NBC's top-rated Today show, where she has become nearly as much of a mouthpiece for liberal beliefs as her one-time sidekick, Bryant Gumbel, now at the helm of CBS's floundering Early Show . Over her years on Today, Couric has accused Republican pro-lifers of being "rigid" or "narrow-minded," described Fidel Castro "one of the most charismatic leaders of the 20th century," and asked that NRA President Charlton Heston drop his support of the Second Amendment. (See box.) A brief review of some of her most left-wing... continue reading