networks http://mrc.org/taxonomy/term/75/all en Back to School Lunches: The 7 Worst Defenses of the First Lady’s Lunch Plan http://mrc.org/articles/back-school-lunches-7-worst-defenses-first-ladys-lunch-plan <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks can’t ‘understand’ opposition to lunch changes, defend ‘unlikely gladiator’ Michelle Obama. </div> </div> </div> <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/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">As the school season starts up again, parents will be facing the choice of having their kids buy their lunch or pack it. With the changes to the National School Lunch Program, many are choosing to brown bag it.</p><p dir="ltr">But in spite of backlash from children, parents and school districts, the media have been quick to defend First Lady Michelle Obama’s school lunch program.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@mikeciandella" target="_blank">Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/back-school-lunches-7-worst-defenses-first-ladys-lunch-plan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Education Government Health Media Politics education First Lady Food Let's Move campaign Mandate Michelle Obama national school lunch program networks Obama Administration obesity politics School Lunches Schools students Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:15:59 +0000 julia.seymour 47046 at http://mrc.org Networks Ignore Financial Times’ Criticism of Piketty 'Errors' http://mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-financial-times-criticism-piketty-errors <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> An investigation finds far-left economist’s work ‘flawed,’ but ABC, CBS, NBC skip criticism of inequality ‘rock star.’ </div> </div> </div> <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/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">French economist Thomas Piketty’s far-left views on wealth and income inequality are beloved ... at least by the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/liberal-media-embrace-rock-star-far-left-economist-piketty">liberal media</a>. So it was no surprise that all three broadcast networks skipped criticism of “errors” in his work. Some print media outlets also ignored that story.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-financial-times-criticism-piketty-errors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Media abc cbs data economist errors Financial Times flaws french economist inequality NBC networks New York Times Paul Krugman piketty thomas piketty wealth inequality Tue, 27 May 2014 18:34:45 +0000 julia.seymour 46349 at http://mrc.org Networks Hype Good Jobs News 15 Times More Than Bad Economic News http://mrc.org/articles/networks-hype-good-jobs-news-15-times-more-bad-economic-news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> After more than a week, ABC, CBS and NBC still spent 28 seconds on GDP drop from 2.6% to .1% </div> </div> </div> <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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Desperate to prop up the Obama recovery, ABC, CBS and NBC hyped the good and shunned the bad amidst two contrasting economic reports.</p> <p>The broadcast networks embraced discussing the economy after strong job creation numbers were released on May 2. They weren’t as keen on covering the bad news when horrible growth data was released just two days earlier showing GDP had dropped from 2.6 percent to just 0.1 percent. Only CBS mentioned the gross domestic product (GDP), but it underemphasized the scary slowdown by hyping good stock market news.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-hype-good-jobs-news-15-times-more-bad-economic-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business economy GDP jobs networks Fri, 09 May 2014 17:56:31 +0000 dan.gainor 46212 at http://mrc.org Networks Nearly Silent on Tea Party Anniversary http://mrc.org/articles/networks-nearly-silent-tea-party-anniversary <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Only NBC’s ‘Today’ mentions 5 year celebration in D.C., gives 10 seconds to topic. </div> </div> </div> <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/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">The limited government, anti-bailout Tea Party movement party turned five years old on Feb. 27. They marked the occasion with an event in Washington, D.C. including speakers Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn. Sen. Rand Paul, R- Ky., and Sen.Ted Cruz, R-Texas.</p><p dir="ltr">But after the five years of the media painting Tea Partiers as <a href="http://mrc.org/articles/5-years-after-7-worst-media-attacks-tea-party-0">“wingnuts” and “racist”</a> time and again, ABC, CBS and NBC went virtually silent on the matter.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Julia A. Seymour is Assistant Managing Editor for MRC Business at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/BizMediaJulia" target="_blank">Follow Julia A. Seymour on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-nearly-silent-tea-party-anniversary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Media Politics abc cbs NBC networks Tea Party tea party anniversary Today Show Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:44:43 +0000 julia.seymour 45651 at http://mrc.org Networks Completely Ignore $70 Billion Puerto Rican Debt Crisis http://mrc.org/articles/networks-completely-ignore-70-billion-puerto-rican-debt-crisis <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Instead, ABC, CBS and NBC spend more than 11 minutes on Obama’s new dog. </div> </div> </div> <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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">With rapidly rising debt and an unprecedented credit downgrade, Puerto Rico is facing a looming default with terrifying implications on American bond markets, though you would never know about it watching broadcast news.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-completely-ignore-70-billion-puerto-rican-debt-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Media Politics Taxes credit rating debt crisis default Detroit downgrade networks obama obama's dog Puerto Rico Spending taxes Wed, 05 Feb 2014 21:00:01 +0000 julia.seymour 45482 at http://mrc.org Liberal Politics Ignored, Yellen’s Gender the Focus of Network Coverage http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-politics-ignored-yellens-gender-focus-network-coverage <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS, NBC gush over ‘historical’ nature of confirmation, exclude her left-wing views. </div> </div> </div> <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/sean-long">Sean Long</a> </div> </div> </div> <p dir="ltr">Janet Yellen was confirmed as Federal Reserve Chairman on Jan. 6, but in spite of becoming one of the most powerful bankers in the world, the broadcasts networks continued to ignore her left-wing views.</p><p dir="ltr">Instead of discussing Yellen’s support for fiscal stimulus and regulatory efforts, ABC, CBS, and NBC focused exclusively on her gender in recent news reports.</p><div class='signature'><p>— Sean Long is Staff Writer at the Media Research Center. <a href="http://www.twitter.com/@SeanLong717" target="_blank">Follow Sean Long on Twitter.</a></p></div><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/liberal-politics-ignored-yellens-gender-focus-network-coverage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Media Politics abc Banking Ben Bernanke cbs Confirmation economic policy Fed Federal Reserve financial industry financial regulation gender history Janet Yellen monetary policy NBC networks politics president appointments quantitative easing Regulation Stimulus Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:32:45 +0000 julia.seymour 45253 at http://mrc.org ‘Fetus’ Means Death, Abortion in Media Talk http://mrc.org/articles/fetus-means-death-abortion-media-talk <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks use clinical language to mask reality of abortion. </div> </div> </div> <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/katie-yoder-0">Katie Yoder</a> </div> </div> </div> <ul><li>Nearly Half Network Mentions Of “Fetus” Refer To Death; 93 Percent To Risks</li><li>Celebrities, Kate Middleton, the Exception</li></ul> <p>A couple definitions from the media’s unofficial abortion lexicon: </p><p><b><i>Baby </i></b><i>(n) any infant, pre- or postnatal, whose existence is welcome and not seen as “punishment” for the mother. Often used to gush over celebrity offspring. Example: “The world is impatiently waiting for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, to give birth the baby that will be heir to the British throne.”</i></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/fetus-means-death-abortion-media-talk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Life Politics Abortion baby Fetus networks Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:55:19 +0000 matt.philbin 44125 at http://mrc.org Consumed by Royal Baby Watch, Nets Ignore Violent Jihad Against Mid-East Christians http://mrc.org/articles/consumed-royal-baby-watch-nets-ignore-violent-jihad-against-mid-east-christians <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS, NBC talked pregnancy 110 times; never mentioned escalating anti-Christian violence. </div> </div> </div> <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/matt-philbin">Matt Philbin</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Everyone’s happy about the arrival of the future king of Britain – that is, everyone at leisure to take note. Presumably, Middle Eastern Christians have been too busy trying to survive to worry over whether the Duchess of Cambridge was in false labor. <img src="http://blueberrysquashblog.files.wordpress.com/2013/07/diana.jpg" style="float: right;" height="153" width="273" /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/consumed-royal-baby-watch-nets-ignore-violent-jihad-against-mid-east-christians" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Faith International Islamification Politics anti-Christian Middle East networks Royal Baby Thu, 25 Jul 2013 12:48:01 +0000 matt.philbin 44099 at http://mrc.org Motor City Madness: Networks Tell Upbeat Story as Detroit Goes Bankrupt http://mrc.org/articles/motor-city-madness-networks-tell-upbeat-story-detroit-goes-bankrupt <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS, NBC focus on city’s recovery 6-1 over fiscal problems. </div> </div> </div> <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/kristine-marsh">Kristine Marsh</a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="loose">A year ago, President Barack Obama derided Mitt Romney for admitting he would let <st1:city><st1:place>Detroit</st1:place></st1:city> car companies go bankrupt. He told supporters he wouldn’t do that. “I refuse to turn my back on communities like this. I was betting on the American worker,” Obama said during a July campaign speech in <st1:state><st1:place>Ohio</st1:place></st1:state>. In reality, the president <i>helped</i> two auto firms file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in exchange for $80 billion from taxpayers.</p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/motor-city-madness-networks-tell-upbeat-story-detroit-goes-bankrupt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Business Economy Government Politics auto industry bankrupt bankruptcy Barack Obama Big Three car companies Corruption Democrat Detroit fiscal problems infrastructure job growth Mitt Romney motor city networks taxes unemployment Mon, 22 Jul 2013 13:37:22 +0000 julia.seymour 44062 at http://mrc.org Networks Share the Love for Risky Kids’ HPV Vaccine http://mrc.org/articles/networks-share-love-risky-kids-hpv-vaccine <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gardasil vaccine prevents STD infection, but correlates with death. </div> </div> </div> <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/katie-yoder-0">Katie Yoder</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When a recent study demonstrated that HPV infections dropped more than half for teenage girls, the networks credited Merck’s Gardasil vaccine. The vaccine, a series of three shots <a href="http://www.gardasil.com/">targeting girls as young as 9-years-old</a>, protects against <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm">Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease</a> that can evolve into cervical cancer or other health dangers. </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-share-love-risky-kids-hpv-vaccine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Family Health Gardasil networks Wed, 10 Jul 2013 18:30:11 +0000 matt.philbin 43992 at http://mrc.org Networks’ Evening Shows Don’t Name Islam in London Terror Attack http://mrc.org/articles/networks-evening-shows-dont-name-islam-london-terror-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Anchors, reporters tip-toe around attacker&#039;s Islamic radicalism. </div> </div> </div> <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/matt-philbin">Matt Philbin</a> </div> </div> </div> <p> What does a murderous jihadist terrorist have to do to get some recognition for his cause? You hack a British soldier to death in broad daylight on a London street while shouting “Allahu akbar” and then <a>“swear by the almighty Allah” </a>that you’ll never stop fighting, and the U.S. broadcast networks still can’t bring themselves to utter a word about Islam.<img src="http://www.mrc.org/sites/default/files/images/ta.jpg.crop_display.jpg" style="float: right;" height="203" width="269" /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-evening-shows-dont-name-islam-london-terror-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture International Islamification Islam networks Terrorism Thu, 23 May 2013 14:51:13 +0000 matt.philbin 43655 at http://mrc.org Networks Demand Bush Release Strategic Petroleum Reserve Over 3 Times More than for Obama http://mrc.org/articles/networks-demand-bush-release-strategic-petroleum-reserve-over-3-times-more-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> ABC, CBS and NBC pressure Bush more, but praise Obama more. </div> </div> </div> <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/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It is well-established that the broadcasts networks covered rising gas prices different under President George W. Bush’s administration than they did President Barack Obama, in tone and even the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/fuelish-nbc-devotes-3-times-much-airtime-gas-prices-2008-2013">amount of coverage</a>.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/networks-demand-bush-release-strategic-petroleum-reserve-over-3-times-more-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Energy Government Media Politics abc cbs coverage conspiracy Double Standard gas gas prices gasoline NBC networks strategic petroleum reserve strategic reserve Thu, 07 Mar 2013 18:39:43 +0000 julia.seymour 42847 at http://mrc.org CBS, NBC Mention Job Revisions, Ignored Bigger Gains During Bush Years http://mrc.org/articles/cbs-nbc-mention-job-revisions-ignored-bigger-gains-during-bush-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Networks skipped 810,000 additional jobs in 2006, report 422,000 in 2012. </div> </div> </div> <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/mike-ciandella">Mike Ciandella</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two of the broadcast networks conveniently noted upward revisions to past months job gains on Feb. 1st, as the January jobs report was released. ABC didn’t mention that day’s jobs report at all that night.<br /><br />The evening news shows on NBC and CBS reported the 157,000 job increase as well as the uptick in unemployment to 7.9 percent. But both the “Evening News” and “Nightly News” also mentioned the positive revisions to past months, something the same networks ignored during the Bush years.<br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/cbs-nbc-mention-job-revisions-ignored-bigger-gains-during-bush-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Labor Media abc Anthony Mason Barack Obama cbs Double Standard Employment George W. Bush jobs jobs report NBC networks revisions Scott Pelley stock market Tue, 05 Feb 2013 16:49:13 +0000 julia.seymour 42509 at http://mrc.org Economic Growth Turns Negative, CBS Only Network to Admit Rate http://mrc.org/articles/economic-growth-turns-negative-cbs-only-network-admit-rate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NBC ignores GDP, while ABC dances around the ‘speed bump’ with positive report; print downplays drop. </div> </div> </div> <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/julia-seymour">Julia A. Seymour</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Economic activity in the U.S., turned negative in the fourth quarter of 2012 according to the Commerce Department, just one day after a huge drop in consumer confidence was announced.<br /><br />This took the media entirely by surprise. It was the first time the economy went into negative territory since the recession ended. But this significant report was completely ignored by NBC “Nightly News,” carefully danced around on ABC “World News” and downplayed on CBS “Evening News” on Jan. 30. Print outlets downplayed the news by claiming it was “not so bad.”<br /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/economic-growth-turns-negative-cbs-only-network-admit-rate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Business Economy Government Media abc Anthony Mason bad news bob brusca cbs CNBC David Muir Diane Sawyer economic data economic growth economic indicators economic spin economist economy GDP john berlau NBC negative growth networks Recession speed bump Washington Post Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:39:32 +0000 julia.seymour 42456 at http://mrc.org ‘March for … ?’ Nets Don’t Use ‘Life’ in Abortion Debate http://mrc.org/articles/march-%E2%80%A6-nets-dont-use-life-abortion-debate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Broadcast networks refuse to say ‘pro-life’ in 91 percent of Roe v. Wade anniversary coverage. </div> </div> </div> <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/katie-yoder">Katie Yoder</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thinking of learning a new language? Try English – broadcast media style. Specifically, try abortion-reporting speak – a tongue as notable for the words it doesn’t use as those it does.<img src="http://defendproclaimthefaith.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/pro-life-massive-crowd-march-for-life-washington-300x199.jpg" style="float: right;" height="181" width="264" /></p><p><a href="http://mrc.org/articles/march-%E2%80%A6-nets-dont-use-life-abortion-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles MRC Culture Life Abortion life March for Life networks Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:27:33 +0000 matt.philbin 42365 at http://mrc.org