BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en CBS, NBC: ‘Campaign-Style Fervor’ for ‘Combative’ President ‘Chastising’ GOP on Immigration http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-nbc-campaign-style-fervor-combative-president-chastising-gop-immigration <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 evening following President Barack Obama’s announcement of his executive action on illegal immigration, major broadcast networks CBS and NBC sought to carry water for the President on Friday night as he made a trip to a Las Vegas high school to promote his move that would allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay in the United States.</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-nbc-campaign-style-fervor-combative-president-chastising-gop-immigration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Amnesty Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News Executive Order Illegal Immigration immigration Jim Axelrod Kristen Welker Major Garrett NBC News NBC Nightly News Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:30:55 +0000 curtis.houck 47712 at http://www.mrc.org Andrea Mitchell: Obama Executive Order 'Not Amnesty'; Puts 'Burden' on GOP http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-obama-executive-order-not-amnesty-puts-burden-gop <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 asserted that President Obama's executive order blocking deportation of millions of illegal immigrants was somehow "not amnesty": <strong>"...what this is not, as the President said, this is not amnesty.</strong> People have to apply, the applications won't be taken until the spring. There's a window where Republicans could act. <strong>So it's not what people are describing, the critics."</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/andrea-mitchell-obama-executive-order-not-amnesty-puts-burden-gop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Barack Obama Chuck Todd Executive Order Illegal Immigration MSNBC Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:01:50 +0000 kyle.drennen 47711 at http://www.mrc.org Charlie Rose, PBS Show Guests: GOP Reaction to Obama ‘a Bit Extreme,’ ‘Ludicrous’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/charlie-rose-pbs-show-guests-gop-reaction-obama-bit-extreme-ludicrous <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>In a segment on his PBS show Thursday night, Charlie Rose and his guests discussed President Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration and described the responses from those in the Republican Party as&nbsp;<strong>“a bit extreme”&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<strong>“ludicrous”&nbsp;</strong>while also harping on the conundrum that Republican leadership now supposedly faces in dealing with conservatives now that the executive amnesty is announced.</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/charlie-rose-pbs-show-guests-gop-reaction-obama-bit-extreme-ludicrous" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Amnesty Charlie Rose Conservatives and Republicans Executive Order Illegal Immigration immigration Liberals & Democrats PBS President Barack Obama President Obama Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:46:14 +0000 curtis.houck 47707 at http://www.mrc.org CBS: Some 'Disappointed' It Took Obama So Long to Act on Immigration http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-some-disappointed-it-took-obama-so-long-act-immigration <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 journalists at&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;on Friday downplayed conservative opposition to Barack Obama's amnesty and instead hyped unease about how long it took for the order to be issued. Reporter Major Garrett showcased complaints, noting, "For immigration activists, long disappointed by White House indifference, it all sounds like a new day." He then featured Lynn Tramonte, the head of an organization supporting Obama's amnesty move.&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/cbs-some-disappointed-it-took-obama-so-long-act-immigration" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Amnesty Barack Obama cbs CBS This Morning Executive Order Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:40:31 +0000 scott.whitlock 47706 at http://www.mrc.org NBC: GOP Can't 'Control' Conservatives on Immigration, 'Risk' of 'Alienating Latinos' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-gop-cant-control-conservatives-immigration-risk-alienating-latinos <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 the wake of President Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would go around Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, Friday's NBC <em>Today</em> warned of&nbsp; Republican overreaction to the presidential power grab. <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd proclaimed: <strong>"Republican leaders are nervous that they won't be able to control their conservative members who would like to lash out and have a fight now with the President."</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-gop-cant-control-conservatives-immigration-risk-alienating-latinos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Chuck Todd Illegal Immigration NBC Peter Alexander Republicans Today Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:03:49 +0000 kyle.drennen 47705 at http://www.mrc.org On CNN, Gingrich Blasts Obama’s Speech: ‘This Was a Gruber Speech’; ‘Simply Not Telling the Country the Truth’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnn-gingrich-blasts-obamas-speech-was-gruber-speech-simply-not-telling-country-truth <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>Following President Barack Obama’s speech announcing his executive order on illegal immigration, CNN political commentator and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich unloaded on the President, likening his speech to statements made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber and that those in the&nbsp;<strong>“elite”</strong>&nbsp;class&nbsp;<strong>“really underestimate”</strong>&nbsp;the disdain Americans have for unfortified borders.</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/cnn-gingrich-blasts-obamas-speech-was-gruber-speech-simply-not-telling-country-truth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Amnesty Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper 360 Barack Obama CNN Executive Order illegal aliens Illegal Immigration immigration Jonathan Gruber Newt Gingrich President Barack Obama President Obama Fri, 21 Nov 2014 05:50:53 +0000 curtis.houck 47700 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Push Illegal Immigrants, Pro-Amnesty Group Ahead of Obama’s Speech http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-push-illegal-immigrants-pro-amnesty-group-ahead-obamas-speech <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>Ahead of President Obama’s speech on immigration on Thursday night, the major broadcast networks all did their parts to push the arguments in favor of his executive amnesty ranging from a whole segment devoted to a family that would benefit from the President’s executive order to promoting one pro-amnesty group.</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-push-illegal-immigrants-pro-amnesty-group-ahead-obamas-speech" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amnesty Ben Tracy Brian Williams cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Chris Jansing David Muir Illegal Immigration immigration Jonathan Karl Major Garrett NBC News NBC Nightly News Scott Pelley World News Tonight Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:38:50 +0000 curtis.houck 47699 at http://www.mrc.org CNN's Bash Brushes Off 'Constitutional Professor' Obama's Past Immigration Remarks http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-bash-brushes-constitutional-professor-obamas-past-immigration-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/matthew-balan">Matthew Balan</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/2014-11-19-CNN-AC360-Bash.jpg" style="float: right;" height="158" width="280" />On Wednesday's <em>AC360</em>, CNN's Dana Bash was hesitant to address President Obama's past remarks on immigration reform, where he repeatedly denied that he couldn't act alone – to the point that she first touted the Democrat's supposed academic credentials. Host Anderson Cooper played five clips of Mr. Obama making this point, and underlined that "<strong>he said he couldn't do it in the past.</strong></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-bash-brushes-constitutional-professor-obamas-past-immigration-remarks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper 360 Barack Obama CNN congress Dana Bash Democrats immigration Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:08:37 +0000 matthew.balan 47698 at http://www.mrc.org Jake Tapper Exposes Gruber's ObamaCare Deception: 'Fooling' You http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/jake-tapper-exposes-grubers-obamacare-deception-fooling-you <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 many journalistic outlets have conducted a&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/blogs/curtis-houck/2014/11/13/abc-nbc-continue-blackout-gruber-video-cbs-ignores-clip-pelos">blackout</a>&nbsp;of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber's comments about duping "stupid" Americans, CNN's Jake Tapper has delivered&nbsp;consistent coverage and on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/18/politics/gruber-obamacare-promises/index.html">CNN.com</a>, Wednesday,&nbsp;offered an elaborate explanation of why&nbsp;Gruber's impolitic&nbsp;comments are&nbsp;<em>really</em>&nbsp;important.</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/jake-tapper-exposes-grubers-obamacare-deception-fooling-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama CNN Jake Tapper Jonathan Gruber Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:29:41 +0000 scott.whitlock 47697 at http://www.mrc.org Rick Perry Tells Chuck Todd He Will 'Not Be Invited' to Moderate Presidential Debate http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/rick-perry-tells-chuck-todd-he-will-not-be-invited-moderate-presidential-debate <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 the Republican Governors Association conference on Wednesday, <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd spent more than half of an hour-long <a href="http://www.c-span.org/video/?322847-2/republican-governors-association-day-1" target="_blank">panel discussion</a> grilling several GOP governors on illegal immigration and President Obama's upcoming executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens. The Republicans pushed back hard against the NBC host. &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/rick-perry-tells-chuck-todd-he-will-not-be-invited-moderate-presidential-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Bobby Jindal Chuck Todd Executive Order Illegal Immigration Republican Governors Association Rick Perry Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:14:37 +0000 kyle.drennen 47696 at http://www.mrc.org 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