Brian Williams http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/17874/all en Championing Obama's Big Government 'Generosity,' Slapping GOP 'Pettiness' and 'Disrespect' http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/championing-obamas-big-government-generosity-slapping-gop-pettiness-and-disrespect <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vol. 28, No. 2 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-attach"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-application-pdf" alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><a href="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/Jan262015.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=438143" title="Jan262015.pdf">Formatted PDF Version</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <h3><strong>As If Media Bias Had Nothing to Do with It</strong></h3><p><br /><span style="float: right;"><img style="margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2015/january/ChuckToddHoneymoon.jpg" width="300" /></span> “He [President Obama] got the post-election honeymoon, not the Republicans.”<br /><strong>— NBC’s Chuck Todd on<em> Nightly News</em> before the State of the Union on January 20.</strong><br /><br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/championing-obamas-big-government-generosity-slapping-gop-pettiness-and-disrespect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Notable Quotables News Analysis Division abc American Sniper Andrea Mitchell Barack Obama Brian Williams Chuck Todd Communism Cuba George Stephanopoulos Matt Lauer MSNBC NBC State of the Union Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:45:45 +0000 rich.noyes 48085 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Combine for Two Minutes on Fall of Yemen’s Government; Spend 11 Minutes on Deflategate http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-combine-two-minutes-fall-yemens-government-spend-11-minutes-deflategate <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>On Thursday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC each covered the news that the United States-backed government in Yemen&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/aden-ports-reopened-but-rebels-still-outside-presidential-palace-and-residence/2015/01/22/d3563d88-a1ba-11e4-91fc-7dff95a14458_story.html?hpid=z1" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/aden-ports-reopened-but-rebels-still-outside-presidential-palace-and-residence/2015/01/22/d3563d88-a1ba-11e4-91fc-7dff95a14458_story.html?hpid=z1" target="_blank">had fallen</a>&nbsp;after rebels stormed the capital</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/biasalerts/networks-combine-two-minutes-fall-yemens-government-spend-11-minutes-deflategate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley David Muir Deflategate Drone Strikes Drones foreign policy Martha Raddatz Middle East NBC News NBC Nightly News Richard Engel Scott Pelley War on terrorism World News Tonight Yemen Fri, 23 Jan 2015 04:00:57 +0000 curtis.houck 48080 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Williams Frets Influx of American Money Will Damage Cuban Revolution http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-williams-frets-influx-american-money-will-damage-cuban-revolution <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="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2015/january/BWilliams-Cubanwoman-NBCNN-2015-01-21.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" width="280" />Talking to a Cuban woman in Havana, <em>NBC Nightly News</em> anchor Brian Williams despaired over what an influx of American tourists would mean to the wonders of the communist “revolution” with its 50-plus year-old cars: “When Americans are here and planes and hotels and the cars are 2015 cars and not 1958 cars, what happens to the revolution?”<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/nbcs-williams-frets-influx-american-money-will-damage-cuban-revolution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Williams Cuba NBC Nightly News Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:12:29 +0000 brent.baker 48069 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Chris Jansing Gushes Over ‘an Energized, Combative President’; Scolds Boehner for Inviting Netanyahu http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-chris-jansing-gushes-over-energized-combative-president-scolds-boehner-inviting-neta <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>NBC News senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing did her best to provide some White House spin during Wednesday’s&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, hailing President Obama as&nbsp;<strong>“an energized, combative President”</strong>&nbsp;whose policies made for a<strong>&nbsp;“carefully choreographed, populist message with the details generally panned by Republicans.”</strong></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/biasalerts/nbcs-chris-jansing-gushes-over-energized-combative-president-scolds-boehner-inviting-neta" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Brian Williams Chris Jansing Conservatives and Republicans David Muir economy Jonathan Karl Liberals & Democrats NBC News NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama State of the Union World News Tonight Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:22:28 +0000 curtis.houck 48067 at http://www.mrc.org ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News Stage Full-Fledged Cuban Tourism Infomercials http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-world-news-tonight-nbc-nightly-news-stage-full-fledged-cuban-tourism-infomercials <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>In conjunction with 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/biasalerts/abcs-world-news-tonight-nbc-nightly-news-stage-full-fledged-cuban-tourism-infomercials" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrea Mitchell Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Communism Cuba David Muir Fidel Castro foreign policy Jim Avila Manuel Bojorquez NBC News NBC Nightly News Raul Castro Scott Pelley World News Tonight Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:00:43 +0000 curtis.houck 48066 at http://www.mrc.org Brian Williams to Chuck Todd’s ‘Reality Check’ on Obama’s Liberal Plans: ‘A Lot of People Hope You’re Wrong’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/brian-williams-chuck-todds-reality-check-obamas-liberal-plans-lot-people-hope-youre-wrong <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>On Tuesday night, NBC News anchor Brian Williams charged that&nbsp;<strong>“a lot people hope”</strong>&nbsp;a reality check by&nbsp;<em>Meet the Press</em>&nbsp;moderator Chuck Todd was wrong in asserting that most of&nbsp;President Obama's&nbsp;initiatives proposed during his State of the Union address won’t become law.</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/biasalerts/brian-williams-chuck-todds-reality-check-obamas-liberal-plans-lot-people-hope-youre-wrong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams Chuck Todd economy foreign policy NBC News President Barack Obama President Obama State of the Union Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:26:56 +0000 curtis.houck 48065 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Richard Engel Slams Obama on Foreign Policy: ‘Outlining a World That He Wishes We Were’ In http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-richard-engel-slams-obama-foreign-policy-outlining-world-he-wishes-we-were <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>While NBC News was up to its usual business in praising and defending President Obama both before and after his State of the Union speech, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel emerged as a rare voice that instead took to the liberal network’s airwaves to condemn the President’s rhetoric on foreign policy as both unrealistic and, in many cases, simply not true.&nbsp;</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/biasalerts/nbcs-richard-engel-slams-obama-foreign-policy-outlining-world-he-wishes-we-were" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams foreign policy Islamic Jihad NBC News President Barack Obama President Obama Richard Engel sotu State of the Union Terrorism Wed, 21 Jan 2015 08:45:04 +0000 curtis.houck 48059 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Brian Williams Blames Rep. Joe Wilson’s ‘You Lie’ Comment for Decline in SOTU Decorum http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-brian-williams-blames-rep-joe-wilsons-you-lie-comment-decline-sotu-decorum <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>During NBC’s coverage of President Obama’s seventh State of the Union speech, anchor Brian Williams remarked how there’s been&nbsp;<strong>“change in tone and tenor and ambiance”&nbsp;</strong>inside the House chamber from over the past few years and chose to link it to Republican Congressman Joe Wilson (S.C.) telling the President&nbsp;<strong>“you lie”&nbsp;</strong>during a 2009 speech before a joint session of Congress.</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/biasalerts/nbcs-brian-williams-blames-rep-joe-wilsons-you-lie-comment-decline-sotu-decorum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams civility Joe Wilson NBC News President Barack Obama President Obama State of the Union Wed, 21 Jan 2015 07:18:12 +0000 curtis.houck 48058 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Chuck Todd: Obama ‘Got the Post-Election Honeymoon, Not the Republicans’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-chuck-todd-obama-got-post-election-honeymoon-not-republicans <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>While previewing President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night,&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>&nbsp;had on&nbsp;<em>Meet the Press&nbsp;</em>moderator Chuck Todd, who told viewers that the President will set out to&nbsp;<strong>“do a little victory lap about the state of the economy”&nbsp;</strong>and opined how Obama&nbsp;<strong>“got the post-election honeymoon, not the Republicans”&nbsp;</strong>thanks to his moves on illegal immigration and Cuba.</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/biasalerts/nbcs-chuck-todd-obama-got-post-election-honeymoon-not-republicans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional 2014 Election Barack Obama Brian Williams Chuck Todd Cuba economy Executive Orders Illegal Immigration immigration NBC News NBC Nightly News Polling President Barack Obama President Obama Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:33:22 +0000 curtis.houck 48055 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, NBC Cheer Obama’s Liberal Proposals in SOTU Previews; ‘Going to Play a Little Robin Hood’ with Tax Hikes http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-cheer-obamas-liberal-proposals-sotu-previews-going-play-little-robin-hood-tax-hik <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>Ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, the networks offered previews of his speech during their Monday evening newscasts with ABC and NBC working particularly hard to paint a rosy picture for Obama with rising poll numbers and having&nbsp;<strong>“redefined”&nbsp;</strong>the&nbsp;<strong>“model of how to sell the State of the Union.”</strong></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/biasalerts/abc-nbc-cheer-obamas-liberal-proposals-sotu-previews-going-play-little-robin-hood-tax-hik" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Brian Williams capitalgaintaxes cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Chris Jansing David Muir education Jonathan Karl Major Garrett NBC News NBC Nightly News Polling President Barack Obama President Obama State of the Union tax increases World News Tonight Tue, 20 Jan 2015 03:02:26 +0000 curtis.houck 48046 at http://www.mrc.org All Three Networks Fall for ‘Meaningless’ ‘Hottest Year’ Claims http://www.mrc.org/articles/all-three-networks-fall-meaningless-hottest-year-claims <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Scientists accuse NASA/NOAA of misleading public, show temperature differences within margin of error. </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">The broadcast networks hustled to report NASA and NOAA data that claimed 2014 was a record hot year. But now both agencies are being criticized by scientists accusing them of “deception” over the statistics.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business 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/articles/all-three-networks-fall-meaningless-hottest-year-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Climate Change Environment Government Media abc Anthony Mason Brian Williams cbs Climate Change Global Warming global warming pause hottest year judith curry manmade global warming margin of error Nasa NBC NOAA probability roger pielke roy spencer temperature data temperature records Vinita Nair Mon, 19 Jan 2015 19:58:51 +0000 julia.seymour 48042 at http://www.mrc.org Flashback: Journalists Thrilled By All of Obama’s State of the Union Speeches http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/flashback-journalists-thrilled-all-obamas-state-union-speeches <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/2015/january/ABC2014SOTU.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" width="300" />Tuesday night, Barack Obama delivers his second-to-last State of the Union address, this time as a lame duck President with relatively <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_obama_job_approval-1044.html" target="_blank"><strong>low approval ratings</strong></a> and facing a Congress entirely controlled by the opposition party.</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/biasalerts/flashback-journalists-thrilled-all-obamas-state-union-speeches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Brian Williams cbs Chris Matthews George Stephanopoulos MSNBC NBC State of the Union Sun, 18 Jan 2015 22:21:29 +0000 rich.noyes 48037 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Nightly News Hypes Obama’s ‘Paid Sick Leave’ Mandate; Fails to Disclose Interview Subject’s Liberal Ties http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-nightly-news-hypes-obamas-paid-sick-leave-mandate-fails-disclose-interview-subjects-l <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><a data-cke-saved-href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2015/01/15/abc-cbs-help-boost-obamas-paid-sick-leave-mandate-0" href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2015/01/15/abc-cbs-help-boost-obamas-paid-sick-leave-mandate-0" target="_blank">Following the lead</a>&nbsp;of ABC and CBS from Thursday morning,&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>&nbsp;cheered President Barack Obama’s newest initiative that would require private businesses&nbsp;<strong>“to guarantee”&nbsp;</strong>their employees&nbsp;<strong>“at least seven”&nbsp;</strong>paid sick days and affect 43 million America</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/biasalerts/nbc-nightly-news-hypes-obamas-paid-sick-leave-mandate-fails-disclose-interview-subjects-l" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bob Schieffer Brian Williams CBS Evening News Chris Jansing liberal activism Major Garrett NBC News NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:15:11 +0000 curtis.houck 48025 at http://www.mrc.org Andrea Mitchell Hails Changes in Trade & Travel with Cuba: ‘The Cold War Will Be Over’ on Friday http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-hails-changes-trade-travel-cuba-cold-war-will-be-over-friday <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>During Thursday’s&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell enthusiastically promoted the new and<strong>&nbsp;“dramatic changes”</strong>&nbsp;set to go into effect on Friday that will allow Americans to more easily trade with and travel to/from Cuba as causing the Cold War to end.</p><p>In leading off her report, Mitchell announced to viewers:&nbsp;<strong>“In Havana, dramatic change after more than a half-century. Tomorrow the Cold War will be over. A huge opening for U.S. and Cuban travel and trade.”</strong></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/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-hails-changes-trade-travel-cuba-cold-war-will-be-over-friday" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Brian Williams Cold War cubans foreign policy globaltrade NBC News NBC Nightly News Fri, 16 Jan 2015 03:30:53 +0000 curtis.houck 48024 at http://www.mrc.org NBC’s Peter Alexander: Mike Huckabee ‘Preaching to the Party's Right-Wing’ Ahead of Possible 2016 Bid http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-peter-alexander-mike-huckabee-preaching-partys-right-wing-ahead-possible-2016-bid <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>On Tuesday’s&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander reported on the current makeup of the Republican presidential field in 2016 on the heels of news that the Republican nominee in 2012, Mitt Romney, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/romney-moves-to-reassemble-campaign-apparatus-for-2016/2015/01/12/d968592e-9a88-11e4-96cc-e858eba91ced_story.html">has begun reassembling</a> his campaign staff to make a third bid for the White House.</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/biasalerts/nbcs-peter-alexander-mike-huckabee-preaching-partys-right-wing-ahead-possible-2016-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2016 Presidential 2016 Presidential Election Beyonce Brian Williams Conservatives and Republicans Mike Huckabee NBC News NBC Nightly News Peter Alexander Wed, 14 Jan 2015 05:46:44 +0000 curtis.houck 48004 at http://www.mrc.org