BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/node/add en Networks Fret Over Burger King 'Defecting' to Canada to Pay Lower Taxes http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-fret-over-burger-king-defecting-canada-pay-lower-taxes <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> As news broke on Tuesday of Burger King buying Tim Hortons and moving its corporate headquarters to Canada, the broadcast networks quickly adopted the liberal talking point that the fast food chain was being unpatriotic by avoiding high U.S. tax rates. On Tuesday's ABC <em>World News</em>, anchor Diane Sawyer proclaimed: <strong>"Burger King, home of the Whopper, accused of doing something a lot of Americans question, defecting.</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/networks-fret-over-burger-king-defecting-canada-pay-lower-taxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Burger King Canada cbs NBC taxes Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:39:42 +0000 kyle.drennen 47019 at http://www.mrc.org Sharyl Attkisson Schools ABC, CBS, NBC on How to Cover the IRS Scandal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sharyl-attkisson-schools-abc-cbs-nbc-how-cover-irs-scandal <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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/attkisson.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Unlike her colleagues at the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, on Tuesday night, actually dug into the finer points behind the big bombshells revealed in the IRS scandal this week. <br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sharyl-attkisson-schools-abc-cbs-nbc-how-cover-irs-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bias by Omission FBN IRS Sharyl Attkisson Tea Party Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:41:39 +0000 geoff.dickens 47017 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, NBC Ignore Possible Obstruction of Justice in Growing VA Scandal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-ignore-possible-obstruction-justice-growing-va-scandal <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>Wednesday's morning shows on ABC and NBC ignored the latest details of the growing scandal engulfing the Veterans Affairs department. Only CBS bothered to report on the story, allowing a scant 20 seconds.&nbsp;<em>This Morning&nbsp;</em>co-anchor Gayle King revealed, "<em>USA Today</em>&nbsp;says the VA scandal now includes obstruction of justice allegations.</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/abc-nbc-ignore-possible-obstruction-justice-growing-va-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CBS This Morning Gayle King Veterans Affairs Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:29:31 +0000 scott.whitlock 47016 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hits Warren Buffett From Left Over Burger King Deal: ‘Capitalist Before He’s A Patriot’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hits-warren-buffett-left-over-burger-king-deal-capitalist-hes-patriot <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>Ever since fast food chain Burger King announced its desire to purchase Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/08/26/cbs-plays-backlash-against-burger-king-s-move-canada-some-washington-">CBS&nbsp;</a>has done its best to&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/08/25/noting-burger-king-merger-plans-cbss-mason-notes-democratic-opposition">play up</a>&nbsp;the supposed backlash the company will face as it moves its headquarters overseas to lower its tax burden.&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/cbs-hits-warren-buffett-left-over-burger-king-deal-capitalist-hes-patriot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anthony Mason Burger King CBS This Morning Gayle King Warren Buffett Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:57:43 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47013 at http://www.mrc.org O'Reilly: Al Sharpton 'Almost Single-Handedly Has Corrupted NBC News' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/oreilly-al-sharpton-almost-single-handedly-has-corrupted-nbc-news <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 his show Monday night, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly declared that MSNBC host and Ferguson, Missouri activist <strong>Al Sharpton "has become so controversial in America that it's hard to explain how a news agency, NBC, can even have him on the payroll."</strong> <em>Mediabuzz</em> host Howard Kurtz agreed, labeling Sharpton's employment with the network "a travesty." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-08-25-FNC-OF-O%27ReillyKurtz.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/oreilly-al-sharpton-almost-single-handedly-has-corrupted-nbc-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Al Sharpton Bill O'Reilly Fox News Howard Kurtz MSNBC Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:16:26 +0000 kyle.drennen 47012 at http://www.mrc.org CBS’s Duthiers on Missouri State Law on Police Use of Force: ‘Sounds Like Cops Are Protected No Matter What’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbss-duthiers-missouri-state-law-police-use-force-sounds-cops-are-protected-no-matter-wha <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> <div><p>Reporting on the latest in Ferguson, Missouri for Tuesday night’s&nbsp;<em>CBS Evening News</em>, CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers interviewed a St. Louis detective on what Missouri state law states regarding the ability of law enforcement to use deadly force. After reading from the law directly, Duthiers opined to the detective that it&nbsp;<strong>“[s]ounds to me as if the cops are protected no matter what they do.”</strong></p></div><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/cbss-duthiers-missouri-state-law-police-use-force-sounds-cops-are-protected-no-matter-wha" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS Evening News Ferguson Missouri Maurice DuBois Michael Brown police Vladimir Duthiers Wed, 27 Aug 2014 03:30:16 +0000 curtis.houck 47011 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Touts Obama’s Promise to Fix the VA and IG Report Despite Concerns from Whistle-Blower http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-obamas-promise-fix-va-and-ig-report-despite-concerns-whistle-blower <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> <div><p>On Tuesday evening,&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>&nbsp;offered a soft news brief on the scandal-ridden Veterans Affairs (VA) Administration by promoting President Barack Obama’s calls that the VA’s many issues will be fixed on his watch. In addition, substitute anchor Lestor Holt made quick mention of an inspector general’s report that the actions of the agency in delays in veterans waiting for care did not result in any veteran’s death.&nbsp;</p></div><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/nbc-touts-obamas-promise-fix-va-and-ig-report-despite-concerns-whistle-blower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc ABC World News with Diane Sawyer Barack Obama cbs CBS Evening News Lester Holt Maurice DuBois NBC NBC Nightly News VA Scandal Veterans Administration Veterans Affairs Wyatt Andrews Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:35:54 +0000 curtis.houck 47010 at http://www.mrc.org Chris Matthews Plots Strategy With Dems on How to Use Ferguson Unrest for Midterms http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-plots-strategy-dems-how-use-ferguson-unrest-midterms <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>It's not surprising that MSNBC's Chris Matthews would frame the racial unrest in Ferguson through a political lens. The liberal host on Monday brought on two prominent Democrats to plot strategy on how the fallout from the Michael Brown shooting could be appropriated.</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/chris-matthews-plots-strategy-dems-how-use-ferguson-unrest-midterms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews ferguson Hardball Midterms MSNBC race Tue, 26 Aug 2014 21:11:17 +0000 scott.whitlock 47009 at http://www.mrc.org Blackberry Blackout: Nets Refuse to Report IRS Destroyed Lerner's Phone After Probe Began http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/blackberry-blackout-nets-refuse-report-irs-destroyed-lerners-phone-after-probe-began <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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/blackberry.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On the heels of a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer admitting to Judicial Watch that Lois Lerner’s missing e-mails do exist comes another stunning revelation.</p> <p> On Monday evening the <em>New York Observer</em> reported “the IRS destroyed Lerner’s Blackberry after it knew her computer had crashed and after a Congressional inquiry was well underway.” Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network coverage of this fishy behavior on the part of the IRS and Lerner? 0 seconds. &nbsp;</p> <div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/blackberry-blackout-nets-refuse-report-irs-destroyed-lerners-phone-after-probe-began" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs IRS Lois Lerner NBC Tea Party Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:16:10 +0000 geoff.dickens 47006 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd 'Going to Bring Back Heart, Good Taste, Fairness' to 'Meet the Press' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-going-bring-back-heart-good-taste-fairness-meet-press <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> Appearing at the end of MSNBC's <em>The Daily Rundown</em> on Tuesday, NBC News NASA correspondent Jay Barbree wished host Chuck Todd good luck in becoming moderator of Meet the Press, hailing the chief White House correspondent: "...when God was making Chuck Todd, he was disturbed for a moment, he got distracted, and he looked back and he'd made his heart twice his size." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-08-26-MSNBC-DR-BarbreeTodd.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/chuck-todd-going-bring-back-heart-good-taste-fairness-meet-press" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chuck Todd Jay Barbree Meet the Press MSNBC NBC The Daily Rundown Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:42:15 +0000 kyle.drennen 47005 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Plays Up Backlash Against Burger King’s Move to Canada: ‘Some In Washington Are Fuming’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-plays-backlash-against-burger-kings-move-canada-some-washington-are-fuming <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>For the&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/08/25/noting-burger-king-merger-plans-cbss-mason-notes-democratic-opposition">second day in a row</a>, CBS did its best to hype opposition to fast food chain Burger King after it announced plans to purchase Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons and relocate to Canada to lower its tax burden.&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/cbs-plays-backlash-against-burger-kings-move-canada-some-washington-are-fuming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anthony Mason Burger King CBS This Morning Jan Crawford Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:59:23 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47002 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-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/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-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Media Bias Washington Examiner Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:46:33 +0000 brent.baker 44669 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Dodge Huge IRS Scandal News as DOJ Attorney Says Lost Lerner E-Mails Do Exist http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-dodge-huge-irs-scandal-news-doj-attorney-says-lost-lerner-e-mails-do-exist <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>Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/irs-scandal-bombshell-doj-attorney-admits-lois-lerner-emails-exist-will-nets-report">appeared</a>&nbsp;on the Fox News Channel (FNC) Monday afternoon and informed viewers that a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney admitted to his organization on Friday that the e-mails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner that were thought to be lost likely still exist.</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-dodge-huge-irs-scandal-news-doj-attorney-says-lost-lerner-e-mails-do-exist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc ABC World News with Diane Sawyer Bias by Omission Bret Baier cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Fox News Channel IRS Targets Tea Party Lois Lerner NBC NBC Nightly News Special Report Tue, 26 Aug 2014 01:25:29 +0000 curtis.houck 47001 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC's Michael Eric Dyson Starts a Sentence This Way: 'I Ain't Saying That Obama Is Jesus, But...' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-michael-eric-dyson-starts-sentence-way-i-aint-saying-obama-jesus <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>MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson is no stranger to effusive, over-the-top lobbying for Barack Obama. But on Saturday, he went so far that even fellow liberal host Melissa Harris Perry couldn't believe it. Dyson called on the President to speak out more about the rioting in Ferguson, Missouri comparing, "I'm a Christian preacher and God finally said, 'look, I can't send nobody else. I got to go myself.'"&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/msnbcs-michael-eric-dyson-starts-sentence-way-i-aint-saying-obama-jesus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Jesus Christ Michael Eric Dyson MSNBC Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:28:36 +0000 scott.whitlock 47000 at http://www.mrc.org IRS Scandal Bombshell: DOJ Attorney Admits Lois Lerner Emails Exist! Will Nets Report? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/irs-scandal-bombshell-doj-attorney-admits-lois-lerner-emails-exist-will-nets-report <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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/TomFitton.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />The latest bombshell in the IRS scandal has landed. On Monday, Judicial Watch’s president Tom Fitton told FNC’s Shannon Bream that a Justice Department attorney told them the missing Lois Lerner e-mails do exist. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/irs-scandal-bombshell-doj-attorney-admits-lois-lerner-emails-exist-will-nets-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bias by Omission IRS Lois Lerner Shannon Bream Tom Fitton Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:12:26 +0000 geoff.dickens 46999 at http://www.mrc.org