Profiles in Bias

Even before ABC News tapped Diane Sawyer to take over as anchor of World News, she was a familiar face to millions of morning TV viewers as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America , part of a lengthy career she has enjoyed at the network. Previously, Sawyer co-anchored ABC's Primetime Live and 20/20 magazine programs after leaving CBS's 60 Minutes back in 1989. Before launching her national media career, Sawyer in the early 1970s worked in the Nixon White House's press office, reported on local news in Kentucky, and as a teenager won the America's Junior Miss pageant in 1963... continue reading
From 2002 through 2010, Harry Smith co-hosted CBS's The Early Show , currently the third-place broadcast network morning news program. Smith previously co-hosted CBS's This Morning from 1987 to 1996 while also serving as a contributor to the CBS Evening News , 48 Hours , and various documentaries. In 1996, Smith left CBS to narrate various programs for the History Channel and A&E's Biography . Smith returned to CBS in 2002 to replace Bryant Gumbel as co-host of The Early Show ; he also occasionally fills in as host of Face the Nation and anchor of the CBS Evening News... continue reading
In April of 2009, network, cable and print outlets responded to the emergence of the tea party movement with condescension, outright hostility towards the participants and crude sexual innuendo-based ridicule. ABC's Dan Harris insisted they were "largely orchestrated by people fronting for corporate interests." CNN trashed the first rallies as "not really family viewing." These insults were capped off by MSNBC bringing aboard actress Janeane Garofalo to scurrilously charge the rallies were only 'about hating a black man in the White House.' Here's a summary of the most-obnoxious and hostile coverage, illustrated with several videos, on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN... continue reading
Palestine Pete: Peter Jennings and the Palestinians Peter Jennings has demonstrated a pro-Palestinian bias in Middle East coverage for years. How many years? The award-winning HBO documentary One Day in September focused on the murder of Israeli athletes by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Olympics. The documentary included on-scene reports from Jennings, then an ABC correspondent. According to Tom Shales, The Washington Post's television critic, Jennings never used the word "terrorist" in any of the clips in September, referring to the Palestinian gunmen as guerillas, and on one occasion, commandos. Little has changed since 1972. Jennings still displays more sympathy... continue reading
Gumbel on CBS See how Bryant Gumbel used the Early Show to promote his many liberal positions and disparage conservatives. Fifteen of the links have RealPlayer video accompanying them. Gumbel on NBC Bryant Gumbel earned the wrath of conservatives long before his stint at CBS. For 15 years he co-hosted NBC's Today Show and the MRC has demonstrated his continually biased coverage, agenda-driven interviews and almost compulsive obsession with Ronald Reagan. Gumbel Comments on MRC Read how Bryant Gumbel denounced an MRC ad calling him a "liberal activist." Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles Check out videos of Gumbel at his most... continue reading
Former President Jimmy Carter recently completed a tour of Cuba that created a flurry of network coverage and provided viewers with a fleeting glimpse inside the island nation. And what did the networks show? Heres a quick review. Cuba has a state-run Health Care System, it Covers Everyone CNNs Kate Snow offered this enthusiastic appraisal of Cuban socialized medicine: You cannot go without health care here because there's a system set up, a safety net, where, if you live in a neighborhood, you're covered by somebody. The CNN correspondent also praised Cubas state-run athletic program and its incredible training. Whats... continue reading
Connie Chung: CNN's New Prime Time Star Is the Fourth Network a Charm? Connie Chung Tonight will become part of CNN's prime time lineup on June 24. The home for the 8 p.m. show will be the network's new street-level studio in New York. Chung certainly has the background to host a prime time show. She is a broadcast veteran who started at a Washington, D.C. television station in 1969 and has since worked at all three broadcast networks before moving to CNN in January 2002. Described as an icon journalist in her official CNN biography, Chung co-anchored the CBS... continue reading
Political partisan. Liberal presidential aide. Sunday news show anchor. Former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos will become the sole host of the Sunday news show This Week in September. If it seems strange that the post once held by broadcasting icon David Brinkley will be occupied by a former Democratic operative with limited media experience, it should. Stephanopoulos was a no-holds barred partisan during his political days and even liberal editors had issues with him. The Wall Street Journals Al Hunt, in a discussion about Stephanopouloss 1999 book on CNN's Capital Gang , recalled how the news host operated less than... continue reading
New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines has aggressively promoted liberal policies throughout his career. Listed below are what others have said about the head man at the Times and a couple of comments from Raines himself. Clinton was a Favorite of both Raines and the Times Bill Clinton had huge political talent, presided over the greatest prosperity in human history, and held onto the principles of social justice, Raines told interviewer Charlie Rose. ( CyberAlert , August 8, 2002 ) Video is PBS clip shown at 2003 MRC DisHonors Awards 'We'd editorially supported virtually every aspect of Clinton's program,'... continue reading
Special Sections: Media War Watch Celebrities on Politics and War ABCs Obsessed with Blaming U.S. for Museum Looting Peter Jennings and ABC News are still upset about the looting of the Baghdad Museum. The U.S. did not act in accordance with international law to prevent it, Jennings claimed. World News Tonight has three stories on the museum, Nightline one and Good Morning America another. ( CyberAlert , April 21 ) Peters Sympathy for Hollywood Hypocrites ABC painted a scary picture of Hollywood actors right to express themselves under attack, but left out any mention of Hollywood actors using boycotts and... continue reading