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Media BiASS: Ignorance is Bliss…

NBC Ignores Own Poll Showing 54 Percent of Americans Disapprove of Obama Job Performance

 

On Tuesday, the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found that President Obama’s popularity reached its lowest point since first taking office in 2009. Overall, 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job President Obama is doing as president with only 40 percent approving. Despite the negative numbers for President Obama, NBC Nightly News failed its own polling results on its Tuesday night broadcast. Rather than cover its own polling, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams spent 40 seconds promoting a video of a Norwegian mom trying to get her 2-year old son to go to bed on a hot summer night.

 

Diaz-Balart Badgers Guest: ‘How Many Terrorist Attacks in the U.S. Have Been Carried Out’ by Illegal Immigrants?

 

On his MSNBC show Tuesday morning, Jose Diaz-Balart invited on conservative commentator and film maker Dennis Michael Lynch to discuss a series of documentaries he has made that are critical of U.S. immigration policy and illegal immigration. From the start of the segment, it was clear that Diaz-Balart would be at odds with Lynch’s viewpoints and only grew to the point where he hounded Lynch on whether illegal immigrants have committed terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. When Lynch attempted to respond, Diaz-Balart cut him off and he ended the segment.

 

New Yorker Editor: Pro-Putin Anchors Are Russian Versions of Glenn Beck

 

David Remnick, on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, actually compared state-controlled Russian TV anchors to Glenn Beck. The editor of the New Yorker magazine told the PBS host that Vladimir Putin benefits from “a media that’s completely in the hands of the state” and then went on to liken pro-Putin anchors to the former conservative Fox News host and current CEO of The Blaze: “Imagine that Glenn Beck were in every anchor chair but he was appointed by the President of the United States. It’s, it’s that perverse.”

 

NBC’s Guthrie Tougher on Ohio Band Director Than Obama Advisor Susan Rice

 

On Tuesday’s Today, Savannah Guthrie had an exclusive interview with Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice, but rather than grill the controversial administration official on a variety of international crises, the NBC host merely tossed softballs. Meanwhile, about thirty minutes later, Guthrie interrogated former Ohio State University marching band director Jonathan Waters on being fired over the group’s hazing practices. Guthrie began her exchange with Rice by not even asking a question, just making a statement that “U.S. officials seem very, very confident” that the West African ebola outbreak could be contained. In her first real question to Rice, Guthrie simply wondered if the Israel-Hamas cease-fire in Gaza “will hold?” Finally, Guthrie worried that the ebola outbreak would overshadow a White House PR event with African leaders. That was the extent of interview.

 

Ed Schultz, Who Sneered at ‘Bastard,’ ‘Slut’ Conservatives, Now Decries ‘Vile’ Glenn Beck

 

Considering that Ed Schultz has been forced to apologize for calling Laura Ingraham a “slut” and for deceptively editing Rick Perry, one might think he would accept the apology of others who regret certain comments. On Monday, however, the Ed Show anchor mocked a contrite Glenn Beck, deriding the conservative’s regret over past remarks as not going “far enough.”

 

6Jon Stewart Invokes KKK to Condemn House Border Bill

 

On Monday night, Daily Show host Jon Stewart took his anti-GOP rhetoric to a new low when he invoked the Ku Klux Klan as a way of mocking House Republicans over the border crisis. During a segment focusing on Congress failing to pass a border security bill, Stewart played video of two members of the KKK who oppose illegal immigrant children coming into America as emblematic of the GOP’s position on the border crisis. The Daily Show host went on to proclaim that “we’ve got a choice between the Klan plan and our House of Representatives. Um, all right, let’s go with the House.”

Media BiASS: Nothing Here to See…..

ABC Ignores Lois Lerner E-Mails Slamming Conservative ‘Crazies;’ CBS and NBC Notice

 

ABC’s World News stood out as the sole Big Three evening newscast on Wednesday to not cover the release of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, where the former top IRS official slammed conservatives as “a**holes” and “crazies.” Instead, the news program devoted full reports to the water main that burst on the campus of UCLA and the controversy over usage charges on cell phone bills. By contrast, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News on Wednesdayboth set aside about two minutes each of air time to Lerner’s “salty language,” as NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell put it. (The broadcast networks have a long record of spiking the IRS scandal.)

 

 ABC’s Harris Falsely Hits Sarah Palin as the ‘Woman Who Says She Can See Russia from Her House’

 

Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris on Monday night mocked Sarah Palin for her new internet channel and falsely identified the conservative as “the woman who says she can see Russia from her house.” No, she didn’t. It was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live who uttered this line.

 

Jorge Ramos Hits Hillary from the Left on Immigration: ‘Do You Think You Have a Latino Problem?’

 

In an interview with Hillary Clinton aired Tuesday on his Fusion show America, anchor Jorge Ramos repeatedly pressed the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate from the left on the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, demanding: “Do you think you have a Latino problem?…I’m saying it because recently you said about the Central American children coming to the United States that we have to send them back.” After Clinton argued for only allowing children seeking legitimate asylum to stay, Ramos cited one of her possible 2016 rivals: “But if you deport them, Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley said that if you send them back, you would send them back to certain death. Do you agree that if we deport some of these children that they’re – it’s a death sentence for them?”

 

Geraldo: ‘Shame On Drudge’ for Trying to ‘Stir Up Civil War’ with His Border Crisis Stories

 

On Monday, Geraldo Rivera barked at his fellow FNC hosts for using the term “illegals” around him. On Wednesday, he amped up his attacks on conservatives when, on his WABC radio show, he accused Matt Drudge of “doing his best to stir up a civil war” because he was posting so many border crisis stories. Rivera also attacked him on Twitter: “Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’”

 

NBC Touts Vermonters Pining for Single-Payer Health Care Like Canadian Neighbors

 

In a report for Sunday’s NBC Meet the Press, correspondent Kevin Tibbles highlighted Vermont’s effort “to push into unchartered waters and go further than ObamaCare.” He explained the left-wing proposal: “Vermont’s Democratic state government says it can deliver health care more efficiently and for less to every one of its 600,000 residents equally. All paid for with tax dollars to the tune of some $2 billion a year.” Tibbles noted how, “Doctors bills would go to the state government, essentially eliminating the need for people to purchase private insurance.” He then posed the question: “A solution to America’s healthcare crisis or the road to bankruptcy for Vermont?”

 

NBC: Firefighters Battling California Wildfires Are On ‘Front Lines of Climate Change’

 

Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News exploited California wildfires to push climate change. Correspondent Miguel Almaguer declared: “The fire season not just expensive, but historic. Nationwide so far this year, more than 32,000 wildfires have burned. 1.6 million acres charred, most of them in the west. Feeding the fires, drought crippling 60% of the west….Crews call this the front lines of climate change, a longer more destructive fire season.” Introducing the story, anchor Brian Williams warned: “In the American west tonight, a huge wildfire is burning in Yosemite National Park. One of more than 200 of them firing up in just this last week in California alone as this drought emergency continues to get worse.”

 

Stunner on The View: You Want to Protect Yourself Ladies? ‘Get a Gun in Your Home!’

 

Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday’s edition of The View. Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman’s right to protect herself and her children with a gun! The one panelist who didn’t want a gun in the house? ABC Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer. The three who favored firearm ownership (Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and FNC’s Juliet Huddy) all shared the real world threats that prompted them to go get a gun.

Media BiASS!!

ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

 

Both ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News on Thursday evening failed to mention a new, troubling report from the Census Bureau on Thursday night that sales of new homes decreased by 8.1% in June and that May’s originally reported double-digit increase was revised lower, from almost 19% to only 8 percent. The CBS Evening News did cover this story, but it only was in the form of a 12-second news brief from anchor Scott Pelley. Pelley grimly reported: “Today’s report on the housing market is raising concerns about the economic recovery. Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month, more than 8%, and that’s the largest decline in nearly a year.”

 

MSNBC’s Schultz Slams Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Plan; ‘Out There Selling the Turd in the Punch Bowl’

 

Ed Schultz spent a portion of his opening monologue on his MSNBC show Thursdayattacking Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his latest policy proposal to reform government welfare programs, declaring that Ryan is “more radical than ever” and he’s “out there selling the turd in the punch bowl.” After trumpeting the long-standing liberal policy of increasing the minimum wage, Schultz moved to attack Ryan and a speech he madeThursday in which he offered, among many topics, plans to consolidate government welfare programs and reform federal education spending.

 

CBS and NBC Finally Notice Criticism of Obama Fundraising Amid Crises, ABC Still Ignores

 

Both Wednesday’s CBS Evening News and Thursday’s NBC Today offered full reports on President Obama being criticized for attending Democratic Party fundraisers at a time of international crises. ABC continued to remain silent on the growing controversy. On Evening News, White House correspondent Major Garrett reported: “President Obama arrived late today in Los Angeles for his fifth meeting with big donors in two days.” A clip played of Garrett challenging Press Secretary Josh Ernest: “Could you address what many Americans believe is either the trivial or unnecessarily-distracting obligation of presidents – including this one – to raise money in the course of conducting important matters of state?”

 

NBC Notes Apollo 11 Astronauts’ Meeting With Obama; Ignores Press Shut Out of Oval Office

 

On Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams reported the Apollo 11 astronauts’ meeting with President Obama to mark the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, but failed to mention that only photo journalists were permitted to cover the event. Williams spotlighted Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’s visit to the White House, and how “with them in spirit in the Oval Office today was the late, great Neil Armstrong.”

 

ABC, NBC Ignore Montana Democrat Accused of Plagiarizing Masters Thesis

 

On Thursday, July 24, the New York Times revealed that Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized his Master’s thesis from the United States Army College and that at least 25 percent of his paper “was either taken without attribution from other authors’ works or improperly sourced.” Despite the embarrassing revelation, CBS This Morning was the only network morning news show to report on the plagiarism scandal whereas NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the story.

 

NY Times Decries ISIS’s ‘Brutal Crackdown’ on Iraqi Christians; Big Three Networks Yawn

 

ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the dire situation of Christians in Iraq, particularly after ISIS’s takeover of the key city of Mosul. The Islamic extremist group drove most of the Christians out of the city, and issued an ultimatum to those who remained: covert to Islam, pay a hefty tax, or face death. Refreshingly, the New York Times spotlighted the crisis in a Thursday op-ed, and noted that the Christian community in Mosul has lived there for nearly 2,000 years.

Media BiASS: Meh….

Networks Ignore GAO’s Study on ObamaCare Accepting Fake Applications; NBC Touts Enrollment

 

The Big Three networks’ morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the Government Accountability Office’s undercover tests of ObamaCare’s sign-up systems that uncovered that fraudulent documents were able to procure federal health plans and subsidies. On Wednesday, Amy Goldstein of the Washington Post reported that “undercover GAO investigators tried to obtain health plans for a dozen fictitious applicants….All but one of the fake applicants ended up getting subsidized coverage — and have kept it.” Brian Williams skipped this GAO investigation on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, but set aside 21 seconds of air time to tout the latest enrollment numbers for ObamaCare.

 

ABC, NBC Ignore Obama’s West Coast Fundraising Trip Amid Turmoil in Ukraine and Israel

 

ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today continued to ignore President Obama’s fundraising trips across the country Wednesday morning as he spent Tuesday raising money for Democrats in California and Washington state. While CBS This Morning did mention that Obama was on the West Coast for fundraisers and that it has drawn criticism from Republicans, it lasted for only 27 seconds. Among the news stories covered at the top of the 8:00 a.m. hour, co-host Gayle King read a news brief in which she stated that “President Obama faces criticism this morning for following through with a fund-raising trip to the West Coast.” King mentioned that Obama made stops in two states to raise money for Democrats and added that: “Many Republicans say that his priorities should be focused on the tensions with Russia and the turmoil in the Middle East.”

 

NBC Spotlights Bloomberg Blasting FAA for Suspending Flights to Israel; ABC, CBS Omit

 

Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News was the sole Big Three evening newscast to notice the criticism of the Obama administration banning U.S. airliners from traveling to Israel. Prominent politicians from both sides of the political spectrum, including Senator Ted Cruz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have denounced this move by the FAA. Senator Cruz accused the administration of using the “federal regulatory agency to launch an economic boycott on Israel.”

 

NBC Discovers Hypocrisy of Michael Moore’s Wealth; Used Him to Bash Wall Street in Past

 

On Wednesday, NBC’s Today offered a surprising full report on “filmmaker and liberal activist” Michael Moore tarnishing his “blue-collar, anti-capitalist image” after it was revealed during divorce proceedings that Moore and his now ex-wife lived in a Michigan mansion, “the 10,000-square-foot house, reportedly in the same neighborhood as Madonna and Bruce Willis.” Back in 2009, the morning show invited Moore on the broadcast to bash big bonuses for Wall Street executives. In part, Moore ranted against the wealthy business leaders living in “gated communities” and “castles with moats around them.” Perhaps Moore should have remembered that people living in giant mansions shouldn’t throw stones.

Media BiASS: Pandering Idiots……..

CBS, NBC Ignore Conflicting Court Rulings on Future of ObamaCare Subsidies

 

On Tuesday, July 22, two federal appeals courts ruled in different directions over the constitutionality of tax subsidies given to individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal ObamaCare exchange. At issue, was language in the law where subsidies would be given to individuals who purchased health insurance in an exchange “established by the state.” In a 2-1 ruling, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled that the IRS went too far by providing subsidies to individuals on the federal exchange but a separate ruling by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld those same subsidies. Despite the contradictory rulings and the likelihood that the Supreme Court will take up the case, ABC was the only network evening news show to cover the story on Tuesday night.

 

CBS News Relegates Latest In IRS Scandal To Its Website

 

On Tuesday, July 22, CBS News’ Stephanie Condon got around to reporting that the IRS may in fact be able to recover Lois Lerner’s missing emails despite previous claims that they were permanently lost. In testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Thomas Kane, deputy associate chief counsel to the IRS, maintained that “there is an issue as to whether or not there is a – that all of the backup recovery tapes were destroyed on the six-month retention schedule.” Although CBS was a day late covering the latest in the IRS scandal, when the network finally reported on this development, it didn’t make it onto CBS News’ airwaves and instead appeared only on CBSNews.com.

 

The View Crew: Stop Trying to Shame Hillary with Bill’s Mistresses!

 

The women of The View are sick and tired of people using Bill Clinton’s mistresses to get in the way of Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions. At the top of Tuesday’s show Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic: “You know, there’s a new book called The First Family Details: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. And it claims that Bill Clinton has a mistress that visits the house so often that when Hillary is out of town, they see her and they have nicknamed her The Energizer.”

 

Brian Williams Grills Netanyahu, Then Touts Hamas Calling Him A ‘War Criminal’

 

In an interview with Benjamin Netanyahu aired on Monday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams hyped how the Israeli Prime Minister was “under increasing fire for the civilian deaths we’ve seen in Gaza” and proceeded to hammer Netanyahu on the topic: “Last night our network aired scenes of the largest hospital in Gaza having to turn away dead bodies at the hospital morgue. There was no more room….How does it strike you as a father, as a human being?” Following the tough questions to Netanyahu, Williams didn’t bother to bring on a Palestinian official to equally grill, instead, he simply read a statement from Hamas terrorists: “Hamas tells NBC News in a statement tonight, quote, ‘It is Netanyahu and his army of war criminals that have targeted and continue to target innocent and defenseless civilians. As for Hamas, every single Israeli killed by its fighters or its rockets except one have been soldiers in uniform, on duty, fully armed and on the battlefield.'”

 

ABC Derides Perry’s Border Move: ‘Not Needed’ and Comes With a ‘Hefty Price Tag’

 

All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry’s “controversial,” expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, “But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits the military from enforcing civilian laws.”

 

S.E. Cupp’s ‘View': ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ Against CNN and NBC Reporters With Anti-Israel Bias

 

Appearing as a guest on ABC’s The View on Monday, CNN Crossfire co-host S.E. Cupp – who is reportedly in talks to join the daytime talk show – told the hosts it was justified for CNN correspondent Diana Magnay and NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin to be removed from reporting in the Gaza Strip after both expressed anti-Israel bias. After Cupp noted the social media comments made by Magnay and Mohyeldin, she observed: “Look, you’re a reporter and your job, no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings, your job is to be objective.” Co-host Jenny McCarthy asked: “So do you think it’s okay for them to lose their job?” Cupp replied: “You know, discipline was necessary. Yeah, it was.”

Media BiASS; NBC, Nothing But Crap…….

NBC Continues Blackout of Latest VA Hearing, Highlights Giant African Snails Instead

 

On Monday night, the House Veterans Affairs Committee held a highly contentious hearing featuring Allison Hickey, chief of the VA’s benefits division and VA whistleblower Kristen Ruell. Despite the new details in the VA scandal, NBC has yet to acknowledge the hearings’ existence on any of its morning or evening news broadcasts. The evening of Tuesday, July 15 saw only the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley cover the VA scandal, with both ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News ignoring the congressional hearing. During their Tuesday morning newscasts, ABC’s Good Morning America gave the VA hearing a mere 23 seconds whereas NBC’s Today continued its tradition of ignoring the testimony.

 

NBC Ignores VA Whistle-Blower Hearing; ABC Gives News Only 23 Seconds

 

On Tuesday morning, NBC’s Today refused to cover the latest news in the Veterans Affairs scandal as the House Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony Monday night from additional whistle-blowers who faced punishment from superiors for identifying allegedly manipulated response times for veterans who filed benefit and disability claims. Coverage of the latest news saw only two minutes and 26 seconds of air time total with only 23 seconds of that from ABC’s Good Morning America. Meanwhile, CBS This Morning spent two minutes and three seconds on the story during the 7:00 a.m. hour.

 

NBC Reporter Acts As Hamas Spokesman, Denies Terror Group Uses Civilians As Human Shields

 

Reporting from the Gaza Strip during MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on July 14, NBC foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, formerly of Al Jazerra and CNN, parroted Hamas denials that it deliberately placed missile batteries in civilian buildings in Gaza: “They definitely reject the labeling of using civilians as human shields….Hamas military wing people that we’ve been speaking to and others – not just on these past few days, but in the past several years, because this is an issue that always comes up against Hamas – they will say that this is the nature of the battlefield that they have to fight in. That this is not an issue by design, but as a reality of what Gaza is like because it’s so densely populated.”

Media BiASS: Ignore It…Maybe It Will Go Away…

CNN’s Cuomo Mocks IRS Scandal During Immigration Segment; Asks ‘Where is the Humanity’ to Help Kids at Border?

 

On Monday, viewers of CNN saw the hosts of New Day continue their championing of the Obama administration on illegal immigration with co-host Chris Cuomo asking for the rule of law to be set aside. Cuomo also mocked Republicans for being obsessed with the IRS scandal and not responding with compassion to the “flood of child humanity.” Cuomo soon mocked: “You spend weeks subpoenaing emails, on you know, on – what’s going on with the IRS, but you really not going to fight your way into these kids? It’s cause you don’t want to.”

 

ABC and NBC Continue to Ignore Latest In VA Scandal

 

ABC and NBC continued their tradition of ignoring the latest controversy surrounding the Veterans Affairs department. On Monday morning, only CBS This Morning covered the news that the VA has problems paying veterans for service-related injuries with NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignoring the developments. On the evening of July 14, only the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley covered the latest revelations while ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News were nowhere to be found. The CBS Evening News provided a full 2 minute and 19 second report on how “some employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs altered records to make it appear that vets were receiving disability checks faster than they actually were.”

 

ABC, NBC Ignore Latest on VA Scandal; CBS Allows a Scant 21 Seconds

 

Of the three morning shows on Monday, NBC and ABC ignored the latest controversy enveloping the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs department. Only CBS This Morning bothered to cover the news that the VA has problems paying men and women compensation for service-related injuries. This Morning co-host Charlie Rose sped through the story in just 21 seconds. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Rose quickly related, “The agency is now accused of sloppiness and improper work, paying claims to veterans injured while serving.”

 

CNN’s Whitfield Tosses Softballs at ‘Inspirational,’ ‘Visionary’ Marion Barry

 

Fredricka Whitfield put on the kid gloves for Marion Barry on Sunday’s CNN Newsroom, and acclaimed the former D.C. mayor as a “visionary.” Whitfield skirted mentioning every single controversy Barry has been involved in through his long career save one – his “infamous drug bust in 1990.” She also spotlighted the Democrat’s conspiracy theory that the FBI set up the sting to take him down for helping the poor: “You draw that correlation that all of those things that you did for the underserved community…and the design of this drug bust.” The anchor deferentially let Barry take credit for everything supposedly going well with the city of Washington, D.C., but failed to bring up the fact that the District became the “murder capital” of the U.S. during his tenure as mayor.

 

Martha Raddatz Laments: With So Many International Crises, John Kerry Can’t ‘Prioritize’

 

Echoing past defenses of Jimmy Carter, Good Morning America’s Martha Raddatz on Monday indicated that there are simply too many international flare-ups for John Kerry and the Obama administration to focus on just one. Referring to the ongoing violence between the Israelis and the Palestinians, Raddatz lamented, “But diplomats really only so much bandwidth when they’re dealing with things. They have to prioritize.”

 

Obama-Nominated Justice Kagan Officiates at Wedding of CBS News Reporter to Ex-Obama Staffer

 

Julianna Goldman, who endured a marriage to former MSNBC host/reporter David Shuster, got married on Saturday, in Aspen, Colorado, to Michael Gottlieb, a former associate White House counsel for Obama. The New York Times reported on Sunday that Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, a former colleague of Gottlieb’s at the White House, “officiated.” Goldman was Bloomberg’s White House correspondent until a few weeks ago. “Next month,” the NY Times item noted, “she is to join CBS News as a television correspondent in its Washington bureau.”