Margaret Thatcher http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/22493/all en MSNBC Savaged Thatcher When She Died, But Now Matthews Insists It’s ‘Not Nice’ to Attack Dead Leaders http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-savaged-thatcher-when-she-died-now-matthews-insists-its-not-nice-attack-dead-leader <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="/sites/default/files/uploads/Matthews2%5B1%5D.jpg" width="300" />An indignant Chris Matthews on Monday took internet attacks on the late Nelson Mandela, allegedly from conservative commenters, and slammed the right for a lack of respect towards the South African leader: “<strong>Don’t they know that it’s not nice to make fun of a person so recently deceased, much less the world’s most honored champion of human freedom?”</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/msnbc-savaged-thatcher-when-she-died-now-matthews-insists-its-not-nice-attack-dead-leader" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews Hardball Margaret Thatcher MSNBC Nelson Mandela Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:46:59 +0000 scott.whitlock 45122 at http://www.mrc.org NY Times Doesn't Let 'Costly' Funeral Halt Criticism of 'Deeply Polarizing...Divisive' Thatcher http://www.mrc.org/articles/ny-times-doesnt-let-costly-funeral-halt-criticism-deeply-polarizingdivisive-thatcher <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 <em>New York Times</em> marked the day of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral with disrespect, with London bureau chief John Burns <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/world/europe/thatcher-funeral-does-not-diminish-miners-bitternes.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;pagewanted=all">reporting</a> from one of the last places on earth likely to offer sympathetic tribute to the prime minister who broke the left-wing coal miners' union: A mining town in the middle of England.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/ny-times-doesnt-let-costly-funeral-halt-criticism-deeply-polarizingdivisive-thatcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Alan Cowell funeral John Burns Margaret Thatcher Wed, 17 Apr 2013 17:44:55 +0000 clay.waters 43223 at http://www.mrc.org As Britain Says Goodbye, Networks Tout Ugly Attacks on 'Polarizing,' 'Divisive' Margaret Thatcher http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/britain-says-goodbye-networks-tout-ugly-attacks-polarizing-divisive-margaret-thatcher <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 days leading up to Margaret Thatcher's funeral on Wednesday, the three networks repeatedly hyped hateful, ugly attacks on the former Prime Minister of Britain, describing her as a "polarizing," "divisive" figure. On&nbsp;<em>Rock Center</em>, his low-rated Friday night show, Brian Williams explained that it was "sad, but necessary to report" that, while Americans may like Thatcher, "<strong>It's been a harsh couple of days ...Tonight, the number one song on iTunes in Great Britain is the&nbsp;<em>Wizard of Oz&nbsp;</em>classic [<em>Ding Dong!</em></strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/britain-says-goodbye-networks-tout-ugly-attacks-polarizing-divisive-margaret-thatcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Britain funeral Margaret Thatcher Martin Bashir Today Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:50:49 +0000 scott.whitlock 43221 at http://www.mrc.org Thrashing Thatcher, the Brutal "Antithesis of Freedom;" MSNBC: Kids Belong to the Collective http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/thrashing-thatcher-brutal-antithesis-freedom-msnbc-kids-belong-collective <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vol. 26, No. 8 </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/documents/Apr152013.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=833969" title="Apr152013.pdf">Formatted PDF Version</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <h3><strong>Thrashing Thatcher: The Brutal “Antithesis of Freedom”</strong></h3><p><br /><img src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-04-08-CNN-Foster-Thatcher.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="267" />“This was the Prime Minister that decimated entire industries in the United Kingdom during her period in power, as she broke the miners’ unions in a push towards privatization to create a more flexible British economy, which it has become. But she decimated communities across the UK, and a lot of people absolutely despise her legacy.”</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/thrashing-thatcher-brutal-antithesis-freedom-msnbc-kids-belong-collective" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Notable Quotables News Analysis Division Al Sharpton Anti-Semitism Chris Matthews CNN Gun Control Margaret Thatcher Melissa Harris-Perry MSNBC Tea Party Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:35:19 +0000 rich.noyes 43187 at http://www.mrc.org Remembering (and Forgetting) Thatcher http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/remembering-and-forgetting-thatcher <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> The legendary British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died, and the national media tried to pay their respects, not only for breaking Britain’s “glass ceiling” with a “bruising” political style, but for transforming Britain and helping wind down the Cold War.&nbsp;</p> <p> Still, Thatcher was a conservative and one of Ronald Reagan’s staunchest friends in the world, so you can be sure these journalists were Thatcher-bashers when she was in power. Some of them were American anchors and reporters.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bozells-column/remembering-and-forgetting-thatcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bozell's Column News Analysis Division Great Britain Margaret Thatcher Ronald Reagan Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:00:37 +0000 tim.graham 43265 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC's Hayes Lauds 'Beloved' UK National Health Care as 'Great Hallmark' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-hayes-lauds-beloved-uk-national-health-care-great-hallmark <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/2013-04-MSNBC-BigHayes.jpg" style="float: right;" />On Monday's <em>All In</em> show on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes praised Britain's "beloved" national health care program as possibly "one of the great hallmarks of western social democracy," as he admitted to delivering criticism from a liberal point of view of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's administration.<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-hayes-lauds-beloved-uk-national-health-care-great-hallmark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts Economy Health Politics Taxes All In Britain Chris Hayes Margaret Thatcher MSNBC National health care Ronald Reagan Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:37:52 +0000 43146 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: Margaret Thatcher 'Too Controversial' for State Funeral; 'Dancing in the Streets' Upon Her Death http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-margaret-thatcher-too-controversial-state-funeral-dancing-streets-upon-her-death <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> During a report on Tuesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, correspondent Michelle Kosinski took gratuitous shots at Margaret Thatcher while detailing funeral plans for the former British prime minister who died Monday: <strong>"...many feel this is appropriate that it will not be a state funeral because she remains so controversial....How controversial is Thatcher still today?...in Glasgow, jubilant dancing in the streets."</strong> [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-04-09-NBC-TDAY-Kosinski.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-margaret-thatcher-too-controversial-state-funeral-dancing-streets-upon-her-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division funeral Margaret Thatcher Michelle Kosinski NBC Today Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:34:18 +0000 kyle.drennen 43139 at http://www.mrc.org Margaret Thatcher a 'Dominant Yet Divisive Figure' Who Helped 'Unravel Social Compacts' http://www.mrc.org/articles/margaret-thatcher-dominant-yet-divisive-figure-who-helped-unravel-social-compacts <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 death at 87 of former British Prime Minister and Cold War conservative icon Margaret Thatcher was marked with a respectful obituary on Tuesday's front page by Joseph Gregory: "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/world/europe/former-prime-minister-margaret-thatcher-of-britain-has-died.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;_r=0&amp;pagewanted=all">'Iron Lady' Who Set Britain on a New Course.</a>"<img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/Thatcher.jpg.crop_display.jpg" style="float: right;" height="197" width="274" /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/margaret-thatcher-dominant-yet-divisive-figure-who-helped-unravel-social-compacts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Alan Cowell John Burns Margaret Thatcher Obituary Tue, 09 Apr 2013 17:14:15 +0000 clay.waters 43137 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Quotes Meryl Streep, Gerry Adams as Legitimate Critics of Margaret Thatcher http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-quotes-meryl-streep-gerry-adams-legitimate-critics-margaret-thatcher <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/2013-04-08-CNN-Banfield-Quest2.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />In discussing the late Margaret Thatcher's legacy, CNN's Ashleigh Banfield gave a platform to liberal Hollywood actress Meryl Streep and former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who had ties to the IRA during Thatcher's time as British prime minister.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-quotes-meryl-streep-gerry-adams-legitimate-critics-margaret-thatcher" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Ashleigh Banfield CNN Gerry Adams Margaret Thatcher Meryl Streep Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:22:00 +0000 matt.hadro 43132 at http://www.mrc.org CNN Says Thatcher 'Decimated' British Communities, Industries http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-says-thatcher-decimated-british-communities-industries <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/2013-04-08-CNN-Foster-Thatcher.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="135" width="240" />Reporting on the late Margaret Thatcher's legacy on Monday, CNN correspondent Max Foster hyped that she "decimated entire industries" in Britain and "decimated communities across the UK." He also cited Gerry Adams, the public face of the IRA for decades, as a valid critic of Thatcher -- <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-quotes-meryl-streep-gerry-adams-legitimate-critics-margaret-thatcher">as did</a> CNN anchor Ashleigh B</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-says-thatcher-decimated-british-communities-industries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CNN Margaret Thatcher Max Foster Starting Point Tue, 09 Apr 2013 13:15:02 +0000 matt.hadro 43131 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC's Richard Wolffe: Margaret Thatcher's Actions Were the 'Antithesis of Freedom' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-richard-wolffe-margaret-thatchers-actions-were-antithesis-freedom <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>MSNBC continued the bashing of Margaret Thatcher on Monday. Richard Wolffe, a British journalist and editor of the network's website, smeared the late prime minister as "the antithesis of freedom" when it came to how she dealt with her domestic enemies. The liberal reporter sneered that the Conservative politician "hurt working families and working people."&nbsp;<em>Now</em>&nbsp;host Alex Wagner even went so far as to quote arch-socialist&nbsp;<a href="http://socialistunity.com/a-tribute-to-ken-livingstone/#.UWMXIZOHuSo">Ken Livingstone</a>&nbsp;while attacking Thatcher.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-richard-wolffe-margaret-thatchers-actions-were-antithesis-freedom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Alex Wagner Margaret Thatcher MSNBC Richard Wolffe Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:03:54 +0000 scott.whitlock 43127 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Uses Margaret Thatcher as 'Perfect Segue' to Promote Hillary Clinton in 2016 http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-uses-margaret-thatcher-perfect-segue-promote-hillary-clinton-2016 <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> Appearing on Monday's <em>Today</em>, Abby Huntsman, daughter of former presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, offered kind words eulogizing Margaret Thatcher: "What we know about Margaret Thatcher is she's a woman with so much courage...She really sticks to her convictions, and that's rare today. I think she really paved the way for women in politics....her legacy will be remembered forever." [<em>Listen to <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012/2013-04-08-NBC-TDAY-Panel.mp3">the audio</a></em>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-uses-margaret-thatcher-perfect-segue-promote-hillary-clinton-2016" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2016 Hillary Clinton Margaret Thatcher NBC Today Mon, 08 Apr 2013 18:30:58 +0000 kyle.drennen 43124 at http://www.mrc.org CBS on 'Plunder-Woman' Margaret Thatcher: 'Contentious'; 'Reviled and Revered'; 'Bullying Style' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-plunder-woman-margaret-thatcher-contentious-reviled-and-revered-bullying-style <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="/sites/default/files/uploads/2013-04-08-CBS-CTM-Thatcher.JPG" style="float: right;" height="133" width="240" />Monday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> played up the domestic critics of Margaret Thatcher as they covered the breaking news of her death.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-plunder-woman-margaret-thatcher-contentious-reviled-and-revered-bullying-style" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning Elizabeth Palmer Margaret Thatcher Mark Phillips Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:33:42 +0000 matthew.balan 43123 at http://www.mrc.org After Learning of Her Death, MSNBC's Bashir Trashes Thatcher: 'Divisive, Selfish' Instigated 'Race Riots' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/after-learning-her-death-msnbcs-bashir-trashes-thatcher-divisive-selfish-instigated-race- <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> <div id="content-inner"><p>Leave it to MSNBC to bring an ultra-liberal daytime host to make the first comments following the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Speaking with host Chuck Todd and the BBC’s Katty Kay on <em>The Daily Rundown</em>, Bashir sharply smeared the legacy of the Iron Lady, calling her tenure very divisive and one that promoted selfishness.&nbsp;</p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/after-learning-her-death-msnbcs-bashir-trashes-thatcher-divisive-selfish-instigated-race-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Margaret Thatcher Martin Bashir MSNBC Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:51:29 +0000 scott.whitlock 43121 at http://www.mrc.org ABC: 'Controversial' Thatcher, a 'Titan' Who Was 'Both Adored and Vilified' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-controversial-thatcher-titan-who-was-both-adored-and-vilified <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's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America&nbsp;</em>on Monday broke into live coverage to report that the "controversial" "titan" Margaret Thatcher had died. The morning show's reporters highlighted both her conservative beliefs, for which she was "vilified," and compared her to Winston Churchill.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-controversial-thatcher-titan-who-was-both-adored-and-vilified" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Good Morning America Margaret Thatcher Mon, 08 Apr 2013 15:31:36 +0000 scott.whitlock 43120 at http://www.mrc.org