Bias by the Numbers http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/38/all en Oil and Gas Prices Drop, But Nets Refuse to Credit Fracking in 93% of Stories http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks’ evening shows rarely admit contribution of drilling technology to booming U.S. production. </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/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/131355" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Thanks in part to the widespread use of technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, global oil prices plummeted in 2014. <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-12/u-s-nears-energy-independence-by-2035-on-shale-boom-iea-says.html">Energy experts</a> even predicted the U.S. could be the top oil producer in the next several years.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/oil-and-gas-prices-drop-nets-refuse-credit-fracking-93-stories" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Energy International Media abc cbs domestic oil production Fracking gas gas prices hydraulic fracturing NBC oil oil drilling Oil Prices oil supply OPEC Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:15:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47837 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, NBC Ignore Economy as Voters’ Top Concern in Post-Election Analysis http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/abc-nbc-ignore-economy-voters-top-concern-post-election-analysis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Exit polls showed economy weighing on voters&#039; minds, but networks ignored it in 84 percent of stories. </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/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/130550" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">The Republican “wave” in the Nov. 4, 2014, midterm elections had many reasons, but at least one was dissatisfaction with the economy. While, the three broadcast networks acknowledged the elections were bad for Democrats, they mostly ignored the economy and its impact on the election.</p><p dir="ltr">Instead, now that Republicans hold a majority of seats in the House of Representatives and the Senate, the networks have chosen to preach bipartisanship.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/abc-nbc-ignore-economy-voters-top-concern-post-election-analysis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Economy Government Media Politics abc broadcast networks cbs economy election exit polls GOP NBC Polling post-election analysis voter sentiment Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:23:29 +0000 julia.seymour 47612 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd Pushes W.H. Talking Points On Ebola: They’re ‘Very Concerned About These Mandatory Quarantines’ http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/chuck-todd-pushes-wh-talking-points-ebola-theyre-very-concerned-about-these-mandatory-q <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 style="text-align: left;">On Sunday morning,&nbsp;<em>Meet the Press</em>&nbsp;moderator Chuck Todd appeared on NBC’s&nbsp;<em>Today</em>&nbsp;to discuss the politics of Ebola in the upcoming midterm elections.&nbsp;</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/bias-numbers/chuck-todd-pushes-wh-talking-points-ebola-theyre-very-concerned-about-these-mandatory-q" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers News Analysis Division Chuck Todd Ebola Lester Holt NBC Today Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:31:04 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47454 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Barely Notice White House War on Women’s Pay http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/networks-barely-notice-white-house-war-womens-pay <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After puffing up Obama as equal pay champion, roughly 95 percent of stories on pay disparity mentioning Obama ignore White House wage gap. </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><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/129998" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Obama has been a champion of equal pay for women, at least according to his administration and the network news media.</p><p dir="ltr">The broadcast networks boosted his image on the subject throughout his presidency, from the first bill he signed into law in 2009 to a September 2014 speech mentioning “equal pay.” ABC said Obama waged an “assault” on the pay gap with an executive order over salary disclosures, while CBS said he “boosts equal pay for women.”</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/bias-numbers/networks-barely-notice-white-house-war-womens-pay" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Economy Government Labor Media Politics abc Barack Obama cbs discrimination Economics equal pay gender Hypocrisy NBC pay disparity Pay Gap President Obama wage gap War on Women White House White House wage gap Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:30:12 +0000 julia.seymour 47416 at http://www.mrc.org Ebola: Networks 91% Confident Travel Screenings are Sufficient http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/ebola-networks-91-confident-travel-screenings-are-sufficient <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> But in 2010 Obama administration killed tougher regulations proponents called ‘critical.’ </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/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/129787" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">Is the U.S. government doing enough to screen travelers potentially carrying Ebola into the country?</p><p dir="ltr">That question was ignored by the vast majority of stories on the three broadcast network’s news programming, even after Thomas Eric Duncan was diagnosed with Ebola after coming to the U.S. from Liberia. Duncan died from the disease in a Dallas hospital on Oct. 8.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/ebola-networks-91-confident-travel-screenings-are-sufficient" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Government Health International Media abc airport screening cbs CDC disease Ebola HHS NBC Obama Administration quarantine travel restrictions travel screening Thu, 09 Oct 2014 13:40:04 +0000 julia.seymour 47345 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Confident in CDC over Ebola, 98 Percent Ignore Agency Failures http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/networks-confident-cdc-over-ebola-98-percent-ignore-agency-failures <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Only 1 of 54 stories express concern about CDC’s competency, handling of dangerous diseases. </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/joseph-rossell">Joseph Rossell</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/129669" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr">In spite of revelations in recent months the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mishandled strains of deadly bird flu, anthrax and botulism, the broadcast networks remained confident the government’s “disease detectives” could handle the Ebola outbreak.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/networks-confident-cdc-over-ebola-98-percent-ignore-agency-failures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Government Health Media abc anthrax cbs CDC disease disease detectives Ebola Evening News government agencies government failure infection Jon LaPook NBC Nightly News outbreak Rep. Fred Upton scientists World News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:09:27 +0000 julia.seymour 47283 at http://www.mrc.org Major Papers 15-1 against For-Profit Education http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/major-papers-15-1-against-profit-education <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> New York Times, USA Today, LA Times echo liberal attacks. </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/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Obama administration continues its push to regulate for-profit colleges and national media outlets have joined in and overwhelmingly taken the side of bigger government. </p> <p>Three top newspapers – The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today – portrayed for-profit education negatively by a factor of 15-1 in roughly three years of news coverage. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/major-papers-15-1-against-profit-education" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Education Government Media Politics APSCU Barack Obama Chronicle of Higher Education College Corinthian Colleges Democracy Alliance Department of Education education education industry for-profit colleges for-profit schools gainful employment Glenn Kessler Inside Higher Ed Los Angeles Times open society foundations Regulation Sen. Harkin soros Statistics the New York Times university USA Today young invincibles Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:04:33 +0000 julia.seymour 46992 at http://www.mrc.org Network Coverage of ‘Extreme Weather’ Up Nearly 1,000 Percent http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/network-coverage-extreme-weather-nearly-1000-percent <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Ten years ago ABC, CBS and NBC barely used the phrase, now they go to extremes despite scientific disagreement. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">A “bizarre cold snap” is hitting the U.S. and the media have already begun to draw comparisons to the polar vortex. It is only a matter of time before the networks resume panic over “extreme weather.”</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/network-coverage-extreme-weather-nearly-1000-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Climate Change Environment Media abc Al Gore Al Roker an inconvenient truth Barack Obama cbs Climate Change Dan Harris Diane Sawyer extreme weather Global Warming Joe Bastardi john christy Mark Phillips natural disaster NBC network news Peter Alexander weather events weather reports Tue, 15 Jul 2014 20:57:06 +0000 julia.seymour 46699 at http://www.mrc.org New York Times Touts ‘Plain Packaging,’ Downplays Impact of Taxes on Tobacco http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/new-york-times-touts-plain-packaging-downplays-impact-taxes-tobacco <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Business story supports pro-regulatory position of Times editorial board which attacked tobacco 24 times in two years. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The New York Times thinks regulations like tobacco packaging laws will reduce smoking, but a recent business story on the subject made that case while downplaying other factors.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/new-york-times-touts-plain-packaging-downplays-impact-taxes-tobacco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Government Health International Media Taxes Australia cigarettes Editorials New York Times news opinion writing plain packaging laws Regulation Smoking taxes tobacco tobacco consumption tobacco packaging Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:46:39 +0000 julia.seymour 46558 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Nourished Anti-Vaccine Hysteria With 171 Stories on Debunked Autism Link http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/networks-nourished-anti-vaccine-hysteria-171-stories-debunked-autism-link <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS and NBC kept debate alive while children died from drop in vaccinations. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Despite the rise in deaths from preventable childhood diseases, the networks spent the last 15 years fueling speculation that vaccines cause autism. Just in the past seven years more than 1,300 died from such diseases, according to CDC data.</p><p dir="ltr">The medical community widely refuted such claims and the medical journal that once published the study later retracted it. But for years the broadcast networks continued to report on the alleged connection between vaccines and autism.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/networks-nourished-anti-vaccine-hysteria-171-stories-debunked-autism-link" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Health Media autism childhood diseases childhood vaccines conspiracy Jenny McCarthy measles MMR outbreaks vaccination vaccines wakefield study Thu, 15 May 2014 13:23:59 +0000 julia.seymour 46260 at http://www.mrc.org Obamacare Stories Ignore Taxes, Penalties 88 Percent of the Time http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/obamacare-stories-ignore-taxes-penalties-88-percent-time <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Even in tax season, Obamacare-related taxes barely mentioned by evening news shows. </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 federal tax filing deadline has arrived. Tax season, when H&amp;R Block commercials are as inescapable as news how-to segments about filing taxes, is nearly over.</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/bias-numbers/obamacare-stories-ignore-taxes-penalties-88-percent-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Government Health Media Politics Taxes deadlines employer mandate Evening News excise taxes Health Care Health Insurance individual mandate IRS Nightly News obamacare penalties Tax Day tax season taxes World News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:16:39 +0000 julia.seymour 46005 at http://www.mrc.org 98 Percent of Networks Jobs Stories Ignore High Black Unemployment http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/98-percent-networks-jobs-stories-ignore-high-black-unemployment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Despite bipartisan outrage, NBC gives just 10 seconds to jobs crisis while ABC, CBS remain silent. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">There is a jobs crisis in the U.S. that is going virtually unnoticed by the broadcast networks. The unemployment rate for African Americans towers over the national average, upsetting conservatives and liberals.</p><p dir="ltr">In spite of bipartisan outrage, the three broadcast networks gave just 10 seconds combined to the black unemployment rate around the monthly jobs reports in the past year. Liberal Rev. Jesse Jackson was one of many frustrated people. He has complained that “the media [is] dismissing it as not important.”</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/98-percent-networks-jobs-stories-ignore-high-black-unemployment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Economy Media abc African American unemployment bipartisan black unemployment BLS cbs economic crisis high unemployment Jesse Jackson jobs jobs crisis jobs data jobs reports Minimum Wage minority unemployment NBC Thomas Sowell unemployment walter williams Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:38:03 +0000 julia.seymour 45919 at http://www.mrc.org ‘The Mentalist’ Relies on Misleading Anti-Fracking Propaganda http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/mentalist-relies-misleading-anti-fracking-propaganda <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CBS crime drama revolves around corrupt natural gas company, uses gimmick of flammable water. </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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Natural gas companies are guilty, whether or not they actually committed a crime, at least, when it comes Hollywood plotlines.</p><p dir="ltr">The March 16 episode of CBS’ “The Mentalist,” with the provocative title “Grey Water” focused on the murder of an anti-fracking activist and featured a natural gas drilling company as prime suspect through the episode. While the company was eventually cleared of the murder, “The Mentalist” still relied on hackneyed clichés about the natural gas industry, portraying it as corrupt and responsible for flammable water.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/mentalist-relies-misleading-anti-fracking-propaganda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Art & Entertainment Business Environment Media anti-fracking cbs Corruption crime drama fiction flaming water flammable water Fracking gas companies hydraulic fracturing methane natural gas the mentalist TV shows Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:58:42 +0000 julia.seymour 45782 at http://www.mrc.org Comcast Goes Further Left, Helps Fund JournoLister Ezra Klein’s $10M Startup http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/comcast-goes-further-left-helps-fund-journolister-ezra-kleins-10m-startup <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MSNBC parent had liberal on network 90 times in past year. </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/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Apparently MSNBC wasn’t liberal enough for Comcast. Its division <a href="http://www.comcastventures.com/focus">Comcast Ventures</a> is funding liberal blogger Ezra Klein’s new startup. Klein, the boy wonder of left-wing journalism, is famous for creating a list of liberal media who planned how to spin the news called JournoList. </p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/comcast-goes-further-left-helps-fund-journolister-ezra-kleins-10m-startup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Media Politics Comcast ezra klein JournoList Vox Media Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:20:46 +0000 dan.gainor 45518 at http://www.mrc.org $500 Billion of Bias: Networks Ignore Farm Bill Waste, Abuse in Every Single Story http://www.mrc.org/bias-numbers/500-billion-bias-networks-ignore-farm-bill-waste-abuse-every-single-story <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS and NBC worry over impact of not passing a farm bill, ignore need for reform. </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">In spite of the massive half-trillion dollar price tag, the farm bill didn’t get much attention from the broadcast network news shows, although a compromise version may get congressional approval very soon.</p><p dir="ltr">Since Jan. 1, 2013, when they reported that the nation was facing a “milk cliff” in which dairy prices would skyrocket if a farm bill wasn’t passed, ABC, CBS and NBC network news programs only mentioned “farm bill” in 20 reports. The vast majority (16 stories) of those reports aired on CBS.</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/bias-numbers/500-billion-bias-networks-ignore-farm-bill-waste-abuse-every-single-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bias by the Numbers MRC Business Business Government Media Politics Taxes abc abuse Budget cbs congress dairy prices farm bill farm subsidies Food Stamps milk NBC reform waste Thu, 30 Jan 2014 15:28:59 +0000 julia.seymour 45425 at http://www.mrc.org