Brent Baker

the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications

Brent H. Baker, the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center (MRC), has been a central figure at the MRC since its 1987 founding. In 2001, Weekly Standard Executive Editor Fred Barnes dubbed Baker “the scourge of liberal bias.” In 2005, Baker spearheaded the launch of the MRC’s NewsBusters blog (his blog postings).

Follow Baker via Twitter. (Full bio) Washington Examiner's weekly "Mainstream Media Scream" with Baker's scream rating (archive of January 2012-June 2013).

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NBC Elevates Matthews’ Mendacity to Meet the Press, Right Wing Has Made Congress ‘Undemocratic’

It’s bad enough that Chris Matthews gets two hours a day on MSNBC to showcase his anti-conservative rants, but why does host David Gregory undermine any pretense that NBC News is not the same ...
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FX’s ‘The Americans’ Imagines Moment When Soviets Learned of Reagan’s Plan to Deploy SDI

Last week’s second episode of The Americans (the third episode ran last night, February 13, on FX), dramatically ended with a scene showing the horror realized by KGB operatives at the Soviet ...
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CBS’s Pelley Scolds Boehner as Impediment to Compromise with Obama, Frets ‘He Didn’t Seem Open to Change’

Previewing the State of the Union address, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley repeatedly scolded Republican House Speaker John Boehner for daring to criticize President Barack Obama’s ...
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Parody or Does She Believe It? CNN Anchor Blames Asteroid on Global Warming

CNN anchor Deb Feyerick asked Saturday afternoon if an approaching asteroid, which will pass by Earth on February 15, “is an example of, perhaps, global warming?” Moments earlier, before an ad ...
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Washington Post’s ‘Foreign Policy’ Mag Matches Newsweek with Obama as ‘The Second Coming’ Cover

Foreign Policy, “a global magazine of politics, economics, and ideas,” has “just delivered its new issue, and like Newsweek before,” the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard noticed Friday ...
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Pelley Prompts Obama to Explain Need for Higher Taxes, Warns Budget Cuts Could Hurt Economy

It wasn’t the embarrassing kiss-up debacle CBS’s Steve Kroft delivered a week ago from the White House, but CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley, in his late afternoon pre-Super Bowl sit down with ...
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Three Scenes in FX’s ‘The Americans’ Which Should Hearten Conservatives

FX’s new series which debuted Wednesday night, The Americans, is centered around husband and wife KGB sleeper agents who live with their kids as ordinary Americans in suburban Washington, ...
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ABC, Which Spiked Tim Scott’s Senate Appointment, Highlights New Senator Mo Cowan

Last month, when the Republican Governor of South Carolina named GOP U.S. Representative Tim Scott to the U.S. Senate, the “first African American U.S. Senator from the South since Blanche ...
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ABC and CBS Spike Huge Pro-Life March, Yet Highlight Puny Pro-Gun Control Protest

The annual pro-life march, this year marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, drew tens of thousands to Washington, DC on Friday, but didn’t garner a syllable ...
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Bill O’Reilly Illustrates How Media Have Expanded Love for Obama to Hillary Clinton

“Is Hillary Clinton the new Barack Obama in the eyes of the national media?” Bill O’Reilly asked in his Friday night “Talking Points Memo,” using the same examples as highlighted in the ...
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Networks Swoon for Hillary’s ‘Indignation’ and ‘Tears,’ Champion ‘Riveting’ Testimony from ‘Political Pro’

ABC and NBC, and CBS to a lesser extent, on Wednesday night treated Secretary of State Clinton’s appearances before Senate and House committees not as an chance to explore Obama administration ...
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Nets Reluctant to Characterize Obama’s Inaugural Speech as ‘Liberal,’ See ‘Meditation on Freedom and Equality’ [UPDATED}

“Analysts on the left and the right are calling President Obama’s second inaugural address the most liberal speech he has delivered in office,” FNC’s Bret Baier announced at the top of ...
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Newsweek Makes It Official: Obama’s Inauguration Is ‘The Second Coming’

Conservatives have long joked that the national press corps see Barack Obama as the second coming of Jesus Christ. Today, Newsweek – at least what’s left of it, an online product for tablets and ...
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ABC, CBS and NBC All Refuse to Identify Indicted Nagin as Democrat

All three broadcast network evening newscasts on Friday night ran short items on the federal corruption indictments against the bumbling former Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin, but skipped his ...
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Schieffer Hyperventilates Over Imaginary ‘Horrendous...Gargantuan Cuts’ in Impending Sequester

Reflecting the typical Washington definition of a budget “cut” – in which a slight reduction in a projected increase is a “cut” and a measurable decrease in the rate of growth is a “draconian” ...
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Showtime Hails Gorbachev as the ‘Real Democrat,’ Despairs Reagan Enabled ‘Growth of a Right-Wing Media Empire’

Monday night, viewers of CBS-owned Showtime were treated to the ninth of ten installments of Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States, which has attacked U.S. leaders – from FDR to ...
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Letterman Admits to Oprah He Apologized to Palin So He Could ‘Go Forward Making Fun of Her’

Sounds like a personal vendetta ahead of genuine regret. CBS Late Show host David Letterman admitted to Oprah Winfrey, in an interview first aired Sunday night, that he backtracked after ...
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NBC’s Gregory Frets: If Only Republicans Had Caved Earlier on Tax Hikes

Getting reactions to the “fiscal cliff” deal/postponement from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles – they of the much-cited “Simpson-Bowles Commission” – Meet the Press host David Gregory ...
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MRC’s “Best of NQ” Annual Awards Showcased by Fox NewsWatch, Denver Post, Washington Examiner...

“Every year a conservative watchdog organization, the Media Research Center, names the worst reporters of the year,” Fox NewsWatch host Jon Scott announced, ending Saturday afternoon’s show with ...
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Time’s Klein: Last Time Conservatives Were Rational, ‘Norquist Was in Diapers and Limbaugh Was a Disc Jockey’

Time magazine’s Joe Klein can’t get his basic biographic facts straight, but he’s sure the “fiscal cliff” impasse should be blamed on Grover Norquist on Rush Limbaugh for leading a ...