HBO http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/1323/all en Bill Maher: ‘Liberals Are Just Sometimes Useless Obama Hacks’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/bill-maher-liberals-are-just-sometimes-useless-obama-hacks <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> For a few brief seconds on Friday night, Bill Maher made sense. Maher, who could be described as a “useless Obama hack” – after all, he’s a big donor to Obama and a constant defender of him who chalks up any and all criticism of Obama to racism – condemned liberals, on one subject at least, as “useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty.”<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/brenthbaker" target="_blank">Follow Brent Baker on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/bill-maher-liberals-are-just-sometimes-useless-obama-hacks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio Barack Obama Bill Maher HBO Liberals & Democrats Real Time Video Mon, 14 Jul 2014 01:13:42 +0000 brent.baker 46684 at http://www.mrc.org HBO's Dreadful Reagan Lie http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbos-dreadful-reagan-lie <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 class="field-item even"> <div class="field-label-inline"> By</div> <a href="/author/tim-graham">Tim Graham</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> It’s been ten years since Ronald Reagan passed away, but one horrible myth about him will not die.&nbsp; When he passed, The Advocate magazine published an essay by radical gay playwright Larry Kramer titled "Adolf Reagan." The rant began: "Our murderer is dead. The man who murdered more gay people than anyone in the entire history of the world, is dead. More people than Hitler even."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbos-dreadful-reagan-lie" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division AIDS HBO Larry Kramer Ronald Reagan Tue, 03 Jun 2014 20:16:37 +0000 tim.graham 46389 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ Fawns Over Bill Maher, Skips His History of Disgusting Rhetoric http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-meet-press-fawns-over-bill-maher-skips-his-history-disgusting-rhetoric <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/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Comedian Bill Maher is no stranger to making outrageous and offensive comments, usually directed at conservatives. His weekly HBO program <em>Real Time with Bill Maher</em> is an opportunity for the devout atheist and liberal to spew his anti-conservative hate, yet when a major television network profiles his comedy routine, his controversial style is ignored.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Jeffrey Meyer is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/JeffreyPMeyer" target="_blank">Follow Jeffrey Meyer on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-meet-press-fawns-over-bill-maher-skips-his-history-disgusting-rhetoric" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bill Maher David Gregory Harry Smith HBO Meet the Press NBC Real Time with Bill Maher Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:06:39 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 45768 at http://www.mrc.org Adoring Fan Savannah Guthrie Fawns Over Left-Wing Lena Dunham: 'Voice of Her Generation' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/adoring-fan-savannah-guthrie-fawns-over-left-wing-lena-dunham-voice-her-generation <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> Introducing a gushing interview with HBO <em>Girls</em> star Lena Dunham aired on Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Savannah Guthrie eagerly proclaimed: <strong>"You know, to call her the voice of her generation might actually be underselling her abilities.</strong> At just 27 years old, she isn't just starring in the hit HBO show <em>Girls</em>, she created it, writes it, produces it, and she also directs it.</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/biasalerts/adoring-fan-savannah-guthrie-fawns-over-left-wing-lena-dunham-voice-her-generation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division girls HBO Lena Dunham NBC Savannah Guthrie Today Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:28:17 +0000 kyle.drennen 45704 at http://www.mrc.org Aaron Sorkin's Fictional Republican: Why Must We Hate Gays, Science and the Poor? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/aaron-sorkins-fictional-republican-why-must-we-hate-gays-science-and-poor <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>The HBO series&nbsp;<em>Newsroom</em>&nbsp;on Sunday continued its clumsy examination of liberal media bias. In the Aaron Sorkin-created series, "Will McAvoy" (played by Jeff Daniels) is a "Republican" anchor at the fictional ACN network. Yet, he constantly bashes members of the GOP in the harshest terms.</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/aaron-sorkins-fictional-republican-why-must-we-hate-gays-science-and-poor" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Aaron Sorkin HBO Newsroom Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:15:10 +0000 scott.whitlock 44509 at http://www.mrc.org Aaron Sorkin's 'Newsroom' Scoffs at '15-Year-Old Survey' Exposing Liberal Media Bias http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/aaron-sorkins-newsroom-scoffs-15-year-old-survey-exposing-liberal-media-bias <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>In the fictional world of HBO's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1870479/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast"><em>Newsroom</em></a>, the Aaron Sorkin program about the lives of cable TV journalists, the idea of a liberal media bias is something to be scoffed at. On Sunday's episode, the show's new Republican strategist, dared to raise the problem to anchor "Will McAvoy" (played by Jeff Daniels): "The liberal media bias is so clear that it's not worth arguing about."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/aaron-sorkins-newsroom-scoffs-15-year-old-survey-exposing-liberal-media-bias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division HBO Jeff Daniels Newsroom Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:58:17 +0000 scott.whitlock 44447 at http://www.mrc.org HBO to Produce Anti-Prop 8 Documentary http://www.mrc.org/articles/hbo-produce-anti-prop-8-documentary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New film hails gay marriage as modern “American revolution” </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/lauren-enk">Lauren Enk</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The ink on the SCOTUS ruling is barely dry, but Hollywood is already set to start celebrating the gay victory with more propaganda films. First up? HBO’s new documentary about the lawyers and gay couples who brought down Prop 8. <img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/HBO%20prop%208.jpg.crop_display.jpg" style="float: right;" height="134" width="245" /><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/10/business/media/hbo-to-produce-documentary-on-gay-marriage-legal-fight.html?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss&amp;_r=0"></a></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/hbo-produce-anti-prop-8-documentary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Culture and Media Institute Art & Entertainment Faith Family Politics gay agenda HBO Proposition 8 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:36:14 +0000 matt.philbin 44000 at http://www.mrc.org Maher Calls Bike Ride with Wounded Warriors ‘Nauseating,’ Compares Bush to Cleveland Kidnaper http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/maher-calls-bike-ride-wounded-warriors-nauseating-compares-bush-cleveland-kidnaper <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> Though he had no idea what it was, the annual “<a href="http://www.bushcenter.org/military-service-initiative/w100k" target="_blank">Bush Center Warrior 100K</a>” mountain bike ride, which took place over the Memorial Day weekend, upset Bill Maher. “I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs,” Maher sneered about George W. Bush’s ride around his Texas ranch with 20 servicemen, <strong>“and I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off and then he has them over for a barbecue.”</strong><br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/maher-calls-bike-ride-wounded-warriors-nauseating-compares-bush-cleveland-kidnaper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio Bill Maher HBO Real Time Video Sun, 02 Jun 2013 22:57:42 +0000 brent.baker 43731 at http://www.mrc.org ‘The Newsroom’ Actress Hits CNN Anchors for Being ‘Egotistical’ and ‘Self-Absorbed’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/newsroom-actress-hits-cnn-anchors-being-egotistical-and-self-absorbed <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/matt-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> <img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-03-06-Munn-Morgan.png" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />Actress Olivia Munn stars in HBO's drama <em>The Newsroom</em>, but she knocked the real-life CNN newsroom on Sunday. At a panel moderated by CNN host Piers Morgan, Munn made clear her distaste for newspeople "trying to make themselves a celebrity."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/newsroom-actress-hits-cnn-anchors-being-egotistical-and-self-absorbed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CNN Don Lemon HBO Olivia Munn Piers Morgan The Newsroom Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:57:54 +0000 matt.hadro 42844 at http://www.mrc.org HBO’s Realistic Portrayal of a Journalist: Admirer of Far-Left Authors Who Sports a Kerry Shirt http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/hbos-realistic-portrayal-journalist-admirer-far-left-authors-who-sports-kerry-shirt <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> HBO’s Sunday night dramady, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.hbo.com/#/enlightened"><em>Enlightened</em></a>, is delivering something very rare: A true to life depiction of a journalist – specifically identified as a reporter for the <em>Los Angeles Times</em> – as a very obvious left-winger, one who cavorts with and reads books by far-left authors and goes to the newspaper newsroom wearing a “John Kerry for President” shirt. (video after the jump)</p> <p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/hbos-realistic-portrayal-journalist-admirer-far-left-authors-who-sports-kerry-shirt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division HBO Media Bias Mon, 25 Feb 2013 12:53:38 +0000 brent.baker 42725 at http://www.mrc.org HBO Hates Popes, Loves Kennedys http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbo-hates-popes-loves-kennedys <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> Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on Monday morning by announcing he would resign at the end of February. For Catholics, there was sorrow and there was gratitude for a Holy Father who taught with such distinction and worked with such care to safeguard the church’s theological traditions.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbo-hates-popes-loves-kennedys" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Alex Gibney Catholic Church HBO Sex Abuse Mon, 18 Feb 2013 15:22:35 +0000 tim.graham 42667 at http://www.mrc.org HBO's Arrogant 'Newsroom' http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbos-arrogant-newsroom <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> HBO should really try a new slogan for its original programming, and it came right from Aaron Sorkin’s acid pen in the debut of his ridiculous new series "The Newsroom." That slogan is "Speaking Truth to Stupid."</p> <p> It’s an appropriate slogan for a pay-cable channel, which insists that only the really smart people pay the extra fee to join the television elite. But do Sorkin and HBO really deserve their lofty position of arrogance as the Smart People? No. Let’s count the ways this new show is preposterous:</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/hbos-arrogant-newsroom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Aaron Sorkin HBO Jeff Daniels Television news Mon, 09 Jul 2012 18:06:17 +0000 tim.graham 40583 at http://www.mrc.org Actor Jeff Daniels: Sorkin's Anti-America Speech 'Resonated with Me,' 'It's Gold' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/actor-jeff-daniels-sorkins-anti-america-speech-resonated-me-its-gold <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 class="imagecache-medium_280_x_158" title="Media Research Center" alt="Media Research Center" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/imagecache/medium_280_x_158/images/2012-06-22-CNN-PMT-BigDanie.jpg" style="float: right;" />Appearing as a guest on Friday's <em>Piers Morgan Tonight</em> on CNN, actor Jeff Daniels -- who stars as Will McAvoy in HBO's <em>The Newsroom </em>-- admitted that he agrees with a now infamous speech delivered by his character -- and written by liberal writer/producer Aaron Sorkin -- in which McAvoy rants that "America is not the greatest country in the wor</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/actor-jeff-daniels-sorkins-anti-america-speech-resonated-me-its-gold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Patriotism Aaron Sorkin Anti-Americanism CNN HBO Jeff Daniels Piers Morgan The Newsroom Mon, 25 Jun 2012 11:36:46 +0000 40479 at http://www.mrc.org Aaron Sorkin Insists to NBC That He's Not Known For His Liberal Politics http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/aaron-sorkin-insists-nbc-hes-not-known-his-liberal-politics <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> On Thursday's NBC <em>Rock Center</em>, just days after <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2012/06/20/hbos-aaron-sorkin-urges-more-liberal-media-bias-wants-romney-tell-homoph">calling for more liberal media bias</a> against conservatives, left-wing screen writer Aaron Sorkin dismissed the idea that he has a reputation as an outspoken liberal: <strong>"I don't know so much about my being known for my liberal politics</strong>....</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/aaron-sorkin-insists-nbc-hes-not-known-his-liberal-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Aaron Sorkin Brian Williams HBO liberal NBC Rock Center Savannah Guthrie The Newsroom Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:43:12 +0000 kyle.drennen 40468 at http://www.mrc.org Sorkin Sees Not Liberal Bias But ‘Bias Toward Fairness,’ His HBO Newsroom Will Chastise Tea Party http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sorkin-sees-not-liberal-bias-bias-toward-fairness-his-hbo-newsroom-will-chastise-tea-part <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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2010-10-04-CNN-PS-Sorkin.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; margin: 1px; float: right;" /> Writer/producer Aaron Sorkin, whose new drama, <a href="http://www.hbo.com/#/the-newsroom" target="_blank"><em>Newsroom</em></a>, about a cable news anchor -- which debuts this Sunday night on HBO -- proved in a <em>USA Today </em>piece he lives in a fantasy world.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sorkin-sees-not-liberal-bias-bias-toward-fairness-his-hbo-newsroom-will-chastise-tea-part" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Aaron Sorkin HBO Thu, 21 Jun 2012 13:38:46 +0000 brent.baker 40455 at http://www.mrc.org