Profiles in Bias

Tina Brown got in hot water for an unflattering August 15, 2010 Newsweek cover photo of Tea Party Republican Michele Bachmann but those who've followed the current Daily Beast and Newsweek editor's career, ever since she brought her version of tabloid journalism over from England to Vanity Fair in 1984, can tell you this is just par for the course. In fact that wasn't the first time the former editor of The New Yorker displayed her disgust for women of the right. After a run of victories by female candidates in the 2010 GOP primaries, Brown on the June 10... continue reading
On June 20th, 2011, Keith Olbermann debuted on Current TV with a program almost identical to the Countdown show he hosted for eight years on MSNBC. The former sportscaster was abruptly fired from the network on January 20, 2011, just months after being suspended for donating to liberal congressional candidates. Even by the standards of liberal MSNBC, Olbermann's attacks on conservatives have been nothing short of vicious. In 2008, he frothed that George W. Bush was guilty of "murderous deceit." An unhinged Olbermann, on January 18, 2010, excoriated then-Republican senatorial candidate Scott Brown as an "irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude... continue reading
Wednesday, June 8, marks Meredith Vieira's last day as co-host of NBC's Today . Since joining the broadcast in September 2006, Vieira has brought staunch liberal advocacy to the morning news program, following the model of her predecessor, Katie Couric. NBC certainly knew what it was getting, as Vieira frequently pushed her left-wing perspective as one of the moderators of ABC's The View from 1997 to 2006. News reader Ann Curry will take over for Vieira, maintaining the broadcast's liberal tilt. The Media Research Center has compiled some of Vieira's most biased moments, from her later years on The View... continue reading
With the official announcement that NBC's Meredith Vieira will be stepping down from the Today show co-anchor chair in June 2011 also came the news that the longtime newsreader of that morning show, Ann Curry, will move up to take her place alongside Matt Lauer to deliver a daily cup of liberal bias to viewers in the AM. Since joining the show in 1997 Curry has frequently displayed her own uniquely sappy style of bleeding heart liberalism in her anchor briefs and occasional interviews with presidents and celebrities. Back in 2008 she scolded former President George W. Bush that his... continue reading
On Monday, June 6, 2011, Scott Pelley took over as anchor of the CBS Evening News, following the departure of Katie Couric . A review of the MRC's archive reveals Pelley will most likely continue the long tradition of liberal bias advanced by his anchor predecessors Couric , Dan Rather and Walter Cronkite . From celebrating the likes of liberal heroes like Hillary Clinton, saying that she is of the rare few that can match Barack Obama's "global star power" to even offering praise of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, depicting him as a "genuinely humble" figure with "no fancy clothes,... continue reading
On September 27, 2010, longtime MSNBC pundit Lawrence O'Donnell debuted as the host of the new program The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell . O'Donnell has guest hosted C ountdown With Keith Olbermann and was a producer/writer for The West Wing . O'Donnell has an extensive history of angrily condemning conservatives. He fumed at the "torture-mongers" in the Bush administration who should "live in shame," derided the "sleazy" Vice President Dick Cheney and ranted about the dangers of Mormonism. Here are O'Donnell's most outrageous rants: How Low Will the Democrat Apple-Polishing Go? 'If only every political campaign video could feature... continue reading
UPDATED: On May 19, 2011, Katie Couric stepped down as the anchor of the CBS Evening News . Couric's tenure was marked by low ratings — aside from an initial publicity-driven bounce when she took over in September 2006, the Evening News consistently lagged ABC's World News and the NBC Nightly News — and a showcasing of the liberal mindset Couric previously displayed as the longtime co-host of NBC's Today (for many examples, see our earlier reports here and here ). From cheering on Barack Obama's campaign and his liberal presidential agenda, to denigrating the Tea Party and conservative policy... continue reading
On Sunday August 1, longtime CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will take over as host of ABC's This Week , replacing ex-Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos. Amanpour, who is married to Jamie Rubin , Assistant Secretary of State for public affairs during the Clinton administration and an adviser in 2007-08 for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. A look through the MRC's Notable Quotables archive confirms her standard liberal outlook on the world: She told Hillary Clinton 'a lot of the women that I meet from traveling overseas are very impressed by you and admire your dignity.' Scolded Mikhail Gorbachev by raising how... continue reading
After serving in the White House Press Corps for 57 years, Helen Thomas retired on June 7, 2010. The abrupt end of her career came in the wake of a viral video showing her telling Israeli Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine' and "go home" to Germany. Thomas has been widely admired by the liberal media establishment. NBC's Ann Curry last year saluted Thomas as 'a woman who inspired me....I've tried to emulate her.' CBS's Harry Smith described her as 'legendary,' adding: 'What she does day after day after day, I'm not sure we value enough.' Thomas has... continue reading
George Stephanopoulos became a political celebrity for his high profile slot as a spin doctor in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, a role glamorized in the documentary The War Room . After the election, Stephanopoulos served four years as a top presidential aide, championing his own liberal views on issues such as affirmative action and the Supreme Court. Leaving the White House at the end of 1996, Stephanopoulos joined ABC News as not just a liberal political analyst, but as someone who would soon begin to report the news as a supposedly unbiased reporter. According to the December 12, 1996... continue reading