Media Reality Check http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9/all en Amid Deluge of Foreign Crises, Network News Shuts Out Obama Critics http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/amid-deluge-foreign-crises-network-news-shuts-out-obama-critics <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/plane.JPG" width="300" /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/amid-deluge-foreign-crises-network-news-shuts-out-obama-critics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Gaza Israel Malaysia Flight 17 NBC Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:21:25 +0000 scott.whitlock 46772 at http://www.mrc.org The Border Crisis Stories the Networks Aren't Telling You About http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/border-crisis-stories-networks-arent-telling-you-about <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/bordercross.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Government officials restricting reporter access to illegal immigrants at detention centers. Border patrol agents being infected with diseases “not seen in decades.” The general in charge of the U.S. Southern Command warning that terrorists and gang members could be hiding among the new influx of immigrants. These are just some of the startling new border crisis stories the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) have refused to tell their viewers about. <br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/border-crisis-stories-networks-arent-telling-you-about" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs immigration NBC Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:43:51 +0000 geoff.dickens 46706 at http://www.mrc.org Fade to Black? TV Coverage of VA Scandal Drops 84% in June http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/fade-black-tv-coverage-va-scandal-drops-84-june <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/CBSVA.JPG" width="300" />In May, Americans were horrified by the scandal enveloping the Veterans Affairs and the media seemed to agree.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/fade-black-tv-coverage-va-scandal-drops-84-june" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs NBC veterans Veterans Affairs Mon, 30 Jun 2014 21:42:33 +0000 scott.whitlock 46593 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Let Obama Escape Blame for Yet Another Crisis of His Making http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/networks-let-obama-escape-blame-yet-another-crisis-his-making <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/train2.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On Tuesday, Univision’s Jorge Ramos did something his colleagues at the Big Three networks have been reluctant to do. He pinned the blame for the ongoing border crisis squarely on Barack Obama’s immigration policies. <br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/networks-let-obama-escape-blame-yet-another-crisis-his-making" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Bias by Omission cbs immigration Jorge Ramos NBC Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:13:38 +0000 geoff.dickens 46568 at http://www.mrc.org UPDATE: Networks Refuse to Report Obama Role in Humanitarian Border Crisis http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/update-networks-refuse-report-obama-role-humanitarian-border-crisis <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/NorahImmig.jpg" width="300" /></p><p><strong>UPDATE: On the June 10<em> Evening News</em>, CBS’s Vicente Arenas reported: “The influx of children is being blamed on poverty and drug-related violence in Central America. It’s also thought some parents wrongly believe policy changes made by President Obama prohibit young, illegal immigrants from being deported.”</strong> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/update-networks-refuse-report-obama-role-humanitarian-border-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check abc Bias by Omission cbs Charlie Rose immigration NBC Ned Potter Norah O'Donnell Tue, 10 Jun 2014 20:29:41 +0000 geoff.dickens 46438 at http://www.mrc.org What They Said Then: How the Liberal Media Savaged Reagan http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/what-they-said-then-how-liberal-media-savaged-reagan <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/ReaganLegacyB.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Thursday (June 5) marks the 10th anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s passing and a look through the MRC’s archives shows that during his presidency many in the liberal media couldn’t withhold their contempt of the conservative icon.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/what-they-said-then-how-liberal-media-savaged-reagan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Charles Gibson Morley Safer Ronald Reagan Tue, 03 Jun 2014 14:29:52 +0000 geoff.dickens 46384 at http://www.mrc.org In a Month, TV News Gives Less Airtime to VA Scandal than Christie Controversy Received in Four Days http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/month-tv-news-gives-less-airtime-va-scandal-christie-controversy-received-four-d <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2014-05-22-ABC-GMA-Obama.JPG" style="float: right;" width="300" />In nearly four and a half weeks, the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news shows have offered 110 minutes to an evolving Obama administration scandal involving secret lists designed to keep veterans from receiving proper medical treatment. Back in January, it took those same network shows just four and a half<em> days</em> to churn that much coverage for Chris Christie's Bridgegate.&nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/month-tv-news-gives-less-airtime-va-scandal-christie-controversy-received-four-d" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Chris Christie NBC VA Scandal veterans Thu, 22 May 2014 18:46:45 +0000 scott.whitlock 46329 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Devote 72 Minutes to Veterans Scandal, But Just 5 Seconds of Criticism for Obama http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/networks-devote-72-minutes-veterans-scandal-just-5-seconds-criticism-obama <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-05-09-NBC-NN-Shinseki.JPG" style="float: right;" width="300" /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/networks-devote-72-minutes-veterans-scandal-just-5-seconds-criticism-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Eric Shinseki NBC VA Veterans Affairs Fri, 16 May 2014 18:47:33 +0000 scott.whitlock 46280 at http://www.mrc.org Bye-Bye Barbara! The Top 20 Worst of Walters Countdown http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bye-bye-barbara-top-20-worst-walters-countdown <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/WaltersMainA.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Friday marks Barbara Walters’ <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/view-plans-mark-barbara-walters-retirement/story?id=23343711">retirement</a> from ABC’s <em>The View</em>.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/bye-bye-barbara-top-20-worst-walters-countdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Barbara Walters Fidel Castro Hillary Clinton Fri, 09 May 2014 14:26:21 +0000 geoff.dickens 46208 at http://www.mrc.org The Burying of a Scandal: TV News Hides the Facts on the IRS’s Targeting of Conservatives http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/burying-scandal-tv-news-hides-facts-irss-targeting-conservatives <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p style="text-align: left;"><strong>Summary:</strong> After a partisan report last June absurdly suggested that progressive groups were just as likely to be scrutinized as conservative ones, ABC, CBS and NBC essentially abandoned their coverage of the IRS targeting scandal which broke one year ago this week. After producing 136 stories on their morning and evening news show during the first seven weeks of the scandal, broadcast news coverage dried up, with just 14 more reports over the next 10 months, as the Big Three ignored numerous damning developments in the case.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RichNoyes" target="_blank">Follow Rich Noyes on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/burying-scandal-tv-news-hides-facts-irss-targeting-conservatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs Censoring the News IRS scandal NBC Obama scandals Tue, 06 May 2014 20:24:54 +0000 rich.noyes 46179 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Devote 146 Minutes to Racist NBA Owner, Skimp on Bad News for Obama http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-devote-146-minutes-racist-nba-owner-skimp-bad-news-obama <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="300" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-04-30-ABC-GMA-Sterling.JPG" /></p><p>When network journalists decide a story is important, they make sure it dominates the airwaves. Over the course of three and a half days, ABC, CBS and NBC vigorously investigated a racist rant by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, offering 146 minutes and 39 seconds of coverage since Saturday night. CBS devoted the most, a whopping 52 minutes and 13 seconds.&nbsp;</p><div class='signature'><p>— Scott Whitlock is Senior News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/scottjw" target="_blank">Follow Scott Whitlock on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-devote-146-minutes-racist-nba-owner-skimp-bad-news-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Donald Sterling NBA NBC Racism Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:08:35 +0000 scott.whitlock 46127 at http://www.mrc.org Omission Outrage! Big Three Networks Censor Huge IRS Scandal Developments http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/omission-outrage-big-three-networks-censor-huge-irs-scandal-developments <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/IRSGraphicB.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage. Huge developments in the last week – like IRS official Lois Lerner receiving a criminal referral from the House Ways and Means Committee and e-mails proving she fed tax information on a targeted group to the staff of Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) – were completely censored by ABC and NBC news.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/omission-outrage-big-three-networks-censor-huge-irs-scandal-developments" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs IRS Lois Lerner NBC Tea Party Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:08:28 +0000 geoff.dickens 46000 at http://www.mrc.org Lefty Letterman: A Top Ten List of the Outgoing CBS Host's Most Liberal Outbursts http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/lefty-letterman-top-ten-list-outgoing-cbs-hosts-most-liberal-outbursts <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/lettermanMaddow.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />David Letterman shocked the late night talk show world, <a href="http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/04/03/david-letterman-retiring/">last week</a>, when he announced he was going to retire in 2015. But over the last few years Letterman had been losing the ratings war to his less liberal competitor Jay Leno. While Leno tried to be more even-handed in his jokes against Republicans and Democrats, Letterman took a decidedly leftist turn.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/lefty-letterman-top-ten-list-outgoing-cbs-hosts-most-liberal-outbursts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Barack Obama David Letterman Dick Cheney George W. Bush Sarah Palin Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:24:08 +0000 geoff.dickens 45958 at http://www.mrc.org American Horror Story: Tales of ObamaCare Victims Untold by the Big Three Networks http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/american-horror-story-tales-obamacare-victims-untold-big-three-networks <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="300" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/HealthCareHorror.jpg" />If a government program signed into law by former President George W. Bush was causing cancer patients to go broke, brain tumor victims to pay more for their insurance, and was leaving HIV/AIDS patients in the lurch - you can bet the Big Three news networks would’ve packed their shows with these tragic tales. But these horrific stories and more, all caused by ObamaCare, have yet to be given even one second of airtime on ABC, CBS or NBC’s evening and morning shows in 2014.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/american-horror-story-tales-obamacare-victims-untold-big-three-networks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs NBC obamacare Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:14:44 +0000 geoff.dickens 45849 at http://www.mrc.org MRC Study: Network TV Buries ObamaCare’s Bad News http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/mrc-study-network-tv-buries-obamacares-bad-news <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-source"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/March/NightlyNewsObamaCare.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" width="267" />Unquestionably, ObamaCare is the central political issue of 2014.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Rich Noyes is Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/RichNoyes" target="_blank">Follow Rich Noyes on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/mrc-study-network-tv-buries-obamacares-bad-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Brian Williams cbs Diane Sawyer NBC obamacare Scott Pelley Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:28:13 +0000 rich.noyes 45823 at http://www.mrc.org