The deception and omission of facts from NewsBusters is becoming so obvious these days that you can see it coming from a mile away.
In a November 11 posting, Scott Whitlock documents a segment on MSNBC’s Hardball with “unhinged” host Chris Matthews, who brought one guest in favor of the recent “right to work” legislation (being pushed in Michigan) and one not in favor. Apparently, the host was so rude that he “berated” the guest in favor of RTW by asking a simple question that wasn’t being answered (emphasis theirs):
An unhinged Chris Matthews on Tuesday berated a representative of Americans for Prosperity with the same question 13 times. Talking to Scott Hagerstrom, the Hardball anchor didn’t seem to hear the answer, despite Hagerstrom repeating it over and over. Matthews fumed, “Well, who’s paying your salary?”
A calm Hagerstrom appeared on the show to discuss the just-passed right-to-work law in Mighican. He explained, “I work for Americans for Prosperity…This is about freedom for everybody.” Matthews repeated over and over: “Who’s paying your salary?…No, but who’s paying your salary to do it? Who’s paying your salary to do what you’re doing right now?…Who’s paying your– to do this today?”
In a desperate attempt to play damage control, and try to clarify that demographics outside of typical Republicans are on the radical and conspiratorial fringe, NewsBusters actually had to brag about people of color, and of a young age, are in favor of wanting their state to secede, as well as believing that the Democratic Party committed voter fraud in this past election.
In a December 5 article, Ken Shepherd huffed about how MSNBC host Chris Matthews had the nerve to broadside 25% of Republican voters who want their state to secede from the union, according to a poll done by Public Policy Polling (PPP) yesterday.
Taking issue with the hosts’ focus on that specific number, Shepherd attempts to change the subject:
But a look at the cross tabs in the poll shows that 27 percent of Hispanics, 29 percent of voters aged 18-29, and even 12 percent of African-Americans favor secession.
There is no interview President Obama will do with any network, excluding Fox News, that Noel Sheppard won’t complain about… particularly before it even airs.
In an October 27 piece, the NewsBusters’ associate editor whines in his typically petulant tone about how the President will be sitting down for an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe“, hosted by Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough. Mind you, this is the first interview in years, since being elected, that Obama is doing with any host from MSNBC. That fact doesn’t matter to Sheppard, however, as he’s already touting the interview as softball, before even watching it:
Having not done a press conference since June, Barack Obama has instead appeared on ABC’s The View, CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman, and NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Apparently feeling MSNBC’s Morning Joe will present him with similar softballs and friendly confines, the President is doing an interview with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski Saturday to be aired Monday just eight days before Americans go to the polls.
As if counting how many more minutes President Obama spoke during the debates against Mitt Romney wasn’t enough, Randy Hall was at it again today, finding more arithmetic to keep him busy.
In an October 25 complaint, the NewsBusters writer groaned about how biased a Milwaukee newspaper was being about an incident involving a Romney supporter who was badly beaten by two Obama supporters trying to get rid of a pro-Romney sign in the front yard of his home. He claimed the publication “downplays” this story, compared to a similar story where the sign of an Obama supporter was set ablaze in the yard of their residence. So where was the discrepancy of bias between the two articles? The number of words… no, I’m not kidding (emphasis theirs):
In what can be called “signs of the times,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel posted a sparse 79-word report about a man who was savagely beaten by thugs attempting to remove his Romney/Ryan yard sign, but comparatively lavished 399 words on an incident in which someone only set an Obama campaign yard sign on fire.
The victim in the first incident was 22-year old Sean Kedzie, the son of Wisconsin State Senator Neal Kedzie, who woke up early on Friday, October 19, when he heard noise outside his home.
When he saw two men trying to remove the sign for the GOP candidates, Kedzie ran outside and confronted the thieves.
One of the intruders returned the sign, but then both men shouted their support for President Obama while attacking Kedzie, who was bludgeoned so hard that he was in danger of having his skull and an eye socket fractured.
Ever since the very first presidential debate (including the only VP debate) until the last one, NewsBusters has been picking at anything and everything to dig up dirt on Obama, or give excuses for Romney’s performance. From citing tabloids quoting unnamed “Democratic” sources who attack Obama, to leaving out every single part of the VP debate accept one little “zinger“ Paul Ryan made, to applauding a sitting congressman for accusing a journalist of doing their job, to manufacturing a conspiracy about some kind of secretive conversation Obama had with an undecided voter at the town hall debate… and it goes on from there. Don’t worry, though, they’ve got another whopper today.
In an October 24 article, Randy hall whined about Obama speaking a total of eight minutes and 8 seconds more than Romney in all three debates, combined:
Now that all three presidential debates are history, did using only liberal moderators have any impact on the amount of time Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and GOP presidential candidate Milt [sic] Romney had to make their case for occupying the White House next January?
The answer to that question is a definite “Yes,” since President Obama got a total of 8 minutes and 8 seconds more time than his Republican opponent during the debates.
That might not sound like much, but every second counts during these few nationally televised events, according to Caroline May, a political reporter for the Daily Caller website.
And that didn’t include the number of times the candidates interrupted each other during his opponent’s speaking time.
Following tonight’s final Presidential debate, MRC President Brent Bozell, in dramatic fashion, actually conceded the lack of bias in moderator Bob Schieffer:
…even though he was advising Mitt Romney to be an attack dog against the moderator, if he got too “liberal“:
After news broke that the son of Republican nominee Mitt Romney, Tagg Romney, essentially threatened that he wanted to “take a swing” at President Obama while watching the town hall debate from his seat in the audience, there strangely hasn’t been any kind of outcry or condemnation from MRC/NewsBusters or their President (and NewsBusters publisher), Brent Bozell.
First, here is Tagg’s full quote during his appearance on a North Carolina radio show (emphasis mine):
You want to rush down the debate stage and take a swing at him but you know you can’t do that because, well first cause there is a lot of secret service between you and him. But you know you can’t do that because, well, first because there’s a lot of Secret Service between you and him,” Romney continued. “But also because this is the nature of the process, they’re going to do everything they can do to try to make my dad into someone he’s not. We signed up for it. We’ve gotta kind of sit there and take our punches and then send them right back the other way.
Double standards are a typically consistent occurrence at NewsBusters. They also like to create their own, and they decided to do it again in an attempt to attack the evil “liberal media“.
In an October 17 article, Scott Whitlock referenced a segment on MSNBC’s “Hardball” where host Chris Matthews went after Republican nominee Mitt Romney, claiming that he “looked down at the President” during their debate last night (emphasis theirs):
Liberal MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews on Wednesday hinted that Mitt Romney’s confrontational attitude during the debates might have a sinister undertone. After playing a clip of the Republican telling the President to back off and that “you’ll get your chance” to speak, Matthews derided, “…Through it all he looked down at the President. He looked down at him as a person.”
As if they weren’t already obsessing enough over the discussion of the U.S. embassy attacks in Libya during last night’s Presidential debate, NewsBusters continues to deceive and distort their already low information readers.
In an October 17 article, Clay Waters (director of MRC’s “Times Watch“) took the New York Times to task for highlighting Mitt Romney’s failed attempt at cornering President Obama on the details revolving around the consulate attacks (emphasis theirs):
And two Times reporters boasted of the exchange where Obama led Mitt Romney “into a trap” on Libya.
Here’s Michael Shear with “Romney and Obama Spar Over Terrorism Label.”
Mr. Obama had the look of a man who was watching his rival walk right into a trap.
The president had just said that he declared the killings in Libya to be an act of terror the day after the attack.
Mr. Romney started to correct the president, saying that he wanted to get that on the record. He turned to the president, asking for him to say it again.
“Continue, Governor,” Mr. Obama said, looking confident.
Mr. Romney again accused the president of waiting 14 days before he declared the incidents in Libya to be the work of terrorists.
“Check the transcript,” Mr. Obama said.
And then Ms. Crowley, the moderator, piped up.
“He did call it an act of terror,” Ms. Crowley said.
“Can you say that a little louder, Candy?” Mr. Obama said.
The crew over at NewsBusters is known for taking articles out of context to fit their partisan agenda and sparking fake outrage to rile up conservatives. They had no choice but to do it after last night’s Presidential town hall debate.
In an October 17 posting, Tom Blumer pointed to last night’s debate, and how a questioner asked the President about the U.S. consulate attacks in Libya.
What he took issue with was with the President’s answer to the question, his subsequent private conversation with the questioner, and how the “liberal media” is covering up for that conversation:
It looks like Candy Crowley, her establishment press excuse-makers (for her and President Obama), and supporters of the President are going to have to resort to finding penumbras emanating from Obama’s September 12 Rose Garden appearance — y’know, the one during which the press and Democrats insist that the President really, really did call the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya a terrorist attack.