George W. Bush http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19217/all en MSNBC Downplays Poll Showing Obama Worst Modern Prez; Hyped Same Poll When Bush Was Worst http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-downplays-poll-showing-obama-worst-modern-prez-hyped-same-poll-when-bush-was-worst <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/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.quinnipiac.edu/news-and-events/quinnipiac-university-poll/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2056">Quinnipiac University poll</a> published on July 2 found that 33 percent of Americans view President Obama as America’s worst modern president compared to 28 percent who picked George W. Bush.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-downplays-poll-showing-obama-worst-modern-prez-hyped-same-poll-when-bush-was-worst" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Chuck Todd George W. Bush MSNBC Norah O'Donnell Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:59:50 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46612 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Minimizes Obama's Iraq Pullout As Contributing Factor to Islamist Advance http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-minimizes-obamas-iraq-pullout-contributing-factor-islamist-advance <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-06-13-NBC-Williams_large.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 157px; float: right; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" />On Friday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, Brian Williams strongly hinted that the recent Islamist blitzkrieg in Iraq was completely former President Bush's fault: "<strong>Make no mistake: what's happening in Iraq right now is a direct outgrowth of the U.S.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-minimizes-obamas-iraq-pullout-contributing-factor-islamist-advance" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams David Gregory George W. Bush Iraq NBC NBC Nightly News Stephanie Gosk Sat, 14 Jun 2014 02:36:24 +0000 matthew.balan 46469 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Williams: Shouldn't NSA Be 'On Guard for a Perversion' of Surveillance After 'Bush and Cheney'? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-shouldnt-nsa-be-guard-perversion-surveillance-after-bush-and-cheney <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> During a live <a href="http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/edward-snowden-interview/icymi-brian-williams-breaks-down-snowden-interview-n117156" target="_blank">webcast on NBCNews.com</a> immediately following Wednesday's 10 p.m.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-shouldnt-nsa-be-guard-perversion-surveillance-after-bush-and-cheney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Williams Edward Snowden George W. Bush National Security Agency NBC Thu, 29 May 2014 18:48:34 +0000 kyle.drennen 46362 at http://www.mrc.org Whistling Past the Bad Polls http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/whistling-past-bad-polls <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/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/tim-graham">Tim Graham</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In March 2006, CBS News announced that President George W. Bush had stumbled into a “record low” approval rating of 34 percent. All the other networks jumped on the poll. CNN was reporting the number every hour on the hour. The survey confirmed their suspicions. The wheels on the Bush presidency had come off.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/whistling-past-bad-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Barack Obama George W. Bush Polls Wed, 07 May 2014 16:19:24 +0000 tim.graham 46190 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Buries Own Results, Allows 18 Seconds for Obama 'Facing Worst Poll' of His Presidency http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-buries-own-results-allows-18-seconds-obama-facing-worst-poll-his-presidency <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>The news that Barack Obama is "facing the worst poll numbers of his presidency" warranted a mere 18 seconds of attention from&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;on Tuesday. This scant coverage is despite the fact that ABC conducted the poll in question (along with the&nbsp;<em>Washington Post</em>).&nbsp;</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/biasalerts/abc-buries-own-results-allows-18-seconds-obama-facing-worst-poll-his-presidency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amy Robach Barack Obama George W. Bush Good Morning America Poll Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:34:56 +0000 scott.whitlock 46116 at http://www.mrc.org Chris Cuomo Prompts Former Clinton Official to Defend Obama's Handling of Ukraine Crisis http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-cuomo-prompts-former-clinton-official-defend-obamas-handling-ukraine-crisis <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-04-16-CNN-Cuomo_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />CNN's Chris Cuomo tried to get former Assistant Secretary of State Jamie Rubin to defend President Obama's response to Russia's aggression in Ukraine during a segment on Wednesday's <em>New Day</em>.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-cuomo-prompts-former-clinton-official-defend-obamas-handling-ukraine-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Chris Cuomo CNN George W. Bush Jamie Rubin New Day Russia ukraine Vladimir Putin Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:16:28 +0000 matthew.balan 46020 at http://www.mrc.org Media: Hillary Shoe-Thrower 'Frightening'; Bush Shoe-Thrower A 'Folk Hero' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/media-hillary-shoe-thrower-frightening-bush-shoe-thrower-folk-hero <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Friday, all three network morning shows fretted over a woman throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton during a speaking event in Las Vegas. NBC <em>Today</em> co-host Tamron Hall was particularly melodramatic: <strong>"I mean, but how scary is that?...Had it hit her, that would have been awful.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/media-hillary-shoe-thrower-frightening-bush-shoe-thrower-folk-hero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc cbs George W. Bush Hillary Clinton NBC shoe throwing Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:02:48 +0000 kyle.drennen 45980 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/lettermanMaddow.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 Washington Post’s David Ignatius Cheers On Obama ‘Trying To Understand’ the Way Putin Sees the World http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-posts-david-ignatius-cheers-obama-trying-understand-way-putin-sees-world <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/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Appearing on CBS’s<em> Face the Nation</em> on Sunday, the <em>Washington Post</em>’s David Ignatius did his best to shill for President Obama following the President’s interview with CBS’s Scott Pelley. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-posts-david-ignatius-cheers-obama-trying-understand-way-putin-sees-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bob Schieffer cbs David Ignatius Face The Nation George W. Bush Vladimir Putin Mon, 31 Mar 2014 00:19:34 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 45888 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Blames Bush for 'Broken System' of Education, No Mention of Obama http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-blames-bush-broken-system-education-no-mention-obama <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Introducing a story on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer touted the <em>Washington Post</em> publishing the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/03/23/kindergarten-teacher-my-job-is-now-about-tests-and-data-not-children-i-quit/" target="_blank">resignation letter</a> of Massachusetts kindergarten teacher Suzi Sluyter, who decided to quit her job after being "frustrated by what she says is too much emphasis on test scores and testing instead of the kids themselves." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/</em></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-blames-bush-broken-system-education-no-mention-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division education George W. Bush Matt Lauer NBC No Child Left Behind Ron Mott Today Wed, 26 Mar 2014 20:00:31 +0000 kyle.drennen 45844 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's John King: Obama Claimed 'He Could Unite The World,' But Can't Get It Done Versus Russia http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-john-king-obama-claimed-he-could-unite-world-cant-get-it-done-versus-russia <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-03-24-CNN-King_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right; margin: 1px;" />On Monday's <em>New Day</em>, CNN's John King refreshingly spotlighted one of President Obama's key campaign promises from 2008 about foreign policy during a discussion about how to respond to Russia's aggression in Crimea. King wondered if "<strong>a President who came to office saying he could unite the world and would have better international diplomacy than George W.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-john-king-obama-claimed-he-could-unite-world-cant-get-it-done-versus-russia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CNN Congressional Hearings Crimea George W. Bush John King Manu Raju Margaret Talev New Day Russia ukraine Vladimir Putin Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:36:29 +0000 matthew.balan 45822 at http://www.mrc.org 'New Yorker' Editor: Bush 'Foolishly' Going Into Iraq Gave Putin 'Justification' to Invade Ukraine http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/new-yorker-editor-bush-foolishly-going-iraq-gave-putin-justification-invade-ukraine <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Appearing on NBC's <em>Late Night</em> on Tuesday – aired early Wednesday morning – <em>New Yorker</em> editor and former <em>Washington Post</em> Moscow correspondent David Remnick defended Barack Obama's poor handling of the Ukrainian crisis by bashing George W.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/new-yorker-editor-bush-foolishly-going-iraq-gave-putin-justification-invade-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division David Remnick George W. Bush Iraq Late Night with Seth Myers NBC Russia ukraine Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:36:01 +0000 kyle.drennen 45799 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Spotlight Medal of Honor Recipients Under Obama; Ignored Heroes During Bush http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-spotlight-medal-honor-recipients-under-obama-ignored-heroes-during-bush <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-03-18-CBS-EN-MoH_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />On Tuesday, all three broadcast network evening newscasts devoted full reports to President Obama honoring 24 members of the military – only three still living – with the Medal of Honor. <em>CBS Evening News</em> anchor Scott Pelley trumpeted how the President "<strong>righted a historic wrong</strong>.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-spotlight-medal-honor-recipients-under-obama-ignored-heroes-during-bush" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News David Martin Diane Sawyer George W. Bush Jim Miklaszewski Jonathan Karl Jose Rodela Melvin Morris NBC NBC Nightly News Santiago Erevia Scott Pelley World News Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:52:43 +0000 matthew.balan 45792 at http://www.mrc.org Andrea Mitchell Claims Iran an 'American Ally' Before Bush Gave 'Axis of Evil' Speech http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-claims-iran-american-ally-bush-gave-axis-evil-speech <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In a shocking declaration on her 1 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell asserted that one of America's fiercest enemies was actually a friend to the U.S. before George W. Bush came along: <strong>"Up until that moment, Iran was cooperating with the United States on the border of Afghanistan, it was post-9/11, Iran was more or less an American ally.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-claims-iran-american-ally-bush-gave-axis-evil-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell George W. Bush Iran MSNBC Tue, 28 Jan 2014 20:33:37 +0000 kyle.drennen 45409 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: Bush to Blame for 'Security Vacuum' in Iraq Created by Obama's Troop Withdrawal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-bush-blame-security-vacuum-iraq-created-obamas-troop-withdrawal <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Introducing a report on Monday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em> about Al-Qaeda forces seizing control of the Iraqi city of Fallujah, anchor Brian Williams went out of his way to blame the President George W. Bush for the deteriorating security situation: <strong>"U.S. fighting forces are gone from Iraq. But as so many predicted when President Bush chose to go to war there after 9/11, the fighting has started up again."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-01-06-NBC-NN-Williams.mp3" target="_blank">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-bush-blame-security-vacuum-iraq-created-obamas-troop-withdrawal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Al Qaeda Ayman Mohyeldin Barack Obama Brian Williams George W. Bush Iraq NBC Nightly News Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:12:00 +0000 kyle.drennen 45243 at http://www.mrc.org