Pope Francis http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/22635/all en Cultural Winners and Losers, 2014 http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/cultural-winners-and-losers-2014 <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>Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood’s power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the “Rock the Vote” gang couldn’t help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn’t exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/cultural-winners-and-losers-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Bill Cosby Pope Francis Washington Redskins Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:26:34 +0000 tim.graham 47955 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Boosts 'Sharp Response' to Pope From Mother of Euthanasia Advocate http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-boosts-sharp-response-pope-mother-euthanasia-advocate <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/2014-11-19-CBS-CTM-Crawford.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />Wednesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> played up how <strong>"the Vatican is under fire</strong> from the mother of a woman who ended her own life." Jan Crawford's spotlighted Deborah Ziegler's "<strong>sharply-worded letter</strong>" to opponents of euthanasia, especially Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.</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-boosts-sharp-response-pope-mother-euthanasia-advocate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brittany Maynard Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning Euthanasia Gayle King Jan Crawford Norah O'Donnell Pope Francis Vatican Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:17:34 +0000 matthew.balan 47686 at http://www.mrc.org CBS, NBC Censor Pope's Blast at Abortion, Euthanasia; ABC Barely Covers http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-nbc-censor-popes-blast-abortion-euthanasia-abc-barely-covers <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/2014-11-16-ABC-GMA-Pope_Francis.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />CBS and NBC's morning and evening newscasts on Saturday and Sunday ignored Pope Francis's condemnation of abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and in-vitro fertilization during a Saturday meeting with Catholic doctors in Italy.</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-nbc-censor-popes-blast-abortion-euthanasia-abc-barely-covers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Abortion Ann Curry Catholic Church cbs CBS Evening News CBS This Morning Euthanasia Good Morning America NBC NBC Nightly News Pope Francis Ron Claiborne Today Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:02:30 +0000 matthew.balan 47659 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Spins Pope on Evolution as Science Vs. 'Conservatives' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-spins-pope-evolution-science-vs-conservatives <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 journalists at&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;on Wednesday weighed in on the Pope's comments about the Big Bang theory and evolution, spinning them as a battle between science and "conservatives." Reporter Allen Pizzey opened the segment by cheering, "Fresh from having taken on conservatives" at a meeting with Bishops, "Pope Francis sided with science over dogma."&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/cbs-spins-pope-evolution-science-vs-conservatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Allen Pizzey cbs Evolution pope Pope Francis Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:34:52 +0000 scott.whitlock 47478 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hounds Catholic Bishop on 'Landmark Document' on Gays http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hounds-catholic-bishop-landmark-document-gays <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/2014-10-15-CBS-CTM-ODonnell.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />The <em>CBS This Morning</em> anchors stayed true to their reputation of <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-morning-gushes-over-elizabeth-warren-presses-her-run-president" target="_blank">playing softball with liberal guests</a>, while <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hits-rick-perry-left-blm-controversy-immigration" target="_blank">badgering conservative/traditional</a> ones with their Wednesday interview of Cardinal Timothy Dolan.</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-hounds-catholic-bishop-landmark-document-gays" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Jane Pauley LGBT Norah O'Donnell Pope Francis Timothy Dolan Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:19:07 +0000 matthew.balan 47393 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Boost LGBT Lobby's 'Seismic Shift' Spin on Vatican Meeting http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-boost-lgbt-lobbys-seismic-shift-spin-vatican-meeting <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/2014-10-14-NBC-TDY-Pope_Francis.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />On Tuesday, the Big Three networks' morning newscasts carried water for the left-wing Human Rights Campaign by adopting their "seismic shift" label about the midterm report from the Catholic bishops' Extraordinary Synod on the Family.</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-boost-lgbt-lobbys-seismic-shift-spin-vatican-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amy Robach Brian Williams Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning Good Morning America Jane Pauley NBC Norah O'Donnell Pope Francis Tamron Hall Today Vatican Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:45:01 +0000 matthew.balan 47386 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hypes 'Progressive' Pope; Ignores Francis's Defense of Traditional Marriage http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hypes-progressive-pope-ignores-franciss-defense-traditional-marriage <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/2014-09-15-CBS-TM-Pope_Francis.jpg" style="float: right;" height="134" width="240" />On Monday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, Don Dahler played up how Pope Francis presiding at the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica is "<strong>yet another example of just how progressive</strong> [he] <strong>has been</strong>." Dahler zeroed in on how "according to the Church, s<strong>ome of these couples are technically living in sin</strong>. Many have been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism.</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-hypes-progressive-pope-ignores-franciss-defense-traditional-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Don Dahler Elisabetta Povoledo Marriage New York Times Pope Francis Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:12:24 +0000 matthew.balan 47136 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Spotlights China's Underground Catholics as Pope Visits S. Korea; ABC, NBC Hype Francis's Car http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-spotlights-chinas-underground-catholics-pope-visits-s-korea-abc-nbc-hype-franciss-car <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/2014-08-14-CBS-CTM-Pope_Francis.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />Thursday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> stood out for zeroing in on the plight of Catholics in China, as it covered Pope Francis's trip to South Korea. Seth Doane noted the Pope's overflight of the communist country, and pointed out how "<strong>that's significant</strong>, because the last time a pope wanted to fly through Chinese airspace was in 1989, and <strong>Beijing refused the request</strong>." The Pope at that time, St.</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-spotlights-chinas-underground-catholics-pope-visits-s-korea-abc-nbc-hype-franciss-car" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amy Robach Anne Thompson Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning China Communism Good Morning America NBC Pope Francis Seth Doane Today Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:57:56 +0000 matthew.balan 46933 at http://www.mrc.org GMA Hosts Thrilled By Pope's 'Fantastic' Call Not to Proselytize, Ignore Context http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gma-hosts-thrilled-popes-fantastic-call-not-proselytize-ignore-context <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 Monday's <em>Good Morning America</em>, hosts Dan Harris and Amy Robach seized on Pope Francis advising against proselytization in a Sunday <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/01/pope-franciss-ten-secrets-to-happiness/" target="_blank">interview with Argentinian magazine <em>Viva</em></a>.</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/gma-hosts-thrilled-popes-fantastic-call-not-proselytize-ignore-context" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amy Robach Catholic Church Dan Harris Good Morning America Pope Francis Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:05:16 +0000 kyle.drennen 46845 at http://www.mrc.org CNN: 'Climate Change Deniers Aren't Listening to Scientists...Not Reading the Bible' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-climate-change-deniers-arent-listening-scientistsnot-reading-bible <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/2014-05-21-CNN-Costello_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; margin-top: 2px; margin-bottom: 2px;" height="153" width="280" />Carol Costello and her two clerical guests slammed "<strong>climate change deniers</strong>" on Wednesday morning's <em>CNN Newsroom</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/cnn-climate-change-deniers-arent-listening-scientistsnot-reading-bible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Carol Costello Climate Change CNN CNN Newsroom Edward Beck environment Global Warming Mitchell Hescox Pat Sajak Pollution Pope Benedict XVI Pope Francis Pope John Paul II Wed, 21 May 2014 22:37:22 +0000 matthew.balan 46321 at http://www.mrc.org Conan O'Brien Smears Pope Francis with Pedophile Joke http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/conan-obrien-smears-pope-francis-pedophile-joke <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-TBS-Conan_large.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 135px; float: right;" />Conan O'Brien apparently couldn't resist making a pedophile priest joke on his TBS program on Wednesday, after Pope Francis took two school boys <a href="http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/pope-francis-takes-two-schoolboys-for-a-ride-in-his-popemobile-before-beginning-easter-duties-9267430.html" target="_blank">on a ride</a> around St.</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/conan-obrien-smears-pope-francis-pedophile-joke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Catholic Church Conan Conan O'Brien Pope Francis TBS Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:55:16 +0000 matthew.balan 46025 at http://www.mrc.org CBS's Pelley Glowingly Wonders How the Pope 'Inspired' Obama; Omits Religious Liberty Spat http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbss-pelley-glowingly-wonders-how-pope-inspired-obama-omits-religious-liberty-spat <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/2014-03-28-CBS-Pelley_large_0.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right; margin: 1px;" />Friday's <em>CBS Evening News</em> featured a previously unaired portion of Scott Pelley's <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/scott-pelley-tosses-softballs-obama-you-wish-you-could-live-low-key-life-pope" target="_blank">softball interview</a> of President Obama on his recent meeting with Pope Francis.</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/cbss-pelley-glowingly-wonders-how-pope-inspired-obama-omits-religious-liberty-spat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Catholic Church cbs CBS Evening News HHS Mandate Joseph Stalin obamacare Pope Francis Pope John Paul II Scott Pelley Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:30:01 +0000 matthew.balan 45885 at http://www.mrc.org Scott Pelley Tosses Softballs to Obama: You Wish You Could Live Low Key Life Like the Pope? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/scott-pelley-tosses-softballs-obama-you-wish-you-could-live-low-key-life-pope <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>CBS Evening News</em>&nbsp;anchor Scott Pelley scored an exclusive interview with Barack Obama on Friday. Much of the conversation centered around the President's meeting with Pope Francis. But rather than highlight the Pope's strong disagreements on issues like abortion, gay marriage and the contraception mandate in the health care law, Pelley appeared on&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning&nbsp;</em>to wonder if the President, like Francis, wishes he could escape the "trappings" of power.</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/scott-pelley-tosses-softballs-obama-you-wish-you-could-live-low-key-life-pope" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama cbs Pope Francis Scott Pelley Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:44:24 +0000 scott.whitlock 45873 at http://www.mrc.org NYT Compares Obama to the Pope: Each 'Burst' Forth 'as a History-Making Change Agent' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nyt-compares-obama-pope-each-burst-forth-history-making-change-agent <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 width="300" style="margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-03-27-MSNBC-PopeObama.JPG" /></p><p><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/27/world/europe/at-vatican-meeting-pope-and-president-may-find-a-common-cause.html?ref=michaeldshear"><em>New York Times</em></a>&nbsp;journalists Jim Yardley and Michael Shear on Thursday compared Barack Obama to Pope Francis. According to the writers, the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Barack Obama and the pro-life, anti-gay marriage religious leader have a lot in common.&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/nyt-compares-obama-pope-each-burst-forth-history-making-change-agent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama New York Times Pope Francis Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:32:56 +0000 scott.whitlock 45860 at http://www.mrc.org NBC and CBS Hope Pontiff's Popularity Rubs Off On Obama http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-and-cbs-hope-pontiffs-popularity-rubs-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> During coverage of President's Obama meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, both NBC's <em>Today</em> and <em>CBS This Morning</em> hoped the papal visit would boost the commander-in-chief's sinking poll numbers. <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer wondered: <strong>"The Pope, enormously popular....Is there something in just rubbing elbows with the Pope for President Obama?"</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-03-27-NBCCBS-ObamaPope.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-and-cbs-hope-pontiffs-popularity-rubs-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama cbs NBC Pope Francis This Morning Today Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:01:19 +0000 kyle.drennen 45857 at http://www.mrc.org