MichelleObama http://www.mrc.org/taxonomy/term/794/all en CNN's O'Brien Grills 'The Obamas' Author Over 'Controversial' Portrait of First Lady http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnns-obrien-grills-obamas-author-over-controversial-portrait-first-lady <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-hadro">Matt Hadro</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/BiasAlert/uploads/2012-01-13-CNN-StartingPoint-Kantor dos.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="133" /></div> <p>In a testy interview Friday morning on CNN's Starting Point, host Soledad O'Brien gave New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor the third degree over the credibility of her new book "The Obamas." O'Brien repeatedly hit Kantor for not having interviewed First Lady Michelle Obama since 2009, despite Kantor having used Obama's own aides as sources for her material.<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cnns-obrien-grills-obamas-author-over-controversial-portrait-first-lady" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BiasAlert CNN JodiKantor liberalmediabias MichelleObama NewYorkTimes SoledadO'Brien StartingPoint Mon, 16 Jan 2012 02:27:00 +0000 38898 at http://www.mrc.org The Obamas Wish NBC's Today a Happy 60th Anniversary http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/obamas-wish-nbcs-today-happy-60th-anniversary <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>Amid the 60th Anniversary celebrations on Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared: "Remember the ad campaign over the years that called us, 'America's First Family'? Well, we are honored this morning to have a message of congratulations from America's real First Family." A clip played of Barack and Michelle Obama praising the morning show as "part of American culture." [<em><strong><a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2012-01-13-NBC-TDAY-Obamas.mp3">Audio available here</a></strong></em>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/obamas-wish-nbcs-today-happy-60th-anniversary" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division Anniversary BarackObama BiasAlert liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC Today Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:57:00 +0000 38892 at http://www.mrc.org NBC Cheers: Michelle Obama 'Chose to Fight Back' Against 'Controversial New Book' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-cheers-michelle-obama-chose-fight-back-against-controversial-new-book <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-01-11-NBC-TDAY-Williams.jpg" border="0" width="241" height="179" /></div> <p>On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams proclaimed to viewers: "A new book you may have heard about written by a reporter for the New York Times about life in the Obama White House paints what is at times a not-so-flattering picture of First Lady Michelle Obama and today she chose to fight back."<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbc-cheers-michelle-obama-chose-fight-back-against-controversial-new-book" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division AndreaMitchell BiasAlert BrianWilliams JodiKantor liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC NightlyNews TheObamas Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:54:00 +0000 38895 at http://www.mrc.org CBS's King Goes Gaga Over Obama Family; No Questions About Lavish Expenses http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-king-goes-gaga-over-obama-family-no-questions-about-lavish-expenses <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-01-12-CBS-CTM-King.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="181" /></div> <p>Gayle King made it clear that she is in the tank for the Obama campaign on Thursday's CBS This Morning, specifically vouching that Michelle Obama apparently is "<strong>passionate</strong>," and that the First Lady is "<strong>looking forward to returning for another four years. They're going to work very hard to make that happen</strong>."<br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-king-goes-gaga-over-obama-family-no-questions-about-lavish-expenses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BiasAlert cbs CBSThisMorning CharlieRose GayleKing liberalmediabias MichelleObama Thu, 12 Jan 2012 23:29:00 +0000 38890 at http://www.mrc.org Kantor 'Labored and Labored' to Make Her Jeremiah Wright Reporting Fair to Obama http://www.mrc.org/articles/kantor-labored-and-labored-make-her-jeremiah-wright-reporting-fair-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jodi Kantor, talking on Facebook about her new biography of the Obamas, reacts to a question on how Fox News and the Drudge Report were using her book &quot;as a racial attack against the Obamas&quot;: &quot;Back in 2007, I broke the initial news of tension between Barack Obama and Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and then I wrote this story, which I labored and labored over to make fair: You can imagine the way my reporting was portrayed in other outlets.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>On Wednesday afternoon, New York Times political reporter Jodi Kantor hosted a live <a href="http://www.facebook.com/nytimes">Facebook</a> discussion on her new book on the Obamas and especially First Lady Michelle Obama. If this Facebook session is any indication, the <a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/articles/2011/20111118122622.aspx">book</a> matches Kantor's previous promotional coverage of the First Couple.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/kantor-labored-and-labored-make-her-jeremiah-wright-reporting-fair-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Books JeremiahWright JodiKantor liberalmediabias MichelleObama NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Thu, 12 Jan 2012 20:24:00 +0000 38772 at http://www.mrc.org CBS's Gayle King Sucks Up to Friend Michelle Obama; Lets Her Throw Race Charge http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-gayle-king-sucks-friend-michelle-obama-lets-her-throw-race-charge <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2012-01-11-CBS-CTM-King.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="181" /></div> <p>New anchor Gayle King tossed softballs at admitted friend Michelle Obama on Wednesday's CBS This Morning. King sympathized with the First Lady over how many supposedly see her.</p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/cbss-gayle-king-sucks-friend-michelle-obama-lets-her-throw-race-charge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert cbs CBSThisMorning CharlieRose GayleKing JodiKantor liberalmediabias MichelleObama Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:16:00 +0000 38882 at http://www.mrc.org ABC's Walters Contrasts Obama Marriage with Gingrich Marital Problems http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abcs-walters-contrasts-obama-marriage-gingrich-marital-problems <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2011-12-23-ABC-2020-Walters1.jpg" border="0" /></div> <p>During her interview with President and Mrs. Obama on Friday's <em>20/20</em>, ABC's Barbara Walters made a point of contrasting GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's history of marital problems with the successful marriage of the First Family. Walters introduced the topic as she observed:<br /><br /></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;">I'm looking at you. You're holding hands. That's very sweet. How many years married?<br /> <br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abcs-walters-contrasts-obama-marriage-gingrich-marital-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division 20/20 abc BarackObama BarbaraWalters BiasAlert Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MichelleObama NewtGingrich Sat, 24 Dec 2011 20:37:00 +0000 38572 at http://www.mrc.org Barbara Walters' Slobbering Interview with Obama: What Super Power Do You Want? http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/barbara-walters-slobbering-interview-obama-what-super-power-do-you-want <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>Barbara Walters, who famously asked Katherine Hepburn <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_X2Xd1iOmM">what type of tree</a> she was, may have outdone herself in a slobbering interview with Michelle and Barack Obama. In previews of Friday's 20/20 segment, Walters asked the President, "<strong>If you were a superhero and you could have one super power, what would it be?" </strong>[MP3 audio <a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2011-12-19-ABC-TheView-WaltersObama.mp3">here</a>.]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/barbara-walters-slobbering-interview-obama-what-super-power-do-you-want" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BarackObama BarbaraWalters BiasAlert liberalmediabias MichelleObama Fri, 23 Dec 2011 16:34:00 +0000 38569 at http://www.mrc.org ABC Parrots White House Spin for Booing of Michelle Obama: 'Not Clear' What Intent Was http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abc-parrots-white-house-spin-booing-michelle-obama-not-clear-what-intent-was <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> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2011-11-21-ABC-GMA-nascar.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="178" /></div> <p>Good Morning America's Josh Elliott on Monday repeated White House talking points in regard to the booing of Michelle Obama at a NASCAR event on Sunday.</p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abc-parrots-white-house-spin-booing-michelle-obama-not-clear-what-intent-was" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc BiasAlert cbs EarlyShow GoodMorningAmerica JeffGlor JoshElliott liberalmediabias MichelleObama NASCAR Mon, 21 Nov 2011 16:58:00 +0000 38440 at http://www.mrc.org Jodi Kantor's Latest Fawnathon Over Michelle Obama http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/jodi-kantors-latest-fawnathon-over-michelle-obama <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> More hard-hitting Times coverage of the First Lady: &quot;In an administration in which so much has gone awry, Michelle Obama has become a dependable source of good news....Will the president&#039;s no-nonsense wife, who never wanted to be in politics in the first place, save the day for him?&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, whose book on the Obamas comes out in January, reappeared on Friday's front page to fawn over Michelle Obama, '<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/18/us/politics/michelle-obamas-mission-energizing-the-campaign.html?_r=1&hp">First Lady Takes On the Role of Staff Energizer</a>.'<br /><br /></p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/jodi-kantors-latest-fawnathon-over-michelle-obama" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch Books Campaign2012 JodiKantor liberalmediabias MichelleObama NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias TimesWatch Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:26:00 +0000 651 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Mitchell Gushes Over Michelle Obama As 'Not So Secret Political Weapon' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-mitchell-gushes-over-michelle-obama-not-so-secret-political-weapon <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/brad-wilmouth">Brad Wilmouth</a> </div> </div> </div> <div style="float: right;"><img src="http://www.mrc.org/biasalert/uploads/2011-10-19-NBC-Mitch1.jpg" border="0" width="240" height="179" /></div> <p>On Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Andrea Mitchell filed a report in which she gushed over First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign skills, dubbing her as President Obama's "not so secret political weapon."<br /><br />Mitchell recounted the First Lady's campaign appearance from earlier in the day:</p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-mitchell-gushes-over-michelle-obama-not-so-secret-political-weapon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division AndreaMitchell BarackObama BiasAlert Campaign2012 liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC NightlyNews Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:18:00 +0000 38310 at http://www.mrc.org Truth to Power: Al Roker Asks Michelle Obama if She Buys Toilet Paper in Bulk at Costco http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/truth-power-al-roker-asks-michelle-obama-if-she-buys-toilet-paper-bulk-costco <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 First Lady Michelle Obama that aired on Wednesday's NBC Today, weatherman Al Roker gushed over recent shopping trip to Target and wondered: "...do you sometimes miss the ability to do something like that on a regular basis?...<strong>Do you go to Costco? Do you buy a lot of toilet tissue at once?" </strong>[<a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2011-10-12-NBC-TDAY-Roker.mp3">Audio available here</a>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/truth-power-al-roker-asks-michelle-obama-if-she-buys-toilet-paper-bulk-costco" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division AlRoker BiasAlert liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC shopping Target Today Wed, 12 Oct 2011 14:52:00 +0000 38277 at http://www.mrc.org NBC's Today Swoons Over Michelle Obama Shopping at Target http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-today-swoons-over-michelle-obama-shopping-target <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>Friday's NBC Today devoted an entire segment to photos of First Lady Michelle Obama stopping by a Target store in Alexandria, Virginia, as Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O'Donnell – on location at the shopping center – gushed: <strong>"Check this out. Behind those dark glasses, tucked under that Nike cap, one of the world's most famous women. Yes, that is the First Lady of the United States at Target."</strong> [<a href="http://newsbusters.org/sites/default/files/2011-09-30-NBC-TDAY-MichelleObama.mp3">Audio available here</a>]<br /> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/nbcs-today-swoons-over-michelle-obama-shopping-target" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division BiasAlert KellyO'Donnell liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC Target Today Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:33:00 +0000 38219 at http://www.mrc.org In South Africa, Michelle Obama's Very Presence Raises Hopes and Opinion of America http://www.mrc.org/articles/south-africa-michelle-obamas-very-presence-raises-hopes-and-opinion-america <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Celia Dugger: &quot;The prickly ambivalence that South Africans often show toward the United States, which is often perceived here as an overbearing superpower, seems to have been suspended for Mrs. Obama. South Africans have embraced her with stirring emotion since she arrived on Monday, and she has been hugging them back, one by one, stop after stop.&quot; </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/clay-waters">Clay Waters</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Isn't in inspiring? <a href="http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/articles/2011/20110321125552.aspx">Once again</a>, the Obama family is bringing peace and raising esteem for America in a foreign land by their very presence.</p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/articles/south-africa-michelle-obamas-very-presence-raises-hopes-and-opinion-america" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Articles TimesWatch CeliaDugger Diplomacy liberalmediabias MichelleObama NewYorkTimes NewYorkTimesbias SouthAfrica TimesWatch Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:44:00 +0000 admin 375 at http://www.mrc.org ABC and NBC Starstruck by 'Patented Michelle (Obama) Power' http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abc-and-nbc-starstruck-patented-michelle-obama-power <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/alex-fitzsimmons">Alex Fitzsimmons</a> </div> </div> </div> <p>ABC and NBC have delivered fawning coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama's visit this week to South Africa and Botswana, oozing over the "celebrity" and "excitement" of the "patented Michelle power" on display. To its credit, CBS has largely taken a pass on the idolatry.</p> <p> </p> <p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://www.mrctv.org/embed/102997" width="475" height="270" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p> </p><p><a href="http://www.mrc.org/bias-alerts/abc-and-nbc-starstruck-patented-michelle-obama-power" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BiasAlerts News Analysis Division abc Africa BiasAlert dianesawyer KristenWelker liberalmediabias MichelleObama NBC NightlyNews WorldNews Wed, 22 Jun 2011 20:24:00 +0000 37846 at http://www.mrc.org