congress http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/102/all en ABC Hypes IRS's Help Line Wait Times, Smaller Budget; Yawns at Criminal Referral for Lerner http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-hypes-irss-help-line-wait-times-smaller-budget-yawns-criminal-referral-lerner <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-04-11-ABC-WN-IRS_Calls_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 133px; float: right;" />On Friday's <em>World News</em>, ABC's David Kerley pressed I.R.S. Commissioner John Koskinen about taxpayers who are unable to "<strong>get an answer as to how much they're supposed to pay</strong>," due to long wait times on the agency' help line.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-hypes-irss-help-line-wait-times-smaller-budget-yawns-criminal-referral-lerner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs CBS Evening News congress David Kerley Diane Sawyer IRS John Koskinen Lois Lerner NBC NBC Nightly News World News Sun, 13 Apr 2014 01:27:56 +0000 matthew.balan 45991 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's Cuomo Revolted By 'Price Is Right' Music at GOP Rally; Omits Bob Barker Backed Candidate http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-cuomo-revolted-price-right-music-gop-rally-omits-bob-barker-backed-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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-03-12-CNN-Cuomo_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />On Wednesday's <em>New Day,</em> CNN's Chris Cuomo played up how Florida Republican David Jolly's campaign played <em>The Price Is Right</em> theme music at his victory rally on Tuesday, and remarked that its use was somehow a perfect sign of the influence of big money in political races: "<strong>What a metaphor for what politics has become – that they are playing the theme song of <em>The Price Is Right</em> when they celebrate a victory, because it'</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-cuomo-revolted-price-right-music-gop-rally-omits-bob-barker-backed-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bob Barker Brooke Baldwin campaign 2014 Chris Cuomo CNN congress David Jolly Florida Michaela Pereira New Day Republican Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:26:33 +0000 matthew.balan 45742 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Gushes Over 'Sorority House' of Democratic Congresswomen http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-gushes-over-sorority-house-democratic-congresswomen <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> </div> <p> In fawning puff piece aired on Tuesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, correspondent Craig Melvin was delighted by three Democratic congresswoman – including left-wing bomb-thrower and DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz – sharing a Washington D.C. townhouse when Congress is in session: <strong>"For Florida's Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alabama's Terri Sewell, and New York's Carolyn Maloney, it's all business during the day. They're congresswomen.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is a 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/biasalerts/nbc-gushes-over-sorority-house-democratic-congresswomen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress Craig Melvin Democrats NBC Today Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:43:48 +0000 kyle.drennen 45737 at http://www.mrc.org An Actual War on Women? ABC and CBS Skip Domestic Violence Claim Against Alan Grayson http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/actual-war-women-abc-and-cbs-skip-domestic-violence-claim-against-alan-grayson <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>Journalists and networks hyped the so-called Republican "war on women" during the 2012 election. But ABC and CBS on Wednesday skipped the claim that liberal Congressman&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/alan-grayson-accused-of-shoving-wife-104251.html">Alan Grayson</a>&nbsp;committed domestic abuse against his estranged wife.</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/biasalerts/actual-war-women-abc-and-cbs-skip-domestic-violence-claim-against-alan-grayson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Alan Grayson congress Democrat Kristen Welker NBC Today Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:44:40 +0000 scott.whitlock 45679 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's Cuomo Defends Obama's Foreign Policy; Slams GOP 'Obstructionism' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-cuomo-defends-obamas-foreign-policy-slams-gop-obstructionism <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right; margin: 1px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-03-04-CNN-Cuomo_large.JPG" height="134" width="240" />CNN's Chris Cuomo ran to President Obama's defense on Tuesday's <em>New Day</em>, after former Senator Jim DeMint criticized the White House's handling of Russia's invasion of Ukraine: "<strong>Isn't the notion that only might can make right tired?</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-cuomo-defends-obamas-foreign-policy-slams-gop-obstructionism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Chris Cuomo CNN congress Crimea Jim DeMint New Day Republicans Russia ukraine Vladimir Putin Tue, 04 Mar 2014 21:32:31 +0000 matthew.balan 45674 at http://www.mrc.org Harry Reid Insists ObamaCare Horror Stories Are 'Lies': Big Three Nets Ignore http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/harry-reid-insists-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies-big-three-nets-ignore <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/paul-bremmer">Paul Bremmer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid insulted victims of ObamaCare on Wednesday – and the three major networks didn’t seem to care. [Video below. MP3 audio <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-02-27-FNC-F%26F-Reid.mp3">here</a>.]<br /> <br /> Speaking on the Senate floor, the Nevada Democrat lashed out at those whose lives have been hurt by the law, saying:</p> <p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/125715" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/harry-reid-insists-obamacare-horror-stories-are-lies-big-three-nets-ignore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bias by Omission Censorship congress Fox & Friends Fox News Channel Harry Reid Health Care Koch Brothers Medical Insurance obamacare Thu, 27 Feb 2014 19:52:14 +0000 paul.bremmer 45646 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC's Alex Wagner Beseeches Obama to Forward LGBT Agenda in 'Year of Action' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-alex-wagner-beseeches-obama-forward-lgbt-agenda-year-action <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-02-04-MSNBC-Wagner_large.JPG" style="float: right;" width="240" height="134" />Alex Wagner made it clear that she was in Senator Harry Reid's Amen corner on the Tuesday edition of her MSNBC program, promoting the Nevada Democrat's green light to President Obama to use his controversial "year of action" end run around Congress to advance the agenda of leftist LGBT activists.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-alex-wagner-beseeches-obama-forward-lgbt-agenda-year-action" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Alex Wagner Barack Obama Center for American Progress congress Harry Reid John Boehner john podesta LGBT MSNBC NOW with Alex Wagner ThinkProgress Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:14:41 +0000 matthew.balan 45473 at http://www.mrc.org Once Again, Only CBS Highlights 'Seriously Flawed,' 'Massive' Spending in Farm Bill http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/once-again-only-cbs-highlights-seriously-flawed-massive-spending-farm-bill <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><em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;on Tuesday was the only network program to show an interest in the "massive" spending of the "seriously flawed" farm bill. Not only did reporter Sharyl Atkisson investigate the legislation moving through the Senate, she repeatedly featured Tom Schatz of the&nbsp;<a href="http://cagw.org/">Citizens for Government Waste</a>.</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/biasalerts/once-again-only-cbs-highlights-seriously-flawed-massive-spending-farm-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning congress farm bill Sharyl Attkisson Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:03:07 +0000 scott.whitlock 45469 at http://www.mrc.org PBS’s Ifill: Can GOP Be Viable When Tea Party Is 'Party of Opposition?' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/pbss-ifill-can-gop-be-viable-when-tea-party-party-opposition <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/paul-bremmer">Paul Bremmer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> On Thursday’s <em>PBS NewsHour</em>, anchor Gwen Ifill fed the tired old stereotype that the Tea Party ruins everything. [Listen to MP3 audio <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-01-30-PBS-NH-TeaParty.mp3">here</a>.]<br /> <br /> During a discussion about the nation’s political outlook for the coming year, Ifill posed this question to The Washington Post’s Michael Gerson:</p> <p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/125262" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/pbss-ifill-can-gop-be-viable-when-tea-party-party-opposition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress Conservatives and Republicans Gwen Ifill Michael Gerson Mike Lee Paul Broun PBS NewsHour Tea Parties Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:58:03 +0000 paul.bremmer 45444 at http://www.mrc.org $500 Billion of Bias: Networks Ignore Farm Bill Waste, Abuse in Every Single Story http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/500-billion-bias-networks-ignore-farm-bill-waste-abuse-every-single-story <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS and NBC worry over impact of not passing a farm bill, ignore need for reform. </div> </div> </div> <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/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">In spite of the massive half-trillion dollar price tag, the farm bill didn’t get much attention from the broadcast network news shows, although a compromise version may get congressional approval very soon.</p><p dir="ltr">Since Jan. 1, 2013, when they reported that the nation was facing a “milk cliff” in which dairy prices would skyrocket if a farm bill wasn’t passed, ABC, CBS and NBC network news programs only mentioned “farm bill” in 20 reports. The vast majority (16 stories) of those reports aired on CBS.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Editor for the Business &amp; Media Institute at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/500-billion-bias-networks-ignore-farm-bill-waste-abuse-every-single-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers Business and Media Institute Business Government Media Politics Taxes abc abuse Budget cbs congress dairy prices farm bill farm subsidies Food Stamps milk NBC reform waste Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:28:59 +0000 julia.seymour 45425 at http://www.mrc.org Big Three Censor Obama's Plea to Congress to Reject New Iran Sanctions; CNN Notices http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-censor-obamas-plea-congress-reject-new-iran-sanctions-cnn-notices <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-01-16-CNN-Berman_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 136px; float: right;" />ABC, CBS, and NBC's Thursday morning newscasts all punted on covering President Obama's <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/16/politics/us-iran-nuclear-sanctions/" target="_blank">Wednesday night meeting </a>with Senate Democrats, where he called on them to reject new sanctions on Iran.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-censor-obamas-plea-congress-reject-new-iran-sanctions-cnn-notices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning CNN congress Good Morning America Iran John Berman NBC New Day Senate Today Thu, 16 Jan 2014 20:47:08 +0000 matthew.balan 45318 at http://www.mrc.org The Liberal 'Least Productive' Complaint http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/liberal-least-productive-complaint <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/l-brent-bozell-iii">L. Brent Bozell III</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Liberals are angry that President Obama won a second term, and yet they didn’t get the liberal agenda items they wanted passed in 2013, including gun control and amnesty for illegal aliens. The complaint at the end of the year is that this was the “least productive Congress” in 66 years, production always measured by the amount of legislation passed.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/liberal-least-productive-complaint" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Barack Obama congress Nancy Cordes Paul Kane Fri, 10 Jan 2014 16:52:11 +0000 tim.graham 45267 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC's Sharpton Slams 'Stinginess' of Republican 'Grinches' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-sharpton-slams-stinginess-republican-grinches <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium_280_x_158/images/2013-12-23-MSNBC-PN-Sharpton.jpg" alt="Media Research Center" title="Media Research Center" class="imagecache-medium_280_x_158" />On the Monday, December 23, <em>PoliticsNation</em> on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton led the show by accusing Republicans of "stinginess" and of being "grinches" because of GOP opposition to a further extension of unemployment benefits. With the words "GOP Grinches Steal Christmas" on screen, Sharpton opened the show:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-sharpton-slams-stinginess-republican-grinches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Politics Al Sharpton congress economy Minimum Wage MSNBC PoliticsNation Republicans unemployment Tue, 24 Dec 2013 19:34:28 +0000 45190 at http://www.mrc.org Big Three Networks Out to Lunch on Benefits Cuts To Disabled Military Veterans http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-networks-out-lunch-benefits-cuts-disabled-military-veterans <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="240" height="134" style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2013-12-12-CBS-CTM-Ryan.JPG" />ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts, which hyped the sequester's "<a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hypes-deep-massive-spending-cuts-slants-toward-obama-democrats">deep, across-the-board spending cuts</a>" earlier in 2013, have largely been silent about the reductions in the annual cost of living increases for military veterans – part of the budget deal proposed by Republican Congressman Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-networks-out-lunch-benefits-cuts-disabled-military-veterans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Budget cbs CBS Evening News CBS This Morning congress David Gregory Good Morning America Josh Elliott NBC NBC Nightly News Norah O'Donnell Patty Murray Paul Ryan Today veterans World News Wed, 18 Dec 2013 19:46:58 +0000 matthew.balan 45163 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Berates Rubio for Opposing Budget Plan, A 'Rare Outbreak of Bipartisanship' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-berates-rubio-opposing-budget-plan-rare-outbreak-bipartisanship <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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img width="240" height="134" style="float: right;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2013-12-13-CBS-ODonnell_large.JPG" />Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose predictably conducted a hostile interview of Senator Marco Rubio on Friday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, badgering the Republican for his opposition to a budget proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Senator Patty Murray. O'Donnell hinted that he was in the pocket of conservative special interest: "<strong>I want to ask you about the criticism that you may be more beholden to these conservative groups than to your own party</strong>."<br /> <br /> The anchor later wondered if "<strong>these groups have too much power</strong>." Rose himself carried water for the supporters of the proposal: "Speaker Boehner has said, and others have said, is that it's going – it's the first step in the right direction, and you've got to find common ground and you've got to find compromise – otherwise, you'll have government shutdowns, which everybody loses." [MP3 audio <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2013-12-13-CBS-CTM-ODonnell.mp3">available here</a>; <strong>video below</strong>]<br /> <br /> O'Donnell led the segment by highlighting "Speaker Boehner's comments...he said these conservative – the criticism is ridiculous.<strong> He blamed them for the shutdown, and said they've lost all credibility. Do you agree or disagree?</strong>" Rubio answered, in part, "I was simply asked my opinion on whether this budget takes us in the right direction as a country, and I personally feel that it does not. I mean, I think that the budget, unfortunately, continues to increase spending at a rate that is still unsustainable for our country."</p> <div class='signature'><p>— Matthew Balan is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/MatthewJLB" target="_blank">Follow Matthew Balan on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-berates-rubio-opposing-budget-plan-rare-outbreak-bipartisanship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Budget CBS This Morning Charlie Rose congress Conservatives Marco Rubio Norah O'Donnell Patty Murray Paul Ryan Fri, 13 Dec 2013 18:17:43 +0000 matthew.balan 45143 at http://www.mrc.org