BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en Silence: CBS Ignores Obama's Massive Immigration Flip-Flop http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/silence-cbs-ignores-obamas-massive-immigration-flip-flop <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>The debate over Barack Obama's planned executive order on illegal immigration has continued to grow, but&nbsp;CBS is ignoring the President's glaring flip-flop,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/11/18/obamas-flip-flop-on-using-executive-action-on-illegal-immigration/">his repeated claims</a>&nbsp;that he doesn't have the "legal" power to take such action. ABC and NBC both covered Obama's past admissions, but only briefly. In 2014,&nbsp;NBC allowed 12 seconds and ABC a meager 91 seconds.</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/silence-cbs-ignores-obamas-massive-immigration-flip-flop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Executive Order immigration NBC Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:10:16 +0000 scott.whitlock 47694 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: Obama Set to 'Make Good On A Promise to Sidestep Congress' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-obama-set-make-good-promise-sidestep-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/kyle-drennen">Kyle Drennen</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Thursday's NBC <em>Today</em>, co-host Savannah Guthrie framed President Obama's upcoming executive order granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants as him simply keeping his word: <strong>"President Obama will address the nation tonight on the hot-button issue of immigration reform, planning to make good on a progress – a promise to sidestep Congress and take executive action."</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/nbc-obama-set-make-good-promise-sidestep-congress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Executive Order Illegal Immigration NBC Peter Alexander Savannah Guthrie Today Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:09:12 +0000 kyle.drennen 47692 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Yet To Acknowledge Pres. Obama’s Executive Order Flip-Flop http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-yet-acknowledge-pres-obamas-executive-order-flip-flop <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 Wednesday, the White House announced that President Obama is scheduled to issue an executive action on Thursday night that could potentially prevent up to 5 million illegal immigrants from being deported.</p><p><strong>While the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have all reported on the president’s immigration proposals, CBS is the only network to not mention that President Obama has&nbsp;flip-flopped on having the power to issue such an executive order.</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/cbs-yet-acknowledge-pres-obamas-executive-order-flip-flop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama cbs Illegal Immigration Major Garrett Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:29:06 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47690 at http://www.mrc.org CBS and NBC Parrot WH Argument on Previous Presidential Immigration Policies as Grounds for Amnesty http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-and-nbc-parrot-wh-argument-previous-presidential-immigration-policies-grounds-amnesty <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, CBS and NBC promoted the White House talking point that previous presidential actions on immigration gives President Barack Obama the proper legal authority to enact executive amnesty the evening before a primetime address to the nation on the topic.&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/cbs-and-nbc-parrot-wh-argument-previous-presidential-immigration-policies-grounds-amnesty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amnesty Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Chris Jansing Conservatives and Republicans David Muir Executive Order Illegal Immigration immigration Jonathan Karl Liberals & Democrats Major Garrett Nancy Cordes NBC News NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Scott Pelley World News Tonight Thu, 20 Nov 2014 03:39:25 +0000 curtis.houck 47688 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC Brings on 9/11, JFK Conspiracy Theorist Jesse Ventura to Slam Keystone http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-brings-911-jfk-conspiracy-theorist-jesse-ventura-slam-keystone <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 MSNBC, as long as you tout left-wing talking points, it doesn't matter what kind of conspiracy theories you subscribe to. Ronan Farrow on Wednesday hyped the "fascinating" views of Jesse Ventura on Wednesday, including his opposition to building the Keystone pipeline.</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-brings-911-jfk-conspiracy-theorist-jesse-ventura-slam-keystone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 9/11 Jesse Ventura MSNBC Ronan Farrow Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:39:05 +0000 scott.whitlock 47687 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Boosts 'Sharp Response' to Pope From Mother of Euthanasia Advocate http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-boosts-sharp-response-pope-mother-euthanasia-advocate <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/2014-11-19-CBS-CTM-Crawford.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />Wednesday's <em>CBS This Morning</em> played up how <strong>"the Vatican is under fire</strong> from the mother of a woman who ended her own life." Jan Crawford's spotlighted Deborah Ziegler's "<strong>sharply-worded letter</strong>" to opponents of euthanasia, especially Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.</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/cbs-boosts-sharp-response-pope-mother-euthanasia-advocate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brittany Maynard Catholic Church cbs CBS This Morning Euthanasia Gayle King Jan Crawford Norah O'Donnell Pope Francis Vatican Wed, 19 Nov 2014 21:17:34 +0000 matthew.balan 47686 at http://www.mrc.org 'Daily Show' Notices Gruber Scandal Before 'NBC Nightly News' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/daily-show-notices-gruber-scandal-nbc-nightly-news <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>While <em>NBC Nightly News</em> has <a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/11/18/nbc-nightly-news-keeps-quiet-gruber-abcs-world-news-tonight-finally" target="_blank">failed to mention</a> Jonathan Gruber's scandalous comments about ObamaCare for eleven days, Comedy Central's fake newsman Jon Stewart devoted eight minutes to the controversy on <em>The Daily Show</em> Tuesday night. &nbsp;</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/daily-show-notices-gruber-scandal-nbc-nightly-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Jon Stewart Jonathan Gruber NBC Nightly News obamacare The Daily Show Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:56:46 +0000 kyle.drennen 47685 at http://www.mrc.org Shock: ABC Grills Obama on Executive Order Flip Flop http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/shock-abc-grills-obama-executive-order-flip-flop <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 a surprising twist, ABC's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;on Wednesday grilled Barack Obama for flip-flopping on whether he has the legal authority to issue an executive order on immigration. Before playing a clip of Jon Karl pressing White House press secretary Josh Earnest, George Stephanopoulos pointed out: "...The President has suggested in the past that he doesn't have the kind of power to do this on his own."</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/shock-abc-grills-obama-executive-order-flip-flop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama Executive Order Good Morning America immigration Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:08:31 +0000 scott.whitlock 47681 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd Excuses Lack of Gruber Coverage: ‘What Is the News Today of That?’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-excuses-lack-gruber-coverage-what-news-today <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>Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of<em>&nbsp;Meet the Press</em>, appeared on Newsmax TV’s&nbsp;<em>The Steve Malzberg Show</em>&nbsp;on Tuesday, November 18&nbsp;to discuss a variety of issues including the existence of liberal media bias.</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/chuck-todd-excuses-lack-gruber-coverage-what-news-today" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chuck Todd Jonathan Gruber NewsMax obamacare Steve Malzberg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:15:23 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47680 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, NBC Omit Mention of Vulnerable Democrat Landrieu in Failed Keystone Senate Vote http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-omit-mention-vulnerable-democrat-landrieu-failed-keystone-senate-vote <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>While all three major broadcast networks covered the failed vote in the U.S.</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-nbc-omit-mention-vulnerable-democrat-landrieu-failed-keystone-senate-vote" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional abc Bias by Omission Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Conservatives and Republicans energy Jonathan Karl keystone pipeline keystone xl Liberals & Democrats Louisiana Mary Landrieu Nancy Cordes NBC News NBC Nightly News Scott Pelley Senate World News Tonight World News Tonight. David Muir Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:11:12 +0000 curtis.houck 47677 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Nightly News Keeps Quiet on Gruber as ABC’s World News Tonight Finally Covers Story http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-nightly-news-keeps-quiet-gruber-abcs-world-news-tonight-finally-covers-story <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>continued its streak of ignoring comments made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber into an 11th day while ABC’s&nbsp;<em>World News Tonight with David Muir</em>&nbsp;finally brought up Gruber’s comments on the&nbsp;<strong>“stupidity of the American voter”</strong>&nbsp;and the need for&nbsp;<strong>“lack of transparency”</strong>&nbsp;to get ObamaCare passed.</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-nightly-news-keeps-quiet-gruber-abcs-world-news-tonight-finally-covers-story" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc David Muir Health Care Jonathan Gruber Jonathan Karl NBC News NBC Nightly News obamacare Obamacare impact World News Tonight. David Muir Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:17:43 +0000 curtis.houck 47676 at http://www.mrc.org Gen. Honore Jabs the Media: 'People Like You' Driving Chaos in Ferguson http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gen-honore-jabs-media-people-you-driving-chaos-ferguson <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/2014-11-17-CNN-AC360-Cooper_Honore.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" height="158" width="280" />On Monday's <i>AC360</i> on CNN, retired Lt. General Russel Honor<span class="st">é</span> rebuked the media's coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown.</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/gen-honore-jabs-media-people-you-driving-chaos-ferguson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper 360 CNN Ferguson Missouri Michael Brown Michael Brown shooting Race Issues Russel Honoré Sunny Hostin Tue, 18 Nov 2014 22:22:20 +0000 matthew.balan 47674 at http://www.mrc.org Media Critic: Fox News 'Far Better Watchdog' on Obama Than 'Any Other' TV News Outlet http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/media-critic-fox-news-far-better-watchdog-obama-any-other-tv-news-outlet <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><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2014/2014-11-04-FNC-AEHQ-BaierKelly.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />In a <a href="http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/tv/z-on-tv-blog/bal-fox-news-ratings-dominance-demands-analysis-20141117-story.html" target="_blank">Tuesday article</a>, <em>Baltimore Sun</em> media critic David Zurawik examined the reason behind Fox News beating every other TV news outlet in the ratings – including NBC, ABC and CBS – during November 4 midterm election coverage: "...it's time to think seriously about what that says abou</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/media-critic-fox-news-far-better-watchdog-obama-any-other-tv-news-outlet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Baltimore Sun David Zurawik Fox News Obama Administration ratings Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:53:34 +0000 kyle.drennen 47672 at http://www.mrc.org Ex-Obama Aide Destroys Media Narrative, Admits Gruber Was an 'Important Figure' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ex-obama-aide-destroys-media-narrative-admits-gruber-was-important-figure <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>A former adviser to Barack Obama on Tuesday overturned the media narrative, promoted by the President, that Jonathan Gruber was an unimportant, minor figure. The&nbsp;<em>New York Times&nbsp;</em>on Tuesday insisted in an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/18/opinion/the-impolitic-jonathan-gruber.html?partner=rssnyt&amp;emc=rss">editorial</a>, "Republicans are crowing over Mr. Gruber’s remarks because he has been portrayed as a major architect of the health reform law.</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/ex-obama-aide-destroys-media-narrative-admits-gruber-was-important-figure" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Jonathan Gruber MSNBC Steven Rattner Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:03:00 +0000 scott.whitlock 47668 at http://www.mrc.org Krauthammer: Obama Counted On 'Minions in the Press' to Help Cover Up Gruber Scandal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/krauthammer-obama-counted-minions-press-help-cover-gruber-scandal <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 Fox News's <em>Special Report</em> Monday, columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested that the reason President Obama waited a week to comment on the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal was because the White House knew it could count on the liberal media to ignore the story: <strong>"...they've had six years experience of the press essentially conspiring with them....the administration issues statements, it uses Gruber reports, it's echoed by their minions in the press</strong>, then repeated by Democrats as if this is objective evidence..."</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/krauthammer-obama-counted-minions-press-help-cover-gruber-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Charles Krauthammer Fox News Jonathan Gruber obamacare Special Report Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:07:50 +0000 kyle.drennen 47669 at http://www.mrc.org