Media Reality Check

Ten years ago this week, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans and it wasn’t long after the devastation that liberal reporters, hosts and columnists politicized the tragedy - from the left. Everything from George W. Bush’s “big oil” buddies to America’s racism to even tax cuts were blamed for the high human toll. CBS’s Nancy Giles raged:“We’ve repeatedly given tax cuts to the wealthiest and left our most vulnerable American citizens to basically fend for themselves” and added that Bush bypassed “thousands of victims, mostly black and poor” that “needed to see that he gave a damn.” Ex- New York Times... continue reading
There are currently 17 declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but viewers of the three broadcast evening news shows this year have mainly heard about just two of them: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New York businessman Donald Trump. And even though Trump received virtually no TV news attention until he officially declared on June 16, he’s received far more network news coverage in just the last six weeks than Bush has received all year. Media Research Center analysts reviewed every ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts from January 1 through July 31, including weekends, and tallied... continue reading
Due to extremely poor ratings, MSNBC formally announced Thursday it will bring down the ax on Ed Schultz and Alex Wagner. It turns out hate-mongering against conservative Republicans and sucking up to far-left Democrats is not a great way to attract large audiences. In his time in the anchor chair on The Ed Show , Schultz accused Republicans of wanting to murder old people --“The Republicans lie! They want to see you dead!”-- and couldn’t believe President Barack Obama didn’t have sky-high approval ratings: “It amazes me that people don’t love Obama.” Alex Wagner’s run on her eponymously named show... continue reading
During a recent interview on CNN, Univision anchor María Elena Salinas made the bold claim that her network’s news coverage is "fair and balanced." The credibility of Salinas’ claim, however, is seriously undermined by the network’s recent track record covering U.S. political news. Since November of 2013, the Media Research Center’s Hispanic media arm, MRC Latino, has been conducting ongoing, comprehensive content analysis of Univision’s principal national news programs. MRC Latino’s inaugural study of the nation’s two leading Spanish-language television newscasts, Noticiero Univision and Noticiero Telemundo, was released in April of 2014 and found that in some 667 stories about... continue reading
Scott Walker’s official entry into the 2016 presidential race has already been met with questions about his sophistication and readiness to be president by the liberal media. The day of Walker’s announcement The New York Times ’ Patrick Healy portrayed the GOP governor as someone who isn’t ready for the world stage: “Two words these [Walker] voters do not use about him? ‘Smart’ and ‘sophisticated.’” Healy added: “A series of early gaffes alarmed party leaders and donors and led Mr. Walker to begin several months of policy tutorials. The collective hope is that Mr. Walker can avoid what Mr. Goeas... continue reading
Despite briefly mentioning at least six reported instances of American citizens joining ISIS in June, and multiple FBI warnings about ISIS’s influence in the United States, the networks chose to devote more time to the “threat” posed by the existence of the Confederate flag. The evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC spent just 17 minutes, 35 seconds on the threat ISIS poses to American, and 37 minutes and 18 seconds on the controversy over the flag. This disparity in news coverage occurred during a ramped up social media campaign by ISIS to recruit Americans and other westerners to... continue reading
The hunt for convicted killers who escaped a prison in New York State was the most covered topic on the evening news broadcasts of ABC, CBS and NBC for the month of June. This was closely followed by coverage of the brutal massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, with considerable amounts of air time dedicated to the 2016 presidential campaign, the ISIS terror threat and the Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage. Despite only being announced on June 26, the Supreme Court’s decision to mandate that gay marriage is legal in all 50 states got enough coverage... continue reading
Despite the liberal media's disinterest in pursuing investigations into Barack Obama's scandals, the case of Republican Chris Christie proves the existence of a blatant double standard. The New Jersey Governor, who will announce his presidential bid on Tuesday, endured a media frenzy when the Bridgegate scandal erupted 17 months ago. When that story broke on January 8, 2014, all three networks immediately gave it big play on their evening news broadcasts. By the morning of January 10, less than 48 hours after the scandal arose, ABC, NBC and CBS already had generated a staggering 88 minutes of coverage . In... continue reading
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s expected jump into the 2016 GOP presidential nomination race is bound to be met by skepticism, if not an outright dismissal, by the liberal media if their reaction to his 2009 State of the Union response and his advocacy of fiscally and conservative views is any guide. Some in the media have even stooped to make an issue of his Indian-American heritage. Most recently The Wasington Post promoted a Jindal profile by tweeting an insulting quote from a college professor who charged: “There’s not much Indian left in Bobby Jindal.” MSNBC’s Chris Matthews made the kind... continue reading
Jeb Bush’s entry into the 2016 GOP primary race hands the liberal media an establishment candidate that they enjoy using as a tool to whack conservatives. Bush’s stances on immigration, Common Core and other issues have drawn praise from the likes of Chris Matthews who cooed: “He wants to run on his own terms. He’s not going to become a wacko bird. He’s not going to join the clown car...he believes in Common Core education. He believes in immigration.” The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne hopefully cheered Bush could become a “change agent in the Republican Party” on immigration because for... continue reading