Profiles in Bias

UPDATED: On May 19, 2011, Katie Couric stepped down as the anchor of the CBS Evening News . Couric's tenure was marked by low ratings — aside from an initial publicity-driven bounce when she took over in September 2006, the Evening News consistently lagged ABC's World News and the NBC Nightly News — and a showcasing of the liberal mindset Couric previously displayed as the longtime co-host of NBC's Today (for many examples, see our earlier reports here and here ). From cheering on Barack Obama's campaign and his liberal presidential agenda, to denigrating the Tea Party and conservative policy... continue reading
In April of 2009, network, cable and print outlets responded to the emergence of the tea party movement with condescension, outright hostility towards the participants and crude sexual innuendo-based ridicule. ABC's Dan Harris insisted they were "largely orchestrated by people fronting for corporate interests." CNN trashed the first rallies as "not really family viewing." These insults were capped off by MSNBC bringing aboard actress Janeane Garofalo to scurrilously charge the rallies were only 'about hating a black man in the White House.' Here's a summary of the most-obnoxious and hostile coverage, illustrated with several videos, on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN... continue reading
George Stephanopoulos became a political celebrity for his high profile slot as a spin doctor in Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign, a role glamorized in the documentary The War Room . After the election, Stephanopoulos served four years as a top presidential aide, championing his own liberal views on issues such as affirmative action and the Supreme Court. Leaving the White House at the end of 1996, Stephanopoulos joined ABC News as not just a liberal political analyst, but as someone who would soon begin to report the news as a supposedly unbiased reporter. According to the December 12, 1996... continue reading
Even before ABC News tapped Diane Sawyer to take over as anchor of World News, she was a familiar face to millions of morning TV viewers as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America , part of a lengthy career she has enjoyed at the network. Previously, Sawyer co-anchored ABC's Primetime Live and 20/20 magazine programs after leaving CBS's 60 Minutes back in 1989. Before launching her national media career, Sawyer in the early 1970s worked in the Nixon White House's press office, reported on local news in Kentucky, and as a teenager won the America's Junior Miss pageant in 1963... continue reading
From 2002 through 2010, Harry Smith co-hosted CBS's The Early Show , currently the third-place broadcast network morning news program. Smith previously co-hosted CBS's This Morning from 1987 to 1996 while also serving as a contributor to the CBS Evening News , 48 Hours , and various documentaries. In 1996, Smith left CBS to narrate various programs for the History Channel and A&E's Biography . Smith returned to CBS in 2002 to replace Bryant Gumbel as co-host of The Early Show ; he also occasionally fills in as host of Face the Nation and anchor of the CBS Evening News... continue reading
After serving in the White House Press Corps for 57 years, Helen Thomas retired on June 7, 2010. The abrupt end of her career came in the wake of a viral video showing her telling Israeli Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine' and "go home" to Germany. Thomas has been widely admired by the liberal media establishment. NBC's Ann Curry last year saluted Thomas as 'a woman who inspired me....I've tried to emulate her.' CBS's Harry Smith described her as 'legendary,' adding: 'What she does day after day after day, I'm not sure we value enough.' Thomas has... continue reading
On Sunday August 1, longtime CNN international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will take over as host of ABC's This Week , replacing ex-Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos. Amanpour, who is married to Jamie Rubin , Assistant Secretary of State for public affairs during the Clinton administration and an adviser in 2007-08 for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. A look through the MRC's Notable Quotables archive confirms her standard liberal outlook on the world: She told Hillary Clinton 'a lot of the women that I meet from traveling overseas are very impressed by you and admire your dignity.' Scolded Mikhail Gorbachev by raising how... continue reading
Even before ABC News tapped Diane Sawyer to take over as anchor of World News, she was a familiar face to millions of morning TV viewers as co-host of ABC's Good Morning America , part of a lengthy career she has enjoyed at the network. Previously, Sawyer co-anchored ABC's Primetime Live and 20/20 magazine programs after leaving CBS's 60 Minutes back in 1989. Before launching her national media career, Sawyer in the early 1970s worked in the Nixon White House's press office, reported on local news in Kentucky, and as a teenager won the America's Junior Miss pageant in 1963... continue reading
For the past seven years, Harry Smith has co-hosted CBS's The Early Show , currently the third-place broadcast network morning news program. Smith previously co-hosted CBS's This Morning from 1987 to 1996 while also serving as a contributor to the CBS Evening News , 48 Hours , and various documentaries. In 1996, Smith left CBS to narrate various programs for the History Channel and A&E's Biography . Smith returned to CBS in 2002 to replace Bryant Gumbel as co-host of The Early Show ; he also occasionally fills in as host of Face the Nation and anchor of the CBS... continue reading
Media coverage of the more than 800 Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protests, which took place in all fifty states on April 15, 2009 ranged from disdainful dismissal of their nature, significance and import, to outright hostility towards the events and individual participants, to crude sexual innuendo-based ridicule - all capped off by MSNBC bringing aboard actress Janeane Garofalo to scurrilously charge the rallies were only "about hating a black man in the White House." Here's a summary of the most-obnoxious and hostile coverage, illustrated with several videos, on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, as well as in USA... continue reading