BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en O'Reilly on 'Today': Obama Administration 'Blew It' on Ebola Response http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/oreilly-today-obama-administration-blew-it-ebola-response <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 Wednesday, <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer began an interview with Bill O'Reilly by citing liberal <em>New York Times </em>columnist Frank Bruni <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-the-virus-of-cynicism.html?_r=0" target="_blank">actually criticizing</a> the Obama administration's handling of the Ebola crisis: "One dimension of the disease's toll is clear. It's ravaging Americans' already tenuous&nbsp; faith in the competence of our government and its bureaucracies."</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/oreilly-today-obama-administration-blew-it-ebola-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bill O'Reilly Ebola Matt Lauer NBC Today Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:37:26 +0000 kyle.drennen 47433 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Yawn at Midterms, But 'Love' 'Cute' Story of Obama Teasing a Voter http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nets-yawn-midterms-love-cute-story-obama-teasing-voter <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>With the Democrats facing bad news in the coming midterms, the networks have largely been&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/10/22/tv-news-blacks-out-years-bad-election-news-democrats">ignoring</a>&nbsp;the possible electoral wave. Yet, NBC and CBS couldn't resist the "cute" story of Barack Obama bantering with a woman and her boyfriend on Monday.</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/nets-yawn-midterms-love-cute-story-obama-teasing-voter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Barack Obama cbs Midterms NBC Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:06:03 +0000 scott.whitlock 47432 at http://www.mrc.org ‘Big Three’ Ignore Democrat’s Debate No-Show But Promoted ‘Fangate’ Controversy http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-ignore-democrats-debate-no-show-promoted-fangate-controversy <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>Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and her Republican opponent, North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, are currently locked in a close Senate race, but with less than two weeks until Election Day Senator Hagan declined to participate in debate Tuesday night. Despite Senator Hagan’s absence, all three network morning shows ignored the story on their Wednesday morning broadcasts.</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/big-three-ignore-democrats-debate-no-show-promoted-fangate-controversy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc cbs Kay Hagan NBC Thom Tillis Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:26:26 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47431 at http://www.mrc.org 'Meet the Press' Panel: If GOP Wins Senate, They'd Better Not Oppose ObamaCare http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/meet-press-panel-if-gop-wins-senate-theyd-better-not-oppose-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>At the end of Sunday's NBC <em>Meet the Press</em>, moderator Chuck Todd led his panel of guests in warning Republicans against any effort to oppose ObamaCare if they win the Senate majority in the upcoming midterm election: "...the biggest, I would argue, false promise of the...midterm campaign has been about [repealing] the Affordable Care Act....[Mitch McConnell's] never gonna have the ability to do it."</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/meet-press-panel-if-gop-wins-senate-theyd-better-not-oppose-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2014 Chuck Todd Meet the Press NBC obamacare Republicans Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:56 +0000 kyle.drennen 47430 at http://www.mrc.org ABC and NBC Omit Any Mention of Midterm Elections on Day Two Weeks from Election Day http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-omit-any-mention-midterm-elections-day-two-weeks-election-day <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday, ABC and NBC made no mention of the upcoming midterm elections, which were two weeks away from Tuesday and include numerous Senate races that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-omit-any-mention-midterm-elections-day-two-weeks-election-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional abc Barack Obama Bias by Omission cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Conservatives and Republicans Good Morning America Liberals & Democrats Major Garrett Nancy Cordes NBC NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Scott Pelley Today Show World News Tonight Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:23:37 +0000 curtis.houck 47429 at http://www.mrc.org As Lewinsky Returns, ABC and CBS Gloss Over Clinton Culpability http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/lewinsky-returns-abc-and-cbs-gloss-over-clinton-culpability <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>All three networks on Tuesday hyped the return of Monica Lewinsky in the form of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2014/10/20/full-transcript-monica-lewinsky-speaks-out-on-ending-online-abuse/">a speech</a>&nbsp;on Monday, but ABC and CBS mostly glossed over the embarrassing details of Bill Clinton's culpability.&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;kept the focus on the former White House intern and it was only at the very end of the segment that Jon Karl allowed: "Lewinsky's campaign against cyber-bullying just happens to be getting under way as we are about to sta</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/lewinsky-returns-abc-and-cbs-gloss-over-clinton-culpability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bill Clinton cbs Monica Lewinsky NBC Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:03:28 +0000 scott.whitlock 47426 at http://www.mrc.org Washington Examiner’s ‘Mainstream Media Scream’ with the MRC’s Assessment http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-1 <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><a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/june/WashSecrets-Bedard-June2013.jpg" style="float: right;" /></a>Since late January of 2012, the <em>Washington Examiner</em>’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “<a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/mainstream-media-scream">Mainstream Media Scream</a>” selection in his “<a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets">Washington Secrets</a>” column.</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://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Media Bias Washington Examiner Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:47:15 +0000 brent.baker 47425 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Peddles False Democratic Talking Point That GOP Cuts Hurt Ebola Response http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-peddles-false-democratic-talking-point-gop-cuts-hurt-ebola-response <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 report for Tuesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> on the political fallout from the Obama administration's mishandling of the Ebola crisis, correspondent Chip Reid touted a Democratic attack line being used against Republicans in the midterm campaign: <strong>"Some Democrats are firing back, claiming that Republican spending cuts have made the problem worse....An independent liberal group called The Agenda Project has even released a new ad with the tag line, 'Republican Cuts Kill.'"</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/cbs-peddles-false-democratic-talking-point-gop-cuts-hurt-ebola-response" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2014 CBS This Morning Chip Reid Democrats Ebola Republicans Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:45:31 +0000 kyle.drennen 47424 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Fail to Cover Gaffes from Democrats Wendy Davis and Mark Udall http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-fail-cover-gaffes-democrats-wendy-davis-and-mark-udall <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>With the midterm elections two weeks away from Tuesday, the major broadcast networks on Monday night ignored gaffes from Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as both seek to make up deficits against their Republican opponents Cory Gardner and Greg Abbott, respectively.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-fail-cover-gaffes-democrats-wendy-davis-and-mark-udall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional 2014 midterms abc cbs CBS Evening News Colorado Mark Udall NBC NBC Nightly News Texas Wendy Davis World News Tonight Tue, 21 Oct 2014 03:45:59 +0000 curtis.houck 47423 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Mitchell on Monica Lewinsky Speaking Publicly: ‘The Timing Couldn't be Worse’ for Clintons http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-mitchell-monica-lewinsky-speaking-publicly-timing-couldnt-be-worse-clintons <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday night, ABC and NBC offered segments on Monica Lewinsky’s first public comments in years that came during a conference in Philadelphia for millennials by <em>Forbes</em> and explained how she was the first victim of cyberbullying during her affair with then-President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.&nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-mitchell-monica-lewinsky-speaking-publicly-timing-couldnt-be-worse-clintons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2016 Presidential abc Andrea Mitchell Bill Clinton Brian Williams cyberbullying David Muir Drudge Report forbes Hillary Clinton Jonathan Karl Matt Drudge Monica Lewinsky NBC NBC Nightly News Susan Page World News Tonight. David Muir Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:38:33 +0000 curtis.houck 47422 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Analyst Turns Activist: 'We Should Have Death With Dignity Laws' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-analyst-turns-activist-we-should-have-death-dignity-laws <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/2014-10-20-CNN-NR-Robbins.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />CNN legal analyst Mel Robbins acted as an activist for a liberal cause on Monday's CNN Newsroom as the network covered the debate over euthanasia: "<strong>I disagree with the 45 states that make it illegal. I think that we should have death with dignity laws</strong>." Robbins later played up that "this is happening behind closed doors, and that's why I think <strong>these laws are important – to bring it out of the shadows</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/cnn-analyst-turns-activist-we-should-have-death-dignity-laws" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 60 Minutes Anderson Cooper Brooke Baldwin cbs CNN CNN Newsroom Eutha Ira Byock Mel Robbins Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:19:20 +0000 matthew.balan 47421 at http://www.mrc.org Andrea Mitchell: ‘Voting Restrictions’ Could Make It ‘Really Hard for Democrats’ In November http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-voting-restrictions-could-make-it-really-hard-democrats-november <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>Andrea Mitchell, NBC News&nbsp;Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, appeared on Sunday’s&nbsp;<em>Meet the Press</em>&nbsp;and did her best to make excuses for potential Democratic losses in the November midterm elections.</p><p>Speaking to moderator Chuck Todd,&nbsp;<strong>Mitchell complained that the “Texas Supreme Court decision on Saturday morning is going to be really telling, if there are more voter restrictions placed in some of those states, it's going to be really hard for Democrats.”</strong></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/andrea-mitchell-voting-restrictions-could-make-it-really-hard-democrats-november" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 midterms Andrea Mitchell Chuck Todd Meet the Press NBC voter ID Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:14:23 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47417 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Welker: GOP Candidates ‘Stoking Public Fears’ On Ebola http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-welker-gop-candidates-stoking-public-fears-ebola <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>On Sunday’s&nbsp;<em>Nightly News</em>, Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, scolded&nbsp;the GOP over their criticism of&nbsp;the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis.</p><p><strong>The NBC reporter maintained that “with public fears&nbsp;<span>spreading faster than the</span>&nbsp;<span>disease itself, some Republican candidates eyeing wins</span>&nbsp;<span>in the upcoming midterm elections are</span>&nbsp;<span>stoking public fears.”</span></strong></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/nbcs-welker-gop-candidates-stoking-public-fears-ebola" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 midterms Ebola Kristen Welker Lester Holt NBC Nightly News Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:56:33 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47415 at http://www.mrc.org ‘Stubbornly Neutral’ Chuck Todd Shows His Partisan Colors While Attacking NRA http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/stubbornly-neutral-chuck-todd-shows-his-partisan-colors-while-attacking-nra <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>NBC’s Chuck Todd, who on Friday declared that he was “<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2014/10/18/chuck-todd-comes-under-fire-facebook-chat-i-am-stubbornly-neutral">stubbornly neutral</a>”, predictably peddled liberal talking points on Ebola by blaming the National Rifle Association for the country not having a Surgeon General.</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/stubbornly-neutral-chuck-todd-shows-his-partisan-colors-while-attacking-nra" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bob Casey Chuck Todd Ebola Meet the Press NRA Roy Blunt Sun, 19 Oct 2014 17:52:03 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47414 at http://www.mrc.org ABC’s Stephanopoulos Rushes to Defend Obama’s Ebola Czar http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-stephanopoulos-rushes-defend-obamas-ebola-czar <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>During an appearance on Sunday’s&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did his best to deflect criticism away from President Obama’s decision to name Ron Klain, former&nbsp;Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as his Ebola czar.</p><p>Speaking to weekend&nbsp;<em>GMA</em>&nbsp;host Dan Harris,&nbsp;<strong>Stephanopoulos insisted that “Ron Klain is an expert in&nbsp;communications, he's an expert&nbsp;in management.&nbsp;That's what the government&nbsp;needs right now.”</strong></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/abcs-stephanopoulos-rushes-defend-obamas-ebola-czar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Dan Harris Ebola George Stephanopoulos GMA Ron Klain Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:03:55 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47413 at http://www.mrc.org