Campaign2012 http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/409/all en NYTimes Twice Ties Right-Leaning ALEC to Trayvon Martin Case; 'Risks of Focusing on Social Issues' http://www.mrc.org/articles/nytimes-twice-ties-right-leaning-alec-trayvon-martin-case-risks-focusing-social-issues <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>New York Times reporter Michael Cooper, who did not hide <a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/michael-cooper-mocks-mccain-three-stories">his disdain</a> for Republican candidate John McCain in 2008, sees an internal threat for Republicans hidden in "the recent flurry of socially conservative legislation" emanating from state legislatures in his Saturday lead, "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/21/us/politics/republicans-concerned-over-state-focus-on-social-issues.html?ref=todayspaper&amp;pagewanted=all">Concern In G.O.P.</a></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/nytimes-twice-ties-right-leaning-alec-trayvon-martin-case-risks-focusing-social-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch ALEC Campaign2012 Michael Cooper Mike McIntire Social Conservatives Tue, 24 Apr 2012 14:47:21 +0000 clay.waters 39903 at http://www.mrc.org Cooper Basks in 'Obama Camp's Delight' Over Romney Struggles http://www.mrc.org/articles/cooper-basks-obama-camps-delight-over-romney-struggles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Helene Cooper: &quot;Both moments were perceived by the Obama re-election campaign as another gift from Mr. Romney - now dubbed &#039;the gift that keeps on giving&#039; by some on the Obama team.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Potential Obama opponent Mitt Romney is 'the gift that keeps on giving' according to the Obama campaign team, the New York Times' Helene Cooper eagerly reports in her Monday 'Political Memo,' '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/us/politics/obama-campaign-on-lookout-for-romney-flubs.html?hp ">The Flub Watch Never Stops for Obama's Team</a>.' The text box reads: 'If Romney makes a misstep, the Democrats are ready to pounce.' And Cooper is right there to cover Team Ohama's glorious Twitter victories in loving detail.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/cooper-basks-obama-camps-delight-over-romney-struggles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BarackObama Campaign2012 HeleneCooper liberalmediabias MittRomney NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Tue, 07 Feb 2012 18:54:00 +0000 39043 at http://www.mrc.org How Dare Romney Say Obama Made Economy Worse: Reporters Rush to Prez's Defense http://www.mrc.org/articles/how-dare-romney-say-obama-made-economy-worse-reporters-rush-prezs-defense <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Reporters rush to Obama&#039;s defense: How dare Romney say Obama has made the economy worse! &quot;It was a dubious statement, because the unemployment rate fell to precisely what it was during Mr. Obama&#039;s first full month in office, February 2009, and nonideological economists agree that the stimulus actions taken by the administration and the Federal Reserve kept the recession from being worse.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New York Times reporters Trip Gabriel (pictured right) and Ashley Parker, who follow Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, respectively, teamed up for Saturday's report from Las Vegas, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/04/us/politics/in-nevada-romney-aims-at-obama-while-gingrich-aims-at-romney.html?scp=1&sq=%E2%80%9CRepublican%20Candidates%20Wrangle%20Over%20Nevada&st=cse ">Republican Candidates Wrangle Over Nevada</a>," rushing to Obama's aide after a mild attack by Mitt Romney, and accused conservatives of carrying a 'caricature' image of lefty donor George Soros. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/how-dare-romney-say-obama-made-economy-worse-reporters-rush-prezs-defense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AshleyParker BarackObama Campaign2012 economy GeorgeSoros KochBrothers liberalmediabias MittRomney NewtGingrich NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch TripGabriel Mon, 06 Feb 2012 20:19:00 +0000 39041 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Lauer Chats With Obama About GOP Candidates 'Pummeling Each Other,' Cues Obama on If Romney 'Can Identify with Middle Class?' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-lauer-chats-obama-about-gop-candidates-pummeling-each-other-cues-obama-if-romney-ca <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>Once again touting <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/2012/20120201011038.aspx">the latest cover of <em>New Yorker</em> magazine</a>, NBC <em>Today</em> co-host Matt Lauer lobbed this softball to President Obama in a pre-Super Bowl interview: "...you watching the big game on TV...on screen it's not the Patriots and the Giants. <strong>It's Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, same team, and they are pummeling each other. And look at the smile on your face there.</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-lauer-chats-obama-about-gop-candidates-pummeling-each-other-cues-obama-if-romney-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MattLauer NBC NewYorker primary Republicans Today Mon, 06 Feb 2012 15:11:00 +0000 39019 at http://www.mrc.org Slobbering Over Obama's SOTU; Appalled by "Vulgar" and "Rude" Jan Brewer http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/slobbering-over-obamas-sotu-appalled-vulgar-and-rude-jan-brewer <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Vol. 25, No. 3 </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/Feb62012.pdf" type="application/pdf; length=790729" title="Feb62012.pdf">Formatted PDF Version</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <h3><strong>Blasting "Vulgar" and "Rude" Jan Brewer</strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/notable-quotables/slobbering-over-obamas-sotu-appalled-vulgar-and-rude-jan-brewer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Notable Quotables News Analysis Division abc BarackObama BobSchieffer BrianWilliams Campaign2012 cbs JanBrewer MittRomney MSNBC NBC NewtGingrich Mon, 13 Feb 2012 02:50:43 +0000 39029 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Uses Trump Endorsement to Promote DNC Attacks on Romney http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-uses-trump-endorsement-promote-dnc-attacks-romney <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-02-02-NBC-NN-Williams.jpg" border="0" width="241" height="185" /></div> <p>Following Democratic National Committee talking points to the letter at the top of Thursday's <em>NBC Nightly News</em>, anchor Brian Williams saw Donald Trump's endorsement of Mitt Romney as an excuse to bash the Republican frontrunner: "New fallout from Mitt Romney's choice of words about the very poor, and tonight <strong>a new endorsement from a man who's catchphrase is 'You're fired.'"</strong><br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-uses-trump-endorsement-promote-dnc-attacks-romney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert BrianWilliams Campaign2012 DonaldTrump liberalmediabias MittRomney NBC NightlyNews PeterAlexander Fri, 03 Feb 2012 20:53:00 +0000 39008 at http://www.mrc.org Strange New Respect for Mormon Faith When It Comes to Amnesty for Illegals, Tweaking Romney http://www.mrc.org/articles/strange-new-respect-mormon-faith-when-it-comes-amnesty-illegals-tweaking-romney <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Suddenly it&#039;s not courageous to disagree with the leaders of your religion: &quot;Romney&#039;s Tough Immigration View Is at Odds With His Church.&quot; Religion reporter Laurie Goodstein even showed respect for Mormon theology: &quot;...it identifies with the immigrant experience, having fled persecution before settling in Utah; and it places a strong premium on keeping families intact, in this life and the next.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>After warning for years of the dangers posed by the Religious Right in politics, the New York Times is suddenly interested in injecting Mormon (and Catholic) religion into politics, at least when it comes to pet issues like amnesty for illegal immigrants. The top of Friday's National section featured religion reporter Laurie Goodstein's '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/03/us/politics/romney-immigration-position-at-odds-with-mormon-church.html?ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=all">Romney's Tough Immigration View Is at Odds With His Church</a>.'</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/strange-new-respect-mormon-faith-when-it-comes-amnesty-illegals-tweaking-romney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2012 DoubleStandards IllegalImmigration LaurieGoodstein liberalmediabias MittRomney Mormons NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Proposition8 Religion TimesWatch Utah Fri, 03 Feb 2012 18:16:00 +0000 39037 at http://www.mrc.org Meet Mitt Romney, 'Unfeeling Corporate Titan' http://www.mrc.org/articles/meet-mitt-romney-unfeeling-corporate-titan-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Well, it&#039;s slightly better than &quot;greedy titan,&quot; which is the insult Times reporters relayed in January. </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Times reporter Ashley Parker, on the Romney campaign trail, used an out-of-context remark by Mitt Romney to rehash Romney's list of rich-guy campaign gaffes: ''<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/02/us/politics/poor-quote-by-romney-seized-on-by-his-critics.html?ref=todayspaper">Poor' Quote By Romney Joins a List Critics Love</a>.'</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/meet-mitt-romney-unfeeling-corporate-titan-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MittRomney NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch VeryPoor Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:12:00 +0000 39034 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: Obama Campaign Has 'One More Item' to Add to 'Greatest Hits Reel Against Romney' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-obama-campaign-has-one-more-item-add-greatest-hits-reel-against-romney <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-02-02-NBC-TDAY-Alexander.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="184" /></div> <p>Sounding like an Obama campaign spokesman on Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, correspondent Peter Alexander touted how a recent gaffe by Mitt Romney was <strong>"not the first time...Remember that he said corporations are people,</strong> or there was the $10,000 bet during the debate."<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-obama-campaign-has-one-more-item-add-greatest-hits-reel-against-romney" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2012 Gaffe liberalmediabias MittRomney NBC PeterAlexander Poverty Today Thu, 02 Feb 2012 15:39:00 +0000 39005 at http://www.mrc.org Times Freely Mocks Mormons: 'I Wouldn't Buy the Underwear Just Yet' http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/times-freely-mocks-mormons-i-wouldnt-buy-underwear-just-yet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times online has &quot;Room for Debate&quot; to mock some religions, including Mormonism: &quot;I wouldn&#039;t buy the underwear just yet....[the Mormon Church] has used its mobilizing genius to pursue political goals, and individual Mormons have obeyed like sheep.&quot; Would the Times mock the rituals of devout Muslims or compare them to sheep? </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mormon fear at the New York Times. The paper's online 'Room for Debate' section, which 'invites knowledgeable outside contributors to discuss news events and other timely issues' on Monday asked '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/01/30/what-is-it-about-mormons/?ref=opinion">What Is It About Mormons?</a>," inspired by the prospect of Mitt Romney winning the Republican nomination for president. The fact that the Senate has for the last five years been led by a Mormon, Democrat Harry Reid, has failed to trigger similar concerns at the Times.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/times-freely-mocks-mormons-i-wouldnt-buy-underwear-just-yet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Campaign2012 Islam liberalmediabias MittRomney Mormons NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias Religion RoomforDebate TimesWatch Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:19:00 +0000 38807 at http://www.mrc.org Suspicious Concern Over Romney's 'Heavy New Baggage' After Florida Win http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/suspicious-concern-over-romneys-heavy-new-baggage-after-florida-win <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> The Times sees in Romney &quot;a willingness to descend into the muck and run a relentlessly negative campaign....Mr. Romney has never been especially squeamish about negative campaigning. As jarring as his tone has seemed over the past 10 days, he has a long history of resorting to such tactics.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Mitt Romney can't win for losing. Wednesday's 'news analysis' by Michael Barbaro and Ashley Parker posed as concerned over the 'heavy new baggage' the Romney campaign had acquired by successfully going negative against Newt Gingrich in his Florida primary victory Tuesday night: '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/01/us/politics/romneys-negative-campaign-in-florida-could-have-political-costs.html?hp">A Nasty Fight Carries Risks for the Winner</a>.' Of course it does.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/suspicious-concern-over-romneys-heavy-new-baggage-after-florida-win" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch AshleyParker BiasByOmission Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MichaelBarbaro MittRomney NegativeCampaigning NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Wed, 01 Feb 2012 17:24:00 +0000 38808 at http://www.mrc.org Not Very 'Interesting': ABC and CBS Morning Shows Ignore Obama Gaffe http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/not-very-interesting-abc-and-cbs-morning-shows-ignore-obama-gaffe <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-01-31-NBC-TDAY-ObamaGaffe.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="184" /></div> <p>While NBC correspondent Peter Alexander noted on Tuesday's <em>Today</em> how "Republicans are jumping on the president's choice of words" in telling a woman her husband's long-term unemployment was "interesting" to him, neither ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> nor CBS's <em>This Morning</em> bothered to highlight Obama's aloof flub.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/not-very-interesting-abc-and-cbs-morning-shows-ignore-obama-gaffe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2012 cbs Gaffe liberalmediabias NBC Tue, 31 Jan 2012 19:48:00 +0000 38979 at http://www.mrc.org NYT's Friedman: Castro's 'Idiocy' Complaints About Conservative Candidates 'Not a Good Sign' for GOP http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nyts-friedman-castros-idiocy-complaints-about-conservative-candidates-not-good-sign-gop <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>First it was <a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/articles/2012/20120126024846.aspx">New York Times reporters</a> who were quoting unelected Cuban dictator Fidel Castro insulting the 'idiocy and ignorance' of the candidates for the GOP nomination, in a January 26 story. Now columnist Thomas Friedman gets in on the act, quoting Castro approvingly in Sunday's '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/opinion/sunday/friedman-made-in-the-world.html?scp=1&amp;sq=friedman%20castro&amp;st=Search">Made in the World</a>.'<br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nyts-friedman-castros-idiocy-complaints-about-conservative-candidates-not-good-sign-gop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert Campaign2012 China Cuba FidelCastro liberalmediabias ThomasFriedman Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:03:00 +0000 38978 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Reporter: GOP Race 'Gotten So Nasty'; Obama 'Pokes Fun' at Romney Being Uncaring Dog Owner http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-reporter-gop-race-gotten-so-nasty-obama-pokes-fun-romney-being-uncaring-dog-owner <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/BiasAlert/uploads/2012-01-31-NBC-TDAY-Alexander.jpg" border="0" width="241" height="185" /></div> <p>At the top of his Tuesday report for NBC's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander warned viewers about the state of the Republican primary race in Florida: <strong>"This campaign has just gotten so nasty lately. By some accounts, more than 90% of the ads that have run in this state have been negative."</strong><br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-reporter-gop-race-gotten-so-nasty-obama-pokes-fun-romney-being-uncaring-dog-owner" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MittRomney NBC PeterAlexander Republicans Today Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:55:00 +0000 38977 at http://www.mrc.org Boosting Obama, Landler Quotes Zakaria's Praise, Omits He Advises Prez http://www.mrc.org/articles/boosting-obama-landler-quotes-zakarias-praise-omits-he-advises-prez <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Mark Landler gushed: &quot;In a delicious coincidence for the White House, the author is Robert Kagan, a neoconservative historian and commentator who advises Mr. Romney.&quot; Landler also used commentator Fareed Zakaria to praise Obama without noting his own reporting that Zakaria has advised Obama on foreign policy. </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Times reporter Mark Landler's lead story for Saturday's National section boosted Obama (and slapped down Mitt Romney) via the unlikely topic of the president's reading material: '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/28/us/politics/obamas-theme-of-us-resilience-finds-support-in-new-book.html?ref=todayspaper&pagewanted=all">Obama Buttresses Case for U.S. Resilience With Book From Unlikely Source</a>.'</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/boosting-obama-landler-quotes-zakarias-praise-omits-he-advises-prez" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch BarackObama Campaign2012 FareedZakaria liberalmediabias MarkLandler MittRomney NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias RobertKagan ThomasFriedman TimesWatch Mon, 30 Jan 2012 20:12:00 +0000 38803 at http://www.mrc.org