Media Reality Check http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9/all en Crushing Cruz: The Media’s Worst Attacks on the GOP Presidential Candidate http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/crushing-cruz-medias-worst-attacks-gop-presidential-candidate <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/CruzAim.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Ted Cruz’s announcement that he is running for president was immediately greeted with hostility from the liberal media. On Monday, MSNBC’s <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2015/03/23/msnbcs-jonathan-alter-spins-cruzs-message-extremism-good">Jonathan Alter</a> questioned, “Is this 1964 when the Republican Party decided it would go with its most extreme candidate?” Donny Deutsch, also on MSNBC, called Cruz “unelectable” and added “I think he’s the worst.</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/crushing-cruz-medias-worst-attacks-gop-presidential-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Chris Matthews Donny Deutsch Ted Cruz Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:29:58 +0000 geoff.dickens 48521 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Devote Only 11 Minutes to Clinton Foundation Scandals in 2015 http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-devote-only-11-minutes-clinton-foundation-scandals-2015 <p><img style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/HillaryFoundation.jpg" width="300" /></p><p>While many Americans have by now heard about how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton chose to bypass her official government e-mail in favor of an account run from a server in her family's Chappaqua home, even avid news consumers may be in the dark about the troubling fundraising and conflicts of interest surrounding the Clinton Foundation.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-devote-only-11-minutes-clinton-foundation-scandals-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Bill Clinton Clinton Foundation Hillary Clinton Scott Pelley Washington Post Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:30:12 +0000 geoff.dickens 48470 at http://www.mrc.org Study: Nets Bury Obama's Iran Deal Under Criticism of GOP Letter http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/study-nets-bury-obamas-iran-deal-under-criticism-gop-letter <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>So, just how slanted were the Big Three broadcast networks in their coverage of the <a href="http://www.cotton.senate.gov/content/cotton-and-46-fellow-senators-send-open-letter-leaders-islamic-republic-iran ">letter sent by 47 Senate Republicans</a> to the Iranian government? A new study by the Media Research Center has found ABC, CBS and NBC gave three times more coverage to critics of the GOP letter than to supporters, and more than eight times as much airtime fretting about the letter than about the substance of the Obama administration's dealings with Iran.</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/study-nets-bury-obamas-iran-deal-under-criticism-gop-letter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Iran NBC Republicans Tom Cotton Mon, 16 Mar 2015 17:58:54 +0000 scott.whitlock 48456 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Refuse to Report Latest IRS Scandal Developments, ABC Hasn’t Touched in 10 Months http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/nets-refuse-report-latest-irs-scandal-developments-abc-hasnt-touched-10-months <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" />Today House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued more <a href="https://twitter.com/jasoninthehouse/status/573162752816107522">subpeonas</a> for documents and hardware in the IRS scandal probe.</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/nets-refuse-report-latest-irs-scandal-developments-abc-hasnt-touched-10-months" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs IRS Lois Lerner NBC Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:00:16 +0000 geoff.dickens 48370 at http://www.mrc.org Where Are the Media Apologies for Calling Scott Walker an Un-American Racist Dictator? http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/where-are-media-apologies-calling-scott-walker-un-american-racist-dictator <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/walkerschultz.jpg" width="300" />Liberal journalists from CBS’s <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2015/02/23/cbs-morning-scolds-scott-walker-refusing-condemn-giuliani">Norah O’Donnell</a> to the <em>Washington Post’s</em> <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2015/02/23/washposts-milbank-accuses-walker-giuliani-related-cowardice">Dana Milbank</a> have questioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for not rejecting Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama’s patriotism and for his response t</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/where-are-media-apologies-calling-scott-walker-un-american-racist-dictator" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Diane Sawyer Ed Schultz Scott Walker Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:32:52 +0000 geoff.dickens 48309 at http://www.mrc.org 'Trusted' Media Hero Jon Stewart's Worst Rants at Conservatives http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/trusted-media-hero-jon-stewarts-worst-rants-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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="300" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/ComedyCheney.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" />Jon Stewart’s announcement that he will be leaving<em> The Daily Show</em>, not surprisingly, led to wistful fawning from liberal reporters. </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/trusted-media-hero-jon-stewarts-worst-rants-conservatives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Dick Cheney George W. Bush Jon Stewart Rush Limbaugh Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:47:43 +0000 geoff.dickens 48238 at http://www.mrc.org Big Three Evening News Shows Spend Only 11 Minutes in a Year on Keystone Pipeline http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/big-three-evening-news-shows-spend-only-11-minutes-year-keystone-pipeline-0 <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/KeystonePelley.jpg" width="300" />Debate in the Senate over the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to heat up this <a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/congress/slow-keystone-debate-will-heat-up-this-week-20150118">week</a>, but the popular project has yet to pique the interest of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening news shows.</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/big-three-evening-news-shows-spend-only-11-minutes-year-keystone-pipeline-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc cbs keystone pipeline NBC Mon, 19 Jan 2015 21:21:15 +0000 geoff.dickens 48045 at http://www.mrc.org 2015: Will GOP Congress Cooperate with Obama? 2007: Democrats Should Impeach Bush! http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/2015-will-gop-congress-cooperate-obama-2007-democrats-should-impeach-bush <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/BrianWilliamsShock.jpg" width="300" />This week the media greeted the new GOP Congress with fears about a conservative “kamikaze caucus,” pushing “confrontation with Obama,” and stressed that if Republicans were to be successful they needed to look less “scary,” as they pointed out the 114th Congress was “80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent of its members are Christian.” <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/2015-will-gop-congress-cooperate-obama-2007-democrats-should-impeach-bush" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Brian Williams cbs Charlie Gibson Diane Sawyer George Stephanopoulos Jonathan Karl Luke Russert Nancy Pelosi NBC Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:53:01 +0000 geoff.dickens 47966 at http://www.mrc.org Ten Stories NBC Nightly News Aired Instead of Covering Gruber Scandal http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/ten-stories-nbc-nightly-news-aired-instead-covering-gruber-scandal <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/november/Gruber.JPG" style="float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" width="300" />It’s been a month since video surfaced of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber mocking the “stupidity” of voters and boasting about the duplicitous ways liberals pushed through the far-reaching health care law in 2010, and <em>NBC Nightly News</em> remains the only network evening news broadcast to have completely ignored the story.</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/ten-stories-nbc-nightly-news-aired-instead-covering-gruber-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Brian Williams Gruber Media Bias NBC Nightly News obamacare Mon, 08 Dec 2014 22:38:28 +0000 rich.noyes 47810 at http://www.mrc.org The Worst of Brian Williams: Marking His 10 Years as Anchor of NBC Nightly News http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/worst-brian-williams-marking-his-10-years-anchor-nbc-nightly-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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/WorstofWilliams.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Brian Williams marks ten years as anchor of<em> NBC Nightly News </em>on December 2 and it’s been a decade full of absurdly softball interviews with Barack Obama and trashing of Republicans and Tea Partiers. <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/worst-brian-williams-marking-his-10-years-anchor-nbc-nightly-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams Hillary Clinton NBC Nightly News Tea Party Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:49:16 +0000 geoff.dickens 47745 at http://www.mrc.org Top Media Outlets Censor Gruber 'Stupid' Americans Video http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/top-media-outlets-censor-gruber-stupid-americans-video <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/GruberStupid.jpg" />Just imagine the reaction of the liberal media if a video had surfaced of a George W. Bush administration official admitting that “lack of transparency” was “a huge political advantage” in selling the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb-staff/2014/11/12/mrcs-tim-graham-grubers-stupid-gaffe-skipped-big-three-networks-and">Iraq war</a> and that they relied on the “stupidity of the American voter” to launch an attack on Iraq? That video would be everywhere.<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/top-media-outlets-censor-gruber-stupid-americans-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Bias by Omission Jonathan Gruber obamacare Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:11:58 +0000 geoff.dickens 47619 at http://www.mrc.org 25 Years After the Berlin Wall, How the News Media Covered Communism http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/25-years-after-berlin-wall-how-news-media-covered-communism <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="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/images/Special%20Reports/2009/images/BerlinWall2.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="300" />Twenty-five years ago, the largely peaceful revolutions of 1989 — epitomized by the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9 of that year — ended the grip of communism in Eastern Europe; two years later, the once-menacing Soviet Union itself collapsed.<br /></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/25-years-after-berlin-wall-how-news-media-covered-communism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Berlin Wall cbs China CNN Communism Cuba East Germany gorbachev NBC New York Times Peter Jennings reagan Soviet Union Wed, 05 Nov 2014 19:34:29 +0000 rich.noyes 47547 at http://www.mrc.org Eight Democratic Candidates That Are Embarrassing Their Party and What the Networks Aren't Telling You About Them http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/eight-democratic-candidates-are-embarrassing-their-party-and-what-networks-arent <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/LoneStarSuperStar.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Despite a plethora of Democratic candidates this year who have embarrassed their party – from Wendy Davis attacking her opponent’s disability to Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Grimes refusing to say if she voted for the President to Nikki Haley’s Democratic male opponent calling her a whore – the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have been almost silent in airing these stories on their evening and morning shows. </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/eight-democratic-candidates-are-embarrassing-their-party-and-what-networks-arent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Alison Grimes Bias by Omission cbs Mark Udall Mary Landrieu NBC Wendy Davis Tue, 28 Oct 2014 21:44:21 +0000 geoff.dickens 47472 at http://www.mrc.org TV News Blacks Out This Year’s Bad Election News for Democrats http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/tv-news-blacks-out-years-bad-election-news-democrats <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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/2014-06-25-NetAnchors.png" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />In less than two weeks, voters head to the polls in midterm elections that seem certain to yield strong Republican gains, if not outright control of the U.S. Senate. Such a political sea change is big news, but a new Media Research Center study finds that, in contrast to their enthusiastic coverage of the 2006 midterms when Democrats made big gains, the Big Three broadcast evening newscasts are all but ignoring this year’s political contests.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/tv-news-blacks-out-years-bad-election-news-democrats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc campaign 2006 campaign 2014 cbs NBC Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:53:27 +0000 kyle.drennen 47427 at http://www.mrc.org Network Priorities: 57X More Coverage of NFL Scandals Than Obama Scandals http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/network-priorities-57x-more-coverage-nfl-scandals-obama-scandals <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/Peterson2.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />In the crucial weeks leading up to the midterm elections, the broadcast networks were obsessed with scandals, but not any of the Obama administration controversies that might influence how voters behave on Election Day. No, despite revelations in the Benghazi, IRS, Veterans Administration and Secret Service prostitution scandals it was the NFL domestic abuse scandals that captured the attention of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks. <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/network-priorities-57x-more-coverage-nfl-scandals-obama-scandals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Adrian Peterson Barack Obama Benghazi Bias by Omission cbs IRS NBC nfl Ray Rice Secret Service Veterans Affairs Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:13:20 +0000 geoff.dickens 47398 at http://www.mrc.org