BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en 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;" height="134" width="240" />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? <strong>Jay, you don't work for the White House anymore</strong>. You can be frank.</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. &nbsp;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 NBC Skips 'Stunning' New VA Scandal Report, ABC Offers 21 Seconds http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-skips-stunning-new-va-scandal-report-abc-offers-21-seconds <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 government report claiming that there was no conclusive proof that long wait times led to deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals was altered. Yet, for the second day in a row, NBC ignored this story. ABC's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;on Thursday allowed a scant 21 seconds, despite news reader Amy Robach calling hyping the "stunning admission." [MP3 audio&nbsp;<a href="http://mrc.org//sites/default/files/uploads/2014-09-18-ABC-GMA-Robach.mp3">here</a>.]</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/nbc-skips-stunning-new-va-scandal-report-abc-offers-21-seconds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Barack Obama cbs NBC VA Veterans Administration Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:07:37 +0000 scott.whitlock 47170 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Lobs Softballs to Obama U.N. Ambassador, Avoids Foreign Policy Criticism http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-lobs-softballs-obama-un-ambassador-avoids-foreign-policy-criticism <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/september/2014-09-18-CBS-TM-Hosts.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />Starting off a gentle interview with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power on Thursday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, co-host Norah O'Donnell began to pitch what could have been a hardball question on the Obama administration's slow response to violence in Syria giving rise to the ISIS terrorist threat, but instead tossed out this: "When you first became ambassador, you pushed for air strikes in Syria.</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-lobs-softballs-obama-un-ambassador-avoids-foreign-policy-criticism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CBS This Morning ISIS Jeff Glor Norah O'Donnell Samantha Power United Nations Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:06:52 +0000 kyle.drennen 47169 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Gushes Over 'Madam Secretary' Star, Asks If She Called Hillary For Pajama Party http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-gushes-over-madam-secretary-star-asks-if-she-called-hillary-pajama-party <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>CBS has a new drama called “Madam Secretary” where the main character, played by Tea Leoni, is a newly appointed Secretary of State, and on Thursday,&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;did their best to swoon over the new show.</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-gushes-over-madam-secretary-star-asks-if-she-called-hillary-pajama-party" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division CBS This Morning Gayle King Hillary Clinton Jeff Glor Norah O'Donnell Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:56:57 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47167 at http://www.mrc.org Broadcast Networks Black Out Coverage of Benghazi Hearing http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/broadcast-networks-black-out-coverage-benghazi-hearing <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>The major broadcast networks on Wednesday refused to cover the first hearing held by the House Select Committee on Benghazi to begin assessing what happened in the 2012 attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty dead.</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/broadcast-networks-black-out-coverage-benghazi-hearing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Benghazi Bias by Omission Bret Baier cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Fox News Channel Good Morning America NBC NBC Nightly News Sharyl Attkisson Special Report Today Show Trey Gowdy World News Tonight Thu, 18 Sep 2014 03:04:47 +0000 curtis.houck 47166 at http://www.mrc.org CBS, NYT Ignore Own Poll Showing Obama Approval At 40%, Foreign Policy at Only 34% http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-nyt-ignore-own-poll-showing-obama-approval-40-foreign-policy-only-34 <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, CBS and&nbsp;<em>The New York Times&nbsp;</em>made the point of omitting results from their own&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/us/politics/18EARLYPOLL-DOC.html" href="http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/09/16/us/politics/18EARLYPOLL-DOC.html" target="_blank">poll</a>&nbsp;which show President Obama’s job approval at 40 percent and his approval on foreign policy at only 34 percent from the newscasts and print newspaper, respectively.</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-nyt-ignore-own-poll-showing-obama-approval-40-foreign-policy-only-34" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division approval ratings cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley CBS This Morning Charlie Rose Major Garrett New York Times Scott Pelley Thu, 18 Sep 2014 01:18:46 +0000 curtis.houck 47165 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC and CNN Punt on Live Coverage of Benghazi Hearing; Fox News Airs Over 40 Min. http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbc-and-cnn-punt-live-coverage-benghazi-hearing-fox-news-airs-over-40-min <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 width="280" height="156" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/2014-09-17-MSNBC-Trey_Gowdy.jpg" />CNN and MSNBC viewers on Wednesday would have to switch channels if they wanted to watch the first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. CNN aired a 15-second news brief at the top of the 10 am Eastern hour, mere minutes before the nearly three-hour meeting began, but didn't cover the proceedings live.</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/msnbc-and-cnn-punt-live-coverage-benghazi-hearing-fox-news-airs-over-40-min" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Benghazi Carol Costello CNN CNN Newsroom congress Fox News Channel Joan Rivers Libya MSNBC NewsNation nfl Ray Rice Tamron Hall Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:54:44 +0000 matthew.balan 47163 at http://www.mrc.org Fired NBC Host David Gregory Decries Media 'Laziness' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/fired-nbc-host-david-gregory-decries-media-laziness <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/september/DavidGregoryMTP.JPG" style="float: right; margin: 2px;" height="180" width="300" />As reported by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2014/09/david-gregory-hits-media-laziness-195662.html"><em>Politico</em></a>, recently dumped <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator David Gregory moderated a panel for the No Labels Strategic Agenda conference in Washington on Wednesday and lectured his media colleagues: <strong>"[I]n Washington political journalism the narrative gets set, and it gets set early and built on.</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/fired-nbc-host-david-gregory-decries-media-laziness" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division David Gregory Meet the Press NBC Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:32:20 +0000 kyle.drennen 47161 at http://www.mrc.org Joe Klein: Obama Is Cynical for Giving in to 'Ugly' Immigration Nativists http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/joe-klein-obama-cynical-giving-ugly-immigration-nativists <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><a href="http://time.com/3326563/missed-chance-on-immigration/"><img src="/sites/default/files/uploads/KleinJoe.JPG" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" width="300" />Time</a></em>&nbsp;magazine's Joe Klein used the September 22 issue to knock Barack Obama from the left, decrying the "cynical" Democrat&nbsp;for giving in to the "ugly," nativist opposition to immigration. Denying any legitimate, philosophical opposition, Klein sneered, "For the first 190 years of U.S. history, opposition to immigration was mostly about religion–Catholicism and Judaism.</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/joe-klein-obama-cynical-giving-ugly-immigration-nativists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama immigration Joe Klein Time Wed, 17 Sep 2014 19:22:00 +0000 scott.whitlock 47160 at http://www.mrc.org