Lester Holt http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/20108/all en NBC Spotlights American Yazidis' Anguish for Iraqi Kin Persecuted By ISIS; ABC, CBS Yawn http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-spotlights-american-yazidis-anguish-iraqi-kin-persecuted-isis-abc-cbs-yawn <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/2014-08-15-NBC-NN-ISIS.JPG" style="width: 280px; height: 156px; float: right;" /><em>NBC Nightly News</em> was the sole Big Three evening newscast on Friday to cover ISIS's ongoing rampage against non-Muslims in northern Iraq. Chris Jansing filed a full report on the heartbreak for a Yazidi community in Nebraska, who have lost family to the Islamist group's campaign of terror.</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-spotlights-american-yazidis-anguish-iraqi-kin-persecuted-isis-abc-cbs-yawn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division ABC World News cbs CBS Evening News Chris Jansing Iraq ISIS Lester Holt NBC NBC Nightly News Yazidis Sat, 16 Aug 2014 04:12:41 +0000 matthew.balan 46940 at http://www.mrc.org Only NBC Nightly News Highlights Obama’s Failure to Notify Congress Prior to Releasing Prisoners from Gitmo http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/only-nbc-nightly-news-highlights-obamas-failure-notify-congress-prior-releasing-prisoners <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>The United States negotiated the release of five Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for the Taliban freeing an American sergeant from captivity, yet President Obama may have violated U.S. law by failing to notify Congress of his actions.&nbsp;</p><p>Despite the potential legal problems with releasing prisoners without notifying Congress,&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>&nbsp;was the only evening news program on Saturday to mention the controversy or the GOP's criticism.&nbsp;</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/only-nbc-nightly-news-highlights-obamas-failure-notify-congress-prior-releasing-prisoners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Kristen Welker Lester Holt NBC NBC Nightly News Sun, 01 Jun 2014 13:53:19 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46369 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Sees Controversy in Louisiana Abortion Bill With 'Broad Bipartisan Support' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-sees-controversy-louisiana-abortion-bill-broad-bipartisan-support <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> At the top of Saturday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed: <strong>"Abortion battleground.</strong> The newest state to impose tougher requirements on doctors who perform the procedure. <strong>Protecting women or denying them access?"</strong> In another tease of the upcoming story minutes later, Holt warned: <strong>"...the battle over abortion and a controversial new law about to take effect."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-05-24-NBC-NN-Welker.mp3">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-sees-controversy-louisiana-abortion-bill-broad-bipartisan-support" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Abortion Kristen Welker Lester Holt Louisiana NBC Nightly News Tue, 27 May 2014 19:19:18 +0000 kyle.drennen 46350 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Freaks Out Over New Climate Change Report: ‘Threat To Lady Liberty Herself’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-freaks-out-over-new-climate-change-report-threat-lady-liberty-herself <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><em>NBC Nightly News</em>&nbsp;is at it again, trying to scare its audience about the impending dangers of climate change.</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/nbc-freaks-out-over-new-climate-change-report-threat-lady-liberty-herself" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anne Thompson Climate Change Lester Holt NBC Nightly News Wed, 21 May 2014 00:21:42 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46308 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Continues to Fear Monger on Climate Change: ‘A Sobering Forecast’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-continues-fear-monger-climate-change-sobering-forecast <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>Once again, NBC was out to scare its viewers about the threat of man-made climate change. Appearing on the Sunday, May 4&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, Ann Curry narrated a 2 minute 30 second piece that attempted to instill panic in its viewers about the supposed dire state of the world’s climate.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Curry began her report by showing video of cars falling off of a street in Baltimore, Maryland after a heavy rainstorm before bemoaning that this “is one example of extreme weather events that may be more common in the future.”</strong>&nbsp;</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/nbc-continues-fear-monger-climate-change-sobering-forecast" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Ann Curry Climate Change Lester Holt NBC Nightly News Mon, 05 May 2014 13:14:13 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46163 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Evening News Finally Notices Benghazi Emails; Discloses Exec.'s Family Tie to White House http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-evening-news-finally-notices-benghazi-emails-discloses-execs-family-tie-white-house <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/2014-05-02-CBS-Pelley_Rhodes_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right; margin: 1px;" width="280" />On Friday, <em>CBS Evening News</em> caught up with its <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/krauthammer-media-are-somewhat-embarrassed-missing-benghazi-dissembling">Big Three competitors</a> and reported on the latest developments on the controversy surrounding the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya.</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/cbs-evening-news-finally-notices-benghazi-emails-discloses-execs-family-tie-white-house" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Ben Rhodes Benghazi cbs CBS Evening News Chris Stevens Christopher Stevens David Rhodes John Boehner Lester Holt Libya Nancy Cordes NBC NBC Nightly News Scott Pelley World News Sat, 03 May 2014 00:48:14 +0000 matthew.balan 46159 at http://www.mrc.org NBC, ABC Gush Over Michelle Obama’s 50th Birthday: ‘Hottest Party In Town’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-abc-gush-over-michelle-obamas-50th-birthday-hottest-party-town <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>First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated her 50th birthday on Saturday night, and NBC and ABC couldn’t hold back their excitement during their Sunday morning broadcasts. The two networks both offered full reports as they cheered on the First Lady at the “country’s most exclusive dance party.”</p><p>ABC’s Susan Saulny began her report and called The White House “party central” and beamed at the long-list of liberal celebrities who attended the birthday bash. Co-host Bianna Golodryga lamented, “We weren’t invited to this but I’m not offended.”</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/nbc-abc-gush-over-michelle-obamas-50th-birthday-hottest-party-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bianna Golodryga Dan Harris Good Morning America Kristen Welker Lester Holt Michelle Obama Today Mon, 20 Jan 2014 14:05:02 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 45338 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: 'Escalating Battle' Between White House and Press Corps Over Obama's 'Pure Propaganda' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-escalating-battle-between-white-house-and-press-corps-over-obamas-pure-propaganda <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> Getting a glimpse of the kind of real reporting that can occur on <em>NBC Nightly News</em> when Brian Williams isn't in the anchor chair, on Sunday's edition of the program, weekend anchor Lester Holt informed viewers that "official photo releases" from the Obama administration were "at the center of <strong>an escalating battle between the White House and the news media over access and image control."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-15-NBC-NN-Welker.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-escalating-battle-between-white-house-and-press-corps-over-obamas-pure-propaganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Kristen Welker Lester Holt NBC Nightly News White House Press Corps Tue, 17 Dec 2013 22:45:26 +0000 kyle.drennen 45153 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: Obama's Handshake With Castro 'A True Mandela Moment' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-obamas-handshake-castro-true-mandela-moment <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> After Brian Williams touted President Obama's handshake with Cuban dictator Raul Castro as <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-obama-shaking-hands-raul-castro-one-better-moments-mandela-memorial">"one of the better moments"</a> at Tuesday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela, correspondent Lester Holt went further on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, <strong>hailing the encounter as "a true Mandela moment."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-11-NBC-TDAY-Holt.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-obamas-handshake-castro-true-mandela-moment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Lester Holt NBC Nelson Mandela Today Wed, 11 Dec 2013 18:46:29 +0000 kyle.drennen 45127 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Host to RNC Chair: Shouldn't GOP Be 'More Timid' Criticizing ObamaCare? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-host-rnc-chair-shouldnt-gop-be-more-timid-criticizing-obamacare <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 the midst of the unmitigated disaster that has been the roll out of ObamaCare, on Saturday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Lester Holt had the audacity to suggest to Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus that Republicans should be the ones on defense: <strong>"...you took it on the chin when you fought it in the last budget battle.</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/nbc-host-rnc-chair-shouldnt-gop-be-more-timid-criticizing-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Lester Holt NBC obamacare Reince Priebus Republicans Today Wed, 13 Nov 2013 22:43:40 +0000 kyle.drennen 44945 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Host: Has Sebelius 'Separated Herself' from ObamaCare Failure? 'Is Her Job Safer?' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-host-has-sebelius-separated-herself-obamacare-failure-her-job-safer <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 Sunday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Lester Holt wondered if Health and Human Services Secretary <strong>Kathleen Sebelius had "successfully separated herself now from this trouble"</strong> with the ObamaCare website failure. He further asked: <strong>"Is her job safer than it was maybe a week ago?"</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/october/2013-10-27-NBC-TDAY-Holt.mp3" target="_blank">the audio</a></em><a href="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/october/2013-10-27-NBC-TDAY-Holt.mp3" target="_blank"></a>] <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-host-has-sebelius-separated-herself-obamacare-failure-her-job-safer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division David Gregory Kathleen Sebelius Lester Holt NBC obamacare Today Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:50:12 +0000 kyle.drennen 44815 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Admits Businesses Cutting Back Hours Due to ObamaCare http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbc-admits-businesses-cutting-back-hours-due-obamacare <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‘Nightly News’ and NBCNews.com find businesses across U.S. trimming hours because of health insurance laws. </div> </div> </div> <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/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Economists, business owners and employees are worried that the Affordable Care Act is resulting in fewer hours for workers.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nbc-admits-businesses-cutting-back-hours-due-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Economy Government Health Labor Media Employment franchises investor's business daily jobs Lester Holt Lisa Myers NBC Nightly News obamacare obamacare's impact on jobs part-time part-time employment part-time work unemployment Wed, 14 Aug 2013 18:08:24 +0000 julia.seymour 44269 at http://www.mrc.org Amid Scandals, NBC Portrays Obama As 'Victim' of 'Second-Term Curse' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/amid-scandals-nbc-portrays-obama-victim-second-term-curse <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><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-05-13-NBC-TDAY-Curse.JPG" style="width: 300px; height: 167px; margin: 3px; float: right;" /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/amid-scandals-nbc-portrays-obama-victim-second-term-curse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Benghazi David Gregory IRS Lester Holt NBC Peter Alexander Today Mon, 13 May 2013 16:25:59 +0000 kyle.drennen 43550 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Applauds 'Comedian-in-Chief' Obama, Raves Over His 'Terrific' Performance at Correspondents' Dinner http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-applauds-comedian-chief-obama-raves-over-his-terrific-performance-correspondents-dinn <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> At the top of Sunday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Erica Hill cheered President Obama's performance at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner as she announced: <strong>"Comedian-in-chief....President Obama gets lots of laughs at the White House Correspondents' Dinner."</strong> Moments later, fellow co-host Lester Holt gushed that Obama was <strong>"very, very funny...very loose."</strong> Hill agreed, suggesting the President "take that show on the road." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-04-29-NBC-TDAY-ObamaComic.mp3">the audio</a></em></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-applauds-comedian-chief-obama-raves-over-his-terrific-performance-correspondents-dinn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Al Roker Barack Obama David Gregory Erica Hill Lester Holt NBC Today White House Correspondents' Dinner Tue, 30 Apr 2013 13:26:07 +0000 kyle.drennen 43418 at http://www.mrc.org On Eve of Papal Election, NBC Hypes 'Bad Time' for Church 'Out of Step' With Liberal Catholics http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/eve-papal-election-nbc-hypes-bad-time-church-out-step-liberal-catholics <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 Tuesday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, on the eve of the Wednesday election of Pope Francis, anchor Brian Williams proclaimed to viewers: <strong>"...this is a decidedly bad time for the Catholic Church.</strong> There are hopes among many that the new pope will signify a new direction." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-03-12-NBC-NN-Holt.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/eve-papal-election-nbc-hypes-bad-time-church-out-step-liberal-catholics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Williams Catholic Church Lester Holt NBC Nightly News Vatican Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:09:51 +0000 kyle.drennen 42908 at http://www.mrc.org