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New, August 2010: Check our new Profiles in Bias collection

Good Morning, Bias: Diane Sawyer’s Liberal Spin
For the last decade, Diane Sawyer has been a familiar face to millions of morning TV viewers as co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America. Over her lengthy career at ABC, Sawyer has repeatedly lauded high-profile liberals, including Nancy Pelosi (“galvanized steel with a smile”) and Hillary Clinton (“political mastery,” “dazzling”). Sawyer targeted Ken Starr’s report on Bill Clinton as “demented pornography, pornography for Puritans,” derided the Bush administration’s “massive tax cuts,” and championed campaign finance “reform.”

A Smattering of Harry Smith’s Liberal Smugness
For the past seven years, Harry Smith has co-hosted CBS's The Early Show, currently the third-place broadcast network morning news program. Smith previously co-hosted CBS’s This Morning from 1987 to 1996 while also serving as a contributor to the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, and various documentaries. In 1996, Smith left CBS to narrate various programs for the History Channel and A&E’s Biography. Smith returned to CBS in 2002 to replace Bryant Gumbel as co-host of The Early Show; he also occasionally fills in as host of Face the Nation and anchor of the CBS Evening News.

Tea Parties Hit with Hostile & Crude Media Response
Media coverage of the more than 800 Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party protests, which took place in all fifty states on April 15, 2009 ranged from disdainful dismissal of their nature, significance and import, to outright hostility towards the events and individual participants, to crude sexual innuendo-based ridicule -- all capped off by MSNBC bringing aboard actress Janeane Garofalo to scurrilously charge the rallies were only “about hating a black man in the White House.” Here's a summary of the most-obnoxious and hostile coverage, illustrated with several videos, on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and MSNBC, as well as in USA Today, the New York Times and the Washington Post.

George Stephanopoulos: ABC's In-House Spin Doctor
George Stephanopoulos became a political celebrity as a spin doctor in Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. Hired by ABC News after four years as a top presidential aide, ABC's corporate line has been that the onetime Clintonista has been scrubbed free of the liberal ideology that originally drew him to politics. But in his on-air role at ABC, Stephanopoulos has been a reliable mouthpiece for the Democratic spin of the day — using his perch as an analyst and correspondent to add an extra boost to liberals, undermine conservatives and push a liberal policy agenda.

Rosie O'Donnell's Left-Wing Ravings
As co-host of ABC’s The View, Rosie O’Donnell has used her daytime perch to push an array of extreme left-wing and anti-American views, including her assertion that "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam" and promoting 9/11 conspiracy theories: "Miraculously, for the first time in history, steel was melted by fire. It is physically impossible." To mark her imminent departure from The View, MRC has collected some of O’Donnell’s more noteworthy left-wing outbursts, posted here with many audio and video clips, along with links to more detailed descriptions of Rosie's ravings.

Brian Williams
Brian Williams, who suggests Jimmy Carter is one of the greatest former presidents in history and that the Founding Fathers could be called terrorists, landed in the anchor chair at NBC’s Nightly News on Dec. 2, 2004. A new Profile in Bias, updated for Mr. Williams’ two-year anniversary in 2006 and compiled by MRC experts, details Brian Williams’ liberal bias, complete with video.

Walter Cronkite: Liberal Media Icon
Since his retirement, Walter Cronkite, anchor of the CBS Evening News from 1962 to 1981, has made clear his liberal views on a range of issues, including how being a liberal is essential to being a good journalist. The MRC has compiled a representative collection of Cronkite's liberal pronouncements, and denunciations of conservatives, since the late 1980s.

ABC’s Charles Gibson, Conventional Liberal
Charles Gibson, ABC’s longtime co-host of Good Morning America was tapped to replace Elizabeth Vargas as solo anchor of World News Tonight, starting May 29, 2006. On his morning show, and as a frequent fill-in for Peter Jennings on World News Tonight, Gibson over the years has shown little willingness to stray from the media elite’s liberal template.

CBS’s Mike Wallace: Too Many Minutes of Liberal Bias
To mark his retirement, the May 21 edition of 60 Minutes devoted a tribute to Mike Wallace. Below, from the MRC's archive, are some comments and views from Wallace that were not mentioned on the tribute show.

Top Ten Left Wing Scenes on The West Wing
On May 14, 2006, NBC aired the final episode of The West Wing. Since its debut in September of 1999 when "President Josiah Bartlet," played by Martin Sheen, told some cartoon-ish conservative religious leaders to "get your fat asses out of my White House," the prime time drama regularly advocated liberal policies and showcased liberal causes. The MRC's compilation provides text and video/audio for a "Top Ten" presentation of some of the program's most notorious liberal moments and crusades. Actually, you'll find nine scenes pushing liberal ideas followed by one unusual scene which mocked liberal opposition to tax cuts.

Katie Couric’s Years of Liberal Tilt
Read and watch quotes from Katie Couric, former co-anchor of NBC’s Today and, starting in September 2006, the anchor of the CBS Evening News. Katie Couric has a long history of liberally biased reporting: a soft spot for Jimmy Carter, Hillary Clinton, and the U.N., knee-jerk posture on global warming, war on terrorism, higher taxes, more regulations, national health insurance, and blatant hostility towards conservatives.

Meredith Vieira: Megaphone for the Liberal Cause
On April 6, 2006, NBC announced that Meredith Vieira, a host of ABC's The View, would succeed Katie Couric as co-host of the Today show. In picking Vieira, NBC chose a journalist with a record of liberal views on many contentious issues: participation in anti-war protests, anti-capital punishment, very critical of abstinence-based sex education, and on record as saying the Iraq war was "built on lies."

Dan Rather's Outrageous Liberal Bias
Dan Rather ascended to the CBS Evening News anchor chair on March 9, 1981. Since then, his on-air liberal bias has become the stuff of legend. To find out why, read and watch MRC-selected Dan Rather highlights.

World News Tonight With Peter Jennings: 20 Years of Liberal Bias On September 5, 1983, Peter Jennings took the helm of ABC’s World News Tonight as its sole anchor. While based in ABC’s London bureau from 1978 to 1983, Jennings had shared anchor duties with Chicago-based Max Robinson and the Washington, D.C.-based Frank Reynolds, who was the newscast’s main anchorman until his death in July of 1983.

Peter Jennings: A Review of the ABC Anchor's Iraq Coverage ABC's Peter Jennings was consistently critical of the American military effort in Iraq, as a compilation of more than 70 items from Media War Watch demonstrate.

Howell Raines: Editor and Partisan
New York Times Executive Editor Howell Raines has consistently and aggressively promoted liberal policies throughout his career. Listed on this page are what others have said about the head man at the Times and a couple of comments from Raines himself.

Stephanopoulos: Lone Anchor of This Week  
George Stephanopoulos will take over as the solo host of ABC's Sunday interview show This Week in the fall, ABC News President David Westin announced on June 18. Stephanopoulos's rise has been marked by numerous acts of bias.

Connie Chung: CNN's New Prime Time Star
Connie Chung Tonight will become part of CNN's prime time lineup on June 24. In anticipation of the new show, the MRC takes a look back at some of Chung's most outrageous incidents of liberal bias.

Carter Goes to Cuba
Former President Jimmy Carter recently completed a tour of Cuba that created a flurry of network coverage and provided viewers with a fleeting glimpse inside the island nation.

Bryant Gumbel Set to Retire
Check out videos of Gumbel at his most biased in "Top Ten Gumbel Stumbles" and read a staggering anthology of the liberal activist-anchor's personal bias masquerading as journalism.

Palestine Pete:  Jennings and the Palestinians
ABC's World News Tonight anchor Peter Jennings has demonstrated a pro-Palestinian, pro-Arab bias in Middle East coverage for years.


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