BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en CBS Hosts Hail California's Ban On Plastic Bags As 'Great Idea' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hosts-hail-californias-ban-plastic-bags-great-idea <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>In a report for Tuesday's <em>CBS Evening News</em>, correspondent John Blackstone touted California passing a law to ban plastic bags from grocery stores as <strong>"a victory for those who've declared the single-use plastic bag an environmental enemy."</strong> Leading off a similar segment on Wednesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, he declared: "You see them everywhere, plastic bags by the road, by the water, in landfills. But now you won't see them at any California grocery stores."<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hosts-hail-californias-ban-plastic-bags-great-idea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division California CBS This Morning environment Gayle King John Blackstone Norah O'Donnell plastic bags Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:43:32 +0000 kyle.drennen 47274 at http://www.mrc.org ‘Big Three’ Ignore Jailed Marine’s Mother Testifying Before Congress http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-ignore-jailed-marines-mother-testifying-congress <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>Sergeant Andrew&nbsp;<span>Tahmoor</span><span>essi&nbsp;</span>has been jailed in a Mexican prison for the past nine months for accidentally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with several firearms. Since his arrest, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have barely covered his story on their morning or evening newscasts despite the numerous efforts by the public to get him freed.</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/big-three-ignore-jailed-marines-mother-testifying-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrew Tahmooressi cbs NBC Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:26:57 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47273 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hits Gov. Christie Over ‘Bridgegate,’ Allows Obama To Blame Intelligence Community For Growth Of ISIS http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hits-gov-christie-over-bridgegate-allows-obama-blame-intelligence-community-growth-is <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>Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) sat down with Gayle King for an interview that aired on Wednesday’s&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;and was met with a barrage of questions over his handling of the “Bridgegate” scandal of 2013.</p><p>While King accused the New Jersey Governor of blaming others for “Bridgegate,” her colleague Steve Kroft lobbed numerous softball at President Obama during their interview on Sunday’s&nbsp;<em>60 Minutes</em>&nbsp;and even allowed him to blame the intelligence community for his administration failing to deal with the ISIS threat sooner.</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/cbs-hits-gov-christie-over-bridgegate-allows-obama-blame-intelligence-community-growth-is" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama bridgegate CBS This Morning Chris Christie ISIS Steve Kroft Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:12:45 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47271 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Runs 4 Minute Puff Piece on Ben Affleck; Refuses to Cover Upcoming Midterm, Protests in Hong Kong http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-runs-4-minute-puff-piece-ben-affleck-refuses-cover-upcoming-midterm-protests-hong-kon <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Tuesday night,&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News&nbsp;</em>concluded its program by pushing an over four-minute-long fawning segment on Hollywood actor and activist Ben Affleck that included banter between anchor Brian Williams and Affleck on New York and Boston sports teams, gushing over Affleck’s&nbsp;life and&nbsp;<strong>“restless mind,”&nbsp;</strong>and his disappointment about the United States&nbsp;<strong>“nation-building elsewhere”&nbsp;</strong>when it should be doing that<strong>&nbsp;</strong>in places like Detroit.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-runs-4-minute-puff-piece-ben-affleck-refuses-cover-upcoming-midterm-protests-hong-kon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional Ben Affleck Bias by Omission Brian Williams Hong Kong NBC NBC Nightly News Wed, 01 Oct 2014 04:49:48 +0000 curtis.houck 47268 at http://www.mrc.org Over 300,000 Face Deadline to Prove Eligibility for ObamaCare Subsidies; Nets Omit http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/over-300000-face-deadline-prove-eligibility-obamacare-subsidies-nets-omit <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tuesday marked the deadline for hundreds of thousands Americans with insurance through ObamaCare to provide proper verification of their income levels or risk losing their government subsidies used to purchase health care plans. When it came to marking this critical deadline for ObamaCare, the major broadcast networks dodged coverage of the story in both their morning and evening newscasts.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/over-300000-face-deadline-prove-eligibility-obamacare-subsidies-nets-omit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Good Morning America Health Care Health Insurance health insurance exchanges NBC NBC Nightly News obamacare Today Show Wall Street Journal World News Tonight. David Muir Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:05:30 +0000 curtis.houck 47267 at http://www.mrc.org 2014 Midterms: CBS Sees 'Very Conservative,' 'Far Right' Problem in Kansas http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/2014-midterms-cbs-sees-very-conservative-far-right-problem-kansas <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>Polls and prognosticators suggest a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/off-to-the-races/republicans-hold-the-advantage-in-senate-races-20140929">Republican takeover</a>&nbsp;of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections. Yet, the networks continue to offer scant coverage of the various races. The&nbsp;<em>CBS Evening News</em>&nbsp;on Sunday managed to briefly look at the Senate elections in Kansas and Colorado.</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/2014-midterms-cbs-sees-very-conservative-far-right-problem-kansas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 cbs CBS Evening News Kansas Midterms Pat Roberts Senate Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:57:40 +0000 scott.whitlock 47266 at http://www.mrc.org On Hannity, Imams Deny ISIS's War Crimes, Islamic Faith of Beheading Suspect http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/hannity-imams-deny-isiss-war-crimes-islamic-faith-beheading-suspect <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/2014-09-29-FNC-Hannity-Choudary.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" height="156" width="280" />On Monday's Fox News's <em>Hannity</em>, Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary accused the Western media and Blackwater of framing ISIS for the atrocities that the terrorist group has freely admitted to.</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/hannity-imams-deny-isiss-war-crimes-islamic-faith-beheading-suspect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anjem Choudary Christianity Fox News Fox News Channel Hannity ISIS Islam Muhammad Siddeeq Sean Hannity Tue, 30 Sep 2014 21:21:57 +0000 matthew.balan 47265 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Tackles Claims of Anti-Muslim Bias in NFL, Skipped Islamic Extremism in Oklahoma Beheading http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-tackles-claims-anti-muslim-bias-nfl-skipped-islamic-extremism-oklahoma-beheading <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>On Tuesday, NBC's <em>Today</em> seized on accusations of anti-Muslim bias in the NFL after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was hit with a 15-yard penalty after appearing to pray in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots Monday night. This was the same network that <a target="_blank" href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matthew-philbin/2014/09/29/nbc-silent-ok-beheaders-islamic-radicalism">censored any mention of the Islamic extremism</a> of an Oklahoma man who beheaded a co-worker on Thursday.<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-tackles-claims-anti-muslim-bias-nfl-skipped-islamic-extremism-oklahoma-beheading" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Carson Daly Islam Matt Lauer NBC nfl Tamron Hall Today Tue, 30 Sep 2014 20:42:33 +0000 kyle.drennen 47264 at http://www.mrc.org Rosie O'Donnell: Penalizing Muslim NFL Player 'Propels Us to War' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/rosie-odonnell-penalizing-muslim-nfl-player-propels-us-war <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>According to&nbsp;<em>View&nbsp;</em>co-host and&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/08/09/pay-attention-abc-rosie-o-donnell-just-reaffirmed-her-belief-911-tru">9/11 truther</a>&nbsp;Rosie O'Donnell, a Muslim NFL player being&nbsp;penalized for praying after a touchdown is the kind of thing that "propels us to war." Talking to the other women of the show about Kansas City Chiefs safety&nbsp;Husain Abdullah, Whoopi Goldberg wondered if Americans are "feeding into Muslim fear."&nbsp;</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/rosie-odonnell-penalizing-muslim-nfl-player-propels-us-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc football Muslims nfl Rosie O'Donnell The View Tue, 30 Sep 2014 19:31:43 +0000 scott.whitlock 47263 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Finally Notices 'Push-Back' Against Obama's ISIS Claims http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-finally-notices-push-back-against-obamas-isis-claims <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>After ignoring criticism on Monday of President Obama's claim to <em>60 Minutes</em> that the intelligence community was to blame for having "underestimated" ISIS, Tuesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> finally caught up with the story as co-host Norah O'Donnell declared: "...intelligence officials sort of brustled [sic] at hearing the President say that the intelligence community may have underestimated this threat. I mean, publicly, there's a paper trail of intelligence officials before Congress saying ISIS is a problem."<br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Kyle Drennen is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/kjdrennen" target="_blank">Follow Kyle Drennen on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-finally-notices-push-back-against-obamas-isis-claims" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 60 Minutes Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning Charlie Rose ISIS Norah O'Donnell Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:05:01 +0000 kyle.drennen 47262 at http://www.mrc.org Senate Democrats Push Amendment that Could Neuter Saturday Night Live, Nets Don't Care http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/senate-democrats-push-amendment-could-neuter-saturday-night-live-nets-dont-care <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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/SNLPratt.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />Saturday Night Live</em> returned from its summer hiatus this week but if Democrats had succeeded in their September 11 vote to amend the Constitution there wouldn’t be any more political skits on the 40 year-old comedy institution. <br /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Geoffrey Dickens is Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/GCDickens" target="_blank">Follow Geoffrey Dickens on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/senate-democrats-push-amendment-could-neuter-saturday-night-live-nets-dont-care" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Campaign Finance cbs NBC Saturday Night Live Ted Cruz Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:02:58 +0000 geoff.dickens 47259 at http://www.mrc.org Washington Examiner’s ‘Mainstream Media Scream’ with the MRC’s Assessment http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-0 <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><a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/june/WashSecrets-Bedard-June2013.jpg" style="float: right;" /></a>Since late January of 2012, the <em>Washington Examiner</em>’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “<a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/mainstream-media-scream">Mainstream Media Scream</a>” selection in his “<a target="_blank" href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets">Washington Secrets</a>” column.</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-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Media Bias Washington Examiner Tue, 08 Oct 2013 20:46:33 +0000 brent.baker 44669 at http://www.mrc.org ABC’s World News Tonight Gives Clinton Baby News Nearly Twice the Coverage of Democracy Protests in Hong Kong http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-world-news-tonight-gives-clinton-baby-news-nearly-twice-coverage-democracy-protests- <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Monday’s&nbsp;<em>ABC World News Tonight with David Muir</em>, the program not only spent the fewest time covering the democracy protests in Hong Kong than fellow networks CBS and NBC, but&nbsp;<strong>it spent nearly twice as much time gushing over the newest member of the Clinton family than the protests that now number in the tens of thousands.</strong></p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abcs-world-news-tonight-gives-clinton-baby-news-nearly-twice-coverage-democracy-protests-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bill Clinton Chelsea Clinton David Muir Hillary Clinton Hong Kong World News Tonight. David Muir Tue, 30 Sep 2014 04:19:19 +0000 curtis.houck 47258 at http://www.mrc.org ABC and CBS Ignore News That the Intelligence Community Actually Did Warn Obama About ISIS Threat http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-cbs-ignore-news-intelligence-community-actually-did-warn-obama-about-isis-threat <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/curtis-houck">Curtis Houck</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Throughout the day on Monday, several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments in an interview with CBS’s&nbsp;<em>60 Minutes</em>&nbsp;that aired on Sunday night that the intelligence community and Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper are to blame for not recognizing the threat posed by ISIS.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Curtis Houck is News Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@curtishouck" target="_blank">Follow Curtis Houck on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-cbs-ignore-news-intelligence-community-actually-did-warn-obama-about-isis-threat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 60 Minutes abc Andrea Mitchell Barack Obama Bias by Omission Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley intelligence Iraq Islamic Jihad NBC NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Richard Engel Scott Pelley Steve Kroft Syria World News Tonight World News Tonight. David Muir Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:05:30 +0000 curtis.houck 47257 at http://www.mrc.org Gayle King to Paul Ryan: 'Some People Don't Think' the Country 'Needs Saving' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gayle-king-paul-ryan-some-people-dont-think-country-needs-saving <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/2014-09-29-CBS-CTM-King.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" height="156" width="280" />Open <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/obama-donor-gayle-king-acclaims-romney-binder-remark-its-going-be-joke-keeps-giving" target="_blank">Obama supporter</a> Gayle King made sure she got her liberal viewpoint across on Monday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> as she interviewed Rep. Paul Ryan.</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/gayle-king-paul-ryan-some-people-dont-think-country-needs-saving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Gayle King Norah O'Donnell Paul Ryan Republicans Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:19:43 +0000 matthew.balan 47256 at http://www.mrc.org