Media Reality Check http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/9/all en 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 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