Media BiASS: And Now More…Snews..

Networks Censor Any Soundbites of Obama’s ‘Harshest Critic’ Rick Perry

 

All three network morning shows on Tuesday noted how President Obama agreed to meet with Governor Rick Perry to discuss the illegal immigration crisis, all labeling the Texas Republican to be the “harshest” and “strongest” “big critic” of the commander-in-chief’s mishandling of the chaos on the border. The only problem was that none of the broadcasts featured a single second of Perry actually voicing that criticism. On ABC’s Good Morning America, White House correspondent Jon Karl summarized Perry’s recent condemnation of Obama’s lack of action on the issue: “Perry has been one of the harshest critics here. OnThis Week he said he doesn’t believe the President really cares whether or not the border is secure.” Co-host George Stephanopoulos chimed in: “Yeah, he suggested there might even be a conspiracy to have more kids come over.”

 

ABC Finally Covers Own Reporter Clashing With White House Over Illegal Immigrant Deportations

 

It took an entire day but ABC finally reported on its own Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, and his confrontation with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Karl’s battle with Earnest came on Monday, July 7, and both that evening’s World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America on Tuesday, July 8 ignored the story. World News on Tuesday night finally provided a full report on the border crisis courtesy of Karl himself.

 

CBS Shocker: Network Promotes ‘Gun-Toting Waitresses’ Without Bias

 

CBS isn’t known to be a network friendly to gun rights. So, it was shocking to see a positive, pro-Second Amendment-rights story on Tuesday. This Morning reporter Barry Petersen profiled a Colorado restaurant that encourages open-carry of weapons. Co-host Gayle King enthused, “Plus, gun-toting waitresses. Inside the restaurant with an appetite for firearms.” Petersen explained that the armed waitresses of Shooters started as an idea when “owner Lauren Boebert [began] carrying a gun.” He added, “Boebert insist that the women be properly trained to use the guns.”

Media BiASS: News You Can’t Believe!!

Chris Matthews Proclaims Boehner Lawsuit Occurs ‘In Third World Countries Before They Have a Coup’

 

Chris Matthews’ disdain for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and his decision to sue President Obama over his use of executive orders reached a fever pitch on his Hardball program Monday night. Speaking to David Corn of the liberal Mother Jones and Howard Fineman of The Huffington Post, Matthews maintained that Speaker Boehner’s lawsuit “is the kind of Mickey Mouse that goes on in third world countries before they have a coup because people were just sick of it.”

 

ABC Ignores Own Reporter Confronting White House Press Secy. Over Deportation of Illegal Immigrants

 

On Monday, July 7, Jonathan Karl, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent, challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, over whether or not the Obama Administration was deporting illegal immigrants at the rate they claim to be. Despite the contentious back-and-forth in which the ABC reporter accused the White House of providing “disinformation” on the number of illegal children being deported, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyerignored Karl’s questioning of Earnest on Monday night.

 

NBC Laments ‘Undocumented Immigrants’ Who ‘Find Themselves In the Middle of a Raging Debate’

 

In a report on Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Miguel Almaguer portrayed illegal immigrants surging across the U.S. border as bystanders caught up in politics: “As most Americans celebrated Independence Day, thousands of undocumented immigrants from Central America – mostly women and children – find themselves in the middle of a raging debate with an uncertain future…” Almaguer touted “a show of support for Central American immigrants in San Diego” while also noting “five protesters arrested during a demonstration against those same immigrants” in Murrieta, California.

 

The View Crew: Obama is Not the Worst President!

 

A Quinnipiac poll that listed Barack Obama as the worst President since World War II had the ladies of ABC’s The View quite upset. On Thursday’s show, Jenny McCarthy defended Obama’s last place finish by asking: “isn’t the sitting President always considered the worst President?” She then griped that Obama has had to deal with the “worst Congress ever.” Sherri Shepherd spoke up for all the “happy” people on ObamaCare and guest-host Ana Ortiz played the race card as the Devious Maids actress complained: “It’s 1400 people and 73 percent of those people were white. I have never been asked a poll question ever.”

 

Skeptical NBC: Israeli Air Strike Hit ‘So-Called Terror Sites’

 

ABC, NBC and CBS offered slanted coverage of violence between Israelis and Palestinianson Monday. Today co-host Natalie Morales recounted the deaths of seven Hamas members in an air strike and qualified, “Israel says it carried out air strikes on at least fourteen so-called terror sites.”

 

For Two Days in a Row, CBS Touts Hillary Clinton as John McCain’s ‘Favorite Democrat’

 

CBS journalists over the weekend were thrilled at the possibility that Hillary Clinton might be John McCain’s “favorite Democrat.” Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer on Sunday talked to the Arizona Senator and enthused, “Hillary Clinton has said that you are her favorite Republican and I just want to ask you is she your favorite Democrat?” On Monday, CBS This Morning replayed the question and included a graphic that hyped, “favorite Democrat?”

Media BiASS: Ignoring the Truth…

NY Times Runs Only 13 Stories on IRS In Last Six Months

 

The New York Times’ motto is “all the news that’s fit to print,” but in their eyes it seems as though the IRS scandal isn’t worth printing all that much. Research conducted by the Media Research Center found that in the past 6 months (183 days) the New York Times has published only 13 news items on the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party groups. The study focused on the dates of December 25, 2013 until June 26, 2014 and did not include editorial or opinion pieces published in the Times. Not a single story on the IRS made it onto the front page of the New York Times.

 

CBS Reporter Files Puff Piece on Obama Using Letters that ‘Construct His Political Narrative’

 

Thursday’s edition of CBS This Morning featured the latest installment in the media’s love affair with President Barack Obama. CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante switched course from a constructive work of journalism he did Tuesday to a fluff piece on how Obama uses letters Americans send to the White House “to construct his political agenda.” The story comes as Obama headed to Minnesota on Thursday to have lunch with a woman who wrote to him about how sending her two children to daycare costs more than her family’s mortgage payment. Plante marveled about how the woman’s letter “fit perfectly into the President’s agenda to emphasize the difficulties facing working families.”

 

CBS Finally Covers House Speaker’s Lawsuit Against Obama Administration

 

CBS lifted its blackout of House Speaker John Boehner’s planned lawsuit against the Obama White House with a 15-second news brief on Thursday’s CBS This Morning. The network follows in the footsteps of NBC, which first mentioned the story a day earlier on Wednesday’sToday, and ABC on Wednesday’s World News. Altogether, the Big Three networks have devoted just one minute and 18 seconds to the legal development.

 

 Bill O’Reilly Uses MRC Stat to Show Liberal Media ‘Subverting American Democracy’

 

At the top of his Wednesday show, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly denounced the liberal media for “subverting American democracy.” He cited a particularly glaring double standard: “You may remember New Jersey Governor Chris Christie being pounded by the national media for a controversy on the George Washington Bridge….devoting 112 minutes to the situation in the first week….But when the VA scandal story broke, there was no coverage on the nightly network news broadcast for almost two weeks.” Those numbers were calculated by Media Research Center senior news analyst Scott Whitlock in a May 22 Media Reality Checkentitled: “In a Month, TV News Gives Less Airtime to VA Scandal than Christie Controversy Received in Four Days.”

Media BiASS:

NBC Hypes ‘Often-Scrutinized’ Hillary’s ‘Uncharacteristically Revealing’ Interview

 

Ann Curry, on Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, trumpeted that Hillary Clinton supposedly gave a “uncharacteristically revealing interview” to People magazine. Kelly O’Donnell filed a gushing report about how Mrs. Clinton apparently “has plenty to say,” and spotlighted the former Secretary of State’s new book. O’Donnell later zeroed-in on the upcoming arrival of Clinton’s grandchild and asserted that this would give a “new dimension to her already well-known, often-scrutinized political identity.” She also turned to a Washington Post editor, who played up that the former Democratic Senator might gain a political advantage from the baby.

 

Chuck Todd Peddles White House Talking Points, Insists ‘Taliban Leaders Have No American Blood On Their Hands’

 

Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, Political Director, and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, has been doing his best serving as White House stenographer. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Todd played up the White House’s justification for releasing five dangerous Taliban prisoners and argued: “At some point you’ve got to do something with these folks. And these Taliban leaders they emphasize, have no American blood on their hands, at least as far as they know.”

 

NBC’s Chuck Todd: White House Didn’t Expect Critics to ‘Swift Boat’ Bergdahl

 

Acting as a stenographer on Wednesday’s NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd parroted the Obama administration’s new attack against critics of the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange: “They did not expect this backlash on Bergdahl himself. I’ve had a few aides describe it to me as, ‘We didn’t know that they were going to swift boat Bergdahl’….a reference to that political fight back in 2004 over John Kerry’s military service that became so controversial in that campaign. So there’s some fighting words there.” The outrageous talking point was prompted by co-host Matt Lauer wondering: “Did the White House truly think this was just going to be a celebratory moment, the release of Sergeant Bergdahl? Did they not see any of this backlash coming? Were they caught flat-footed?”

 

NBC Reporter: Google Search Would Have Told White House Bergdahl Was Controversial

 

Appearing on Wednesday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, NBC Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski offered a blunt response to the notion that the White House was “taken aback” by the controversy swirling around the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner exchange: “I think if anybody at the White House would have done “Google: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl,” it would have jumped right up at them. There’s no explanation for why they didn’t know this.” Such critical analysis was prompted by host Andrea Mitchell wondering: “Were they [at the Pentagon] at least, were they somewhat taken aback, as the White House was, by the controversy that erupted over this?” Miklaszewski replied: “Not at all…”

 

NBC, CBS Skip Latest Developments in VA Scandal as It Explodes to New States

 

The Veterans Affairs scandal engulfing the Obama administration has spread into Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, but only ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday found time to cover the latest developments. GMA news reader Amy Robach revealed, “We’re learning those secret waiting lists were also kept at ten facilities in these four Midwestern western states with nearly 100 veterans waiting more than three months for treatment.” Despite the eight hours of air time available to the three network morning shows, CBS and NBC avoided the story. ABC allowed 21 seconds. The four-hour-long Today show found time to devote five minutes and 13 seconds on the subject of “six months to six pack” abs. CBS This Morning offered three minutes and 50 seconds to the phenomenon of “urban farming.”

Notable Quotes…

TV “News” Enlists in Obama’s Climate Crusade

“Let’s imagine for a moment that there’s a baby being born right now. There are, you know, babies being born all over this country. What future does this child face if nothing is done?”
— NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, May 6.

“I spent the whole day here at the White House, and the President and his staff tell me they’re most excited about this, because they think it’s going to help people plan and respond to disasters. And then something interesting happened, Diane. The President actually asked me a question. He wanted to know which storm was the worst that I had ever covered. My answer, Hurricane Sandy and Katrina.”
— ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee on World News, May 6.

“It was an honor to get in there, ask some questions…because it’s a crucial time for the President. Climate change is one of those issues that he promised to attack. To get something done now, it has to happen right now….And as the report says, it needs to happen, too, for the planet.”
— Zee on ABC’s Good Morning America, May 7.

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Media BiASS: Hyping Bullshit…..

Networks Tout White House Report on Global Warming; Hype the Perils of Climate Change

The broadcast networks all took a climate change study released by the White House and ran with it on Tuesday evening, advancing the administration’s narrative by hyping the threats of climate change while barely quoting any critics. ABC’s coverage was so soft that correspondent Ginger Zee bragged like a groupie that President Obama asked a question of her: “And then something interesting happened, Diane. The President actually asked me a question. He wanted to know which storm was the worst that I had ever covered.” Zee teed up Obama to defend his climate change agenda with this softball: “The new report, the climate situation that we’re in, seems pretty dire. What do you think you can get done in the next two years?” She also relayed the administration’s “excitement” over its agenda: “I spent the whole day here at the White House, and the President and the staff tell me they’re most excited about this, because they think it’s going to help people plan and respond to disasters.”

CNN’s King, Panelists Hit Obama from Left on Climate Change: ‘Why Did They Wait So Long?’

CNN’s John King, along with the AP’s Julie Pace and National Journal’s Ron Fournier, blasted President Obama from the left on Tuesday’s New Day over the issue of climate change. King highlighted Obama’s interviews with meteorologists in order to “push his agenda for climate change,” and wondered, “If the President has this power…through executive authority, and this issue is so important to him, why did they wait so long? Why not do this in the first term?” The two guests seconded the correspondent’s question, with Fournier hyping how the apparent crucial nature of the issue: “…The President has missed an opportunity to really seize one of the most important issues facing our globe – not just our country – and he’s let politics get in the way….you know, he had eight years. Why didn’t you start sooner?”

Networks Eagerly Push White House Climate Change Agenda Ahead of Obama Interviews

On Tuesday, the NBC, ABC, and CBS morning shows all seized on a new climate change report being released by the White House ahead of a slate of interviews with President Obama conducted by network meteorologists.  On NBC’s Today, weatherman Al Roker stood in front of the White House holding up a draft copy of the report and proclaimed: “This is why we’re here. This document, the National Climate Assessment Report, it comes out later this morning, and once it does, there are going to be administration officials, scientists around, we’ll be talking with them. And then this afternoon we interview the President of the United States about this report.”

CBS Champions Elizabeth Warren’s New Student Loan Bill; Ignores Plan to Raise Taxes

Tuesday’s CBS Evening News ran a mushy feature on Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s liberal plan to let Americans refinance their student loans by hiking taxes on the wealthy. Anchor Scott Pelley touted: “Today, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would for the first time, allow Americans to refinance student loans directly with the federal government at lower interest rates. Anthony Mason tells us debt on U.S. student loans has become an albatross for millions.” Nowhere did CBS explain that Warren would pay for the refinancing through tax hikes. What also went unreported is that Warren’s bill is a Democratic ploy to garner the youth vote in an election year.

CBS Features Lynne Cheney to Talk James Madison, But Hectors on Hillary, Gay Marriage

The hosts of CBS This Morning on Tuesday featured Lynne Cheney to talk about her new book on James Madison. However, predictably, the topics drifted towards a grilling on gay marriage and her daughters’ public spat over the subject. Additionally, Norah O’Donnell rather obviously quizzed Cheney on whether being a Secretary of State, like Madison, would still be a good path for the president in 2016. On the subject of Liz Cheney’s Senate run, O’Donnell lectured, “I do think this was an interesting story, not because it’s two daughters of a prominent vice president, but also because Mary then said that her sister was on the wrong side of history.” She added, “Was Liz on the wrong side of history?” Obviously, it was a painful thing for a mother to see her two daughters fighting publicly. If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, will the co-host bring up painful, personal topics from her marriage?

Censorship: NBC Continues to Hide Obama’s Scandal Impacting Veterans

In another example of censoring a Barack Obama scandal, NBC has ignored the brewing controversy impacting American veterans and a shocking lack of access to hospital care. Though the news of up to 40 patients dying in Arizona has been going on for months, ABC finally covered the story on Tuesday’sGood Morning America, offering a scant 29 seconds. Reporter Amy Robach informed that the President is “standing by his Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” despite a call by the American Legion on Monday for his ouster.  CBS This Morning gave it 18 seconds. Robach explained that the nation’s largest veterans group has accused “Secretary Eric Shinseki and his top aides of, quote, ‘poor oversight and failed leadership,’ after reports that as many as 40 patients in Phoenix may have died because of delays in care and allegations that hospitals have tried to cover up other delays.” Despite the controversy, this was the first time Shinseki’s name has been uttered on ABC since his nomination on December 6, 2008. Fox News and CNN have both covered the scandal, but NBC has avoided it.

Media BiASS: Playing the Only Card They Hold..Racist!!

As Correspondents’ Dinner Comedy Act, McHale Denigrates Republicans as Racists

Joel McHale, the comedy performer at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, delivered some zingers at the cable networks, the President and Democrats, but reserved his political invective for Republicans, the only group whose motivations he impugned – specifically, as racists. His very first joke: “Good evening Mr. President — or, as Paul Ryan would call you, another inner city minority taking advantage of the federal government to feed and house your family.” Soon after that one, the host of E’s The Soup and an actor on NBC’s Community, hurled: “E is also home to the Kardashians who, believe it or not, are Republicans. And I know that because they’re always trying to screw black people.”

CBS Evening News Finally Notices Benghazi Emails; Discloses Exec.’s Family Tie to White House

On FridayCBS Evening News caught up with its Big Three competitors and reported on the latest developments on the controversy surrounding the September 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. facility in Benghazi, Libya. CBS also finally mentioned its own president’s family connection to a White House official involved in the Obama administration’s handling of the immediate aftermath of the attack. Nancy Cordes gave a full report on how the “the White House released previously unseen e-mails” about the federal government’s response to the terrorist strike, which led to House Speaker John Boehner forming a new select committee to investigate the attack. Scott Pelley also disclosed that “Ben Rhodes, the White House deputy national security advisor mentioned in Nancy’s story, is the brother of CBS News President David Rhodes.”

O’Reilly: ‘Disgraceful’ Media ‘Doesn’t Give a Damn’ About Benghazi

One day after accusing the press of ignoring the Benghazi scandal in order to protect President Obama,on Thursday’s O’Reilly Factor, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly ripped into the media yet again: “Does it get any worse than that in our democracy?…The Obama administration was completely derelict in the Benghazi terror attack and was dishonest in the aftermath. And the national press doesn’t give a damn? Disgraceful.”  O’Reilly cited desperate spinning of the controversy by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and observed: “While Carney may think the press corps is stupid, he knows the press corps doesn’t care, and that’s why he says these outrageous things. He knows the coverage will be minimal, except on Fox News.”

NBC Promotes Democrat Clay Aiken Running for Congress: ‘From Pop Singer to Politician’

On Friday, NBC’s Today kicked off its 2014 midterm election coverage by doing a fawning puff piece on former American Idol contestant Clay Aiken running for Congress in North Carolina as a Democrat. Co-host Willie Geist proclaimed: “A race that’s getting a lot of attention. Clay Aiken is used to being at the mercy of the voters. He came in second on American Idol in 2003 and now he’s running for Congress in North Carolina…”  In the report that followed, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell touted Aiken on the campaign trail: “When he says hello at Brownie Lou’s restaurant or breaks out a smile for selfies, Clay Aiken is campaigning for a big career change. From pop singer to politician.”

Don Rickles: Performing for President Ronald Reagan Was the ‘Highlight of My Life’

Comedian Don Rickles told David Letterman, on Friday’s Late Show, that “the highlight of my life was doing the Ronald Reagan Inaugural,” the 87-year-old (88 on May 8) recalled of his legendary career. He reminisced about how Frank Sinatra used his clout to overcome opposition to his inclusion by Reagan aides concerned Rickles would “make us all look like jerks.”

Fools In Media…

Media Research Center
ABC Giddy Over Prospect of a “Royal” Clinton “Dynasty”

“The next generation of the Clinton dynasty is on the way….One Clinton child grew up before our eyes in the White House. Could there soon be another?”
— Correspondent Cecilia Vega on ABC’s World News, April 17.

“Move over, Prince George. This morning, Americans have their own royal, or, rather, presidential baby, to look forward to.”
— Correspondent Bianna Golodryga on ABC’sGood Morning America, April 18.

“Prince George is doing wonders for the royal family’s popularity. Look at those cheeks. This morning, speculation abounds: Could Chelsea Clinton’s own baby announcement have a similar impact on an American dynasty?”
— Correspondent Susan Saulny on ABC’s Good Morning America, April 20.

“Chelsea Clinton’s surprise announcement. Has a Clinton dynasty begun?”
— Announcer teasing an upcoming segment on ABC’s This Week, April 20.

“Very important question: What do you think Hillary Clinton should be called as a grandma?…I say maybe ‘Glam-Ma.’ Maybe ‘Glam-Ma?’”
— Fill-in host Martha Raddatz to the roundtable, later on the same show.

If Chelsea Ever Runs, We Know How the Media Will Vote

Co-host Willie Geist: “Everyone says, ‘Oh, she’s gonna run for office.’”
Co-host Natalie Morales: “She’s very busy right now. She’s helping with the Clinton Global Initiative, of course….”
Geist: “She is a very, very impressive woman.”
News reader Tamron Hall: “Yes.”
Morales: “She is.”
Geist: “And she’ll do whatever she wants to do in life.”…
Hall: “She’s lived such a wonderful life and a responsible life, giving to others….”
Morales: “But I think she really wants to help and give back. And I think that’s what she wants to do.”
Hall: “Yeah, and it’s proof in her actions that’s what she’s doing. Yeah.”
— Discussion during the 9am ET hour of NBC’s Today, April 17, before Clinton’s pregnancy was announced.

What Passes for an Objective Lede at the New York Times

“Few doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton’s nomination for President would be good for women….”
— Opening sentence of New York Times correspondent Jennifer Steinhauer’s April 22 “Political Memo” on how a Clinton candidacy might affect other prominent Democratic women.

Tax Day on MSNBC: Three Cheers for the IRS!

“Without the IRS, or something like it, we wouldn’t have a government. In fact, it’s the cornerstone upon which the entire edifice of the federal government is built. And that is precisely the reason conservatives have so consistently taken a sledgehammer to it….For almost a year, they’ve gone to war with ex-IRS official Lois Lerner, over allegations the IRS improperly targeted conservative groups….Conservatives recognize that one of the only things standing between us and a genuine plutocracy are thousands of anonymous bureaucrats doing the basic work of enforcing our nation’s laws.”
— MSNBC host Chris Hayes on All In, April 15.

Let’s Get Loud and Proud in Support of ObamaCare

“Do you think it’s time for Democrats to start campaigning loudly and positively on the benefits of ObamaCare? And will you lead that charge?”
— Politico’s senior White House reporter Edward-Isaac Dovere to President Obama at his April 17 press conference.

“We know, after the disastrous rollout, they got the enrollment numbers up — above seven million, plus Medicaid. Where is the Democratic super PAC to run this message you see on the screen? To say, ‘Hey, Republicans were wrong — we got the enrollment up. It’s not as expensive as we thought.’…Conservative super PACs are running ads, essentially saying the bad weather is ObamaCare’s fault, the traffic jam is ObamaCare’s fault….If you don’t try to change it, you won’t change it.”
— CNN’s John King on New Day, April 15.

Sinister Conservatives Don’t Want Anyone to Have Insurance

“Since when do these Tea Party congressmen care about people being uninsured? The whole point of repeal is to make sure more people are uninsured.”
— Guest host Ari Melber on MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, April 23.

Democrats Should Tell Health Care Losers: “Just Deal With That”

“The same [Democratic] party that passed and defended and implemented the most sweeping social policy in decades, who can say that millions of people now have affordable health insurance that they didn’t have before — and they’re not even owning it! No confidence, no swagger, no ‘yeah, you can’t keep your crappy plans. Just deal with that!’”
— Host Melissa Harris-Perry on her eponymous MSNBC show, April 20.

Getting Thrills Up Their Legs Over “Firebrand” Elizabeth Warren

Anchor Diane Sawyer: “Back here at home, a firebrand is back in the news with a big alert for middle class Americans, the bedrock of the nation….”
Correspondent David Muir: “It’s long been part of the American dream. Families hoping to secure their spot in America’s cherished middle class. And she is the firebrand who’s made a name fighting for them.”
Clip of Senator Elizabeth Warren: “There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own.”…
Muir: “She says she’s not running for president, Diane, but she’s clearly campaigning for the middle class tonight.”
— ABC’s World News, April 21.

Co-host Norah O’Donnell: “You have been known as a champion for the middle class. Why have you made that your calling?”…
Co-host Gayle King: “People are already thinking, ‘Buzz, buzz, buzz; president, president, president.’ I have heard you say no. I’ve heard you say no. But you have said no to many things. Why would you not even consider this, with the passion that you have?”
— Among the questions to Senator Elizabeth Warren on CBS This Morning, April 22.

“What is it about Elizabeth Warren that people love so much?”
— Host Chris Hayes to Esquire’s Charles Pierce on MSNBC’s All In, April 23.

“Some people have been calling you a — the future president. And some people say, ‘Oh, she’s Hillary Clinton’s nightmare.’ You have said you do not want to run now — you didn’t say ‘now,’ you said you do not to want run. What about the future? In the back of your mind, do you think maybe?”
— ABC’s Barbara Walters to Warren on The View, April 23.

I Have to Ask — Why Do Republicans Oppose Equality?

“Let me ask you about this debate over equal pay for women. There was a lot of debate on that last week, finally Republicans blocked it in the Senate. Are Republicans against equal pay for women? And is that going to be a good political issue in these coming midterm elections?”
— Host Bob Schieffer to Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn on CBS’s Face the Nation, April 13.

Pulling Back the Curtain on CBS’s Biased Approach

“You know, it’s fairly well discussed inside CBS News that there are some managers recently who have been so ideologically entrenched that there is a feeling and discussion that some of them, certainly not all of them, have a difficult time viewing a story that may reflect negatively upon government or the administration as a story of value….They never mind the stories that seem to, for example — and I did plenty of them — go against the grain of the Republican Party….I didn’t sense any resistance in doing stories that were perceived to be negative to the Bush administration — by anybody, ever. I do — I have done stories that I perceived were not received well because people thought they would reflect poorly upon this [the Obama] administration.”
— Former CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson on CNN’s Reliable Sources, April 20.

Why Won’t Liberals Ever “Go After” Rush Limbaugh?

“My question for liberals, Ed, is when do more boycotts of Rush Limbaugh’s sponsors come? You know, there’s been some racist garbage over the years. He’s been racist on any number of occasions. And so, you get a little bit of a boycott or a little bit of a sense that, you know, the sponsors should be challenged as they would be on the other side of the spectrum, if the shoe, so to speak, were on the other foot, on the foot of a Democratic talk show host. But you don’t see any sustained organization on the part of liberals to go after Limbaugh. We’ll see if that takes place in the future.”
— Longtime Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter, now an MSNBC political analyst, on MSNBC’s The Ed Show, April 15.

Is America Ready to “Dance in the Moonlight” With “Hard-Right” Candidates?

“Have Republicans on the right given up on beating Hillary Clinton in the center? Have they given up on beating her altogether? Or could they truly believe that the voters of this country are angry enough to follow them across the political spectrum from Barack Obama all the way to the ticked off-outskirts home to libertarian Rand Paul and hard-right Ted Cruz? Do they really think America is ready for a dance in the moonlight with one of those guys?”
— Host Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball, April 14.

None of the Networks as Tough on Obama as Joke Show Host?

“I think if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews that the sitting President of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of The Daily Show.”
— White House press secretary Jay Carney to CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett at a George Washington University forum, April 17.

“Breaking News” — from 1912

“BREAKING NEWS: Titanic sunk 102 years ago tonight.”
— On-screen headline shown on CNN Tonight, April 14.

“Perverse” How More Criminals in Prison = Less Crime

“As far as the percentage of people thrown into prison, Russia is eighth and America is number one….And there’s something very perverse about that, because not only is that a horrifying statistic in itself, but the fact is that crime in the last 20 years is down, constantly plummeting, and yet the prison population keeps going up.”
— Host Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time, April 11.

 

Media BiASS: No News, No Journalism….Just Crap…

Networks Hype Obama’s ‘Special Bond’ With the Pope, Downplay Disagreements

Thursday’s network morning shows tripped over themselves in their rush to fawn over President Obama meeting Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican. At the top of ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host Robin Roberts touted how the President “feels a special bond with the Pontiff.” On NBC’s Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd spoke of an “ideological comfort level” between the two leaders, while on CBS This Morning, White House correspondent Major Garrett described their “genuine connection.” While ABC, NBC, and CBS provided a combined 14 minutes 30 seconds of coverage to the papal meeting on Thursday, only 2 minutes 21 seconds of that air time referred to the fundamental disagreements between Obama and the Pope on a host of issues. Instead, the morning broadcasts chose to play up the “common ground” between the two men on issues of “income inequality” and “social justice.”

NBC and CBS Hope Pontiff’s Popularity Rubs Off On Obama

During coverage of President’s Obama meeting with Pope Francis on Thursday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning hoped the papal visit would boost the commander-in-chief’s sinking poll numbers. Today co-host Matt Lauer wondered: “The Pope, enormously popular….Is there something in just rubbing elbows with the Pope for President Obama?”  Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd observed: “I think that the President, particularly right now where his own approval ratings are not so hot, just being seen with the Pope, particularly in some places where there are a lot of Catholic voters in the United States, it’s not gonna hurt. So, yes, I think the White House sees this as a potential political up side.”

ABC Touts ‘Bond’ Between Obama and Pope; Forgets the Administration’s Birth Control Mandate

All the networks gave positive coverage on Thursday evening to President Obama’s meeting with Pope Francis, but ABC left out the elephant in the room, the massive conflict between the Obama administration and the U.S. Catholic Bishops over the birth control mandate. Each network reported a happy meeting; both ABC and NBC called it “historic.” All the networks highlighted the consensus between the two men on fighting poverty, as ABC noted a “bond” between the two men. “While the two men don’t see eye-to-eye on social issues like abortion and gay marriage, they have clearly formed a bond in other areas, especially in seeing fighting poverty as a moral responsibility,” ABC’s Jonathan Karl reported. However, ABC skipped the conflict between Obama and the American Catholic Bishops that at least CBS and NBC reported.

NYT Compares Obama to the Pope: Each ‘Burst’ Forth ‘as a History-Making Change Agent’

New York Times journalists Jim Yardley and Michael Shear on Thursday compared Barack Obama to Pope Francis. According to the writers, the pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage Barack Obama and the pro-life, anti-gay marriage religious leader have a lot in common. Yardley and Shear connected “an Argentine pope and an American president who each burst onto the global scene as a history-making change agent.” They insisted that each arrived “promising to promote a new post-partisan ethos, each having made the cover of Rolling Stone.”

ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS All Skip Political ID for ‘Shocking’ Corruption By Democratic Mayor

ABC, CNN, MSNBC and PBS on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the “shocking” corruption involving the Democratic mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. Yet, while talking about the tens of thousands of dollars in bribes he sought, none of these networks identified Patrick Cannon’s political party. Only a Fox News host referred to him as a Democrat. On ABC’s Good Morning America, Amy Robach asserted, “Well, the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina has resigned after being arrested during an FBI sting.” On CNN’s New Day, Christine Romans informed that undercover FBI agents “got the mayor to take almost $50,000 in bribes in exchange for favorable treatment by the city.” In contrast, Fox News Jamie Colby revealed, “There’s another Democrat in trouble over accusations of corruption.”

NBC’s Lauer Jokes Nancy Pelosi Needs ‘Food Taster’ for Birthday Gift from John Boehner

On Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer couldn’t resist mocking a nice gesture from House Speaker John Boehner to Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. News reader Tamron Hall explained: “…the House Speaker knows that his Democratic counterpart Nancy Pelosi just loves chocolate. So, for her 74th birthday on Wednesday he gave her something sweet, pints of chocolate gelato.”  Moments later, Lauer remarked: “If there’s ever a need for a food taster, that would be it right there.” After a chorus of “ohs” from his fellow hosts, he added: “I’m kidding.

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Networks Parrot White House Spin That Latest ObamaCare Delay Due to ‘Surge in Demand’

On Wednesday, all three network morning shows repeated the White House line that the reason for delaying the March 31 ObamaCare enrollment deadline was due to a last-minute “surge” of people signing up. In a 20-second news brief on NBC’s Today, fill-in news reader Tamron Hall announced “a reprieve this morning for people who’ve been trying to sign up for ObamaCare,” before noting that “the Health and Human Services Department says there has been a last-minute surge in demand.”  During a 17-second news brief on ABC’s Good Morning America, fill-in news reader Amy Robach gently described the law’s new setback as a sign-up “grace period” and declared: “…the White House predicts a crush of applicants in the final hours could cause a computer traffic jam.”

Ed Schultz: Funding Charter Schools ‘Breeds and Feeds the Next Generation of Segregation’

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on Wednesday slammed charter schools in America, sneering that funding them “breeds and feeds the next generation of segregation in America.” [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The Ed Show host talked to fellow liberal Michael Eric Dyson who complained about public schools having to compete against charter schools. He insisted, “If you would supply money to these public schools, then they could do equally as well.” Of course, public schools in Washington D.C., for instance, spend almost $30,000 per student.

NBC Blames Bush for ‘Broken System’ of Education, No Mention of Obama

Introducing a story on Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted the Washington Post publishing the resignation letter of Massachusetts kindergarten teacher Suzi Sluyter, who decided to quit her job after being “frustrated by what she says is too much emphasis on test scores and testing instead of the kids themselves.”  In the report that followed – amid clips of Sluyter reciting her letter on camera – correspondent Ron Mott declared: “A sobering assessment about standardized tests, how children are damaged by what she calls a broken system more focused on scoring them.” He soon found who to blame: “When President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in 2002, supporters applauded the sweeping reform for holding schools and teachers accountable for student performance. But it wasn’t long before complaints surfaced.” Meanwhile, the current President of the United States, Barack Obama, was not mentioned once during the segment. That despite his administration backing the increasingly controversial Common Core education standards.

Foreign Media, Fox News Cover British Prenatal Incineration Scandal; Other Media Out to Lunch

On Monday, The UK’s Daily Telegraph spotlighted the scoop of another British media outlet, Channel 4, which discovered the beyond abhorrent practice of 10 NHS hospitals incinerating over 15,000 bodies of unborn babies from miscarriages and abortions. The investigation by the Channel 4 program Dispatches found that some of the infants’ remains were even used to heat the medical facilities. This scandal, which got picked up by newspapers across much of the Anglosphere – including The Vancouver Sun and The Ottawa Citizen in Canada – has yet to receive wide coverage in the United States. So far, the only TV outlet to devote air time to the story was Monday’s The Five on Fox News Channel.

MSNBC Devotes 16 Minutes of Coverage to ‘Indefensible, ‘ ‘Racist’ Redskins ‘Slur’

With all the important things going on in the world, MSNBC on Tuesday chose to devote 16 minutes of coverage over four shows to the “indefensible,” “racist” “slur” that is the Washington Redskins logo. The fight to force team owner Dan Snyder to change the name came up on Morning Joe, The Reid Report, All In With Chris Hayes and The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell. Hayes began his coverage by sneering, “Dan Snyder is the owner of the NFL’s Washington, D.C. football team, whose name might be the last racial slur you can get away with saying at work.” The host cited NBC colleague Bob Costas’s 2013 rant as proof of a groundswell, adding, “With this kind of pressure building against it, it is getting harder and harder for Dan Snyder to defend the team’s name, to defend what is really indefensible.”