BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en CNN's Brian Stelter Hints Liberal Anthony Weiner is Non-Partisan http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-brian-stelter-hints-liberal-anthony-weiner-non-partisan <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/2014-09-21-CNN-RS-Stelter.jpg" style="float: right;" height="134" width="240" />On Sunday's <em>Reliable Sources</em>, CNN's Brian Stelter touted a disgraced former representative as a non-partisan pundit and as an expert on media bias: "<strong>Now, I could bring in two partisan commentators now to argue about the media</strong>, but I'd rather from someone who's been in the <strong>glare of the news media</strong> – someone who's all too familiar with what happens <strong>when you go from darling to bad boy</strong> – then, maybe, ba</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/cnns-brian-stelter-hints-liberal-anthony-weiner-non-partisan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anthony Weiner Brian Stelter CNN Fox News Fox News Channel Media Bias MSNBC Reliable Sources Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:58:35 +0000 matthew.balan 47201 at http://www.mrc.org Ken Burns Excuses Media Covering Up 'Distracting' 'Gotcha Things' for JFK and FDR http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ken-burns-excuses-media-covering-distracting-gotcha-things-jfk-and-fdr <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 an interview with Ken Burns on Sunday's web-based <em>Meet the Press</em> feature <em>Press Pass</em>, moderator Chuck Todd asked the historian and film-maker about his PBS documentary on the Roosevelts: "It's amazing what the press didn't cover....I mean, and if they had, obviously it could have changed history." Burns responded: </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/ken-burns-excuses-media-covering-distracting-gotcha-things-jfk-and-fdr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chuck Todd FDR JFK Ken Burns NBC Press Pass Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:22:39 +0000 kyle.drennen 47200 at http://www.mrc.org ABC, NBC Ignore Leon Panetta’s Criticism of Obama’s ISIS Strategy http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-ignore-leon-panettas-criticism-obamas-isis-strategy <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>Starting Friday night, CBS began previewing an exclusive “60 Minutes” interview with Leon Panetta, which aired Sunday night, where the former Secretary of Defense said he had advised President Obama to arm the Syrian rebels as early as 2012.</p><p>Despite Panetta’s criticism of President Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, ABC and NBC have ignored the story altogether&nbsp;since the preview for the interview first aired on Friday’s&nbsp;<em>CBS Evening News w/ Scott Pelley</em>.</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/abc-nbc-ignore-leon-panettas-criticism-obamas-isis-strategy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc cbs ISIS Leon Panetta NBC Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:12:57 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47193 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Hosts Gush: Dem Senator Helping With Keg Stand 'Wins Her Votes' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hosts-gush-dem-senator-helping-keg-stand-wins-her-votes <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>The hosts on NBC's <em>Today</em> spent over a minute of air time on Monday applauding Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu for helping a fan tailgating at an LSU football game do a keg stand. Co-host Matt Lauer touted how <strong>Landrieu "may do just about anything to get your vote"</strong> given that she was "in the middle of a really tough reelection campaign."<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-hosts-gush-dem-senator-helping-keg-stand-wins-her-votes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Hoda Kotb LSU Mary Landrieu Matt Lauer NBC Today Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:12:25 +0000 kyle.drennen 47192 at http://www.mrc.org Sunday Shows Hype Liberal Hopes: ‘Anti Anti-Tax Fever’ and GOP Mid-Term ‘Momentum Stalling’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sunday-shows-hype-liberal-hopes-anti-anti-tax-fever-and-gop-mid-term-momentum-stalling <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>If it’s Sunday, it’s time to advance liberal hopes. NBC’s <em>Meet the Press with Chuck Todd</em> and ABC’s <em>This Week with George Stephanopoulos</em> both opened by plugging segments which forwarded the hope liberal Democratic dreams are becoming reality.</p><p>“Some Americans suddenly saying tax cutting has gone too far,” NBC host Chuck Todd announced, leading into a soundbite from a man in Kansas: “It’s been a train wreck.” Todd picked up: “Could Republicans now become the victims of a new anti anti-tax fever?”</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/sunday-shows-hype-liberal-hopes-anti-anti-tax-fever-and-gop-mid-term-momentum-stalling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 Congressional Chuck Todd Meet the Press This Week Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:33:33 +0000 brent.baker 47190 at http://www.mrc.org 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>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 18<em> Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon</em>:</p><p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/129418" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></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><p>&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/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