Aug
07
2014

And Now, Our Expert on Africa… US Billionaire Michael Bloomberg

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African leaders are in DC for a big summit, so CBS Face the Nation turns to noted Africa expert…Michael Bloomberg?

Mar
18
2014

And Now, an Expert on America's Schools: Bill Gates

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A rare segment on network news about education policy–and the only guest is a billionaire on one side of the fight.

Jan
06
2014

New York Turns to the Left? Let's Ask Our Center-Right Panel

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If the question of whether or not there is a resurgent left, shouldn't there be some left? ABC gave viewers the far-right Bill Kristol and the conservative Ana Navarro, a few middle-of-the-road journalists and a moderate former Democratic governor.

Nov
11
2013

Who's an Iran Expert? The Hawks Have Their Say

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The Iran nuclear negotiations had the Sunday shows talking–but who are they talking to? And do they know what they're talking about?

Sep
04
2013

Asking Kerry Questions–but Which Ones?

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John Kerry appeared on all of the Sunday talkshows. But he was mostly not asked about the case for war with Syria. Instead, the questioning was overwhelmingly concerned with Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for an attack on Syria.

Jun
24
2013

ABC Pundits on Snowden: The Center Holds!

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NBC's David Gregory's "Hey I'm just asking but are you a criminal?" question on Sunday's Meet the Press has been getting a lot of attention, but the Sunday morning discussion of Edward Snowden on ABC's This Week also deserves a look.

Apr
08
2013

To NYT, Nuclear Facts Become Iranian Claims

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The New York Times treats Iran's right to enrich uranium as a "claim," to be challenged by anonymous U.S. officials.

Apr
01
2013

Did the Public Really Give Up on Gun Control?

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On two Sunday shows this weekend, the hosts made the same point about the White House's plan for modest gun control efforts: The public isn't going along. Oddly, they both ignored their own networks' polling that would have undermined their argument.

Apr
24
2012

Prostitution Scandal Is the Big Government Story You Were Waiting For

The Beltway press is remarkably fixated on two stories: A "scandal" over an $800,000 General Services Administration (GSA) conference in Las Vegas, and the unfolding saga involving prostitutes and some Secret Service and military officers in Colombia. The White House thinks both are bad, of course, but not worth the amount of coverage they're getting. Beltway journalists think otherwise, and seem to want to believe that by paying so much attention to these stories they are a) standing up to the government by exposing wrongdoing; and b) not really talking about prostitutes at all, but telling a larger quasi-morality tale […]

Apr
23
2012

Obama's Not Quite Silver Spoon Swipe UPDATED

Last week Barack Obama declared some sort of class war on Mitt Romney–at least that's what Fox, the New York Post and a few other outlets would have you believe. On April 18, Obama gave a speech at a community college touting, among other things, a rather common only-in-America underdog spirit: Somebody gave me an education. I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth. Michelle wasn't. But somebody gave us a chance–just like these folks up here are looking for a chance. The next day, as blogger Michael Thaddeus pointed out (4/21/12), Fox host Steve Doocy added a […]

Jun
21
2011

Jon Huntsman Couldn't Possibly Run For President

I stumbled upon this ABC report not too long ago, and it seems especially timely given Huntsman's announcement today. It's not to say that ABC was uniquely off the mark. The point is that much of what passes for political coverage– the handicapping, the horserace, the insider chatter– is useless. ABC News Transcript WORLD NEWS SATURDAY May 16, 2009 Saturday SURPRISE PICK; A POLITICAL MASTER STROKE DAVID MUIR (ABC NEWS): President Barack Obama made a surprise appointment today that has both parties in Washington buzzing tonight. The President had pledged to reach across the aisle, and today, he did just […]

Feb
23
2011

Factchecking ABC's Factcheck on Public Workers

On Monday (2/21/11), ABC World News wanted to set the record straight on Wisconsin's budget problems. As host George Stephanopoulos put it, the debate is over whether pensions and other benefits for public workers are to blame for the crippling budget shortfalls in Wisconsin and other states. Tonight Barbara Pinto has a reality check. What a relief–this is something that surely screams out for clarification. The report starts with a quote from Republican Wisconsin governor Scott Walker. ABC's Pinto weighed in on his side: Part of that problem, pension plans for America's public workers that are under funded by at […]

Jun
02
2010

Stephanopoulos Hypes ACORN Hoaxers

ABC's Good Morning America got an "exclusive" with ACORN video hoaxters James O'Keefe and Andrew Breitbart on June 1. Here's how host George Stephanopoulos set up the segment: James O'Keefe became a media sensation after he and a friend posed as a pimp and prostitute and secretly recoded ACORN workers giving them advice on how to cheat on their taxes. As FAIR noted in an action alert to the New York Times, O'Keefe didn't "pose" as a pimp–he didn't wear his absurd "pimp" get-up when he went in to ACORN offices, and in almost every case he presented himself as […]