Nelson Mandela http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/21556/all en Networks Rush to Defend Obama Selfie: Refusing Photo Would Have Caused 'Diplomatic Incident' http://mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-rush-defend-obama-selfie-refusing-photo-would-have-caused-diplomatic-incident <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> All three networks on Wednesday engaged in damage control for the White House following criticism of President Obama's selfie during Tuesday's Mandela memorial service.</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://mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-rush-defend-obama-selfie-refusing-photo-would-have-caused-diplomatic-incident" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs NBC Nelson Mandela selfie Thu, 12 Dec 2013 15:53:31 +0000 kyle.drennen 45134 at http://mrc.org NBC: Obama's Handshake With Castro 'A True Mandela Moment' http://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://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://mrc.org MSNBC Savaged Thatcher When She Died, But Now Matthews Insists It’s ‘Not Nice’ to Attack Dead Leaders http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-savaged-thatcher-when-she-died-now-matthews-insists-its-not-nice-attack-dead-leader <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> <img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Matthews2%5B1%5D.jpg" width="300" />An indignant Chris Matthews on Monday took internet attacks on the late Nelson Mandela, allegedly from conservative commenters, and slammed the right for a lack of respect towards the South African leader: “<strong>Don’t they know that it’s not nice to make fun of a person so recently deceased, much less the world’s most honored champion of human freedom?”</strong></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://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-savaged-thatcher-when-she-died-now-matthews-insists-its-not-nice-attack-dead-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews Hardball Margaret Thatcher MSNBC Nelson Mandela Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:46:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 45122 at http://mrc.org Barbara Walters Uses Mandela’s Funeral to Lobby for Ending America’s ‘Ridiculous’ Policy Towards Cuba http://mrc.org/biasalerts/barbara-walters-uses-mandelas-funeral-lobby-ending-americas-ridiculous-policy-towards-cub <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> <em>View</em> journalist Barbara Walters on Tuesday used Nelson Mandela’s funeral as a way to push for normalization of relations with Cuba. Absolutely struck by the fact that Barack Obama shook hands with President Raul Castro, Walters lectured, “The significance is that maybe this may change our relations with Cuba after 50 years, <strong>because it seems a little ridiculous to me that we recognize China and our relationship but we still do not have a relationship with Cuba.” [See video below.]</strong></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://mrc.org/biasalerts/barbara-walters-uses-mandelas-funeral-lobby-ending-americas-ridiculous-policy-towards-cub" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barbara Walters Cuba Raul Castro Nelson Mandela The View Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:30:42 +0000 scott.whitlock 45121 at http://mrc.org NBC's Williams: Obama Shaking Hands With Raul Castro 'One of the Better Moments' at Mandela Memorial http://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-obama-shaking-hands-raul-castro-one-better-moments-mandela-memorial <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> Reporting from <span class="a70slt03">South Africa</span> on Tuesday's NBC <em>Today</em> about the memorial ceremony for <span class="a70slt03">Nelson Mandela</span>, <em><span class="a70slt03">Nightly News</span></em> anchor <span class="a70slt03">Brian Williams</span> noted how the "dignitary section has some criminals, some thieves, some kings, some presidents" and that "Several have been life-long sworn enemies." He then proclaimed that <strong><span class="a70slt03">President Obama</span>'s "handshake with [Cuban leader] Raul Castro was one of the better moments."</strong> [&lt;</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://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-obama-shaking-hands-raul-castro-one-better-moments-mandela-memorial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams NBC Nelson Mandela Raul Castro Today Tue, 10 Dec 2013 16:34:12 +0000 kyle.drennen 45120 at http://mrc.org MSNBC Panel Concedes 'Moral Failing' of Mandela, 'Associated With' 'Gaddafi, Castro' http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-panel-concedes-moral-failing-mandela-associated-gaddafi-castro <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium_280_x_158/images/2013-12-06-MSNBC-AI-Moynihan.JPG" alt="Media Research Center" title="Media Research Center" class="imagecache-medium_280_x_158" />On the Friday, December 6,<em> All In with Chris Hayes </em>show on MSNBC, during a discussion of Nelson Mandela's support for violent resistance, the Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan admitted that the former South African leader had a "moral failing" because he "associated with" dictators who "did the same things to their people" as "was done to him."</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-panel-concedes-moral-failing-mandela-associated-gaddafi-castro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Politics All In Chris Hayes Daily Beast Michael Moynihan MSNBC Nelson Mandela South Africa Mon, 09 Dec 2013 23:00:19 +0000 45118 at http://mrc.org Mandela Tribute from NBC's Gregory Turns Into Obama Love Letter http://mrc.org/biasalerts/mandela-tribute-nbcs-gregory-turns-obama-love-letter <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>Meet the Press</em>, host David Gregory used the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela to lecture American politicians: <strong>"Mandela refused to be consumed by hatred and insisted on working toward a common purpose with his political foes.</strong> That, seems to me, is what is missing from this era of argument in Washington." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-08-NBC-MTP-Gregory.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://mrc.org/biasalerts/mandela-tribute-nbcs-gregory-turns-obama-love-letter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama David Gregory Meet the Press NBC Nelson Mandela Mon, 09 Dec 2013 20:05:06 +0000 kyle.drennen 45114 at http://mrc.org MSNBC's Finney Compares GOP 'Separating' and 'Dividing' People to 'Apartheid' http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-finney-compares-gop-separating-and-dividing-people-apartheid-0 <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium_280_x_158/images/2013-12-06-MSNBC-PN-Finney.JPG" alt="Media Research Center" title="Media Research Center" class="imagecache-medium_280_x_158" />On Friday's <em>PoliticsNation</em>, MSNBC's Karen Finney accused Republicans of practicing their own form of "apartheid" by "separating people and dividing people" as she and host Al Sharpton discussed comments some right-leaning public figures have made in the aftermath of Nelson Mandela's passing.<br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-finney-compares-gop-separating-and-dividing-people-apartheid-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Politics Apartheid Barack Obama Karen Finney MSNBC Nelson Mandela PoliticsNation Republicans Rick Santorum Rush Limbaugh Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:34:50 +0000 45113 at http://mrc.org MSNBC's Alter Suggests Releasing Criminals from U.S. Prisons to Honor Mandela http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-alter-suggests-releasing-criminals-us-prisons-honor-mandela <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium_280_x_158/images/2013-12-05-MSNBC-PN-Alter.JPG" alt="Media Research Center" title="Media Research Center" class="imagecache-medium_280_x_158" />On Thursday's<em> PoliticsNation</em>, MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter played the liberal caricature by actually suggesting that, in light of former South African President Nelson Mandela's passing, Americans should practice "forgiveness" toward "hundreds of thousands of people" who are serving life prison sentences.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-alter-suggests-releasing-criminals-us-prisons-honor-mandela" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Politics Crime Jonathan Alter MSNBC Nelson Mandela Prisons South Africa Mon, 09 Dec 2013 19:27:04 +0000 45112 at http://mrc.org CNN Has Obama Nominee Connect Mandela to Obama -- Without Disclosing He's an Obama Nominee http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-has-obama-nominee-connect-mandela-obama-without-disclosing-hes-obama-nominee <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/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-12-06-CNN-Stengel-Obama.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />On Friday morning CNN hosted Richard Stengel, an <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2013/09/12/revolving-door-top-time-editor-taking-state-department-job-john-kerry">Obama administration nominee</a> for Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, to discuss the President's connections to the late Nelson Mandela without disclosing Stengel's pending State Department position.<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-has-obama-nominee-connect-mandela-obama-without-disclosing-hes-obama-nominee" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CNN Nelson Mandela Richard Stengel Time Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:48:47 +0000 matt.hadro 45106 at http://mrc.org Former Time Editor Hits Mandela from the Left: Not 'Very Progressive About HIV' http://mrc.org/biasalerts/former-time-editor-hits-mandela-left-not-very-progressive-about-hiv <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/2013-12-06-CBS-Stengel_large.JPG" style="float: right;" height="134" width="240" />On Friday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, former Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel unexpectedly zeroed in on a part of Nelson Mandela's legacy that apparently wasn't sufficiently left wing. Moments after he lionized Mandela as "the George Washington of South Africa," Stengel asserted that "<strong>he</strong> [Mandela] <strong>had not been very progressive about HIV and AIDS when he was president</strong>."<br /> </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://mrc.org/biasalerts/former-time-editor-hits-mandela-left-not-very-progressive-about-hiv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bob Simon cbs CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Gayle King Nelson Mandela Norah O'Donnell Richard Stengel Fri, 06 Dec 2013 22:25:26 +0000 matthew.balan 45104 at http://mrc.org NBC and ABC Bash Reagan as Pro-Apartheid During Mandela Coverage http://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-and-abc-bash-reagan-pro-apartheid-during-mandela-coverage <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> Amid the tributes looking back at the life of former South African President Nelson Mandela following his death on Thursday, Friday's NBC <em>Today</em> and ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> both managed to take shots at Ronald Reagan for not being supportive of Mandela during Apartheid. [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-06-NBC-ABC-ReaganMandela.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://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-and-abc-bash-reagan-pro-apartheid-during-mandela-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrea Mitchell Apartheid Gay McDougall NBC Nelson Mandela South Africa Fri, 06 Dec 2013 17:21:20 +0000 kyle.drennen 45101 at http://mrc.org MSNBC Hosts in Awe of Obama's Africa Trip Making Ailing Mandela Smile http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-hosts-awe-obamas-africa-trip-making-ailing-mandela-smile <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, successive MSNBC hosts used the failing health of former South African president Nelson Mandela to promote President Obama's upcoming trip to Africa. <em>Daily Rundown</em> host Chuck Todd lead the way when he announced: "We have some developing news that we just have to share. Nelson Mandela's daughter, Zindzi Mandela, tells NBC that she was with Nelson Mandela, that she told him of President Obama's upcoming visit to South Africa.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-hosts-awe-obamas-africa-trip-making-ailing-mandela-smile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Africa Andrea Mitchell Barack Obama Chuck Todd MSNBC Nelson Mandela Thomas Roberts Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:36:21 +0000 kyle.drennen 43892 at http://mrc.org NBC Touts Hillary Clinton Gaining 'Strength' from Mandela While 'Under Daily Political Attack' http://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-hillary-clinton-gaining-strength-mandela-while-under-daily-political-attack <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 style="width: 300px; height: 169px; margin: 3px; float: right;" src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012-08-08-NBC-NN-ClintonsMandela.jpg" /> On Wednesday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, anchor Brian Williams gushed over a speech Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made on a trip to South Africa: <strong>"...she talked about the strength she received from Nelson Mandela back when she was first lady and the Clintons were under daily political attack."</strong><br /> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-hillary-clinton-gaining-strength-mandela-while-under-daily-political-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Williams Hillary Clinton NBC Nelson Mandela Nightly News South Africa Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:28:34 +0000 kyle.drennen 40846 at http://mrc.org