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?”
Kyle Drennen continued Newsbusters’ defense of the indefensible Paul Ryan today, falsely claiming that NBC’s “Today” falsely claimed the Republican candidate had “played fast and loose with the truth” in his speech to the RNC.
Drennen’s subject was an interview of Ryan conducted, on the morning program, by Matt Lauer. The host’s first question:
“There are some people who are claiming that you played a little fast and loose with the truth on certain key elements. And I’m not just talking about Democratic analysts, I’m talking about some independent fact checkers. Would you concede that while many of the things you said were effective, some were not completely accurate?”
Whenever liberals in the media or politicians even remotely attack conservatives in an uncivil manner, you’ll see NewsBusters as one of the first blogs to jump all over it and scream for more civility. Don’t expect this same reaction when a conservative starts calling names and being uncivil.
In an August 28 post, Noel Sheppard was thrilled to see RNC Chairman Reince Preibus rail against Chris Matthews after the MSNBC host called out Mitt Romney and the Republican party on political attack ads regarding welfare, which some people on the left see as playing the race card. Sheppard took a portion of what Priebus said during a press conference at the RNC, as transcribed by another conservative blog:
“When someone wants to grab the flag and try to be the biggest jerk in the room, sometimes you just let them go,” the chairman said with a laugh.
“We shook hands, but I will tell ya that someone from MSNBC, I don’t know if it’s a producer or somebody, has been trying to call us all day — I’m sure it’s to make amends, but there’s nothing to make amends [about]. When somebody wants to take the prize of being the biggest jerk in the room . . . I mean, he made the case for us.” [...]
Asked if he would go on MSNBC again, he said, “I’m happy to go on MSNBC. Joe and Mika, they weren’t too happy about it. The feeling in the room was clearly there was a lot of unhappiness directed at Chris. I don’t really care. If more than 10 people actually watched his show, I would actually care, but they don’t, so, whatever.”
In an April 19 post, Tim Graham went after Current TV host Cenk Uygur for his “Nazi tantrum“, which was characterized as “a guy who’s had too many drinks at the end of the bar“:
Both TV Newser and TV Week have picked up on Al Gore-led Current TV’s campaign to “distinguish” itself in cable talk by promoting a clip of Cenk Uygur, the MSNBC-refugee host of “The Young Turks,” attacking Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night as a “g–damn Nazi.” This might match the Current motto of “Politically Direct,” but it’s not correct.
Updated(3) on 4/14/2012 at 8:08am
It’s not everyday that you seemingly observe inclusions of “liberal media bias” being added into the far-right media’s paranoid conspiracy as you’re reading an article from the MRC’s NewsBusters. However, today was a new day. Enter YouTube and Google into the mix: one being a huge component in advancing new age media involvement into the social media circuit, while another is a well-known search engine for billions of visitors all across the world.
So what is the issue you ask? Let’s see what Lauren Thompson of the MRC’s Culture & Media Institute has to say in a April 10 NewsBusters article:
YouTube released 100 new channels in April, and there’s not a conservative voice to be found. The site embraced lefty culture with a vengeance, and liberal voices rule the social realm. From former MSNBC host Cenk Uygur to lefty new age author Deepak Chopra, liberals are commonplace figures in the new content.
In a December 3 post highlighting an interview promoting his new show on Current called “The Young Turks” (same name as the online program on YouTube), Tim Graham missed the analogy Progressive host Cenk Uygur was using when describing the goal of his new show:
Naturally, the question on the minds of the Left is can we please dismantle the myth of objectivity that the “objective” media clings to oh so ferociously? In other words, they’re asking Uygur if he will pledge to provide only “news” and informtion [sic] that pleases and encourages the Left without any troublesome conservative guests or any nods to the idea that the Left may be growing increasingly unpopular along with President Obama
Nothing gets past the crack bias sleuths at NewsBusters. Today was no different… and was actually beyond comical, even for them.
In a predictable June 7 post by Noel Sheppard, who is always trying to find an excuse to attack MSNBC, took Cenk Uygur’s tongue-in-cheek comment about how many times he has lied to girlfriends to task, and treated it as a literal admission that should be taken to heart:
As he defended Congressman Anthony Weiner’s (D-N.Y.) handling of the sex scandal that’s riveted the nation for more than a week, Uygur said to his guests, “You know how many times when I was single, and I had girlfriends, you know how many times I lied to them?”
Don’t fall off of your chair… Noel Sheppard told the truth:
On Wednesday, the perilously liberal Cenk Uygur – with a straight face no less! – told Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-Calif.) in the midst of a budget discussion, “I’m actually a fiscal conservative”
That’s right… Cenk Uygur said this. What’s Sheppard’s problem with Uygur’s admission? Nothing.
How’s that “exposing bias” part of your job going? Obviously not going far enough.