Media Reality Check http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9/all en ABC-NBC-PBS-NPR-NYT-LAT-AP Censor Gruber 'Stupid' Americans Video http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/abc-nbc-pbs-npr-nyt-lat-ap-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 src="/sites/default/files/uploads/GruberStupid.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />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/abc-nbc-pbs-npr-nyt-lat-ap-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 Victims' Families Speak Out Against Obama, Networks Don't Care http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/victims-families-speak-out-against-obama-networks-dont-care <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/FoleyMom.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-skip-foley-mom-bashing-appalling-obama-response">September 11</a>, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.<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/victims-families-speak-out-against-obama-networks-dont-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Bias by Omission Brian Terry Charles Woods Diane Foley James Foley John Foley Josephine Terry Kent Terry Pat Smith Sean Smith Steven Sotloff Tyrone Woods Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:30:54 +0000 geoff.dickens 47164 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, CBS, NBC Morning Shows Refuse to Cover Benghazi Anniversary, Do Find Time for Dancing Bear http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/abc-cbs-nbc-morning-shows-refuse-cover-benghazi-anniversary-do-find-time-dancing <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/BenghaziTwoYear.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On this 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC appropriately devoted time to commemorating that tragic day in our history. But today also marks the second anniversary of the Benghazi attacks that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty. <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/abc-cbs-nbc-morning-shows-refuse-cover-benghazi-anniversary-do-find-time-dancing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Benghazi Bias by Omission cbs NBC Pat Smith Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:52:38 +0000 geoff.dickens 47109 at http://www.mrc.org TV Buries the Bad News on Public’s Rejection of Obama’s Presidency http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/tv-buries-bad-news-publics-rejection-obamas-presidency <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;"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/august/Obama38.JPG" style="float: right; margin-left: 4px; margin-right: 4px;" width="267" />It’s no secret that television news has long been addicted to public opinion polls; decades ago, all three broadcast networks decided to partner with an influential newspaper (ABC News with the <em>Washington Post</em>; CBS News with the <em>New York Times</em>; and NBC News with the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>) to sponsor their own regular surveys for use in their political coverage.<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/tv-buries-bad-news-publics-rejection-obamas-presidency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc approval rating Barack Obama cbs Double Standards George W. Bush NBC Polls public opinion surveys Thu, 04 Sep 2014 21:20:43 +0000 rich.noyes 47060 at http://www.mrc.org Liberals Behaving Badly: Political Scandals the Networks Are Hiding from You http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/liberals-behaving-badly-political-scandals-networks-are-hiding-you <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/HarryReid.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />The indictment case against Republican Governor Rick Perry, that even liberals have described as <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2014/08/18/networks-continue-hype-perry-indictment-ignore-prominent-liberals-defe">“weak,”</a> is just the latest GOP controversy that the <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/08/18/deluge-two-days-networks-devote-25-minutes-rick-perry-indictment">networks</a> have jumped on to taint Republicans in this midterm election yea</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/liberals-behaving-badly-political-scandals-networks-are-hiding-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Brett Hulsey Bruce Braley cbs Chris Christie Harry Reid John Walsh Keith Farnham Leeland Yee Mary Landrieu NBC Pat Quinn Patrick Cannon Rick Perry Rob Andrews Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:51:19 +0000 geoff.dickens 46950 at http://www.mrc.org Analysis: The News Media’s Double Standard on Political Scandals http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/analysis-news-medias-double-standard-political-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/rich-noyes">Rich Noyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>What’s the difference between a political scandal involving a Republican and one involving a Democrat? When it comes to news coverage, reporters almost always identify the political party of a Republican caught in a scandal, but when the culprit is a Democrat, the party label is usually left out of the story. <br /><br />There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but not many. To document the point, here’s how ABC, CBS and NBC have identified (or failed to identify) the figures in 16 political scandals — 8 Democrats, 8 Republicans — during the past few years:<br /><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/analysis-news-medias-double-standard-political-scandals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division abc cbs Democrats double-standards Labeling Media Bias NBC Republicans Scandals Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:07:43 +0000 rich.noyes 46939 at http://www.mrc.org After Hyping Christie’s ‘Bridgegate,’ CNN Buries Andrew Cuomo’s Scandal http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/after-hyping-christies-bridgegate-cnn-buries-andrew-cuomos-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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It has been over three weeks since&nbsp;<em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-the-short-life-of-the-moreland-commission.html?_r=0" _cke_saved_href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/23/nyregion/governor-andrew-cuomo-and-the-short-life-of-the-moreland-commission.html?_r=0" target="_blank">published</a>&nbsp;a front-page investigation unmasking the actions of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) shuttering an anti-corruption commission. In reaction, the U.S.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/after-hyping-christies-bridgegate-cnn-buries-andrew-cuomos-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check News Analysis Division Andrew Cuomo Brian Stelter bridgegate Charlie Rose Chris Christie Chris Cuomo CNN Double Standard Fox News Channel Kate Bolduan MonicaCrowley Morning Joe MSNBC New Day New York Times PBS Roger Ailes The Situation Room Washington Times Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:11:30 +0000 curtis.houck 46934 at http://www.mrc.org Todd Takeover: A Top 10 List of the Most Liberal Outbursts from the New 'Meet the Press' Host http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/todd-takeover-top-10-list-most-liberal-outbursts-new-meet-press-host <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/ChuckToddMTP.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On Thursday, NBC News sources <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/08/chuck-todd-to-replace-david-gregory-on-meet-the-press-193949.html">confirmed</a> that Chuck Todd will bump David Gregory from the <em>Meet the Press</em> host chair. And while Todd isn’t as liberal as his predecessor, he has played defense for the Barack Obama administration on a number of fronts. <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/todd-takeover-top-10-list-most-liberal-outbursts-new-meet-press-host" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Media Reality Check Chuck Todd David Gregory IRS Meet the Press Susan Rice Thu, 14 Aug 2014 21:26:20 +0000 geoff.dickens 46935 at http://www.mrc.org 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