BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en Unlike ABC News, ABC’s The View Acknowledges Obama’s Low Approval http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/unlike-abc-news-abcs-view-acknowledges-obamas-low-approval <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 Thursday, September 18, a strange thing happened: ABC actually covered President Obama’s plummeting poll numbers. No, not ABC News, but the daytime ABC program&nbsp;<em>The View</em>&nbsp;which spent nearly four minutes discussing his falling approval ratings following his speech laying out America's strategy to defeat ISIS.&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/unlike-abc-news-abcs-view-acknowledges-obamas-low-approval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama poll numbers The View Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:11:33 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47172 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Skips 'Stunning' New VA Scandal Report, ABC Offers 21 Seconds http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-skips-stunning-new-va-scandal-report-abc-offers-21-seconds <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>A government report claiming that there was no conclusive proof that long wait times led to deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals was altered. Yet, for the second day in a row, NBC ignored this story. ABC's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;on Thursday allowed a scant 21 seconds, despite news reader Amy Robach calling hyping the "stunning admission." [MP3 audio&nbsp;<a href="http://mrc.org//sites/default/files/uploads/2014-09-18-ABC-GMA-Robach.mp3">here</a>.]</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/nbc-skips-stunning-new-va-scandal-report-abc-offers-21-seconds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs NBC VA Veterans Administration Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:07:37 +0000 scott.whitlock 47170 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Lobs Softballs to Obama U.N. Ambassador, Avoids Foreign Policy Criticism http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-lobs-softballs-obama-un-ambassador-avoids-foreign-policy-criticism <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><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/september/2014-09-18-CBS-TM-Hosts.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />Starting off a gentle interview with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power on Thursday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, co-host Norah O'Donnell began to pitch what could have been a hardball question on the Obama administration's slow response to violence in Syria giving rise to the ISIS terrorist threat, but instead tossed out this: "When you first became ambassador, you pushed for air strikes in Syria.</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-lobs-softballs-obama-un-ambassador-avoids-foreign-policy-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CBS This Morning ISIS Jeff Glor Norah O'Donnell Samantha Power United Nations Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:06:52 +0000 kyle.drennen 47169 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Gushes Over 'Madam Secretary' Star, Asks If She Called Hillary For Pajama Party http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-gushes-over-madam-secretary-star-asks-if-she-called-hillary-pajama-party <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>CBS has a new drama called “Madam Secretary” where the main character, played by Tea Leoni, is a newly appointed Secretary of State, and on Thursday,&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;did their best to swoon over the new show.</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-gushes-over-madam-secretary-star-asks-if-she-called-hillary-pajama-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CBS This Morning Gayle King Hillary Clinton Jeff Glor Norah O'Donnell Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:56:57 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47167 at http://www.mrc.org Broadcast Networks Black Out Coverage of Benghazi Hearing http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/broadcast-networks-black-out-coverage-benghazi-hearing <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 major broadcast networks on Wednesday refused to cover the first hearing held by the House Select Committee on Benghazi to begin assessing what happened in the 2012 attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty dead.</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/broadcast-networks-black-out-coverage-benghazi-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Benghazi Bias by Omission Bret Baier cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Fox News Channel Good Morning America NBC NBC Nightly News Sharyl Attkisson Special Report Today Show Trey Gowdy World News Tonight Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:04:47 +0000 curtis.houck 47166 at http://www.mrc.org CBS, NYT Ignore Own Poll Showing Obama Approval At 40%, Foreign Policy at Only 34% http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-nyt-ignore-own-poll-showing-obama-approval-40-foreign-policy-only-34 <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 Wednesday, CBS and&nbsp;<em>The New York Times&nbsp;</em>made the point of omitting results from their own&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/us/politics/18EARLYPOLL-DOC.html" href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/us/politics/18EARLYPOLL-DOC.html" target="_blank">poll</a>&nbsp;which show President Obama’s job approval at 40 percent and his approval on foreign policy at only 34 percent from the newscasts and print newspaper, 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/cbs-nyt-ignore-own-poll-showing-obama-approval-40-foreign-policy-only-34" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division approval ratings cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Major Garrett New York Times Scott Pelley Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:18:46 +0000 curtis.houck 47165 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC and CNN Punt on Live Coverage of Benghazi Hearing; Fox News Airs Over 40 Min. http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-and-cnn-punt-live-coverage-benghazi-hearing-fox-news-airs-over-40-min <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 width="280" height="156" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-09-17-MSNBC-Trey_Gowdy.jpg" />CNN and MSNBC viewers on Wednesday would have to switch channels if they wanted to watch the first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. CNN aired a 15-second news brief at the top of the 10 am Eastern hour, mere minutes before the nearly three-hour meeting began, but didn't cover the proceedings live.</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/msnbc-and-cnn-punt-live-coverage-benghazi-hearing-fox-news-airs-over-40-min" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Benghazi Carol Costello CNN CNN Newsroom congress Fox News Channel Joan Rivers Libya MSNBC NewsNation nfl Ray Rice Tamron Hall Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:54:44 +0000 matthew.balan 47163 at http://www.mrc.org Fired NBC Host David Gregory Decries Media 'Laziness' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/fired-nbc-host-david-gregory-decries-media-laziness <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><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/september/DavidGregoryMTP.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />As reported by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/09/david-gregory-hits-media-laziness-195662.html"><em>Politico</em></a>, recently dumped <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator David Gregory moderated a panel for the No Labels Strategic Agenda conference in Washington on Wednesday and lectured his media colleagues: <strong>"[I]n Washington political journalism the narrative gets set, and it gets set early and built on.</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/fired-nbc-host-david-gregory-decries-media-laziness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division David Gregory Meet the Press NBC Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:32:20 +0000 kyle.drennen 47161 at http://www.mrc.org Joe Klein: Obama Is Cynical for Giving in to 'Ugly' Immigration Nativists http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/joe-klein-obama-cynical-giving-ugly-immigration-nativists <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><a href="http://time.com/3326563/missed-chance-on-immigration/"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/KleinJoe.JPG" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" width="300" />Time</a></em>&nbsp;magazine's Joe Klein used the September 22 issue to knock Barack Obama from the left, decrying the "cynical" Democrat&nbsp;for giving in to the "ugly," nativist opposition to immigration. Denying any legitimate, philosophical opposition, Klein sneered, "For the first 190 years of U.S. history, opposition to immigration was mostly about religion–Catholicism and Judaism.</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/joe-klein-obama-cynical-giving-ugly-immigration-nativists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama immigration Joe Klein Time Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:22:00 +0000 scott.whitlock 47160 at http://www.mrc.org Sotloff Family Tells CBS They Were 'Bullied' By Obama Administration; NBC and ABC Ignore http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sotloff-family-tells-cbs-they-were-bullied-obama-administration-nbc-and-abc-ignore <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 <em>CBS This Morning</em>, Barak Barfi, spokesman for the family of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff, ripped the Obama administration over it's handling of the kidnapping of Sotloff and fellow journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists: <strong>"We never really believed that the administration was doing anything to help us.</strong> We had very, very limited contact with senior officials..."<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/sotloff-family-tells-cbs-they-were-bullied-obama-administration-nbc-and-abc-ignore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barak Barfi CBS This Morning James Foley Norah O'Donnell Steven Sotloff Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:43:36 +0000 kyle.drennen 47158 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore: While Talking About Money, Joe Biden Refers to 'Shylocks' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-ignore-while-talking-about-money-joe-biden-refers-shylocks <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 network morning shows on Wednesday ignored Joe Biden using&nbsp;a word&nbsp;many consider to be anti-Semitic. Giving a speech on Tuesday about legal issues facing veterans, the Vice President decried&nbsp;"<strong>these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas</strong>." [MP3 audio&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mrc.org//sites/default/files/uploads/2014-09-16-CNN-Biden.mp3">here</a>.]</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/networks-ignore-while-talking-about-money-joe-biden-refers-shylocks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc cbs CNN Joe Biden NBC Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:33:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 47154 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Covers Latest V.A. Scandal Report, ABC, NBC Ignore http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-covers-latest-va-scandal-report-abc-nbc-ignore <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, September 17, the House is scheduled to hold a hearing on the latest surrounding the scandal plagued Veterans Administration, specifically questions about the inspector general’s recent report on patient deaths at V.A. facilities.</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-covers-latest-va-scandal-report-abc-nbc-ignore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning VA Scandal Wyatt Andrews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:46:22 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47153 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 Statements by Dempsey Open Possibility of Troops In Iraq; Nets Rush To Reiterate Obama's Promise None Will Go http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/statements-dempsey-open-possibility-troops-iraq-nets-rush-reiterate-obamas-promise-none-w <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 night, the major broadcast networks worked to quickly remind viewers that President Barack Obama has promised that no United States combat troops will be on the ground in the Middle East to fight the Islamic terrorist group ISIS despite congressional testimony by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, on Tuesday that U.S. troops returning to Iraq could still be a possibility.</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/statements-dempsey-open-possibility-troops-iraq-nets-rush-reiterate-obamas-promise-none-w" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrea Mitchell Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley David Martin David Muir Iraq Islamic Jihad Margaret Brennan NBC NBC Nightly News Scott Pelley Syria War on Terror World News Tonight Wed, 17 Sep 2014 04:54:52 +0000 curtis.houck 47152 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore Government Report That ObamaCare Plans Cover Abortions http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-ignore-government-report-obamacare-plans-cover-abortions <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, the Government Accountability Office (GAO)&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-742R" data-cke-saved-href="http://gao.gov/products/GAO-14-742R">released</a>&nbsp;a new report documenting how abortions are being funded by taxpayers under ObamaCare despite a provision in the law stating that abortions will not be covered under ObamaCare insurance plans. When the Tuesday evening newscasts for the major broadcast networks had passed, however, none of them devoted even a second to the story.</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-ignore-government-report-obamacare-plans-cover-abortions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc abortions Bret Baier Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley David Muir Fox News Channel Government Accountability Office NBC NBC Nightly News obamacare Special Report World News Tonight Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:06:29 +0000 curtis.houck 47151 at http://www.mrc.org