BiasAlerts http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7/all en NBC Hails 'Momentous Day' of Obama Opening U.S. Relations With Cuba http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba <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 an NBC News Special Report on Wednesday, <em>Nightly News</em> anchor Brian Williams could barely contain his excitement over President Obama announcing the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba: <strong>"A momentous day, especially for those Americans old enough to remember the Cold War.</strong> The curtain came down between Cuba and the United States in January of 1961 and in just a moment diplomatic relations, at least the first steps to which, will be reestablished....<strong>It is a day of momentous change, fast-moving change..."</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-hails-momentous-day-obama-opening-us-relations-cuba" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Barack Obama Brian Williams Cuba Diplomacy NBC Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:57:17 +0000 kyle.drennen 47888 at http://www.mrc.org Nets Fret Over Continued Bush 'Dynasty,' But What About the Clintons? http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nets-fret-over-continued-bush-dynasty-what-about-clintons <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>NBC, CBS and ABC on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning worried if yet another addition to the Bush "dynasty" will be good for the country. Yet, these same networks were excited earlier this year about the continuation of the Clinton brand. If, as many expect, Hillary Clinton announces a presidential run early next year, will journalists worry about the impact of a Democratic dynasty?&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/nets-fret-over-continued-bush-dynasty-what-about-clintons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Brian Williams cbs Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush NBC Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:41:10 +0000 scott.whitlock 47886 at http://www.mrc.org Washington Examiner’s ‘Mainstream Media Scream’ with the MRC’s Assessment http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/washington-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-1 <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><a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets" target="_blank"><img style="float: right;" src="/sites/default/files/uploads/images/2013/june/WashSecrets-Bedard-June2013.jpg" /></a>Since late January of 2012, the <em>Washington Examiner</em>’s Paul Bedard has once a week featured a “<a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/mainstream-media-scream" target="_blank">Mainstream Media Scream</a>” selection in his “<a href="http://washingtonexaminer.com/politics/washington-secrets" target="_blank">Washington Secrets</a>” column.</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/washington-examiners-mainstream-media-scream-mrcs-assessment-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Media Bias Washington Examiner Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:47:15 +0000 brent.baker 47425 at http://www.mrc.org MSNBC’s Tamron Hall Criticizes Sen. Rubio’s Cuba Comments, Ignores Democratic Agreement http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-tamron-hall-criticizes-sen-rubios-cuba-comments-ignores-democratic-agreement <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 morning, American Alan Gross was released from a five year imprisonment in Cuba in exchange for the release of 3 Cuban spies convicted in the United States. In response to the release, Senators Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) spoke out strongly against the prisoner swap.</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/msnbcs-tamron-hall-criticizes-sen-rubios-cuba-comments-ignores-democratic-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Cuba Jose Diaz-Balart Marco Rubio Tamron Hall Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:56:59 +0000 jeffrey.meyer 47884 at http://www.mrc.org Chuck Todd: Jeb Bush Exploring 2016 Run 'Helps Hillary' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chuck-todd-jeb-bush-exploring-2016-run-helps-hillary <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>Appearing on Wednesday's NBC <em>Today</em>, <em>Meet the Press</em> moderator Chuck Todd spun former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announcing that he was "exploring" the possibility of running for president in 2016 as a boost for the candidacy of Hillary Clinton: <strong>"By the way, the big Jeb Bush announcement helps Hillary because it'll scare Democrats and rally them around Hillary even more."</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-jeb-bush-exploring-2016-run-helps-hillary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign 2016 Chuck Todd Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush NBC Polling Savannah Guthrie Today Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000 kyle.drennen 47882 at http://www.mrc.org GQ: Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Joni Ernst Among ‘America’s 20 Craziest Politicians’; Only Three Are Democrats http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gq-rand-paul-ted-cruz-joni-ernst-among-americas-20-craziest-politicians-only-three-are-de <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 magazine GQ&nbsp;<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201501/craziest-politicians" href="http://www.gq.com/entertainment/celebrities/201501/craziest-politicians" target="_blank">released</a>&nbsp;its list of the&nbsp;<strong>“20 craziest politicians”</strong>&nbsp;in the U.S. on Tuesday and, not surprisingly, the liberal publication selected 17 Republicans for the list compared to only three Democrats.&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/gq-rand-paul-ted-cruz-joni-ernst-among-americas-20-craziest-politicians-only-three-are-de" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division congress Conservatives and Republicans Double Standard GQ Joni Ernst Liberals & Democrats Rand Paul Ted Cruz Wed, 17 Dec 2014 06:23:40 +0000 curtis.houck 47881 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Dodge News Judge Has Ruled Parts of Obama’s Executive Amnesty Unconstitutional http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-dodge-news-judge-has-ruled-parts-obamas-executive-amnesty-unconstitutional <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>A federal judge in Pennsylvania&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/16/district-court-declares-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional/" data-cke-saved-href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/16/district-court-declares-obama-immigration-action-unconstitutional/">ruled</a>&nbsp;on Tuesday that portions of President Barack Obama’s presidential action on immigration were unconstitutional as<strong>&nbsp;“Congress's lawmaking power is not subject to presidential supervision or control”&nbsp;</strong>and th</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-dodge-news-judge-has-ruled-parts-obamas-executive-amnesty-unconstitutional" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Amnesty Barack Obama Bias by Omission Bret Baier cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley FNC Fox News Fox News Channel Illegal Immigration immigration NBC News NBC Nightly News President Barack Obama President Obama Shannon Bream Special Report World News Tonight Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:21:22 +0000 curtis.houck 47880 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Reporters Reject Own Poll Showing Americans Support CIA Interrogations http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reporters-reject-own-poll-showing-americans-support-cia-interrogations <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.</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-reporters-reject-own-poll-showing-americans-support-cia-interrogations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Andrea Mitchell Reports CIA Interrogation Techniques MSNBC Polling Richard Engel Tue, 16 Dec 2014 22:36:40 +0000 kyle.drennen 47879 at http://www.mrc.org Media Promote Twitter Meme for Nonexistent Anti-Muslim 'Backlash' in Australia http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/media-promote-twitter-meme-nonexistent-anti-muslim-backlash-australia <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>Before the hostage standoff with an Islamic gunman in Sydney had even ended on Monday, the media had already seized on a social media campaign that offered protection to Australian Muslims against imagined bigotry that had not occurred. On <em>Good Morning America</em>, co-host George Stephanopoulos touted: "The #IllRideWithYou trending worldwide on Twitter. <strong>It's a message of tolerance from Sydney residents offering solidarity with Muslims in the cities. Locals concerned people in religious attire could be harassed."</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/media-promote-twitter-meme-nonexistent-anti-muslim-backlash-australia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Australia cbs CNN MSNBC Muslims Twitter Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:24:47 +0000 kyle.drennen 47878 at http://www.mrc.org Chris Matthews Trashes 'Balloon Head' 'Demagogue' Ted Cruz http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/chris-matthews-trashes-balloon-head-demagogue-ted-cruz <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>Chris Matthews resorted to school yard name calling on Monday night, lashing out at Ted Cruz as a "balloon head" "demagogue" for his actions opposing Barack Obama's executive order on amnesty. The MSNBC anchor also resorted to his tired cliche of referring to the Texas senator as the modern "Joe McCarthy."&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/chris-matthews-trashes-balloon-head-demagogue-ted-cruz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Chris Matthews MSNBC Senate Ted Cruz Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:10:00 +0000 scott.whitlock 47877 at http://www.mrc.org Surprise: CBS’s Don Dahler Pushes Back Against Lawyer in Bushmaster/Sandy Hook Lawsuit http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/surprise-cbss-don-dahler-pushes-back-against-lawyer-bushmastersandy-hook-lawsuit <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 Monday night, ABC and CBS covered the news that families of ten people who lost their lives in the deadly school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 were filing a lawsuit against gun manufacturer Bushmaster as it was maker of the rifle used by Adam Lanza in his horrific rampage.</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/surprise-cbss-don-dahler-pushes-back-against-lawyer-bushmastersandy-hook-lawsuit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley Don Dahler Gun Control sandy hook Sandy Hook shooting Tue, 16 Dec 2014 05:29:19 +0000 curtis.houck 47873 at http://www.mrc.org Andrea Mitchell: Santorum, Huckabee, Romney Runs in 2016 Would Make Hillary and Jeb ‘Look Positively New’ http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/andrea-mitchell-santorum-huckabee-romney-runs-2016-would-make-hillary-and-jeb-look-positi <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 Monday’s&nbsp;<em>NBC Nightly News</em>, correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell felt that it was appropriate to skewer three possible GOP presidential contenders in 2016 who had each run previously to argue that their presence would make possible fellow candidates Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush&nbsp;<strong>“look positively new.”</strong></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/andrea-mitchell-santorum-huckabee-romney-runs-2016-would-make-hillary-and-jeb-look-positi" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 2016 Presidential 2016 Presidential Election Andrea Mitchell Brian Williams Conservatives and Republicans Double Standard Elizabeth Warren Hillary Clinton Jeb Bush Liberals & Democrats Mike Huckabee Mitt Romney NBC News NBC Nightly News Rick Santorum Tue, 16 Dec 2014 02:16:37 +0000 curtis.houck 47872 at http://www.mrc.org UVA Student on CNN: Rolling Stone Writer Had An 'Agenda' http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/uva-student-cnn-rolling-stone-writer-had-agenda <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/2014-12-14-CNN-RS-Stelter.jpg" style="float: right; margin-left: 3px; margin-right: 3px;" height="158" width="280" />On CNN's <em>Reliable Sources</em> on Sunday, University of Virginia student Alex Pinkleton revealed how Rolling Stone's Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who wrote the disputed Rolling Stone story on alleged rape at the college, acted more like an "<strong>advocate</strong>" than a reporter as she interviewed people for the article.</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/uva-student-cnn-rolling-stone-writer-had-agenda" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Brian Stelter CNN College Rape Reliable Sources Rolling Stone Sabrina Rubin Erdely University of Virginia Mon, 15 Dec 2014 23:16:14 +0000 matthew.balan 47869 at http://www.mrc.org CBS Claims Americans 'Divided' Over CIA Interrogations, But Only 36% Oppose http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-claims-americans-divided-over-cia-interrogations-only-36-oppose <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 Monday's <em>CBS This Morning</em>, co-host Gayle King claimed that Americans were "divided" over the CIA's use of enhanced interrogation techniques after September 11th. However, the latest CBS News poll she cited "shows that 49% of Americans feel aggressive interrogation techniques like waterboarding are sometimes justified. 36% say they are never justified." The remaining 14% said that it "depends" or "didn't know."</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-claims-americans-divided-over-cia-interrogations-only-36-oppose" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CIA Interrogation Techniques NBC Polling Torture Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:45:22 +0000 kyle.drennen 47866 at http://www.mrc.org CBS: Voter ID Laws Are Like Violent Attacks on Blacks at Selma http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-voter-id-laws-are-violent-attacks-blacks-selma <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 style="text-align: left;">The journalists at&nbsp;<em>CBS This Morning</em>&nbsp;on Monday compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years. Co-anchor Norah O'Donnell talked to Oprah Winfrey, producer/star of the new film&nbsp;<em>Selma.</em>&nbsp;O'Donnell marveled, "...Given the Voting Rights Act, 1965, I went back and looked.</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-voter-id-laws-are-violent-attacks-blacks-selma" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division cbs CBS This Morning Norah O'Donnell Oprah Winfrey Racism Selma Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:33:38 +0000 scott.whitlock 47865 at http://www.mrc.org