BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/node/add en MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Call for Equal, ‘24-hour’ Media Coverage If Christie is Officially Cleared http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-joe-scarborough-and-mika-brzezinski-call-equal-24-hour-media-coverage-if-christie- <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 Friday morning, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski joined the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein in calling for equal news coverage if Christie is officially exonerated in numerous investigations into his involvement of the scandal known as Bridgegate to the non-stop coverage when it broke in January. [Audio available <a href="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/uploads/mp3/2014-09-19-MSNBC-MJ-Christie.mp3" target="_blank">here</a>]</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/msnbcs-joe-scarborough-and-mika-brzezinski-call-equal-24-hour-media-coverage-if-christie-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division bridgegate Chris Christie George Washington Bridge Joe Scarborough Mika Brzezinski Morning Joe MSNBC new jersey Sam Stein Fri, 19 Sep 2014 22:24:57 +0000 curtis.houck 47187 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC: 'A Lot of Damage' to Christie 'Regardless' of Being 'Cleared' of Wrongdoing http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-lot-damage-christie-regardless-being-cleared-wrongdoing <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 her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Friday, host Andrea Mitchell noted that "Chris Christie has been cleared by the federal investigators of any allegations" in the George Washington Bridge closing scandal. However, MSNBC political reporter Kasie Hunt quickly dismissed the development: <strong>"But, there's a lot of damage that's been done in the interim.</strong></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/msnbc-lot-damage-christie-regardless-being-cleared-wrongdoing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Reports bridgegate Chris Christie John Stanton Kasie Hunt MSNBC Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:41:51 +0000 kyle.drennen 47186 at http://www.mrc.org Billy Crystal Remembers the Time Robin Williams Realized Michael Dukakis Was a Loser http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/billy-crystal-remembers-time-robin-williams-realized-michael-dukakis-was-loser <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><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/BillyCrystal.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" />On Thursday’s <em>Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</em> comedian Billy Crystal reminisced about Robin Williams and recounted a hilarious moment, way back in 1988, when his longtime friend and fellow Democrat realized they had a stinker on their hands with presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.</p><p>The following is a transcript of the segment as it was aired on the September 19<em> Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</em>: </p><p>&nbsp;</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/billy-crystal-remembers-time-robin-williams-realized-michael-dukakis-was-loser" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Billy Crystal Jimmy Fallon Michael Dukakis Robin Williams Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:08:45 +0000 geoff.dickens 47184 at http://www.mrc.org Chris Matthews Assailed Christie as New Nixon, Skips Clearing http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-assailed-christie-new-nixon-skips-clearing <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>When the Bridgegate scandal engulfed Chris Christie in January, MSNBC's Chris Matthews went wild,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2014/01/17/watergate-2-seven-straight-days-chris-matthews-hypes-christie-new-ni">repeatedly comparing</a>&nbsp;the controversy to Watergate. On Thursday afternoon,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/justice-dept-finds-evidence-gov-christie-knew-bridgegate-advance-article-1.1944980">federal officials</a>&nbsp;revealed that the New Jersey governor had no prior knowledge of the planned traffic backup.</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/chris-matthews-assailed-christie-new-nixon-skips-clearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Christie Chris Matthews Hardball MSNBC Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:54:03 +0000 scott.whitlock 47183 at http://www.mrc.org NPR Hypes Political Fallout From "Bridgegate" Scandal, Ignores Christie Innocence http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/npr-hypes-political-fallout-bridgegate-scandal-ignores-christie-innocence <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>Talk about tone deaf at National Public Radio. On Thursday’s&nbsp;<em>All Things Considered</em>, NPR reporter Don Gonyea ran a segment on Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) traveling to New Hampshire to campaign with Scott Brown as he seeks to become the next senator from New Hampshire.</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/npr-hypes-political-fallout-bridgegate-scandal-ignores-christie-innocence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division All Things Considered Chris Christie Don Gonyea NPR Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:38:57 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47182 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Reveals Latest Poll on Scandal-Plagued Administration...Of the NFL http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl <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 Friday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Matt Lauer brought on political director and <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd to discuss the latest <a href="http://newscms.nbcnews.com/sites/newscms/files/nbcmaristnflpoll.pdf" target="_blank">NBC News/Marist poll</a> on a major American institution being rocked by scandal. It wasn't the Obama administration getting the bad press, it was the National Football League.<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-reveals-latest-poll-scandal-plagued-administrationof-nfl" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chuck Todd Matt Lauer NBC nfl Polling Today Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:29:17 +0000 kyle.drennen 47181 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Continues Miniscule Coverage of Gov. Christie Innocence But Jumped At Initial Allegations http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-continues-miniscule-coverage-gov-christie-innocence-jumped-initial-allegations <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>On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice told NBC News that Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) was innocent of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge.</p><p>Despite Governor Christie’s reported innocence, ABC and CBS have yet to cover the NBC story, but when the story originally broke in January, all three networks eagerly jumped on it.&nbsp;<strong>So far NBC has devoted only two news briefs on its Thursday night and Friday morning broadcasts totaling 59 seconds. &nbsp;</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/nbc-continues-miniscule-coverage-gov-christie-innocence-jumped-initial-allegations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Christie NBC NBC Nightly News Today Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:13:18 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47180 at http://www.mrc.org Vets Walking Almost 300 Miles to Demand Action on Jailed Marine; Networks Ignore http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/vets-walking-almost-300-miles-demand-action-jailed-marine-networks-ignore <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 Wednesday night, it was reported that two Marine Corps veterans are walking from northern North Carolina to Washington D.C. and the White House to demand that President Obama take action to ensure the release of Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi from a Mexican prison. However, none of the major broadcast networks have stepped up and covered the actions of the these veterans.</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/vets-walking-almost-300-miles-demand-action-jailed-marine-networks-ignore" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Andrew Tahmooressi Bias by Omission cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Fox News Channel Good Morning America Greta van Susteren MarineCorps mexico NBC NBC Nightly News New York Times The Washington Post Today Show USA Today Washington Post World News Tonight. David Muir Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:48:52 +0000 curtis.houck 47179 at http://www.mrc.org Double Standard: NBC Gives News Christie Innocent In Bridgegate Scandal Only 38 Secs; Devoted Nearly 5 Mins When Scandal Broke http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/double-standard-nbc-gives-news-christie-innocent-bridgegate-scandal-only-38-secs-devoted- <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>An enormous development in the Bridgegate scandal broke late Thursday afternoon when federal officials reported that they have cleared New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) of any wrong-doing relating to the closure of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September 2013.&nbsp;</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/double-standard-nbc-gives-news-christie-innocent-bridgegate-scandal-only-38-secs-devoted-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Bias by Omission Brian Williams bridgegate cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Chris Christie Chuck Todd Double Standard John Dickerson NBC NBC Nightly News new jersey World News Tonight Fri, 19 Sep 2014 01:26:32 +0000 curtis.houck 47178 at http://www.mrc.org Gallup Poll Shows All-Time Low In Public Confidence In Media http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gallup-poll-shows-all-time-low-public-confidence-media <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/tim-graham">Tim Graham</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The pollsters at<a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/176042/trust-mass-media-returns-time-low.aspx"> Gallup</a> reported Wednesday that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has dropped to its previous all-time low of 40 percent. That number was at 55 percent in 1999, but hasn’t been above 50 percent since 2005.</p> <p align="center"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/september/GallupTrust.PNG" width="500" /></p><div class='signature'><p>— Tim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/TimJGraham" target="_blank">Follow Tim Graham on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gallup-poll-shows-all-time-low-public-confidence-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Gallup Media Bias Polls public opinion surveys Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:24:09 +0000 rich.noyes 47177 at http://www.mrc.org Tapper to Jay Carney: Be 'Frank' About Middle East; Carney Blames Bush on Iraq http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/tapper-jay-carney-be-frank-about-middle-east-carney-blames-bush-iraq <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/2014-09-17-CNN-Lead-Carney_Kristol.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" height="156" width="280" />On Wednesday's <em>The Lead</em>, CNN's Jake Tapper tried to pull former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney out of acting like an apologist for President Obama. Tapper turned to his guest, who had just spent an entire segment defending his former boss's ISIS policy, and asked, "What is the difficulty in getting Arab allies to kick in with military assistance?</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/tapper-jay-carney-be-frank-about-middle-east-carney-blames-bush-iraq" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Bill Kristol CNN George W. Bush Iraq ISIS Jake Tapper Jay Carney Middle East Syria The Lead Wolf Blitzer Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:25:05 +0000 matthew.balan 47176 at http://www.mrc.org NYT Reports Dismal Poll Stats for Obama; CBS Still Ignores http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nyt-reports-dismal-poll-stats-obama-cbs-still-ignores <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 Thursday morning,&nbsp;CBS continued to ignore key&nbsp;results of the latest&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/18/us/politics/18EVENING-POLL-DOC.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Politics&amp;module=RelatedCoverage&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=0" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/18/us/politics/18EVENING-POLL-DOC.html?action=click&amp;contentCollection=Politics&amp;module=RelatedCoverage&amp;region=Marginalia&amp;pgtype=article&amp;_r=0">CBS News/<em>New York Times</em>&nbsp;poll</a>, which sho</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/nyt-reports-dismal-poll-stats-obama-cbs-still-ignores" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division approval ratings Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning Jeff Glor New York Times Norah O'Donnell Polls President Barack Obama President Obama Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:58:39 +0000 curtis.houck 47175 at http://www.mrc.org NFL-Obsessed Networks Skip Jihad Killing Within U.S. http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nfl-obsessed-networks-skip-jihad-killing-within-us <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>What do the networks consider vital information for their viewers? ABC, NBC and CBS again on Thursday offered the latest about the "firestorm" engulfing the National Football League. Yet, these same outlets have ignored a shocking act of domestic terrorism within the United States. Ali Muhammad Brown allegedly murdered 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin on June 25th. According to CNN, he told police: "My mission is vengeance for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day.</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/nfl-obsessed-networks-skip-jihad-killing-within-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brendan Tevlin cbs CNN NBC Terrorism Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:25:32 +0000 scott.whitlock 47174 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC: Joe Biden's Offensive Gaffes Make Him 'Real' and 'Authentic' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-joe-bidens-offensive-gaffes-make-him-real-and-authentic <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 segment on Thursday's <em>Andrea Mitchell Reports</em> on MSNBC, fill-in host Kristen Welker noted Joe Biden making a string of gaffes – which included <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/17/politics/joe-biden-jewish-term/">using an anti-Semitic slur</a> – during a trip to Iowa, but then she and her guests proceeded to excuse his offensive remarks as merely being part of his charm.</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/msnbc-joe-bidens-offensive-gaffes-make-him-real-and-authentic" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Reports Chris Cillizza Gaffes Joe Biden Julie Pace Kristen Welker MSNBC Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:44:34 +0000 kyle.drennen 47173 at http://www.mrc.org Unlike ABC News, ABC’s The View Acknowledges Obama’s Low Approval http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/unlike-abc-news-abcs-view-acknowledges-obamas-low-approval <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>On Thursday, September 18, a strange thing happened: ABC actually covered President Obama’s plummeting poll numbers. No, not ABC News, but the daytime ABC program&nbsp;<em>The View</em>&nbsp;which spent nearly four minutes discussing his falling approval ratings following his speech laying out America's strategy to defeat ISIS.&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/biasalerts/unlike-abc-news-abcs-view-acknowledges-obamas-low-approval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama poll numbers The View Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:11:33 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47172 at http://www.mrc.org