BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en MSNBC's Mika Bemoans 'Unprecedented' Foreign Policy 'Crises' Obama Has to Deal With http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-mika-bemoans-unprecedented-foreign-policy-crises-obama-has-deal <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/2014-09-02-MSNBC-MJ-Mika.JPG" style="width: 240px; height: 134px; float: right;" />On Monday's <em>Morning Joe</em>, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski felt sorry for President Obama and all the crises overseas that he is currently facing: "<strong>You look at just the President, and the incoming on foreign policy crises, I think it's possibly unprecedented, except for extreme times of war</strong>."<br /> </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/msnbcs-mika-bemoans-unprecedented-foreign-policy-crises-obama-has-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Joe Scarborough Middle East Mika Brzezinski Morning Joe MSNBC Russia Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:27:17 +0000 matthew.balan 47039 at http://www.mrc.org Geraldo Exploits Gun Tragedy: Second Amendment is 'Blind and Stupid' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/geraldo-exploits-gun-tragedy-second-amendment-blind-and-stupid <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><img width="300" style="float: right; margin: 3px;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/Geraldo3.jpg" />Letting a nine-year-old fire an Uzi, a firearm whose kick was clearly too much to handle for someone of that age, was a terrible decision that led to the death of an Arizona gun instructor. Responsible gun owners, like the National Review’s <a href="http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/386447/dont-give-nine-year-old-girls-automatic-weapons-charles-c-w-cooke">Charles Cooke</a>, recognized it as an easily avoidable tragedy. <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/geraldo-exploits-gun-tragedy-second-amendment-blind-and-stupid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Geraldo Rivera Guns NRA Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:08:51 +0000 geoff.dickens 47038 at http://www.mrc.org New York Times Avoids Obama's 'We Don't Have a Strategy' Comment in Headline http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/new-york-times-avoids-obamas-we-dont-have-strategy-comment-headline <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><img width="300" style="margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px; float: right;" src="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/Obama_0.JPG" /></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/new-york-times-avoids-obamas-we-dont-have-strategy-comment-headline" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Middle East New York Times USA Today Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:39:09 +0000 scott.whitlock 47036 at http://www.mrc.org ABC to Phil Robertson: 'Would You Consider Yourself a Homophobe?' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-phil-robertson-would-you-consider-yourself-homophobe <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 Phil Robertson appeared on Tuesday's&nbsp;<em>Good Morning America</em>&nbsp;to promote his new book, reporter Ryan Owens couldn't resist portraying the reality show personality as an anti-gay bigot. Owens reminded viewers of the&nbsp;<em>Duck Dynasty&nbsp;</em>star's interview with&nbsp;<em>GQ</em>&nbsp;where he called homosexuality a sin. Owens pressed, "Would you consider yourself a homophobe?"<strong>[MP3 audio&nbsp;<a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2013/2014-09-02-ABC-GMA-Owens.mp3">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/abc-phil-robertson-would-you-consider-yourself-homophobe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Duck Dynasty Good Morning America Homosexuality Phil Robertson Ryan Owens Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:32:49 +0000 scott.whitlock 47035 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Analyst: Three Senate Seats Are ‘Gone’ For Democrats http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-analyst-three-senate-seats-are-gone-democrats <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 News Political Director John Dickerson had some harsh words for Democrats as the 2014 midterm election kicks into high gear.</p><p>Appearing on&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;on Tuesday, September 2,&nbsp;<strong>Dickerson insisted that for the 2014 Senate races “there are three races in West Virginia, South Dakota, Montana that are gone. Those are basically going to go to the Republicans.”</strong></p><p align="center"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/129057" width="520" height="293" frameborder="0"></iframe></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-analyst-three-senate-seats-are-gone-democrats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2014 midterms CBS This Morning Charlie Rose John Dickerson Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:39:16 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47034 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, Guest Blame ISIS Waterboarding on Abu Ghraib and Gitmo http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-krystal-ball-guest-blame-isis-waterboarding-abu-ghraib-and-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-and-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