BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en WashPost Editorial Board Tears Into Obama’s Move on Cuba; ‘an Undeserved Bailout’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washpost-editorial-board-tears-obamas-move-cuba-undeserved-bailout <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><img style="margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px; float: right;" class="image-blog_body-50" data-cke-saved-src="http://newsbusters7.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/blog_body-50/s3/images/WashingtonPostLogo.JPG?itok=8cZVN5xv" src="http://newsbusters7.s3.amazonaws.com/styles/blog_body-50/s3/images/WashingtonPostLogo.JPG?itok=8cZVN5xv" width="280" /><span></span>In the lead editorial for Thursday’s paper,<em>&nbsp;The Washington Post</em>&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-obama-administration-extends-the-castro-regime-in-cuba-a-bailout-it-doesnt-deserve/2014/12/17/</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/washpost-editorial-board-tears-obamas-move-cuba-undeserved-bailout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Communism Communists Cuba cubans Editorial editorial board Fidel Castro foreign policy President Barack Obama President Obama Raul Castro The Washington Post Washington Post Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:23:49 +0000 curtis.houck 47892 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Barely Mention Brutality of Castro Regime or Cuba Being Communist http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-barely-mention-brutality-castro-regime-or-cuba-being-communist <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>Following the trend&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/12/17/nbc-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba" href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/12/17/nbc-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba" target="_blank">set</a>&nbsp;when news broke early Wednesday, the major broadcast networks continued their praising of the move by President Obama to seek normalized relations with Cuba on their Wednesday night newscasts.&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/networks-barely-mention-brutality-castro-regime-or-cuba-being-communist" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Communists Cuba David Muir Fidel Castro foreign policy Mark Potter NBC News NBC Nightly News Norah O'Donnell Raul Castro World News Tonight Thu, 18 Dec 2014 04:55:24 +0000 curtis.houck 47891 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Mark Potter Blames Cuba’s Poor Economy on ‘the Long-Standing U.S. Embargo’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-mark-potter-blames-cubas-poor-economy-long-standing-us-embargo <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>During Wednesday’s&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, correspondent Mark Potter reported from Havana, Cuba on the news that President Obama was altering U.S. relations with the communist state and parroted a long-standing liberal argument as to why Cuba’s economy has struggled for over half a century.</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-mark-potter-blames-cubas-poor-economy-long-standing-us-embargo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Communists Cuba cubans Embargo Fidel Castro foreign policy international trade Mark Potter NBC News NBC Nightly News Raul Castro Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:24:10 +0000 curtis.houck 47890 at http://www.mrc.org Ed Schultz: Cuba Move is Obama's 'Tear Down This Wall, Mr. Castro' Moment http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ed-schultz-cuba-move-obamas-tear-down-wall-mr-castro-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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/2014-12-17-MSNBC-TES-Schultz.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />Ed Schultz one-upped colleague Chuck Todd on his MSNBC program on Wednesday.</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/ed-schultz-cuba-move-obamas-tear-down-wall-mr-castro-moment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Cuba Ed Schultz Fidel Castro Henry Fernandez MSNBC Raul Castro Ronald Reagan The Ed Show Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:38:11 +0000 matthew.balan 47889 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Hails 'Momentous Day' of Obama Opening U.S. Relations With Cuba http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba <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 an NBC News Special Report on Wednesday, <em>Nightly News</em> anchor Brian Williams could barely contain his excitement over President Obama announcing the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba: <strong>"A momentous day, especially for those Americans old enough to remember the Cold War.</strong> The curtain came down between Cuba and the United States in January of 1961 and in just a moment diplomatic relations, at least the first steps to which, will be reestablished....<strong>It is a day of momentous change, fast-moving change..."</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/nbc-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams Cuba Diplomacy NBC Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:57:17 +0000 kyle.drennen 47888 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Fret Over Continued Bush 'Dynasty,' But What About the Clintons? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nets-fret-over-continued-bush-dynasty-what-about-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/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>NBC, CBS and ABC on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning worried if yet another addition to the Bush "dynasty" will be good for the country. Yet, these same networks were excited earlier this year about the continuation of the Clinton brand. If, as many expect, Hillary Clinton announces a presidential run early next year, will journalists worry about the impact of a Democratic dynasty?&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/nets-fret-over-continued-bush-dynasty-what-about-clintons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush NBC Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:41:10 +0000 scott.whitlock 47886 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 href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets" target="_blank"><img style="float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/june/WashSecrets-Bedard-June2013.jpg" /></a>Since late January of 2012, the <em>Washington Examiner</em>’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “<a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/mainstream-media-scream" target="_blank">Mainstream Media Scream</a>” selection in his “<a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets" target="_blank">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 MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Criticizes Sen. Rubio’s Cuba Comments, Ignores Democratic Agreement http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-tamron-hall-criticizes-sen-rubios-cuba-comments-ignores-democratic-agreement <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 Wednesday morning, American Alan Gross was released from a five year imprisonment in Cuba in exchange for the release of three Cuban spies convicted in the United States. In response to the release, Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) spoke out strongly against the prisoner swap.</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/msnbcs-tamron-hall-criticizes-sen-rubios-cuba-comments-ignores-democratic-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Cuba Jose Diaz-Balart Marco Rubio Tamron Hall Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:56:59 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47884 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd: Jeb Bush Exploring 2016 Run 'Helps Hillary' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-jeb-bush-exploring-2016-run-helps-hillary <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 on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd spun former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announcing that he was "exploring" the possibility of running for president in 2016 as a boost for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton: <strong>"By the way, the big Jeb Bush announcement helps Hillary because it'll scare Democrats and rally them around Hillary even more."</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/chuck-todd-jeb-bush-exploring-2016-run-helps-hillary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2016 Chuck Todd Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush NBC Polling Savannah Guthrie Today Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000 kyle.drennen 47882 at http://www.mrc.org GQ: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst Among ‘America’s 20 Craziest Politicians’; Only Three Are Democrats http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gq-rand-paul-ted-cruz-joni-ernst-among-americas-20-craziest-politicians-only-three-are-de <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>The magazine GQ&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201501/craziest-politicians" href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201501/craziest-politicians" target="_blank">released</a>&nbsp;its list of the&nbsp;<strong>“20 craziest politicians”</strong>&nbsp;in the U.S. on Tuesday and, not surprisingly, the liberal publication selected 17 Republicans for the list compared to only three Democrats.&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/gq-rand-paul-ted-cruz-joni-ernst-among-americas-20-craziest-politicians-only-three-are-de" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress Conservatives and Republicans Double Standard GQ Joni Ernst Liberals & Democrats Rand Paul Ted Cruz Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:23:40 +0000 curtis.houck 47881 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Dodge News Judge Has Ruled Parts of Obama’s Executive Amnesty Unconstitutional http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-dodge-news-judge-has-ruled-parts-obamas-executive-amnesty-unconstitutional <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>A federal judge in Pennsylvania&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/16/district-court-declares-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional/" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/16/district-court-declares-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional/">ruled</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday that portions of President Barack Obama’s presidential action on immigration were unconstitutional as<strong>&nbsp;“Congress's lawmaking power is not subject to presidential supervision or control”&nbsp;</strong>and th</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-news-judge-has-ruled-parts-obamas-executive-amnesty-unconstitutional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amnesty Barack Obama Bias by Omission Bret Baier cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley FNC Fox News Fox News Channel Illegal Immigration immigration NBC News NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Shannon Bream Special Report World News Tonight Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:21:22 +0000 curtis.houck 47880 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Reporters Reject Own Poll Showing Americans Support CIA Interrogations http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reporters-reject-own-poll-showing-americans-support-cia-interrogations <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 her 12 p.m.</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-reporters-reject-own-poll-showing-americans-support-cia-interrogations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Reports CIA Interrogation Techniques MSNBC Polling Richard Engel Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:36:40 +0000 kyle.drennen 47879 at http://www.mrc.org Media Promote Twitter Meme for Nonexistent Anti-Muslim 'Backlash' in Australia http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/media-promote-twitter-meme-nonexistent-anti-muslim-backlash-australia <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>Before the hostage standoff with an Islamic gunman in Sydney had even ended on Monday, the media had already seized on a social media campaign that offered protection to Australian Muslims against imagined bigotry that had not occurred. On <em>Good Morning America</em>, co-host George Stephanopoulos touted: "The #IllRideWithYou trending worldwide on Twitter. <strong>It's a message of tolerance from Sydney residents offering solidarity with Muslims in the cities. Locals concerned people in religious attire could be harassed."</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/media-promote-twitter-meme-nonexistent-anti-muslim-backlash-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Australia cbs CNN MSNBC Muslims Twitter Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:24:47 +0000 kyle.drennen 47878 at http://www.mrc.org Chris Matthews Trashes 'Balloon Head' 'Demagogue' Ted Cruz http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-trashes-balloon-head-demagogue-ted-cruz <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>Chris Matthews resorted to school yard name calling on Monday night, lashing out at Ted Cruz as a "balloon head" "demagogue" for his actions opposing Barack Obama's executive order on amnesty. The MSNBC anchor also resorted to his tired cliche of referring to the Texas senator as the modern "Joe McCarthy."&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/chris-matthews-trashes-balloon-head-demagogue-ted-cruz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews MSNBC Senate Ted Cruz Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:10:00 +0000 scott.whitlock 47877 at http://www.mrc.org Surprise: CBS’s Don Dahler Pushes Back Against Lawyer in Bushmaster/Sandy Hook Lawsuit http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/surprise-cbss-don-dahler-pushes-back-against-lawyer-bushmastersandy-hook-lawsuit <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 CBS covered the news that families of ten people who lost their lives in the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 were filing a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Bushmaster as it was maker of the rifle used by Adam Lanza in his horrific rampage.</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/surprise-cbss-don-dahler-pushes-back-against-lawyer-bushmastersandy-hook-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Don Dahler Gun Control sandy hook Sandy Hook shooting Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:29:19 +0000 curtis.houck 47873 at http://www.mrc.org