letterman http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/7815/all en Real Olympic Event Is Making Excuses http://www.mrc.org/commentary/real-olympic-event-making-excuses <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/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >Turn on any network last week and you saw famous people making excuses. It didn’t matter if it was Hollywood morons defending a rapist, David Letterman pretending he was a victim for treating his staff like a harem, or Barack Obama denying responsibility for the failed Olympic bid.</p> <br /> <p >It looked like some nightmarish recast of an awful Family Circus cartoon with all of the major characters shouting “Not Me” with their hands fully in the cookie jar.</p> <br /> <p >And the traditional media celebrated the excuse-filled comic atmosphere.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/real-olympic-event-making-excuses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute excuses letterman obama Polansky Wed, 07 Oct 2009 18:25:16 +0000 admin 29765 at http://www.mrc.org NOW Hits Letterman, but Shrugged at Clinton http://www.mrc.org/articles/now-hits-letterman-shrugged-clinton <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/carolyn-plocher">Carolyn Plocher</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >Poor David Letterman. Not only did blackmail force him to publicly admit unseemly workplace sexual trysts, as a simple talk show host, he's not in a position to buy off feminist condemnation with legislative goodies.</p> <br /> <p >National Organization of Women released a <a href="http://www.now.org/press/10-09/10-06.html" />statement</a> on Oct. 6 about the recent <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,558902,00.html" />Letterman sex scandal</a>, condemning Letterman for creating an “awkward, confusing and demoralizing” work environment. </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/now-hits-letterman-shrugged-clinton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Culture and Media Institute Politics clinton letterman NOW Wed, 07 Oct 2009 04:00:00 +0000 admin 28533 at http://www.mrc.org Liberals Say Conservatives are Haters and Hate Them for it. http://www.mrc.org/commentary/liberals-say-conservatives-are-haters-and-hate-them-it <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/dan-gainor">Dan Gainor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >You’re a hater. </p> <br /> <p >Face it. You wouldn’t even be reading this right-wing, reactionary claptrap if you weren’t. After all, I’m a hater as well. So are countless conservatives from Sean Hannity to Rush Limbaugh. Ann Coulter? Was that a question? Michelle Malkin. Of course, she’s a conservative star. Bill O’Reilly? The left has secured a special place in secular hell for him because he criticized partial-birth abortion Dr. George Tiller.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/commentary/liberals-say-conservatives-are-haters-and-hate-them-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Commentary Business and Media Institute Holocaustmuseumshooting letterman panetta Tue, 16 Jun 2009 19:10:45 +0000 admin 29800 at http://www.mrc.org Today Show Defends Letterman's 'Joke' http://www.mrc.org/articles/today-show-defends-lettermans-joke <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/catherine-maggio">Catherine Maggio</a> </div> </div> </div> <p >NBC host Matt Lauer interviewed Sarah Palin on June 12, and defended comedian David Letterman and his joke about the statutory rape of Palin's daughter by baseball player Alex Rodriguez.  </p> <br /> <p >When Palin began to condemn the joke as wildly inappropriate and offensive, Lauer defended Letterman: “Since David Letterman's not here, let me just say that he did not mention Willow by name, and he then went on to say he was not referring to your 14-year-old daughter,” as though to Lauer the excuse diminished the vile nature of Letterman's joke.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/today-show-defends-lettermans-joke" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Culture and Media Institute Politics daughter letterman lettermans nature Fri, 12 Jun 2009 04:00:00 +0000 admin 28649 at http://www.mrc.org Letterman Writer Scheft: Obama 'Too Competent' to Joke About http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/letterman-writer-scheft-obama-too-competent-joke-about <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2009-05-10-CSP-Scheft41.jpg" height="180" width="240" /></div><p> The proudest moment in his career, Late Show writer Bill Scheft boasted at a Friday comedy writer panel held at Washington, DC's Newseum, was when he got David Letterman to try to undermine guest John McCain's Bill Ayers talking point by raising McCain's relationship with G.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/letterman-writer-scheft-obama-too-competent-joke-about" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division JohnMcCain letterman Newseum obama Mon, 11 May 2009 10:48:06 +0000 34626 at http://www.mrc.org Networks Ignore Business Side of Strike, Even Though They Are the Business http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-business-side-strike-even-though-they-are-business <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/jeff-poor">Jeff Poor</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; So much for the conspiracy theory that major media conglomerates intentionally distort newscasts toward big corporate interests – because they won’t even defend themselves. </p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; This was evident in network coverage of the two-month-long Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike, including recent decisions to go without a settlement and begin taping late-night shows anyway. Though television companies are losing millions, that business perspective didn’t show up in pro-union coverage. </p><p> <br /> <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/networks-ignore-business-side-strike-even-though-they-are-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles Business and Media Institute Business Media Conan contract guild LateNight Leno letterman strike WGA writers writers' Thu, 03 Jan 2008 21:44:44 +0000 admin 26455 at http://www.mrc.org Lynne Cheney on CNN: 'Why Are You Running Terrorist Propaganda?' --10/30/2006 http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/lynne-cheney-cnn-why-are-you-running-terrorist-propaganda-10302006 <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> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <p> <b><font face="Arial"> <br /> </font> </b><b>1.</b> <a href="#1"><b>Lynne Cheney on CNN: 'Why Are You Running Terrorist Propaganda?' </b></a></p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/lynne-cheney-cnn-why-are-you-running-terrorist-propaganda-10302006" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division letterman Mon, 30 Oct 2006 05:00:00 +0000 34019 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Considers Leading with Good News, But Goes with Bad, in Iraq --3/4/2005 http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-considers-leading-good-news-goes-bad-iraq-342005 <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> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <p> <b><font face="Arial"> <br /> </font> </b><b>1.</b> <a href="#1"><b>ABC Considers Leading with Good News, But Goes with Bad, in Iraq </b></a></p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-considers-leading-good-news-goes-bad-iraq-342005" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division letterman rather Fri, 04 Mar 2005 05:00:00 +0000 33646 at http://www.mrc.org CyberAlert -- 10/20/2000 -- Subverting "Compassionate Image" http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-10202000-subverting-compassionate-image <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> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <p><b>Subverting "Compassionate Image"; "Nonpartisan" Democrats"; Letterman Leaned on Bush from the Left</b></p> <p><a href="#1">1) ABC didn't scold Gore for claiming Bush would end prosperity, but Dean Reynolds reprimanded Bush for saying Gore is a big spending liberal who does not deserve credit for prosperity: "This kind of language may conflict with Bush's compassionate image" and "undermine...calls for an end to partisan bickering."</a></p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-10202000-subverting-compassionate-image" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division campaign clanormal farrakhan letterman Fri, 20 Oct 2000 04:00:00 +0000 32636 at http://www.mrc.org CyberAlert -- November 8, 1996 -- GOP Witch Hunts http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-november-8-1996-gop-witch-hunts <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> <div> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="98%"> <tr> <td width="98%" valign="top"> <h3>Five items today:</h3> 1. The DNC returned donations to two large foreign donors, but CBS and NBC ignored the news. Reporting Senator D' Amato's decision to not hold Whitewater hearings, <a href="#NBC">NBC heralded the end to"high profile political witch hunts," which they barely covered</a>. <p>2.</p></td></tr></table></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cyberalert-november-8-1996-gop-witch-hunts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division clinton letterman Fri, 08 Nov 1996 05:00:00 +0000 32033 at http://www.mrc.org CyberAlert - November 8, 1996 - GOP Witch Hunts http://www.mrc.org/cyberalert/cyberalert-november-8-1996-gop-witch-hunts <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> <div align="center"> <center> <table border="0" cellpadding="5" width="500"> <tr> <td width="550" valign="top"> <h3><font face="Times New Roman" size="3">Five items today:</font></h3> <font face="Times New Roman" size="3">1. The DNC returned donations to two large foreign donors, but CBS and NBC ignored the news.</font></td></tr></table></center></div><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/cyberalert/cyberalert-november-8-1996-gop-witch-hunts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Cyberalert News Analysis Division clinton letterman Fri, 08 Nov 1996 05:00:00 +0000 admin 31655 at http://www.mrc.org