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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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 ...
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Second Runners-Up Quotes in the MRC’s Best of NQ Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

The second runners-up quotes in the MRC’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2012: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.” As announced in a CyberAlert Special last week, the ...
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First Runners-Up Quotes in the MRC’s Best of NQ Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

The first runners-up quotes in the MRC’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2012: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.” As announced in a CyberAlert Special last week, the ...
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ABC’s World News Highlights Walters Wondering How Obamas Get It On: ‘How Do You Keep the Fire Going?’

ABC News had to wait two weeks to get on air Barbara Walters’ interview with the Obamas -- and then the network’s evening newscast decided to focus on her asking Barack and Michelle Obama ...
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Winning Quotes in the MRC’s Best of NQ Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting

The winning quotes in the MRC’ “Best Notable Quotables of 2012: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.” As announced in a CyberAlert Special last Tuesday, the awards ...
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CBS’s Pelley Labels Bork ‘Arch Conservative,’ Provides Innocuous Definition of ‘To Bork’

ABC’s Diane Sawyer described Robert Bork, who passed away Wednesday at age 85, as “an icon to conservatives” and NBC anchor Brian Williams called him a “conservative icon,” but CBS Evening ...
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ABC and CBS Skip News of Tim Scott’s Historic Senate Appointment [UPDATED, ABC Spiked in Morning]

[UPDATE, Dec 19: On Tuesday morning, ABC’s Good Morning America spiked the news of Scott’s appointment, yet had time for far more frivolous matters, while CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today ...
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ABC’s Cokie Roberts Urges ‘Cut the Knees Out from Under’ Norquist: ‘Emperor Has No Clothes’

In a colorful demonstration of the Washington press corps’ disdain for Grover Norquist and his anti-tax pledge, on Sunday’s This Week, a flustered ABC News/NPR veteran Cokie Roberts blurted out: ...
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NBC Frets ‘Awkward Backdrop’ and ‘Cloud’ Over Romney-Obama Lunch Snap Shot

Demonstrating once more how the NBC Nightly News has become the big audience outlet for MSNBC’s left-wing angst, Brian Williams couldn’t even keep such silliness out of what should have been a ...
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ABC Salivates Over ‘Mutiny’ Against Anti-Tax Pledge That’s Been ‘Obstacle to Raising Taxes,’ Hail New ‘Flexibility’

ABC anchor Diane Sawyer and correspondent Jonathan Karl on Monday night salivated over Republicans breaking Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge. “We did see a sign the paralysis may be ending,” ...
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ABC Pressed Boehner to Agree to Tax Hike, on Sunday Fail to Push Pelosi to Agree to Spending Cuts

Two ABC News stars have proven, once again, the media’s obsession with raising taxes over any effort to cut a cent of spending. Two days after the election, anchor Diane Sawyer repeatedly ...
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Actor/Comic Robert Klein Shrieks in Jubilation for Obama, Then Flips Off Ann Coulter: ‘This One’s for You, Baby!’

Actor/comedian Robert Klein let loose on Monday night’s Late Show, roaring back with his fists raised, shrieking a loud, guttural “yeah!” to celebrate President Barack Obama’s re-election. And ...