history http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/2650/all en Still Kicking Nixon Around http://mrc.org/bozells-column/still-kicking-nixon-around <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> Earlier this year, former New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote a trash-talking article in New York magazine begging conservatives to dig back into the Clinton scandals of the 1990s. Hillary is preparing to run for president again, and he thinks it will help. Rich delighted in “how inexorably the Clintons will seduce the GOP into another orgy of self-destruction” by focusing on Whitewater or Bill Clinton’s sexual harassments, making Hillary look again like “a victim of drive-by character assassination.”</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/still-kicking-nixon-around" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Hillary Clinton history Richard Nixon Thu, 14 Aug 2014 19:48:55 +0000 tim.graham 46927 at http://mrc.org Chris Matthews, Yes Matthews, Admiringly Recalls Reagan’s Response to KAL-007 Shootdown http://mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-yes-matthews-admiringly-recalls-reagans-response-kal-007-shootdown <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Amazingly, Chris Matthews concluded Thursday’s<em> Hardball</em> by playing clips of how President Ronald Reagan reacted the Soviet shootdown of a Korean Air Lines 747 passenger jet in 1983 – even conceding, after a clip of Reagan charging the Soviets with terrorism and a “flagrant lie,” that “he was speaking for the American people.”<br /> <br /> Matthews – probably inadvertently – illustrated how Reagan, unlike the current occupant of the White House, understood his role as leader of the free world under threat from evil forces.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-yes-matthews-admiringly-recalls-reagans-response-kal-007-shootdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews Hardball history Ronald Reagan Video Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:04:16 +0000 brent.baker 46724 at http://mrc.org Soviets on The Americans Welcome Teen Daughter’s Wish to Join Anti-Nukes Protest http://mrc.org/biasalerts/soviets-americans-welcome-teen-daughters-wish-join-anti-nukes-protest <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Another educational illustration, on FX’s <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans" target="_blank"><em>The Americans</em></a>, of the alliance of interests between Soviet communists and the Left in the West during the 1980s, when both worked to undermine the Reagan administration’s defense policies.</p> <p> (The series, set in the early 1980s, revolves around “Philip and Elizabeth Jennings,” undercover KGB agents living as an ordinary American husband and wife in suburban, Washington, DC. A new episode debuted Wednesday night.)</p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/soviets-americans-welcome-teen-daughters-wish-join-anti-nukes-protest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division FX history KGB THe Americans Wed, 14 May 2014 23:56:46 +0000 brent.baker 46257 at http://mrc.org KGB Operative on FX Drama Echoes Liberal Attacks on Reagan: ‘He Doesn’t Care – Kids, Nuns...’ http://mrc.org/biasalerts/kgb-operative-fx-drama-echoes-liberal-attacks-reagan-he-doesnt-care-%E2%80%93-kids-nuns <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/ReaganonTVatCPAC-FX-TheAmericans-2014-04-16.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px; float: right;" /> Sounding remarkably like American liberals and journalists at the time – not to be redundant – last week’s episode of FX’s<em> <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans" target="_blank">The Americans</a></em> set in the early 1980s (a new episode runs Wednesday night), included a scene in which a KGB operative, working in the United States, sputtered in disgust at President Ronald Reagan </p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/kgb-operative-fx-drama-echoes-liberal-attacks-reagan-he-doesnt-care-%E2%80%93-kids-nuns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Entertainment Media history KGB Ronald Reagan Video Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:33:49 +0000 brent.baker 46079 at http://mrc.org Media Ignore César Chávez’s Opposition to Illegal Immigration, Racial Advocacy http://mrc.org/articles/media-ignore-c%C3%A9sar-ch%C3%A1vezs-opposition-illegal-immigration-racial-advocacy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite Chávez’s actual views, liberal media, then and now, use his legacy to promote their agenda. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Rather than dismissing his contrary views as sour grapes, the media simply ignore César Chávez’s opinions that stray from liberal orthodoxy.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/media-ignore-c%C3%A9sar-ch%C3%A1vezs-opposition-illegal-immigration-racial-advocacy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Labor Media Politics 1960s cesar chavez delano grape strike history Illegal Immigration immigration La Raza Labor labor union latino race revisions strikes unionization Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:01:15 +0000 julia.seymour 45850 at http://mrc.org CNBC Host Blasts Climate Activists’ ‘Rich People Argument’ http://mrc.org/articles/cnbc-host-blasts-climate-activists-rich-people-argument <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ‘Squawk Box’ interview with historian Rupert Darwall highlights climate politics’ attack on poor people and nations. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Global warming activists’ arguments are for the rich and ignore harm to the poor, according to one CNBC host.</p><p dir="ltr">CNBC “Street Signs” co-anchor Brian Sullivan said on March 21 that climate activists constantly push for a shift to renewable energy, but they often forget the impact to poor communities and energy prices.</p><p dir="ltr">Sullivan and other CNBC anchors interviewed historian Rupert Darwall on “Squawk Box,” who explained the negative economict impact green policies have had on European economies in particular.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/cnbc-host-blasts-climate-activists-rich-people-argument" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Brian Sullivan climate climate activist Climate Change CNBC energy policy energy prices Europe Germany Global Warming green energy green policies history natural gas politics Poverty Putin renewables Rupert Darwall rural poor Russia Squawk Box The Age of Global Warming Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:23:23 +0000 julia.seymour 45818 at http://mrc.org FX’s The Americans Returns Tonight; Last Season: Reagan ‘Chicken Hawks,’ SDI a ‘Fantasy’ of Deluded Reagan http://mrc.org/biasalerts/fxs-americans-returns-tonight-last-season-reagan-chicken-hawks-sdi-fantasy-deluded-reagan <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/TheAmerican-premieredatepromo.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 146px; margin: 1px; float: right;" /> Season 2 debuts tonight of <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans" target="_blank"><em>The Americans</em></a>, the FX drama centered around husband and wife KGB undercover agents (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as “Philip and Elizabeth Jennings”) who live with their kids as ordinary Americans in suburban Washington, DC when Reagan becomes President.&nbsp;<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/fxs-americans-returns-tonight-last-season-reagan-chicken-hawks-sdi-fantasy-deluded-reagan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Entertainment Media foreign policy FX history Ronald Reagan Russia THe Americans Wed, 26 Feb 2014 18:35:06 +0000 brent.baker 45633 at http://mrc.org Liberal Politics Ignored, Yellen’s Gender the Focus of Network Coverage http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-politics-ignored-yellens-gender-focus-network-coverage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS, NBC gush over ‘historical’ nature of confirmation, exclude her left-wing views. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Janet Yellen was confirmed as Federal Reserve Chairman on Jan. 6, but in spite of becoming one of the most powerful bankers in the world, the broadcasts networks continued to ignore her left-wing views.</p><p dir="ltr">Instead of discussing Yellen’s support for fiscal stimulus and regulatory efforts, ABC, CBS, and NBC focused exclusively on her gender in recent news reports.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-politics-ignored-yellens-gender-focus-network-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Media Politics abc Banking Ben Bernanke cbs Confirmation economic policy Fed Federal Reserve financial industry financial regulation gender history Janet Yellen monetary policy NBC networks politics president appointments quantitative easing Regulation Stimulus Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:32:45 +0000 julia.seymour 45253 at http://mrc.org ABC and Dan Rather Perpetuate Myth Right Wing Hate Killed Kennedy http://mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-dan-rather-perpetuate-myth-right-wing-hate-killed-kennedy <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/WantedforTreason-ABCThis Week-2013-11-17.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 146px; margin: 1px; float: right;" /> Lee Harvey Oswald was far-left defector to the Soviet Union, but you’d never know that from Sunday’s ABC <em>This Week </em>which focused on Dallas as a cauldron of segregationist hate for President Kennedy without any mention of the political orientation of the actual assassin.<br /> <br /> Using Dan Rather as his expert, ex-CBS and current ABC reporter Byron Pitts perpetuated the myth that right-wing hate was somehow responsible for what occurred in Dallas: “Nowhere in Texas did the jagged edge of segregation cut deeper, anti-Kennedy sentiment spew any stronger. This flyer [“Wanted for Treason”] greeted the President when he arrived.”</p> <div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-dan-rather-perpetuate-myth-right-wing-hate-killed-kennedy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Byron Pitts Dan Rather history John Kennedy This Week Mon, 18 Nov 2013 13:40:38 +0000 brent.baker 44965 at http://mrc.org Flashback to 1995/96: Networks Mourn Victims of Shutdown, Single Out Republicans for Blame http://mrc.org/biasalerts/flashback-199596-networks-mourn-victims-shutdown-single-out-republicans-blame <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>“After the President vetoed several spending bills, not one story blamed him for the shutdown, but nearly two dozen declared the GOP culpable. Furloughed workers and other ‘victims’ were featured in half the stories.”</em> Sound familiar? That’s from a 1996 Media Research Center study on the battle between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Yes, the current shutdown showdown is deja vu all over again in who gets blamed.</p> <p> To help illustrate the very familiar media tone and approach, I’ve put three clips together out of the MRC archive, starting with Bob Schieffer anchoring the Saturday, December 16, 1995 <em>CBS Evening News</em>: <strong>“Well, they’ve done it again. Nine days from Christmas, Republicans have forced another partial shutdown of the government</strong> because they cannot come to an agreement with the White House on how to balance the budget.”</p> <div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/flashback-199596-networks-mourn-victims-shutdown-single-out-republicans-blame" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio Bob Schieffer Budget history Scott Pelley Video Mon, 07 Oct 2013 01:15:05 +0000 brent.baker 44650 at http://mrc.org One Man's Fascination With Hitler http://mrc.org/bozells-column/one-mans-fascination-hitler <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> </div> <p> Here’s&nbsp; a story you probably haven’t heard, unless you read Drudge or Breitbart. The Independent (U.K.) has published a story (from which I pull freely), as have a couple of Jewish outlets. That’s all I can find. You tell me if it qualifies as “news” that the “news “ media should be covering.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/bozells-column/one-mans-fascination-hitler" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Adolf Hitler history John F. Kennedy Mon, 03 Jun 2013 21:21:11 +0000 tim.graham 43738 at http://mrc.org Successful KGB Operation to Discredit an Anti-Soviet Polish Priest Portrayed on FX’s ‘The Americans’ http://mrc.org/biasalerts/successful-kgb-operation-discredit-anti-soviet-polish-priest-portrayed-fxs-americans <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/KGBAnnBeatUp-TheAmericans-2013-03-13.jpg" style="width: 260px; height: 146px; margin: 1px; float: right;" /> <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans" target="_blank">FX’s <em>The Americans</em></a>. Last week, the historic drama set in 1981, portrayed a successful KGB effort to discredit a Polish priest, who is leading an anti-Soviet liberation movement, by smearing him as a rapist during his visit to New York City.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/successful-kgb-operation-discredit-anti-soviet-polish-priest-portrayed-fxs-americans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Entertainment Media foreign policy history Ronald Reagan Russia Video Thu, 21 Mar 2013 04:59:42 +0000 brent.baker 42990 at http://mrc.org ‘Conservative’ Journalist on Reagan: ‘I Hope the Bastard Bleeds to Death on the Operating Table’ http://mrc.org/biasalerts/conservative-journalist-reagan-i-hope-bastard-bleeds-death-operating-table <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> KGB operatives infiltrated conservative media? Wednesday night’s episode of FX’s <a href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans" target="_blank"><em>The Americans</em></a> imagines that in 1981 a conservative magazine employed a journalist who was really a mole for the KGB. On the day of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, “Charles Duluth” of the “<em>Conservative Statesman</em>” magazine, proclaims to a KGB operative who he is helping: “Frankly, I hope the bastard bleeds to death on the operating table.”<br /> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/conservative-journalist-reagan-i-hope-bastard-bleeds-death-operating-table" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio Entertainment Media FX history KGB Ronald Reagan Russia Soviet Union Video Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:12:07 +0000 brent.baker 42703 at http://mrc.org FX’s ‘The Americans’ Imagines Moment When Soviets Learned of Reagan’s Plan to Deploy SDI http://mrc.org/biasalerts/fxs-americans-imagines-moment-when-soviets-learned-reagans-plan-deploy-sdi <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Last week’s second episode of <em>The Americans</em> (the third episode will run tonight, February 13, on FX), dramatically ended with a scene showing the horror realized by KGB operatives at the Soviet embassy in Washington, DC when they learn President Ronald Reagan intends to build “a ballistic missile shield” – aka the Strategic Defense Initiative. (video below)<br /> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/fxs-americans-imagines-moment-when-soviets-learned-reagans-plan-deploy-sdi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio Entertainment Media history John Nott KGB Margaret Thatcher Ronald Reagan Russia Soviet Union Video Thu, 14 Feb 2013 01:09:39 +0000 brent.baker 42632 at http://mrc.org Three Scenes in FX’s ‘The Americans’ Which Should Hearten Conservatives http://mrc.org/biasalerts/three-scenes-fxs-americans-which-should-hearten-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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> FX’s new series which debuted Wednesday night, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.fxnetworks.com/theamericans"><em>The Americans</em></a>, is centered around husband and wife KGB sleeper agents who live with their kids as ordinary Americans in suburban Washington, DC when Ronald Reagan becomes President.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/biasalerts/three-scenes-fxs-americans-which-should-hearten-conservatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division FX history KGB Ronald Reagan THe Americans Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:59:41 +0000 brent.baker 42468 at http://mrc.org