BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/node/add en MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, Guest Blame ISIS Waterboarding on Abu Ghraib, Gitmo http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-krystal-ball-guest-blame-isis-waterboarding-abu-ghraib-gitmo <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>MSNBC’s Krystal Ball substituted for Ronan Farrow as host of his MSNBC show on Friday and remarked with a guest during a segment on the Islamic terror group ISIS that their reported waterboarding of their captives, including the late James Foley, can be blamed on the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and what happened at Abu Ghraib in Iraq.</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-krystal-ball-guest-blame-isis-waterboarding-abu-ghraib-gitmo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Islamic Jihad Krystal Ball MSNBC Ronan Farrow Daily Terrorism War on Terror waterboarding Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:30:22 +0000 curtis.houck 47033 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Defend Obama as ‘Critics Pounced’ and Took 'Too Literally' His ‘No Strategy Yet’ Remarks on ISIS http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-defend-obama-critics-pounced-and-took-too-literally-his-no-strategy-yet-remarks- <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, the major broadcast networks were out in full force to defend President Obama after his remarks at a press conference Thursday afternoon in which he said that&nbsp;<strong>“we don’t have a strategy yet”&nbsp;</strong>in how to militarily address the Islamic terrorist group ISIS in Syria.</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/networks-defend-obama-critics-pounced-and-took-too-literally-his-no-strategy-yet-remarks-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Anthony Mason Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning Chuck Todd David Muir Gaffes Gayle King Good Morning America Iraq Islamic Jihad Keir Simmons Martha Raddatz Matt Lauer NBC Syria Terrorists Today Show Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:58:58 +0000 curtis.houck 47032 at http://www.mrc.org As Obama Admits 'We Don't Have a Strategy' in Syria, Nets Obsess Over President's Suit http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/obama-admits-we-dont-have-strategy-syria-nets-obsess-over-presidents-suit <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>Although all three networks covered Barack Obama's admission on Thursday that "we don't have a strategy" for responding to Islamic militants in Syria, ABC, CBS and NBC journalists were really animated by the President's tan suit.&nbsp;<em>GMA</em>&nbsp;news reader Amy Robach on Friday enthused, "Finally this morning, some presidential critics are saying, 'yes, we tan!'"&nbsp;<strong>[MP3 audio<a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-08-29-ABCNBCCBSObamasuit.mp3">&nbsp;here.</a>]&nbsp;</strong></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/obama-admits-we-dont-have-strategy-syria-nets-obsess-over-presidents-suit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs Good Morning America NBC Suit Syria Today Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:33:33 +0000 scott.whitlock 47031 at http://www.mrc.org Ed Show Guest: Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka Was a 'Segregation-Era' Player Who Dictated 'His Will' to 'Black Players' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ed-show-guest-former-nfl-coach-mike-ditka-was-segregation-era-player-who-dictated-his-wil <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>To close out his MSNBC show on Thursday, Ed Schultz invited on a Native American social activist to discuss the push by liberals and sympathetic members of the sports media to force the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name.&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/ed-show-guest-former-nfl-coach-mike-ditka-was-segregation-era-player-who-dictated-his-wil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Ed Schultz football MSNBC Redskins Sarah Palin The Ed Show Washington Redskins Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:47:11 +0000 curtis.houck 47029 at http://www.mrc.org NBC and ABC Ignore Obama Fundraising Trip Snarling Holiday Travel, CBS Barely Mentions http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-and-abc-ignore-obama-fundraising-trip-snarling-holiday-travel-cbs-barely-mentions <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> Despite a Thursday <a href="http://pagesix.com/2014/08/28/obamas-holiday-to-cause-havoc-in-skies/" target="_blank"><em>New York Post</em> report</a> that President Obama's upcoming Labor Day weekend fundraising junket would shut down airspace across the northeast and hurt business for local pilots, neither NBC's <em>Today</em> nor ABC's <em>Good Morning America</em> covered the controversy. <em>CBS This Morning</em> offered a mere 18-second news brief on the topic.<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-and-abc-ignore-obama-fundraising-trip-snarling-holiday-travel-cbs-barely-mentions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama CBS This Morning Fundraising NBC Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:44:22 +0000 kyle.drennen 47028 at http://www.mrc.org AP, Politico, WashPo Reporters Fail to Completely Read Report on Phoenix VA Hospital http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ap-politico-washpo-reporters-fail-completely-read-report-phoenix-va-hospital <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>As <a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-touts-obamas-promise-fix-va-and-ig-report-despite-concerns-whistle-blower" target="_blank">reported</a> on Tuesday night, two of the three major broadcast networks covered a new&nbsp;<a target="_blank" _cke_saved_href="http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-02603-267.pdf" href="http://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-14-02603-267.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs on the scandal-ridden agency and its Phoenix VA hospital that led to a nationwide investigation of delayed wait times and secret </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/ap-politico-washpo-reporters-fail-completely-read-report-phoenix-va-hospital" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Associated Press Bias by Omission Politico The Washington Post VA Scandal Veterans Administration Veterans Affairs Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:06:30 +0000 curtis.houck 47027 at http://www.mrc.org Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings Claims GOP Wants To Take Away Birth Control http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/bloombergs-jeanne-cummings-claims-gop-wants-take-away-birth-control <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>Appearing on MSNBC’s&nbsp;<em>Andrea Mitchell Reports</em>&nbsp;on Thursday afternoon, Jeanne Cummings, Deputy Managing Editor for Bloomberg News, decided to attack the GOP over their supposed problem with female voters.</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/bloombergs-jeanne-cummings-claims-gop-wants-take-away-birth-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Andrea Mitchell Reports Birth Control GOP Jeanne Cummings MSNBC Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:58:44 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47026 at http://www.mrc.org As Diane Sawyer Signs-Off, a Look Back at Her Fawning Chats With Repressive Dictators http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/diane-sawyer-signs-look-back-her-fawning-chats-repressive-dictators <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><em>World News&nbsp;</em>anchor and long-time ABC journalist Diane Sawyer signed-off for the last time on Wednesday night. The host's final show included a music montage as she offered a behind the scenes look at how the program is created. Sawyer praised&nbsp;<em>World News</em>&nbsp;as "the flagship broadcast of ABC where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage."&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/diane-sawyer-signs-look-back-her-fawning-chats-repressive-dictators" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Diane Sawyer World News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:04:33 +0000 scott.whitlock 47024 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd: Women Reject GOP 'Crazy White Guys' With 'Crazy Theories' About Contraception http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-women-reject-gop-crazy-white-guys-crazy-theories-about-contraception <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 Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on MSNBC's <em>The Daily Rundown</em> on Thursday, host and incoming <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd proposed a cause for the GOP's difficulty in attracting women voters: <strong>"...do the arguments about contraception end up...putting the party on mute with those same women voters who may like your economic proposals but say, 'You know what?</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/chuck-todd-women-reject-gop-crazy-white-guys-crazy-theories-about-contraception" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2014 Chuck Todd MSNBC Reince Priebus Republicans The Daily Rundown Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:19:35 +0000 kyle.drennen 47023 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Promotes Dem. Senator on Receiving End of ‘Sexist Comments’ from Male Colleagues http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-promotes-dem-senator-receiving-end-sexist-comments-male-colleagues <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>Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is out with a new book in which she claims several of her male colleagues made comments about her weight following the birth of her second child.&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;eagerly jumped on Gillibrand’s story which was filled with numerous quotes from anonymous sources, a fact that CBS didn’t bother to question when promoting the Democrat’s allegations.&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/cbs-promotes-dem-senator-receiving-end-sexist-comments-male-colleagues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CBS This Morning Gayle King Kirsten Gillibrand Nancy Gordes Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:32:49 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47022 at http://www.mrc.org Matthews on Arizona Gun Range Tragedy: ‘This Is Where You Get When You Go All the Way With Gun Rights’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/matthews-arizona-gun-range-tragedy-where-you-get-when-you-go-all-way-gun-rights <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>Chris Matthews devoted a segment during his MSNBC show <em>Hardball</em> on Wednesday evening to the tragic shooting death of a firearms instructor at a Arizona gun range after a nine-year-old girl accidently shot him with an Uzi submachine gun. Instead of discussing how tragic this incident was or possible safety measures to take in the future, Matthews and his guests chose to rail against the National Rifle Association (NRA) for somehow being connected to this terrible incident.</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/matthews-arizona-gun-range-tragedy-where-you-get-when-you-go-all-way-gun-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BradyCampaign cbs CBS Evening News Chris Matthews Gun Control Hardball Joe Fryer John Blackstone MSNBC National Rifle Association NBC NBC Nightly News Thu, 28 Aug 2014 04:56:30 +0000 curtis.houck 47021 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Fret Over Burger King 'Defecting' to Canada to Pay Lower Taxes http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-fret-over-burger-king-defecting-canada-pay-lower-taxes <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> As news broke on Tuesday of Burger King buying Tim Hortons and moving its corporate headquarters to Canada, the broadcast networks quickly adopted the liberal talking point that the fast food chain was being unpatriotic by avoiding high U.S. tax rates. On Tuesday's ABC <em>World News</em>, anchor Diane Sawyer proclaimed: <strong>"Burger King, home of the Whopper, accused of doing something a lot of Americans question, defecting.</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/networks-fret-over-burger-king-defecting-canada-pay-lower-taxes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Burger King Canada cbs NBC taxes Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:39:42 +0000 kyle.drennen 47019 at http://www.mrc.org Sharyl Attkisson Schools ABC, CBS, NBC on How to Cover the IRS Scandal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/sharyl-attkisson-schools-abc-cbs-nbc-how-cover-irs-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/geoffrey-dickens">Geoffrey Dickens</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="color: #888888;"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/attkisson.jpg" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" width="300" /></span>Unlike her colleagues at the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, on Tuesday night, actually dug into the finer points behind the big bombshells revealed in the IRS scandal this week. <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/sharyl-attkisson-schools-abc-cbs-nbc-how-cover-irs-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bias by Omission FBN IRS Sharyl Attkisson Tea Party Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:41:39 +0000 geoff.dickens 47017 at http://www.mrc.org ABC and NBC Ignore Possible Obstruction of Justice in Growing VA Scandal http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-nbc-ignore-possible-obstruction-justice-growing-va-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/scott-whitlock">Scott Whitlock</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Wednesday's morning shows on ABC and NBC ignored the latest details of the growing scandal engulfing the Veterans Affairs department. Only CBS bothered to report on the story, allowing a scant 20 seconds.&nbsp;<em>This Morning&nbsp;</em>co-anchor Gayle King revealed, "<em>USA Today</em>&nbsp;says the VA scandal now includes obstruction of justice allegations.</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/abc-and-nbc-ignore-possible-obstruction-justice-growing-va-scandal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CBS This Morning Gayle King Veterans Affairs Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:29:31 +0000 scott.whitlock 47016 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Hits Warren Buffett from Left Over Burger King Deal: ‘Capitalist Before He’s A Patriot’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-hits-warren-buffett-left-over-burger-king-deal-capitalist-hes-patriot <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>Ever since fast food chain Burger King announced its desire to purchase Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons,&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2014/08/26/cbs-plays-backlash-against-burger-king-s-move-canada-some-washington-">CBS&nbsp;</a>has done its best to&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/ken-shepherd/2014/08/25/noting-burger-king-merger-plans-cbss-mason-notes-democratic-opposition">play up</a>&nbsp;the supposed backlash the company will face as it moves its headquarters overseas to lower its tax burden.&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/cbs-hits-warren-buffett-left-over-burger-king-deal-capitalist-hes-patriot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anthony Mason Burger King CBS This Morning Gayle King Warren Buffett Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:57:43 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47013 at http://www.mrc.org