Media Bias Debate http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19438/all en Laugh of the Week: ‘Barack Obama Never Had Reporters Eating Out of His Hand’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/laugh-week-barack-obama-never-had-reporters-eating-out-his-hand <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/2013/ReidCherlin-MSNBC-2014-08-06.jpg" style="width: 280px; height: 158px; float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" /> Reid Cherlin, an Assistant Press Secretary during the first two years plus of the Obama administration, managed to deliver two laugh-worthy howlers in a piece for <em>Rolling Stone </em>posted this past Monday:</p><blockquote><p>&gt; “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.”<br /> <br /> &gt; “I...believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President.”</p></blockquote> <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/laugh-week-barack-obama-never-had-reporters-eating-out-his-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Media Bias Debate Obama Watch Reid Cherlin Rolling Stone Sun, 10 Aug 2014 05:15:52 +0000 brent.baker 46896 at http://www.mrc.org Washington Correspondent Mason Insists Journalists Would ‘Gallop After’ IRS If Any ‘Proof of a Scandal’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-correspondent-mason-insists-journalists-would-gallop-after-irs-if-any-proof-sc <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> If only there were an Obama scandal for journalists to cover.<br /> <br /> Almost exactly two years after the <em>Washington Post</em>’s Dana Milbank ludicrously claimed “the media would love to have an Obama scandal to cover,” on Sunday’s <em>MediaBuzz</em> on FNC, veteran DC journalist Julie Mason encapsulated the attitude of the Washington press corps which has little interest in the IRS scandal, insisting that “every journalist in town would love if there was proof of a scandal, they would be galloping after it.”</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/washington-correspondent-mason-insists-journalists-would-gallop-after-irs-if-any-proof-sc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division FNC MediaBuzz IRS Targets Tea Party Julie Mason Media Bias Debate Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:03:19 +0000 brent.baker 46587 at http://www.mrc.org New Survey of 1,000 Journalists: Four Times More Identify as Democrats Than Republicans http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/new-survey-1000-journalists-four-times-more-identify-democrats-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/brent-baker">Brent Baker</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> In a just-released survey conducted in late 2013, of 1,080 television network, print and online journalists, 28 percent self-identified as Democrats and only one-fourth as many, a piddling seven percent, called themselves Republican. That four-to-one disparity is up from two-to-one (36 to 18 percent) in the same poll taken in 2002, as the share of Republicans has plunged by 11 points.<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</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/new-survey-1000-journalists-four-times-more-identify-democrats-republicans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Environment Media Bias Debate Polling Tue, 06 May 2014 13:00:48 +0000 brent.baker 46173 at http://www.mrc.org Evening Newscasts Ignore House GOP's Criminal Referral for Lois Lerner But Find Time for Hillary http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/evening-newscasts-ignore-house-gops-criminal-referral-lois-lerner-find-time-hillary <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/2014-04-09-FNC-SR-IRS.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="150" width="280" />In a major new development in the IRS scandal, House Republicans voted on Wednesday to send a&nbsp;<a href="http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/other/203073-house-panel-refers-lerner-case-to-doj-for-charges">criminal referral</a>&nbsp;to the Department of Justice for former IRS chief Lois Lerner.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/evening-newscasts-ignore-house-gops-criminal-referral-lois-lerner-find-time-hillary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bias by Omission IRS Targets Tea Party Lois Lerner Media Bias Debate Republicans Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:38:28 +0000 matt.hadro 45968 at http://www.mrc.org Ed Schultz Claims the 'Mainstream Media' Isn't Being 'Fair' to ObamaCare http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ed-schultz-claims-mainstream-media-isnt-being-fair-obamacare <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/2014-04-07-MSNBC-EdShow-ObamaCare.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />On his Monday show, MSNBC's Ed Schultz ripped the "mainstream media" for – wait for it – not being fair enough to ObamaCare. Of course, the only examples of "media bias" that Schultz displayed were from conservative guests and pundits.<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ed-schultz-claims-mainstream-media-isnt-being-fair-obamacare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Ed Schultz Health Care Media Bias Debate MSNBC obamacare The Ed Show Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:34:17 +0000 matt.hadro 45947 at http://www.mrc.org George Will: Obama Knows He Has Media Covering for Him on IRS http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/george-will-obama-knows-he-has-media-covering-him-irs <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> George Will zinged the media’s duplicity in how they have approached the IRS scandal versus past major scandals when a Republican was President, a lack of interest President Obama recognizes and, “hence, his sense of weariness and boredom as he discussed this with Bill O’Reilly.”<br /> &nbsp;<br /> Will, on Bret Baier’s FNC panel Monday night, recalled “three big” scandals “regarding the distortion and abuse of institutions: Watergate, Iran-Contra and the IRS,” noting “the first two were ravenously covered by the media; they were Republican Presidents’ problems.”</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/george-will-obama-knows-he-has-media-covering-him-irs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Audio George Will IRS Targets Tea Party Media Bias Debate Special Report Video Tue, 04 Feb 2014 13:36:11 +0000 brent.baker 45463 at http://www.mrc.org CNN All But Ignores Own Scoop That Al Qaeda 'Appears to Control' More Arab Land Now Than Ever http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-all-ignores-own-scoop-al-qaeda-appears-control-more-arab-land-now-ever <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/2014-01-13-CNN-Bergen-alQaeda.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />On January 7, CNN's national security analyst Peter Bergen wrote <a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/07/opinion/bergen-al-qaeda-terrority-gains/">on CNN.com</a> that "al Qaeda appears to control more territory in the Arab world than it has done at any time in its history." However, CNN only mentioned his eye-opening piece once since it was published online.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-all-ignores-own-scoop-al-qaeda-appears-control-more-arab-land-now-ever" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Al Qaeda Bias by Omission CNN Dennis Rodman Iraq Media Bias Debate Peter Bergen Syria Mon, 13 Jan 2014 23:16:41 +0000 matt.hadro 45283 at http://www.mrc.org Doris Kearns-Goodwin Denies Media's Been Soft on Obama http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/doris-kearns-goodwin-denies-medias-been-soft-obama <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> On Tuesday's <em>The Lead</em>, liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin dismissed the notion that the media is in President Obama's "pocket."<br /> <br /> "<strong>I don't think the country would feel that his way of dealing with the country has been eased by the press</strong>," she lamented of Obama and the media. "<strong>I think the press is much more complicated today.</strong> I think ever since Watergate there's a more antagonistic view between presidents and press." </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/doris-kearns-goodwin-denies-medias-been-soft-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CNN Doris Kearns-Goodwin Media Bias Debate The Lead Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:45:20 +0000 matt.hadro 44946 at http://www.mrc.org The Worst Bias of Departing CNN Reporter Jessica Yellin http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/worst-bias-departing-cnn-reporter-jessica-yellin <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/2013-03-01-cnn-yellin-obama.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />Jessica Yellin is <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/jessica-yellin-leaving-cnn_b199554">leaving CNN</a> after six years at the network. Yellin was CNN's White House correspondent for two years before moving to chief domestic affairs correspondent. &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> </p><div class='signature'><p>— Matt Hadro is a News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/matthadro" target="_blank">Follow Matt Hadro on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/worst-bias-departing-cnn-reporter-jessica-yellin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CNN Jessica Yellin Media Bias Debate Wed, 09 Oct 2013 22:50:11 +0000 matt.hadro 44685 at http://www.mrc.org Nothing to See Here: CNN's Toobin Denies Media Bias In Gosnell Blackout http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nothing-see-here-cnns-toobin-denies-media-bias-gosnell-blackout <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> On Friday's <em>Anderson Cooper 360</em>, hours after CNN finally covered the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell for the first time in weeks, CNN's legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scoffed at the notion of a liberal media bias responsible for the cover-up.<br /> <br /> "Well, the people making those criticisms by and large are conservatives, who are saying the liberal media is trying to protect abortion rights by not showing this horror show. <strong>I don't buy that at all</strong>," Toobin asserted. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nothing-see-here-cnns-toobin-denies-media-bias-gosnell-blackout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Abortion Bias by Omission CNN Jeffrey Toobin Kermit Gosnell Media Bias Debate Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:14:06 +0000 matt.hadro 43208 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Barely Mentioned Gosnell Trial for Weeks; Spent 45 Times More Coverage on Brad Paisley-LL Cool J Song http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/cnn-barely-mentioned-gosnell-trial-weeks-spent-45-times-more-coverage-brad-paisley-ll-c <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/2013-04-09-CNN-Tapper-Paisley.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />From the March 18 beginning of the Kermit Gosnell trial until April 12, CNN devoted exactly 24 seconds to the former abortionist's clinic of horrors. In contrast, the network spent over 18 minutes on Tuesday discussing the controversy over Brad Paisley and LL Cool J's song "Accidental Racist." </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/cnn-barely-mentioned-gosnell-trial-weeks-spent-45-times-more-coverage-brad-paisley-ll-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers News Analysis Division Abortion Bias by Omission CNN Jake Tapper Kermit Gosnell Media Bias Debate Fri, 12 Apr 2013 20:40:04 +0000 matt.hadro 43183 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Panel Whitewashes Media Bias on Gay Marriage; 'In the Middle' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-panel-whitewashes-media-bias-gay-marriage-middle <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 style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-04-02-CNN-ReliableSources-Rubin.JPG" height="135" width="240" />Sunday's <em>Reliable Sources</em> was absurdly generous to the media for their coverage of the same-sex marriage debate, calling them "in the middle" and denying having seen any "rudeness" toward social conservatives.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-panel-whitewashes-media-bias-gay-marriage-middle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CNN Howard Kurtz Jennifer Rubin John Aravosis Media Bias Debate Reliable Sources Same-Sex Marriage Tue, 02 Apr 2013 22:47:35 +0000 matt.hadro 43075 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Catches Obama's Falsehood on Sequester; Networks Barely Report It http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-catches-obamas-falsehood-sequester-networks-barely-report-it <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/2013-03-01-CNN-Bash-Obama.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />CNN's Dana Bash fact-checked President Obama's falsehood about the sequester on Friday, but the major networks didn't exactly follow CNN's lead in reporting the distortion that Capitol Hill janitors and police would receive a pay cut because of the sequester.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-catches-obamas-falsehood-sequester-networks-barely-report-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Bias by Omission Budget cbs CNN Dana Bash economy Media Bias Debate NBC sequester Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:05:52 +0000 matt.hadro 42817 at http://www.mrc.org Anderson Cooper to Receive GLAAD's 'Vito Russo Award' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/anderson-cooper-receive-glaads-vito-russo-award <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/2013-02-12-CNN-Cooper.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="240" height="135" /> CNN's getting more love from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as prime-time host Anderson Cooper <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/anderson-cooper-to-receive-glaad-award_b168021">will be honored</a> at the organization's upcoming Media Awards for his work as an "openly gay media professional" in "promoting equality."<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/anderson-cooper-receive-glaads-vito-russo-award" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anderson Cooper CNN GLAAD Media Bias Debate Fri, 22 Feb 2013 13:10:02 +0000 matt.hadro 42713 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's Lemon Insists Gun Rant 'Wasn't Advocacy,' Compares Gay Rights to Civil Rights http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-lemon-insists-gun-rant-wasnt-advocacy-compares-gay-rights-civil-rights <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/2012-12-17-CNN-Lemon-Guns.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="240" height="135" />After the Newtown shooting, CNN anchor Don Lemon <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2012/12/17/cnns-lemon-goes-anti-gun-tirade-calls-assault-weapons-ban">cried</a> that "We need to get guns and bullets and automatic weapons off the streets," but he still insisted it "wasn't advocacy" and that he's "about accuracy and the truth," in an <a href="http://www.dallasvoice.com/don-lemon%E2%80%88gay-rights-civil-rights-10137593.html">interview</a</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-lemon-insists-gun-rant-wasnt-advocacy-compares-gay-rights-civil-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CNN Don Lemon Gun Control Guns Homosexuality Media Bias Debate Same-Sex Marriage Wed, 20 Feb 2013 23:08:02 +0000 matt.hadro 42699 at http://www.mrc.org