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 Uses Unlabeled Ex-Obama Operative to Regurgitate Charge Tea Party Motivated by Anti-Obama Racism

Once again obscuring any line between MSNBC and NBC News, Brian Williams brought frequent MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid aboard Friday’s NBC Nightly News to praise President Obama’s comments ...
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Washington Examiner’s ‘Mainstream Media Scream’ with the MRC’s Assessment (Jan 2012-June 2013)

The Washington Examiner’s weekly “Mainstream Media Scream” feature in Paul Bedard's “Washington Secrets” column. For each pick, the MRC provide an explanation and recommend a “scream” rating.
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Top NY Times Editor Rejects ‘Atmosphere of Scandal,’ Claims Public Wants to Give Obama Credit for Improving Economy

See no scandal, report no scandal. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times, came down to DC on Sunday to defend President Obama on the scandals and the economy, stressing the ...
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Gregory Frets Obama Losing ‘Scope’ to ‘Usher in Economic Restoration,’ Friedman Sees ‘Tragedy’

Pivoting to the downside for President Obama of the swirling scandals, Meet the Press host David Gregory fretted over “a bigger issue that the President faces, which is where is his agenda left in ...
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Maher Calls Bike Ride with Wounded Warriors ‘Nauseating,’ Compares Bush to Cleveland Kidnaper

Though he had no idea what it was, the annual “Bush Center Warrior 100K” mountain bike ride, which took place over the Memorial Day weekend, upset Bill Maher. “I guess they walked or ran or ...
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NBC’s Brian Williams Trumpets Bob Dole’s Criticism of GOP as Too Conservative

Once again demonstrating the NBC Nightly News is the broadcast arm of MSNBC, anchor Brian Williams – matching what has animated MSNBC hosts – devoted a segment to former Senator Bob Dole ...
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Evening Newscasts an Obama Scandal-Free Zone; ABC Touts Obama as ‘Consoler-in-Chief’

Not a syllable Friday or Saturday night on ABC, CBS or NBC about any of the several Obama scandals, but on Saturday night ABC’s World News trumpeted President Obama’s role as “consoler-in-chief.” ...
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Taranto: ‘Obama Presidency Has Given Liberal Media Bias a New and Dangerous Form’

“Liberal media bias is an old complaint,” the Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto noted in his “Best of the Web Today” column this past Monday on responses to the Obama scandals, before ...
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Only CBS Notes IRS Official’s Leave, Yet ABC and NBC Have Time to Show Obama’s Prom Photo with ‘Foxy’ Friend

Already moving on from the IRS scandal? On Thursday night, only the CBS Evening News of the broadcast network evening newscasts bothered to note how Lois Lerner, the IRS official in charge of ...
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CBS Highlights Ex-IRS Staffer Who Declares There Were No Politics at Cincinnati Office

Monday’s CBS Evening News took one break from Oklahoma tornado coverage – to run a piece on how an IRS manager who recently retired from the Cincinnati office, where 501 (c)(4) applications ...
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TimesWatch Shutting Down

This Friday, May 17, will be the final day for TimesWatch posts. The Media Research Center will be consolidating products and, as a result, TimesWatch posts and the TimesWatch Tracker will be ...
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The Hill’s Cusack Recognizes Media Failure on Benghazi; Carlson Blames Right Wing Media

Asked on Sunday’s Reliable Sources if the wider media dismissed the Weekly Standard story, by Stephen Hayes about the Benghazi talking points getting altered to take out any references to ...
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Befuddled by Benghazi, Top Political Reporters Admit Irrelevancy to Uncovering Obama Admin Dishonesty

My alternate headline for this item: “NBC’s Today Show on Benghazi: ‘There Are So Many Issues the Country Faces. This Is One of Them.’” That dismissive attitude came from ABC News veteran Mark ...
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Hume: For Benghazi to Become a Scandal Will Require ‘Relentless News Coverage’

Fox News Channel analyst and former anchor Brit Hume asserted Monday night that for Benghazi “to become the scandal it surely deserves to be will require another ingredient: Relentless news ...
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NBC’s Joy-Ann Reid: Only ‘Sane’ Way to Boost Economy is More Spending and Higher Taxes

NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday brought aboard another lefty whose far-left views are usually only heard on MSNBC, but Joy-Ann Reid, Managing Editor of TheGrio.com, the NBC News site aimed at ...
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Sunday Morning Miracle: CBS’s Face the Nation Leads with Benghazi ‘Cover-Up’

Proof Sunday morning that Republicans can use their power to hold House hearings to force media coverage of topics journalists have shown little interest in probing. CBS's Face the Nation led ...
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Letterman Sinks to Denigrating Gun Rights Senators (Inhofe, Flake, Cruz) as ‘Stooges of the Night’

In a new low for David Letterman – on both a professional and comedic level – each night this past week he devoted a Late Show “Stooge of the Night” segment to a Senator who dared to oppose the ...
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NBC News/Saturday Night Live Synergy: ‘Problem’ Is Lack of Action on Gun Control

NBC synergy in action. Saturday Night Live opens with a skit hitting President Barack Obama from the left for celebrating picayune progress on gun control and, the next morning, Meet the Press ...
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Bill Maher: Some in Army ‘Are Psychopaths...It’s the One Place Where You Can Kill People for Free’

Bill Maher just can’t resist denigrating those who choose to join our military forces. Catching up with a comment from his Friday night show on HBO, when discussing what motivates soldiers to ...
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CBS’s Pelley Hails Trilogy of Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy and Now Barack Obama

Does journalistic insistence on catapulting President Barack Obama into historic greatness and relevance know no bounds? CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley on Tuesday night insisted ...