Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has as soon as every week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” choice in his “Washington Secrets and techniques” column. For every decide, often posted on-line on Monday, I present an evidence and suggest a “scream” score (scale of 1 to 5).
This submit incorporates the “Liberal Media Screams” beginning in January 2021.
> For all of 2020. For all of 2019. For all of 2018. (Re-named “Liberal Media Scream” as of June 11, 2018.) “Mainstream Media Screams” for:
> July-December 2017 posts; January by June 2017; July to December 2016; for January to June 2016; for July to December 2015; for January to June 2015. (2012-2014 are featured on MRC.org: For 2014; for June 17, 2013 by the tip of 2013. And for January 31, 2012 by June 11, 2013.)
Examine Bedard’s “Washington Secrets and techniques” weblog for the most recent selection and his different Washington insider posts. Every week, this web page might be up to date with Bedard’s newest instance of the worst bias of the week.
(For extra of the worst liberal media bias, browse the Media Analysis Middle’s Notable Quotables with compilations of the most recent outrageous, typically humorous, quotes within the liberal media.)
■ New on February 8: Liberal Media Scream: Reporter decries ‘ex-boyfriend…abuse’ from Workforce Trump
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■ February 1: Liberal Media Scream: New excessive in CNN bias, blames GOP for ‘divided America’
(Washington Examiner submit)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream contains a new excessive within the anti-GOP bias proven by CNN, this time blaming the political divide on the Tea Occasion, Sarah Palin, Roger Ailes, Fox Information, former Home Speaker Newt Gingrich, and, in fact, former President Donald Trump.
Over one hour final evening, Fareed Zakaria pointed an enormous finger on the GOP in his particular, The Divided States of America: What Is Tearing Us Aside? Time and again, the reply was boiled right down to Republicans. And if that wasn’t sufficient, Republicans had been typically described as racists.
Zakaria mentioned, “When students hung out with Tea Occasion activists, they discovered that behind the speak of taxes and large authorities had been folks largely motivated by fears about race and immigration.”
He moved on to how Ailes “turned his channel right into a right-wing bull horn, blurring information and opinion like by no means earlier than.”
He added, “Trump had a job mannequin for his exploitation of the category divide: Sarah Palin, who did it first.”
His remaining goal was Gingrich: “Earlier than there was a Donald Trump, there was a Republican pioneer who paved the best way for the Trump model of harmful politics. … His legacy has been each darkish and far-reaching — a everlasting state of conflict between the events.”
Some excerpts from CNN’s The Divided States of America: What’s Tearing Us Aside? which aired Sunday evening, Jan. 31:
FAREED ZAKARIA: When students hung out with Tea Occasion activists, they discovered behind the speak of taxes and large authorities had been folks largely motivated by fears about race and immigration.
JON MEACHAM: The individuals who have been most radicalized by the Trump years believed that variety was an thought, not a vivid actuality.
ZAKARIA: In 1950, the yr our political events had been mentioned to be too related, the nation was about 90% white. Now in 2021, as we face an existential disaster of political division, America is about 59% white.
MEACHAM: We live in probably the most vivid manifestation of the politics of worry in our historical past. That’s the place we are actually.
ZAKARIA: Ailes grew to become the go-to right-wing media strategist of the Eighties, notorious for his vicious assaults.
TV AD NARRATOR: As Gov. Michael Dukakis gave weekend furloughs to first-degree murderers.
ZAKARIA: In 1996, Ailes discovered his future when billionaire Rupert Murdoch got here calling. The best wing’s favourite hatchet man was now creating a brand new information community. The previous, mainstream media cartel had splintered.
BRIT HUME, IN OLD FNC PROMO: Lately, folks suppose TV information is about as unbiased because the commercials.
ZAKARIA: On cable, each channel wanted to search out its personal slice of the viewers. Ailes turned his channel right into a right-wing bull horn, blurring information and opinion like by no means earlier than. Huge scores and earnings quickly adopted.
ZAKARIA: Donald Trump had a job mannequin for his exploitation of the category divide: Sarah Palin, who did it first. When America’s hockey mother grew to become John McCain’s operating mate in 2008 —
SARAH PALIN, FORMER REPUBLICAN ALASKA GOVERNOR: They are saying the distinction between a hockey mother and a pit bull: lipstick.
ZAKARIA: She leaned closely on identification politics, on American values and tradition, to rile up her base.
PALIN: I’m not a member of the everlasting political institution.
ZAKARIA: Her model of America, speaking about the actual America, saying, ‘I’m one in all you,’ was the precursor of Trump’s conflict on elites.
GEORGE PACKER: Sarah Palin, who I consider as John the Baptist to Trump, she was the one who got here first.
DONALD TRUMP: Governor Sarah Palin.
ZAKARIA: However earlier than there was a Donald Trump, there was a Republican pioneer who paved the best way for the Trump model of harmful politics.
NEWT GINGRICH, FORMER REPUBLICAN HOUSE SPEAKER: I’m a real revolutionary. They’re the real reactionaries. We’re going to change their world.
ZAKARIA: That is the story of Newt Gingrich, the person who wrote the playbook for the trendy conservative motion. … It was a really completely different time in politics when civility and compromise mattered. Home Republican Chief Bob Michael was extensively often called Mr. Good Man. Think about that.
VAN JONES: Newt Gingrich is available in with a buzz noticed.
GINGRICH: What we live by is a basic civil battle, a civil conflict fought in public speeches somewhat than with armies.
ZAKARIA: The Gingrich philosophy: The one method for Republicans to win again energy was to be nasty — actually nasty.
GINGRICH: For the Democrats to principally say not solely are we going to rape you however you must pay for the resort room is a bit a lot.
ZAKARIA: To deal with Democrats not as opponents however the enemy. … His legacy has been each darkish and far-reaching — a everlasting state of conflict between the events.
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Fairly a pretentious feat by CNN and Zakaria in managing accountable the entire nation’s ills on the tone of the rhetoric from conservative political figures, as if liberals are innocent for political divisiveness. By selecting accountable just one facet, CNN and Zakaria are exacerbating the very drawback they declare to be attempting to diagnose.”
Ranking: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 25: Liberal Media Scream: Nuremberg trial for Trump?
(Washington Examiner submit)
You’ll suppose they’d be completely satisfied to maneuver on, however this week’s Liberal Media Scream options an ABC Information analyst calling for the second impeachment trial within the Senate of former President Donald Trump to be extra of a reality and accountability fee course of.
“To me, the impeachment — now we have to separate the components of the impeachment vote. I imply, different international locations have gone by this earlier than, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the factor earlier than you get to reconciliation and therapeutic, you must have some ingredient of reality and accountability on this,” mentioned Matthew Dowd.
What occurred in these international locations? South Africa arrange the Reality and Reconciliation Fee after the tip of apartheid, Japan had the Tokyo Struggle Crimes Tribunal after World Struggle II, and Germany had the Nuremberg trials.
In calling for a Trump reality tribunal, Dowd prompt that with out one, america might be in for a century of political hassle that he in comparison with racism.
Dowd throughout the roundtable on Sunday’s This Week on ABC:
“Effectively, to me, the impeachment — now we have to separate the components of the impeachment vote. I imply, different international locations have gone by this earlier than, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the factor earlier than you get to reconciliation and therapeutic, you must have some ingredient of reality and accountability on this.
“And even moreover these overseas nation examples, now we have an instance in our nation throughout Reconstruction within the aftermath of the Civil Struggle once we went by — we had been speculated to undergo a means of reality and accountability and altering the character of what went on. And when Abraham Lincoln was killed and Andrew Johnson took over, reconciling — I imply, the concept of forming a factor and demanding reality was stopped. And what did they end in, George? It resulted on this nation of Jim Crow legal guidelines, it resulted on this nation of the KKK, and it resulted on this nation of 100 years extra of a battle for justice and reality and equality in our nation.
“And so, now we have to get to a state of affairs the place, sure, let’s have a dialogue of what was the reality, what did Donald Trump do, what ought to be his accountability, and the ultimate stage of that’s: What ought to be his punishment?
“And to me, the one method to do this is to have a dialog within the trial within the Senate the place information and information and information and data is introduced in such a method that the American public can see precisely what went on, what was Donald Trump accountable for, what ought to he held accountable to. After which, finally, what ought to his punishment be?
“However we must always not do what occurred in Reconstruction. When Reconstruction was ended and we went by this large, lengthy, centurylong course of when justice lastly prevailed ultimately. We’ve got to have an perception into the reality earlier than we get to reconciliation and therapeutic.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “To say something Donald Trump has finished is on par with genocidal regimes, or that he has left the nation in a situation wherever much like a segregated, race-based two-class system just like the America within the a long time after the Civil Struggle, is simply ridiculous. The opposite panelists ought to have laughed at him. Dowd wants his personal accountability session to separate actuality from his overwrought historic comparisons.”
Ranking: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 18, 2021: Liberal Media Scream: Name to silence conservatives and kick OANN and Newsmax off air
(Washington Examiner submit)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream options CNN offering a platform for a name to take opponents OANN and Newsmax off the air and to additionally rob conservative influencers of social media shops.
On the heels of Huge Tech kicking the conservative chat website Parler and firearms website AR15.com offline, the previous head of safety for Fb and Yahoo mentioned taking platforms away from conservatives is the results of the election and protests on the U.S. Capitol.
Alex Stamos mentioned, we “have to show down the aptitude of those conservative influencers to achieve these large audiences” on Fb and YouTube.
“Then we’re going to have to determine the OANN and Newsmax drawback,” urging they be faraway from cable programs. “These corporations have freedom of speech, however I’m unsure we want Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of hundreds of thousands of properties.”
Stamos, on Sunday’s Dependable Sources, the place he appeared with Krebs Stamos Group companion Christopher Krebs, the Trump administration’s former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company:
“First, you must give attention to the violent extremists, and people corporations should be courageous in that method. And, second, now we have to show down the aptitude of those conservative influencers to achieve these large audiences. There are folks on YouTube, for instance, which have a bigger daytime — bigger viewers than daytime CNN, and they’re extraordinarily radical and pushing extraordinarily radical views.”
“And, so, it’s as much as the Facebooks and YouTubes, particularly, to consider whether or not or not they wish to be successfully cable networks for disinformation. After which we’re going to have to determine the OANN and Newsmax drawback, you understand, these corporations have freedom of speech, however I’m unsure we want Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of hundreds of thousands of properties. That is, you understand, permitting folks to hunt out info in the event that they actually wish to, however not pushing it into their faces, I believe is the place we’re going to should go right here.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “A really strong sign Huge Tech’s agenda goes past what they wish to painting as benign efforts to close down these advocating violence. Stamos laid out the following step: Use present considerations to justify a wider suppression of conservative voices who’ve allowed house for views these on the Left discover appalling. The reply is extra free speech, not letting a small group of rich Silicon Valley tech leaders abuse their energy to function ‘speech police,’ deciding which views are OK or not with the elite in the meanwhile.”
Ranking: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 11, 2021: Liberal Media Scream: CNN desires conservative media squelched in ‘nationwide emergency’
(Washington Examiner submit)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream options CNN’s senior media reporter demanding the concentrating on of conservative media shops who ignored their anti-Trump bias in reporting on the president and his administration.
On Sunday’s Dependable Sources, Oliver Darcy demanded conservative information sources be “held accountable,” clearly suggesting that they should be squelched, an enlargement of the so-called “cancel tradition” imposed with glee by shops comparable to Twitter and Fb on conservatives and even President Trump.
He cited Fox Information and “TV suppliers that beam OAN and Newsmax into properties, or Rush Limbaugh. There are lots of people profiting off of lies and conspiracy theories.”
He insisted, “this informational surroundings” should be “cleaned up.”
Darcy, on the finish of Sunday’s Dependable Sources:
“The story this week was bringing our informational disaster to the forefront. It’s a nationwide emergency. You have got firms and other people which are profiting off lies and conspiracy theories, whether or not that’s huge tech, whether or not that’s Fox Information, whether or not that’s TV suppliers that beam OAN and Newsmax into properties, or Rush Limbaugh. There are lots of people profiting off of lies and conspiracy theories, and I don’t actually see how issues get higher, how we transfer on as a rustic till this informational surroundings is cleaned up.”
After host Brian Stelter complained that “Fox Information, the Murdochs, they’re nonetheless enabling these items as a result of they’re obsessing over huge tech bias, that’s what they name it, and attempting to disregard the riot,” Darcy demanded:
“The place are they? They should be held accountable as nicely. We had been speaking rather a lot about folks like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, they should be held accountable for the lies that they’ve peddled to this nation, not solely up to now two months concerning the election both, however up to now, you understand, a number of years which have actually introduced this to the forefront.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Darcy revealed the true agenda the onerous left inside CNN: Selectively cite the baseless allegations of some on one facet of the political spectrum to justify shutting down all the key shops which permit conservative views to get an airing, silencing these with which Darcy disagrees, thus permitting the general public to solely hear left wing views. An ideal instance of ‘cancel tradition.’”
Ranking: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 4, 2021: Liberal Media Scream: Smug Chuck Todd to senator, ‘I’ve Had Sufficient of Listening to This!’
(Washington Examiner submit)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream options NBC’s Chuck Todd, who placed on his most dismissive smirk Sunday to mock Republican Sen. Ron Johnson’s protection of President Trump’s claims of election fraud.
It got here on Todd’s present, Meet the Press, and regardless of speaking over Johnson, a matter-of-fact lawmaker/businessman, the senator stood his floor and informed the host after being badgered, “You have got destroyed the credibility of the information media by your bias.”
When Johnson identified, “This hearth was began once you utterly ignored, for instance, our investigation of Hunter Biden,” Todd jumped in: “Senator. All proper, I’ve had sufficient of listening to this!”
Through the heated, multi-minute alternate, Todd turned to ridicule when Johnson mentioned investigating Trump’s allegations of voter fraud. “Why didn’t you maintain hearings concerning the 9/11 truthers? There’s loads of individuals who thought 9/11 was an inside job.” And: “How concerning the Moon touchdown? Are you going to carry hearings on that?”
From the Sunday, Jan. 3, Meet the Press:
SEN. RON JOHNSON: Chuck, this fireplace was began again in, you understand, January of 2017. Individuals like Mark Zaid in his tweet, ‘The coup has began. First of many steps. Rebel and impeachment to comply with finally.’ This was began when the mainstream media stopped, dropped any pretense of being unbiased and truly selected sides throughout this election. This hearth was began once you utterly ignored, for instance, our investigation of Hunter Biden. You realize, no proof of wrongdoing there. And now we discover out after the election, no, there’s a honest quantity of proof to the purpose that now we have an actual FBI investigation. So-
CHUCK TODD: Senator. All proper, I’ve had sufficient of listening to this!
JOHNSON: No, pay attention. I’ve had sufficient of this, too. It’s the bias of the media.
TODD: No, senator. It’s, you’ve spent, you’ve spent the final two years —
JOHNSON: It’s the bias within the media that has created a state of affairs the place Republicans and conservatives don’t belief the mainstream media. And that’s what, that’s what has destroyed the credibility of the media and our establishments and actually —
TODD: Proper, no, the destruction of the establishments —
JOHNSON: — shaken confidence on this election consequence. So I didn’t begin this … I didn’t, I didn’t mild this fireplace. This hearth was lit over 4 years in the past. And we’ve destroyed the credibility, you’ve destroyed the credibility of the information media by your bias. And naturally folks like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan destroyed the credibility of the FBI and our justice system as nicely. We’ve got an unlimited drawback on this nation. It’s unsustainable. And the one method you resolve it’s with info, and transparency, and hearings, and investigations. It’s not quackery, it’s not conspiracy concept. It’s what’s going to be required.
TODD: Let me ask you this. Then why didn’t you maintain hearings concerning the 9/11 truthers? There’s loads of individuals who thought 9/11 was an inside job. So that you’re principally saying is that if there’s sufficient individuals who consider a conspiracy concept, if there’s sufficient individuals who maintain, how concerning the Moon touchdown? Are you going to carry hearings on that?
JOHNSON: There are every kind of issues that I’d like to carry hearings on. It’s a must to form of decide and select based mostly on priorities. Proper now, now we have this election. We’ve obtained tens of hundreds of thousands of Individuals that suppose this election was stolen. We have to get the underside of it. Once more, what’s defined, we have to clarify it, get that off the desk. We additionally should acknowledge there have been some actual issues right here. There’s some points that should be explored and investigated.
TODD: You’ve obtained to ask your self once you inform folks one million occasions that one thing was stolen or one thing was fraud after which they consider it, I believe you must look within the mirror and ask your self why so many individuals believed it.
JOHNSON: Effectively, Chuck, you must have a look at your mirror since you carried the Democrats’ water on the entire Russian collusion with the Trump marketing campaign hoax —
TODD: Sen. Johnson, I’ve obtained to go. I recognize you approaching. I’ve allow you to, I’ve allow you to say loads of —
JOHNSON: That’s what you probably did within the media. You carried that water for years. You destroyed the credibility of the press, not me.
TODD: Sen. Johnson, apart from, apart from crediting you for approaching, I recognize that as a result of solely two of your colleagues had the center to say sure this weekend about this conspiracy concept that you simply’re engaged on.
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly decide: “Todd couldn’t have been extra smug and sanctimonious towards a visitor as he used his platform to discredit and mock a U.S. senator with whom he disagrees. Fairly an egregious abuse of Todd’s journalistic position, particularly because it’s very onerous to think about him ever displaying such disdain towards a liberal visitor, and another instance of why Trump supporters don’t belief the ‘mainstream media.’”
Ranking: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.
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