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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ABC Spikes Democrats Forced to Make Embarrassing Platform Fixes, Celebrates Michelle Obama’s Twitter Popularity

“You don’t want to put delegates in a position where they’re booing God and Jerusalem, especially on videotape,” the Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes observed on FNC’s Special Report in citing a ...
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CNN to Fluke: Does Limbaugh Calling You a ‘Slut’ Reflect ‘Romney and the Republican Party?’

CNN’s Brianna Keilar cued up Sandra Fluke, Obama’s poster girl for “free” contraception and forcing religious institutions to violate their beliefs, to tar Mitt Romney and all Republicans with ...
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Howard Fineman: Republican Convention ‘Mean’ and ‘Like Dropping a Bowling Ball in a Sand Box’

Playing to a crowd of Democrats in Charlotte cheering on Democratic operative Chris Matthews as he hosted his MSNBC program, Howard Fineman blurted “I survived Tampa and am now glad to be ...
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‘Fed Up’ Gingrich Calls Out Media Refusal to Focus on Extremism in Democratic Platform

“I’m frankly, fed up, with the one-sided bias,” a frustrated Newt Gingrich asserted on Sunday’s Meet the Press, citing two blatant examples. First: “Where is the outrage over overt, deliberate ...
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Todd Claims Ryan ‘Distorted the Truth,’ But Must Concede Ryan ‘Technically Factual’; Williams Obsesses on Rape Exception

NBC News demonstrated again Thursday night it has become little more than the more-watched broadcast arm of MSNBC, advancing the same left-wing attacks on conservatives as first trotted out on ...
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Brian Williams Reprimands Ann Romney for Saying Mitt Romney ‘Is Going to Save America’

NBC anchor Brian Williams reprimanded Ann Romney for saying “I believe in my heart that Mitt is going to save America,” suggesting it would have been incendiary if Michelle Obama had made ...
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Pelley Pushes Ann Romney on ‘Whether Republicans Have Women’s Best Interests at Heart?’

“A lot of women look at the Republican platform on abortion, contraception, a number of issues,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley told Ann Romney, “and ask the question whether Republicans ...
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Leno Hails Obama’s ‘Compassion for Regular People,’ Insists Republican ‘War on Women’ Is Real

Defending President Obama to guest Dennis Miller, Jay Leno admired Obama for how “he has compassion for regular people” that’s “missing” from the Republican Party which is carrying out “this sort ...
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CBS’s Pelley Presses Mitt Romney: ‘I Wonder How You Would Explain this Republican Party to Your Father?’

“Some Republicans wonder whether Romney is too moderate for the increasingly conservative party,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley refreshingly asked Monday night in veering from the media ...
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Stephanopoulos Hypes ‘Political Hurricane from Todd Akin’ While Barbour Scolds Schieffer for His Akin Obsession

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos opened his Sunday show: “Good morning and welcome to This Week. Storms brewing. The GOP convention threatened by Tropical Storm Isaac and that political hurricane from ...
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NBC and CBS Pounce on Romney’s Birth Certificate ‘Swipe’ at Obama: ‘Was It a Joke?’

Last week when President Barack Obama raised the old tale of how Mitt Romney once put his dog in a car top carrier, the NBC Nightly News gave a sentence to how Obama “took a dig at Romney” and ...
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Todd Corrects Romney, Not NBC's Own Distortion on Cuts to Medicare; Tapper Corrects Stephanopoulos

Chuck Todd has chutzpah. Jake Tapper has some integrity. For decades, journalists have aided liberals by mischaracterizing proposed slight reductions in the rate of spending hikes on a program ...
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On 60 Minutes Schieffer Presses Romney and Ryan with False Narrative Wealthy Pay Low Tax Rate

Advancing a false narrative about how the wealthy are paying a lower tax rate than the middle class, CBS Bob Schieffer used his 60 Minutes session with the Republican ticket to push Mitt Romney ...
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NBC Hypes July as ‘Hottest Month Ever’ – Doesn’t Bother to Mention It Was Barely Hotter Than 1936

“On our broadcast tonight,” Brian Williams teased his lead story Wednesday night, “extreme heat, but more than that: the official confirmation that came today that it has never been this hot in ...
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On FNC, Steve Hayes Chides CNN’s Candy Crowley for Considering Harry Reid ‘Honorable’

“Harry Reid is disgrace. But you expect this from Harry Reid,” The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes zinged on FNC’s Special Report Friday night before turning his ire on a certain Washington, ...
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CBS Applies Multiple Ideological Tags to Ted Cruz But Refuses to Label Gore Vidal

“A conservative Republican was beaten by an even more conservative Tea Party candidate,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley announced Wednesday night in reporting Ted Cruz’s victory in ...
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Nets Manufacture ‘Another Dustup/Misstep/Controversy’ for Romney on Taxes and in Palestinian Criticism

Journalists are quite eager to undermine Mitt Romney’s trip. “A new diplomatic dust-up,” CBS anchor Scott Pelley teased Monday night, citing how “Mitt Romney in the Middle East says culture ...
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Networks Showcase Newsweek’s Romney ‘Wimp Factor’ Cover

CBS couldn't resist Newsweek's Romney “Wimp Factor” cover. “I just got a copy of the Newsweek cover that’s going to be hitting the newsstands tomorrow that calls you a ‘wimp,’” reporter Jan ...
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ABC Spikes ‘Dismal’ 1.5% 2nd Quarter GDP, Instead Touts ‘Giant Rally on Wall Street’

CBS and NBC on Friday night aired full stories on the very weak 1.5 percent second quarter GDP rate, down from an anemic two percent in the first quarter, yet – incredibly – ABC’s World News, ...
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CBS’s Pelley Upset House’s ObamaCare Repeal Votes Have ‘Cost Taxpayers’ $50 Million

Showing a renewed concern for the interests of taxpayers, CBS put “Cost to Taxpayers” on screen Wednesday night as CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley worried not about the cost of ObamaCare, but ...