Since late January of 2012, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard has as soon as per week featured a “Mainstream Media Scream” choice in his “Washington Secrets and techniques” column. For every choose, often posted on-line on Monday, I present an evidence and suggest a “scream” ranking (scale of 1 to 5).
This put up incorporates the “Liberal Media Screams” beginning in January 2021.
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Verify Bedard’s “Washington Secrets” blog for the most recent selection and his different Washington insider posts. Every week, this web page can be up to date with Bedard’s newest instance of the worst bias of the week.
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■ New on February 22: Liberal Media Scream: Liberals rush to dump on Rush Limbaugh
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■ February 15: Liberal Media Scream: CNN’s Don Lemon goes there and blames ‘horrible Reagan’
(Washington Examiner put up)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream options ranting CNN host Don Lemon tying all the things he doesn’t wish to one of the crucial widespread presidents in United States historical past: Ronald Reagan.
“Reagan was horrible,” mentioned Lemon, who steered that the Republican’s two-term presidency paved the way in which for the Capitol riots.
Shouting over fellow CNN host Chris Cuomo, Lemon mentioned Republicans are additionally unhealthy for respecting Reagan.
“They maintain him as much as a gold customary. Whenever you take a look at what he really achieved, he didn’t,” he mentioned.
From the Thursday, Feb. 11 CNN Tonight, in the course of the handoff from Chris Cuomo’s 9 p.m. present to Lemon’s 10 p.m. present:
CHRIS CUOMO: Reagan and Bush Republicans have been nothing like these guys.
DON LEMON: I don’t find out about that.
CUOMO: Simply the problem of immigration. Take a look at how Reagan and George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush talked about immigration.
LEMON: Reagan was the primary presidential election that I voted in. And hear, … I’m simply saying that individuals maintain him as much as be — Reagan was not good. Reagan was horrible when it got here to—
CUOMO: Excellent? He gave us one of many greatest deficits we’ve ever seen, and he completely fed the divide.
LEMON: That is what I imply. They at all times maintain him up as a gold customary. However while you take a look at what he really achieved, he didn’t. He was horrible when it got here to racial points. He was horrible when it got here to the AIDS disaster. He was horrible when it got here to uniting the nation. He didn’t unite the nation — he was a divider. And they also maintain him up as a gold customary. … I simply suppose it’s levels, however I believe the Republican Celebration has been shifting on this path without end.
Once more, they’re the occasion of all the things that they’re attempting to fake that they’re not. Now saying, “The individuals within the Capitol, that’s not us.” Sure, it’s you! “The those that have been in Charlottesville, that’s not us.” Sure, it’s you! These persons are not marching for Democrats. And this entire bizarre factor that they preserve saying, “What in regards to the riots and the demonstration that occurred this summer time?” That’s apples and oranges. To start with, the demonstrations, the protests have been for one thing that’s actual. It was for inequality. It was for police brutality. It was for all these issues. It was individuals who have been rising up for his or her rights. What occurred on the Capitol was constructed on a lie.
Media Analysis Middle Vice President for Analysis and Publications Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “Such disdain for the late former president, who’s a hero to conservatives and an inspiration to many oppressed by communism around the globe, exhibits the baselessness of the widespread media line that they needed to be hostile to Donald Trump as a result of he posed a brand new type of harmful and racist menace to democracy and all that’s good about the USA. If Lemon had a CNN present within the Nineteen Eighties he would have been simply as hostile to Reagan, calling him a racist night time after night time, as he was and is to Trump. Conservative presidents come and go, however the media contempt for them by no means wavers.”
Score: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ February 8: Liberal Media Scream: Reporter decries ‘ex-boyfriend…abuse’ from Crew Trump
(Washington Examiner put up)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream had plenty of selections from reporters by no means happier than to have a brand new administration that thinks like they do to report on.
However just one expressed the aid she felt in attending to cowl the Democratic Biden administration after the “unhealthy ex-boyfriend” abuse she felt coping with Crew Trump.
On CNN on Sunday, Yahoo Information White Home correspondent Brittany Shepherd got here down exhausting on former Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. She in contrast McEnany’s White Home briefings to “having a very unhealthy ex-boyfriend. We have been getting primarily abused by Kayleigh for therefore lengthy.”
And worse, she charged that McEnany incited individuals to “go to lethal ends for some individuals with dying threats.”
However now, with spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “It’s very refreshing.”
Shepherd on CNN’s Dependable Sources:
“It’s been actually refreshing to have briefings each day and to even know who the senior officers speaking to Biden are. We weren’t getting that in any of the Trump years, particularly in these waning days of the McEnany briefings.
“And it’s refreshing, I do type of put it in the direction of like having a very unhealthy ex-boyfriend. We have been getting primarily abused by Kayleigh for therefore lengthy, or no less than she was calling us faux information and inciting her followers and followers of the president to not solely harass us on-line however clearly go to lethal ends for some individuals with dying threats.
“Now, we now have Jen and all the Biden group. It’s very refreshing. Nevertheless it’s necessary to keep in mind that the bar has actually been left on the ground, and simply with the ability to present up and clear it isn’t sufficient.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “Shepherd exemplifies the hostility the White Home press corps had towards Kayleigh McEnany and all issues Trump, mixed with their keen embrace of the brand new administration, fast to hail Biden’s press group as ‘very refreshing.’ It’s as if Shepherd simply received a job switch from an workplace full of individuals she finds disreputable to a brand new workplace full of people that encourage her.”
Score: 3 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ February 1: Liberal Media Scream: New excessive in CNN bias, blames GOP for ‘divided America’
(Washington Examiner put up)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream incorporates a new excessive within the anti-GOP bias proven by CNN, this time blaming the political divide on the Tea Celebration, Sarah Palin, Roger Ailes, Fox Information, former Home Speaker Newt Gingrich, and, after all, former President Donald Trump.
Over one hour final night time, Fareed Zakaria pointed an enormous finger on the GOP in his particular, The Divided States of America: What Is Tearing Us Aside? Again and again, the reply was boiled all the way down to Republicans. And if that wasn’t sufficient, Republicans have been generally described as racists.
Zakaria mentioned, “When students hung out with Tea Celebration activists, they discovered that behind the speak of taxes and massive authorities have been individuals 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 task mannequin for his exploitation of the category divide: Sarah Palin, who did it first.”
His closing goal was Gingrich: “Earlier than there was a Donald Trump, there was a Republican pioneer who paved the way in which for the Trump model of damaging politics. … His legacy has been each darkish and far-reaching — a everlasting state of battle between the events.”
Some excerpts from CNN’s The Divided States of America: What’s Tearing Us Aside? which aired Sunday night time, Jan. 31:
FAREED ZAKARIA: When students hung out with Tea Celebration activists, they discovered behind the speak of taxes and massive authorities have been individuals largely motivated by fears about race and immigration.
JON MEACHAM: The individuals who have been most radicalized by the Trump years believed that range was an thought, not a vivid actuality.
ZAKARIA: In 1950, the 12 months our political events have been mentioned to be too comparable, 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 essentially the most vivid manifestation of the politics of concern in our historical past. That’s the place we at the moment are.
ZAKARIA: Ailes grew to become the go-to right-wing media strategist of the Nineteen 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 outdated, mainstream media cartel had splintered.
BRIT HUME, IN OLD FNC PROMO: Today, individuals 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. Large scores and earnings quickly adopted.
ZAKARIA: Donald Trump had a task 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 among you,’ was the precursor of Trump’s battle 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 way in which for the Trump model of damaging 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 fashionable conservative motion. … It was a really totally different time in politics when civility and compromise mattered. Home Republican Chief Bob Michael was broadly often called Mr. Good Man. Think about that.
VAN JONES: Newt Gingrich is available in with a buzz noticed.
GINGRICH: What we live by means of is a elementary civil wrestle, a civil battle fought in public speeches relatively than with armies.
ZAKARIA: The Gingrich philosophy: The one manner for Republicans to win again energy was to be nasty — actually nasty.
GINGRICH: For the Democrats to mainly say not solely are we going to rape you however you need to 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 battle between the events.
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “Fairly a pretentious feat by CNN and Zakaria in managing guilty all the nation’s ills on the tone of the rhetoric from conservative political figures, as if liberals are innocent for political divisiveness. By selecting guilty just one aspect, CNN and Zakaria are exacerbating the very downside they declare to be attempting to diagnose.”
Score: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 25: Liberal Media Scream: Nuremberg trial for Trump?
(Washington Examiner put up)
You’ll suppose they might be joyful 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 fact and accountability fee course of.
“To me, the impeachment — we now have to separate the components of the impeachment vote. I imply, different nations have gone by means of this earlier than, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the factor earlier than you get to reconciliation and therapeutic, you need to have some component of fact and accountability on this,” mentioned Matthew Dowd.
What occurred in these nations? South Africa arrange the Reality and Reconciliation Fee after the top of apartheid, Japan had the Tokyo Conflict Crimes Tribunal after World Conflict II, and Germany had the Nuremberg trials.
In calling for a Trump fact tribunal, Dowd steered that with out one, the USA might be in for a century of political hassle that he in comparison with racism.
Dowd in the course of the roundtable on Sunday’s This Week on ABC:
“Nicely, to me, the impeachment — we now have to separate the components of the impeachment vote. I imply, different nations have gone by means of this earlier than, Germany, Japan, South Africa, and the factor earlier than you get to reconciliation and therapeutic, you need to have some component of fact and accountability on this.
“And even apart from these overseas nation examples, we now have an instance in our nation throughout Reconstruction within the aftermath of the Civil Conflict after we went by means of — we have been purported to undergo a technique of fact 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 fact 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 fact and equality in our nation.
“And so, we now have to get to a scenario 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 manner to try this is to have a dialog within the trial within the Senate the place information and data and knowledge and knowledge is introduced in such a manner that the American public can see precisely what went on, what was Donald Trump answerable for, what ought to he held accountable to. After which, finally, what ought to his punishment be?
“However we should always not do what occurred in Reconstruction. When Reconstruction was ended and we went by means of this large, lengthy, centurylong course of when justice lastly prevailed ultimately. We have now 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 choose: “To say something Donald Trump has completed is on par with genocidal regimes, or that he has left the nation in a situation wherever just like a segregated, race-based two-class system just like the America within the many years after the Civil Conflict, 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.”
Score: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 18, 2021: Liberal Media Scream: Name to silence conservatives and kick OANN and Newsmax off air
(Washington Examiner put up)
This week’s Liberal Media Scream options CNN offering a platform for a name to take rivals OANN and Newsmax off the air and to additionally rob conservative influencers of social media shops.
On the heels of Large Tech kicking the conservative chat web site Parler and firearms web site 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 potential of those conservative influencers to succeed in these large audiences” on Fb and YouTube.
“Then we’re going to have to determine the OANN and Newsmax downside,” urging they be faraway from cable methods. “These corporations have freedom of speech, however I’m undecided we’d like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of tens of millions of properties.”
Stamos, on Sunday’s Dependable Sources, the place he appeared with Krebs Stamos Group accomplice Christopher Krebs, the Trump administration’s former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company:
“First, you need to concentrate on the violent extremists, and people corporations need to be courageous in that manner. And, second, we now have to show down the potential of those conservative influencers to succeed in these large audiences. There are individuals 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 need to be successfully cable networks for disinformation. After which we’re going to have to determine the OANN and Newsmax downside, , these corporations have freedom of speech, however I’m undecided we’d like Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and such to be bringing them into tens of tens of millions of properties. That is, , permitting individuals to hunt out data in the event that they actually need to, however not pushing it into their faces, I believe is the place we’re going to need to go right here.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “A really stable sign Large Tech’s agenda goes past what they need to painting as benign efforts to close down these advocating violence. Stamos laid out the following step: Use present issues to justify a wider suppression of conservative voices who’ve allowed area 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 intervening time.”
Score: 4 out of 5 SCREAMS.
■ January 11, 2021: Liberal Media Scream: CNN desires conservative media squelched in ‘nationwide emergency’
(Washington Examiner put up)
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 growth 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 setting” 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 will have firms and other people which might be 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 setting 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 have to be held accountable as effectively. We have been speaking quite a bit about individuals like Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz. Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch, they have to be held accountable for the lies that they’ve peddled to this nation, not solely prior to now two months in regards to the election both, however prior to now, , a number of years which have actually introduced this to the forefront.”
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “Darcy revealed the true agenda the exhausting left inside CNN: Selectively cite the baseless allegations of some on one aspect of the political spectrum to justify shutting down all the foremost 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.’”
Score: 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 put up)
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 will have destroyed the credibility of the information media by your bias.”
When Johnson identified, “This fireplace was began while you fully 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 in regards to the 9/11 truthers? There’s loads of individuals who thought 9/11 was an inside job.” And: “How in regards to the Moon touchdown? Are you going to carry hearings on that?”
From the Sunday, Jan. 3, Meet the Press:
SEN. RON JOHNSON: Chuck, this hearth was began again in, , January of 2017. Individuals like Mark Zaid in his tweet, ‘The coup has began. First of many steps. Riot and impeachment to comply with finally.’ This was began when the mainstream media stopped, dropped any pretense of being unbiased and really selected sides throughout this election. This fireplace was began while you fully 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 truthful quantity of proof to the purpose that we now have an actual FBI investigation. So-
CHUCK TODD: Senator. All proper, I’ve had sufficient of listening to this!
JOHNSON: No, hear. I’ve had sufficient of this, too. It’s the bias of the media.
TODD: No, senator. It’s, you will have spent, you will have spent the final two years —
JOHNSON: It’s the bias within the media that has created a scenario 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 outcome. So I didn’t begin this … I didn’t, I didn’t gentle this hearth. This fireplace was lit over 4 years in the past. And we’ve destroyed the credibility, you will have destroyed the credibility of the information media by your bias. And naturally individuals like James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan destroyed the credibility of the FBI and our justice system as effectively. We have now an infinite downside on this nation. It’s unsustainable. And the one manner you clear up it’s with data, 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 in regards to the 9/11 truthers? There’s loads of individuals who thought 9/11 was an inside job. So that you’re mainly saying is that if there’s sufficient individuals who imagine a conspiracy concept, if there’s sufficient individuals who maintain, how in regards to 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 type of choose and select based mostly on priorities. Proper now, we now have this election. We’ve received tens of tens of millions 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 need to acknowledge there have been some actual issues right here. There’s some points that have to be explored and investigated.
TODD: You’ve received to ask your self while you inform individuals one million instances that one thing was stolen or one thing was fraud after which they imagine it, I believe you must look within the mirror and ask your self why so many individuals believed it.
JOHNSON: Nicely, Chuck, you must take 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 received to go. I admire 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, aside from, aside from crediting you for approaching, I admire that as a result of solely two of your colleagues had the heart to say sure this weekend about this conspiracy concept that you just’re engaged on.
Media Analysis Middle Vice President Brent Baker explains our weekly choose: “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 function, particularly because it’s very exhausting to think about him ever exhibiting such disdain towards a liberal visitor, and another instance of why Trump supporters don’t belief the ‘mainstream media.’”
Score: 5 out of 5 SCREAMS.
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