Jeff Zeleny http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/19444/all en Networks Finally Notice IRS's 'Black Eye' Due to 'Lost' Lois Lerner E-Mails http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-finally-notice-irss-black-eye-due-lost-lois-lerner-e-mails <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="width: 280px; height: 157px; float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-06-20-NBC-Williams_large.JPG" />The Big Three networks' Friday evening newscasts finally noticed the latest development in the IRS scandal (they <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/lois-lerners-hard-drive-destroyed-big-three-evening-newscasts-ignore">omitted it</a> on Thursday), after Rep. Paul Ryan grilled Commissioner John Koskinen earlier in the day.</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/networks-finally-notice-irss-black-eye-due-lost-lois-lerner-e-mails" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News David Muir IRS Jeff Zeleny John Koskinen Lois Lerner Nancy Cordes NBC NBC Nightly News Paul Ryan Sharyn Alfonsi World News Sat, 21 Jun 2014 03:52:52 +0000 matthew.balan 46521 at http://www.mrc.org ABC’s This Week Promotes Democrat Al Franken: ‘Traded in Comedy for Politics’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-week-promotes-democrat-al-franken-traded-comedy-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/jeffrey-meyer">Jeffrey Meyer</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>ABC’s&nbsp;<em>This Week</em>&nbsp;hosted Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) for his first Sunday show interview and used the opportunity to promote his 2014 reelection for Senate yet provided no critics for his reelection bid.&nbsp;</p><p>Being interviewed by ABC’s Jeff Zeleny,&nbsp;<strong>Franken was hyped as having “the most famous laugh in politics. But these days, Al Franken is delivering a different kind of punch line.”</strong>&nbsp;</p><p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/126899" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></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/abcs-week-promotes-democrat-al-franken-traded-comedy-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Al Franken George Stephanopoulos Jeff Zeleny This Week Mon, 05 May 2014 14:09:29 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46165 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Touts Elizabeth Warren's 'Middle-Class Manifesto,' While Channeling Hillary Is 'Iconic' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-touts-elizabeth-warrens-middle-class-manifesto-while-channeling-hillary-iconic <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>Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has been making the rounds on television promoting her new book “A Fighting Chance” and ABC’s&nbsp;<em>This Week With George Stephanopoulos&nbsp;</em>was the latest to promote the liberal senator on Sunday April 27.</p><p>Prior to her interview with host George Stephanopoulos, ABC’s Jeff Zeleny narrated a report on Warren in which he gushed over how&nbsp;<strong>“Warren’s tough take on Wall Street has made her a folk hero on the left” and hyped how “hopeful Democrats are lining up, eagerly awaiting the first female president."</strong></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/abc-touts-elizabeth-warrens-middle-class-manifesto-while-channeling-hillary-iconic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Elizabeth Warren George Stephanopoulos Jeff Zeleny This Week Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:20:04 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 46101 at http://www.mrc.org CBS, NBC Evening Newscasts Omit IRS Tax Cheats Getting Bonuses; Mark 1964 World's Fair http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-nbc-evening-newscasts-omit-irs-tax-cheats-getting-bonuses-mark-1964-worlds-fair <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="width: 240px; height: 135px; float: right; margin-left: 2px; margin-right: 2px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-04-22-ABC-IRS_Graphic_large.JPG" />Tuesday's <em>World News</em> on ABC stood out as the only Big Three network evening newscast to cover a new "watchdog report" that found that the IRS "<strong>handed out more than $1 million in bonuses to employees who were delinquent on their federal taxes</strong>." Jeff Zeleny also pointed out how "<strong>more than 1,000 IRS workers, who didn't pay their taxes, received not only cash bonuses, but extra ti</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/cbs-nbc-evening-newscasts-omit-irs-tax-cheats-getting-bonuses-mark-1964-worlds-fair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News CBS This Morning Good Morning America Harry Smith IRS Jeff Zeleny Nancy Cordes NBC NBC Nightly News Scott Pelley Tamron Hall Today World News Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:29:06 +0000 matthew.balan 46080 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's S.E. Cupp, Liberal Brazile Agree: 'Conservatives Have Got to Move On Gay Marriage' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-se-cupp-liberal-brazile-agree-conservatives-have-got-move-gay-marriage <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/2014-04-20-ABC-Cupp_large.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />On Sunday's <em>This Week</em> on ABC, CNN's S.E. Cupp called on social conservative Christians to drop their opposition to same-sex "marriage" and adoption: "<strong>I will say conservatives have got to move on gay marriage</strong>....[and] <strong>on gay adoption. If abortion is the abhorrent option – and I believe it is – then adoption by any two loving people has got to be the better option</strong>."<br /> </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-se-cupp-liberal-brazile-agree-conservatives-have-got-move-gay-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc abortionGwenMoore Bill Kristol CNN Conservatives Donna Brazile Jeff Zeleny Marriage Martha Raddatz S.E. Cupp This Week Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:51:38 +0000 matthew.balan 46052 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Reminds: Congressman Caught in an Affair Is 'Conservative' and a 'Republican' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-reminds-congressman-caught-affair-conservative-and-republican <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>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;reporters on Tuesday reminded viewers that a Congressman who has been caught in an alleged affair with a staffer is a "conservative Republican."&nbsp;<em>GMA</em>, which is co-hosted by former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos, also included a network graphic that hyped: "<strong>Conservative Asks for Forgiveness." [MP3 audio&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-04-08-ABC-GMA-McAllister.mp3">here</a>.]</strong></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/abc-reminds-congressman-caught-affair-conservative-and-republican" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Jeff Zeleny Republicans Vance McAllister Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:13:58 +0000 scott.whitlock 45955 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore GOP Response to SOTU, But Publicize GOP Congressman Threatening a Reporter http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-ignore-gop-response-sotu-publicize-gop-congressman-threatening-reporter <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/2014-01-29-NBC-NN-Williams.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="240" height="135" />On Wednesday evening's newscasts, the networks all hyped GOP congressman Michael Grimm (N.Y.) threatening a reporter after Tuesday's State of the Union address while skipping the Republican response to the address entirely.<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/networks-ignore-gop-response-sotu-publicize-gop-congressman-threatening-reporter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs Evening News Jeff Zeleny Michael Grimm NBC Nightly News State of the Union World News Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:53:13 +0000 matt.hadro 45432 at http://www.mrc.org Advocacy: ABC Targets Congressional GOPers Who Voted Against Reopening Government http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/advocacy-abc-targets-congressional-gopers-who-voted-against-reopening-government <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>ABC on Thursday night took a victory lap in its effort to blame congressional Republicans for the government shutdown.&nbsp;<em>World News</em>&nbsp;reporter Jeff Zeleny and other journalists at the network phoned all the House and Senate GOP members who opposed the deal to reopen the federal government. These reporters demanded to know if the lawmakers would give back the salary they earned during the 16-day shutdown.</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/advocacy-abc-targets-congressional-gopers-who-voted-against-reopening-government" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress GOP House Jeff Zeleny Republicans shutdown Fri, 18 Oct 2013 21:33:57 +0000 scott.whitlock 44764 at http://www.mrc.org Shutdown Showdown: ABC Predicts GOP Will 'Blink First'; NBC Hypes Closed Museums http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/shutdown-showdown-abc-predicts-gop-will-blink-first-nbc-hypes-closed-museums <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>All three networks on Tuesday morning hyped the partial government shutdown with reports from closed museums in Washington D.C. and live shots of the Statue of Liberty. The journalists of ABC's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America&nbsp;</em>informed Americans that Republicans would probably "blink first" in the stand-off with the White House and congressional Democrats.</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/shutdown-showdown-abc-predicts-gop-will-blink-first-nbc-hypes-closed-museums" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Jeff Zeleny NBC Republicans shutdown Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:56:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 44609 at http://www.mrc.org ABC's Jeff Zeleny Finds GOP 'Cracks Emerging'-- From Rep Who Already Opposed Shutdown http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-jeff-zeleny-finds-gop-cracks-emerging-rep-who-already-opposed-shutdown <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>ABC reporter Jeff Zeleny on Tuesday afternoon excitedly told viewers that "cracks" are "emerging" in the Republican opposition to the government shutdown. His example of this? A GOP congressman&nbsp;<em>already</em>&nbsp;on record&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-leadership/wp/2013/09/23/rep-scott-rigell-the-lone-house-republican/">opposing a shutdown</a>. Following live coverage of Barack Obama's speech, the journalist related, "But a couple cracks emerging, including a congressman from Virginia, a military district, Scott Rigell. He says, 'enough is enough.</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/abcs-jeff-zeleny-finds-gop-cracks-emerging-rep-who-already-opposed-shutdown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Jeff Zeleny Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:00:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 44606 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Still Boosting Wendy Davis' 'Epic' Pro-Abortion Filibuster Almost A Week Later http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-still-boosting-wendy-davis-epic-pro-abortion-filibuster-almost-week-later <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/2013-06-30-ABC-Zeleny_large.JPG" style="float: right;" height="133" width="240" />The Big Three networks still can't get enough of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, nearly a week after her extended filibuster against pro-life legislation on June 25, 2013.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-still-boosting-wendy-davis-epic-pro-abortion-filibuster-almost-week-later" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Abortion Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning David Gregory Face The Nation Janet Shamlian Jeff Zeleny Manuel Bojorquez Meet the Press NBC Rick Perry Texas This Week Wendy Davis Mon, 01 Jul 2013 22:17:58 +0000 matthew.balan 43947 at http://www.mrc.org ABC and NBC Hype 'Stunning' Retirement of 'Lightning Rod' Michele Bachmann http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-hype-stunning-retirement-lightning-rod-michele-bachmann <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="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-05-29-ABC-WN-Bachmann.JPG" width="300" /></p><p>ABC and NBC on Wednesday night continued to hype the "stunning" retirement of "lightning rod" Michele Bachmann.&nbsp;<em>World News</em>&nbsp;reporter Jeff Zeleny noted that although the politician "rode the Tea Party wave," her "words often created trouble." </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-hype-stunning-retirement-lightning-rod-michele-bachmann" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrea Mitchell Jeff Zeleny Michele Bachmann NBC Thu, 30 May 2013 17:04:23 +0000 scott.whitlock 43706 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Touts 'Slamming' of Anti-Gun Control Senator at Town Hall, But Mocked 'Ugly' Tea Partiers http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-touts-slamming-anti-gun-control-senator-town-hall-mocked-ugly-tea-partiers <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="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-05-03-ABC-GMA-guns.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" /></p><p><em>Good Morning America's</em>&nbsp;Jeff Zeleny on Friday hyped a Senator being "slammed" by pro-gun control voices at a town hall. Yet, the same network back in 2009 worried about Tea Party town halls "getting ugly." </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-touts-slamming-anti-gun-control-senator-town-hall-mocked-ugly-tea-partiers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Good Morning America Gun Control Jeff Zeleny Tea Party Fri, 03 May 2013 19:48:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 43468 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Foams Over 'Racial' Gaffe By Republican Congressman: 11 References to GOP in Two Minutes http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-foams-over-racial-gaffe-republican-congressman-11-references-gop-two-minutes <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 reporters and hosts of&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America&nbsp;</em>really want you to know something: Don Young is a Republican. The ABC morning show on Saturday featured 11 mentions of the Congressman's party affiliation in a span of just two minutes. Young referred to "wetbacks" in an interview last week. An ABC graphic blared, "Congressman uses racist term."</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-foams-over-racial-gaffe-republican-congressman-11-references-gop-two-minutes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Don Young GOP Jeff Zeleny Racism Republicans Mon, 01 Apr 2013 16:46:20 +0000 scott.whitlock 43060 at http://www.mrc.org Sunday New York Times Full of 'Far Right' Labels for Congressional Republicans http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sunday-new-york-times-full-far-right-labels-congressional-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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The headline and <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/politics/top-gop-donors-seek-greater-say-in-senate-races.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;pagewanted=all">lead story</a> in Sunday's <em>New York Times </em>warned of "far right" Republicans. Jeff Zeleny (pictured) is more balanced than most <em>Times p</em>olitical reporters, but has a bad habit of "<a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nytimes-again-finds-far-right-wing-gop-yet-locate-dems-far-left-wing">far right</a>" labeling. The headline: "Top G.O.P.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sunday-new-york-times-full-far-right-labels-congressional-republicans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts ashley parker Far Right Jeff Zeleny Labeling Tue, 05 Feb 2013 01:19:09 +0000 clay.waters 42506 at http://www.mrc.org