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2006 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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  CBS’s Lara Logan Blasts Radio Host Laura Ingraham about Negative Coverage of Iraq War and Media Bias
Howard Kurtz to Lara Logan: "I want to play for you a piece of tape involving Laura Ingraham, the conservative radio talk show how who was on the Today show earlier this week and criticized the Today show for not doing more from Iraq. Let's listen to what she had to say."
Laura Ingraham on NBC's Today, March 21: "To do a show from Iraq means to talk to the Iraqi military, to go out with the Iraqi military, to actually have a conversation with the people instead of reporting from hotel balconies about the latest IEDs going off."
Kurtz: "What do you make of that comment about reporting from hotel balconies?"
Logan dripped with disdain: "Well, I think it's outrageous. I mean, Laura Ingraham should come to Iraq and not be talking about what journalists are doing from the comfort of her studio in the United States, the comfort and the safety. I mean, I don't know any journalist that wants to just sit in a hotel room in Iraq. Does anybody understand that for us we used to be able to drive to Ramadi, we used to drive to Falluja, we used to drive to Najaf. We could travel all over this country without having to fly in military helicopters. That's the only way we can move around here. So, it's when the military can accommodate us, if the military can accommodate us, then we can go out and see.
"I have been out with Iraqi security forces over and over again. And you know what? When Bob Woodruff was out with Iraqi security forces and he was injured, the first thing that people were asking was, oh, was he being responsible by placing himself in this position with Iraqi forces? And they started to question his responsibility and integrity as a journalist. I mean, we just can't win. I think it's an outrage to point the finger at journalists and say that this is our fault. I really do. And I think it shows an abject lack of respect for any journalist that's prepared to come to this country and risk their life. And that's not just me. That's the crews, that's all the people that make up our teams here."
Kurtz: "I do want to point out that Laura Ingraham was in Iraq last month for eight days, and that was part of the reason for her appearance. Lara Logan, stay with us. I want to bring in-"
Logan sniffed: "For eight days."
-- Exchange between host Howard Kurtz and CBS reporter Lara Logan, CNN, Reliable Sources, March 26, 2006
 


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  MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Claims WH Leaked ABC E-mail to Drudge Report
Keith Olbermann: "The war against the media, it's not something from our imagination, and it certainly got a little personal today. There was an e-mail that a producer at ABC News had written in the fall of 2004 during the presidential campaign that was leaked to the infamous, deplorable Matt Drudge. The e-mail read, as a posting today: 'Are you watching this? Bush makes be sick. If he uses the "mixed messages" line one more time, I'm going to puke.' I'm not even going to put the 'if that came from the White House somehow' thing in there because the timing's too good. When you consider that the President won that election and the e-mail was not even about Iraq, does this not smack of desperation on the part of the White House, to let something like that leak out right now?"
Dana Milbank: "Well, I, first of all, am never going to call Matt Drudge deplorable. Every time he links to one of my stories, I get an extra 50,000 hits, they tell me, so-"
Olbermann: "Good. Good for you."
Milbank: "-so let's establish that."
Olbermann: "I said it, not you."
Milbank: "You're toast, Keith."
Olbermann: "I'll go to the Matt Drudge Ombudsman."
Milbank: "But, look, whatever the reason for it, I don't think we should say, this is unacceptable, we have to say it is unacceptable for a journalist to be doing this, in part because, look, you and I and other journalists go out all the time and say things critical of Bush, but this fellow, I don't know him, is obviously very personally invested into this to think of puking. Now, the line about the mixed messages, I remember it from the campaign. Bush was essentially suggesting that Kerry was aiding and abetting the terrorists, but, so why didn't he suggest people investigate the truth of that line as opposed to getting his digestive juices all agitated about it?"
-- Exchange between host Keith Olbermann and guest Dana Milbank, Countdown, MSNBC, March 23, 2006
 


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Media Bias Classic: Rather's 1988 Ambush of VP Bush

“You and the President were being party to sending missiles to the Ayatollah of Iran. Can you explain how — you were supposed to be the — you are — you’re an anti-terrorist expert! Iran was officially a terrorist state....The question is — but — you made us hypocrites in the face of the world!...How could you sign on to such a policy?!”
— Dan Rather during a live interview with Vice President George H.W Bush on the CBS Evening News, January 25, 1988.  (Total length 6:38)
 


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  Olbermann Blasts “Unforgivable” Criticism of Media
"A note about Laura Ingraham's comments: I've known her a long time. I'll, in fact, give you the caveat that I've known her socially. But that hotel balcony crack was unforgivable. It was unforgivable to the memory of David Bloom, it was unforgivable in consideration of Bob Woodruff and Doug Vogt, it was unforgivable in the light of what happened to Michael Kelly and what happened to Michael Weiskopf. It was unforgivable with Jill Carroll still a hostage in Iraq. And it's not only unforgivable of her, it was desperate, and it was stupid. As promised, a calmer voice, no doubt, in the person of Newsweek's White House correspondent Richard Wolffe....It's one thing to question if the media's being representative in its reporting from Iraq, but with this frankly paranoid tone set by the administration and enacted by people like Laura Ingraham, is that what we're left with about Iraq, defending the actions conducted in this nation's name with desperation and stupidity?"
-- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Countdown, March 22.
 


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  TV’s War Coverage Too Rosy?
Fill-in co-host David Gregory: "So is the U.S. media focusing too much on the negative and ignoring the positive stories in Iraq? NBC’s Richard Engel has been covering the events in Iraq since before the war even began....Richard, bottom line. What’s your gut check? Do we miss the overall story about what’s going on in Iraq or does security remain the overall story?"
Reporter Richard Engel: "I think the security problem is the overall story and most Iraqis I speak to say, actually, most reporters get it wrong. It’s, the situation on the ground is actually worse than the images we project on television."
— NBC’s Today, March 22.
 


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  Oil, Israel — or Just for Fun?
"I’d like to ask you, Mr. President — your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is, why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet — your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth — what’s your real reason? You have said it wasn’t oil — quest for oil, it hasn’t been Israel, or anything else. What was it?"
— Hearst columnist and former UPI reporter Helen Thomas to President Bush at his March 21 press conference.
 


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  Laura Ingraham Exposes and Chastises NBC Hypocritical Coverage of Iraq War
Ingraham: "Well here, here's what I think David. I think with all the resources of networks like NBC. The Today show spends all this money to send people to the Olympics, which is great, it was great programming. All this money for 'Where In The World Is Matt Lauer?' Bring the Today show to Iraq. Bring the Today show to Tal Afar. Do the show from the 4th ID at Camp Victory and then when you talk to those soldiers on the ground, when you go out with the Iraqi military, when you talk to the villagers, when you see the children, then I want NBC to report on only the IEDs, only the killings, only, only the reprisals. When people are on the ground whether it's recently, David Ignatius of the Washington Post, whether it's recently-"
Gregory: "Okay but, but Laura let's be, hold on, let's be-"
Ingraham: "Let me finish David because you got, you guys are, no, no, let me finish, let me finish-"
Gregory: "Wait a minute Laura! Wait a second! If you want to be fair. First of all, the Today show went to Iraq. Matt Lauer was there, he reported there."
Ingraham: "Did he do a show, did you do a show from Iraq?"
Gregory: "Okay and we, and we've got a bureau there so-"
Ingraham: "Yeah. David, David to do a show from Iraq means to talk to the Iraqi military, to go out with the Iraqi military, to actually have a conversation with the people instead of reporting from hotel balconies about the latest IEDs going off. It is very difficult in Iraq. People are struggling-"
Gregory: "And you, and you think Iraq is safe enough to, have you been there long enough to venture outside the hotel balconies?!"
Ingraham, as NBC put up on screen a photo of Ingraham with troops in Iraq: "David, yes I did. I wasn't in a hotel balcony I was out with the U.S. military and it can be done in any part of the country. It is dangerous in the Sunni triangle-"
Gregory: "So, so Lau-"
Ingraham: "-but NBC and networks of the United States..."
Gregory: "-Okay hold, hold, Laura, Laura, I get, I get, I get the point. I get the, I get the anti-network point. James, the argument is that the media simply-"
-- Exchange between NBC report David Gregory and radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, Today, March 21, 2006.
 


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  On Boston Legal, Character Alan Shore Rants Against the War Against Terrorism
Alan Shore: "When the weapons of mass destruction thing turned out not to be true, I expected the American people to rise up. They didn’t. Then, when the Abu Ghraib torture thing surfaced, and it was revealed that our government participated in rendition -- a practice where we kidnap people, and turn them over to regimes who specialize in torture -- I was sure then that the American people would be heard from. We stood mute.
"Then came the news that we jailed thousands of so-called terrorist suspects. Locked them up without the right to a trial, or even the right to confront their accusers. Certainly, we would never stand for that. We did. And, now it’s been discovered the executive branch has been conducting massive, illegal, domestic surveillance on its own citizens -- you and me. And I at least consoled myself that finally, FINALLY, the American people will have had enough. Evidently, we haven’t.
"In fact, if the people of this country have spoken, the message is: We’re okay with it all -- torture, warrant-less search and seizures, illegal wiretappings, prison without a fair trial, or any trial, war on false pretenses. We as a citizenry are apparently not offended."
-- Attorney Alan Shore, played by James Spader, on ABC’s Boston Legal, March 14, 2006.
 


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  Boston Legal’s Alan Shore Character Says Anti-Terrorism is McCarthyite Scare Tactic
Alan Shore: "Last night, I went to bed with a book. Not as much fun as a 29 year old, but the book contained a speech by Adlai Stevenson. The year was 1952. He said, 'the tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live,' and 'fear breeds repression.' Too often, sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind, 'are concealed under the patriotic cloak of anti-communism.' Today, it's the cloak of anti-terrorism. Stevenson also remarked, 'it's far easier to fight for principles than to live up to them.' I know we are all afraid, but the Bill of Rights, we have to live up to that. We simply must. That's all Melissa Hughes was trying to say. She was speaking for you. I would ask you now to go back to that room and speak for her."
-- Attorney Alan Shore, played by James Spader, on ABC’s Boston Legal, March 14, 2006.
 


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  Belzer Knows Better About Iraq than Uneducated Soldiers in Iraq
Richard Belzer: "Yeah, come on. Our soldiers now are at-"
Ros-Lehtinen: "Are a volunteer force, a volunteer force."
Belzer: "Okay, fine. No one questions the nobility and the honor that these men and woman who are serving and what they're doing. No one questions that. But now they're targets, they're not going out. Now they're just protecting each other and they're in the middle of a civil war. So it's really not fair to have these people who volunteered their lives to protect our nation under false pretenses to now be, to have targets-"
Ros-Lehtinen, over loud applause for Belzer: "Ask them. Ask them if it's fair! Wait a minute, wait a minute. My stepson, wait a minute, my stepson-"
Belzer: "That's bullshit: ask them! They're not, they don't read twenty newspapers a day. They're under the threat of death every minute. They're not the best people to ask about the war because they're gonna die any second."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Wait a minute! You are talking about my stepson, my stepson who just finished last week eight months of duty-"
Belzer over Ros-Lehtenin: "God bless your stepson. Doesn't mean he's a brilliant scholar about the war because he's there. (applause) And God bless him."
Ros-Lehtinen, quite agitated: "Oh, you are though! You are though? Okay."
Belzer: "Well I have more time, I'm not there. My life is not under threat."
Ros-Lehtinen: "Thank you. I'm glad."
Maher: "I think the point he's trying to make is that a 19-year-old who is in that army because he probably couldn't find other employment-"
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's a college graduate. He's a Marine officer. He volunteered for the Marines."
Belzer: "He's the exception for the rule."
Ros-Lehtinen: "He's not the exception for the rule. I've been there-"
Belzer: "You think everyone over there is a college graduate? They're 19 and 20-year-old kids who couldn't get a job-"
Ros-Lehtinen: "Yeah, you know because you've been there and-"
Belzer: "What, I don't fucking read!? Don't do that!"
Maher, over Belzer: "Woe, woe, woe. Come on. Wait, wait, wait. That, don't."
Belzer: "Pardon my French."
Maher: "That was over the line and now you're going to lose-"
Belzer: "It's this patronizing thing that people have about if you're against the war everyone's lumped together. You know, the soldiers are not scholars, they're not war experts-"
Maher: "You're going to lose even me like Michael Moore did when he came down on Charlton Heston in Columbine."
(WARNING: Audio and video clips contain uncensored vulgarities.)
 


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  Col. George Connell Answers Mike Wallace’s “Neutrality” Towards U.S. Soldiers
Col. George Connell: "I feel utter contempt. Two days later they're both [Mike Wallace and Peter Jennings] walking off my hilltop, they're two hundred yards away and they get ambushed. And they're lying there wounded. And they're going to expect I'm going to send Marines up there to get them. They're just journalists, they're not Americans. … But I'll do it. And that's what makes me so contemptuous of them. And Marines will die, going to get a couple of journalists."
-- Exchange among moderator Charles Ogletree Jr. and Marines Col. George Connell, PBS, Ethics in America, Oct. 31, 1987.
 

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  CBS’s Mike Wallace Would Not Try to Protect U.S. Soldiers
FCharles Ogletree Jr.: “… Don't you have a higher duty as an American citizen to do all you can to save the lives of soldiers rather than this journalistic ethic of reporting fact?"
CBS’s Mike Wallace:
"… No, you don't have a higher duty...you're a reporter."
Brent Scrowcroft:
“… You're Americans first, and you're journalists second."
CBS’s Mike Wallace:
“… What in the world is wrong with photographing this attack by [the imaginary] North Kosanese on American soldiers?"
-- Exchange among moderator Charles Ogletree Jr., CBS’s Mike Wallace, future National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft, and other panelists, PBS, Ethics in America, Oct. 31, 1987
 

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  On NBC’s ER, Character “Dr. Neela Rasgotra” Blasts U.S. War in Iraq
Woman #1, referring to Dr. Rasgotra's doctor husband: "So how's Michael doing, back in the saddle again?"
Man: "God bless him, volunteering to go back."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "He's fine, doing well. Says he's very busy, misses me."
Woman #2: "Of course he does. He'll be home again soon."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Is Joe going to be home in time for the birth?"
Woman #2, clearly pregnant: "I don't think so. He'd probably pass out in the delivery room, anyway."
Man: "I did."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Seriously."
Woman #2: "Well, of course I want him home. But I knew what I was getting into when I married a soldier: The long absences, the moving for the umpteenth time, the pay."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "That's sad he's not gonna be here."
Woman #2: "It's hard sometimes, but that's why I'm so glad I have spouse club and all of you."
Woman #1: "Our loved ones are serving our country, and it's a small price to pay."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "I think it's a huge price to pay, especially under the circumstances."
Woman #1: "What circumstances?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Well, the way the whole thing's been handled, how we got into it, how it's been managed."
Man: "What exactly do you mean?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Never mind, I'm sorry."
Man: "No, no, no. Go on."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "Well, I still haven't seen any weapons of mass destruction, have you?"
Woman #2, trying to change topics: "Who's thirsty?"
Man: "If you don't support the war, how do you justify what Michael's doing over there?"
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "I don't justify it, and I don't support any war, but I do support our troops, and I am proud of my husband."
Woman #1: "Doesn't sound that way."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "You can't tell me that you believe 100 percent in your heart that we should be in Iraq, can any of you?"
Man: "I don't think it helps to talk that way."
Woman #1: "Our duty is to support their duty."
Dr. Neela Rasgotra: "My duty is to be a good doctor and to be a good wife, not to be brainwashed into falling in line with some pseudo-patriotic delusion."
--
ER, NBC, March 16, 2006
 

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  Evan Thomas: On Ports, Talk Radio Was for "Idiots"
Fill-in host Kathleen Matthews: "Evan, nothing has lit up the telephones on talk radio more than this Dubai ports deal. Why did it resonate so much with the American people?"
Evan Thomas, Assistant Managing Editor of Newsweek: "Because it's something that simple idiots can understand [other panelists snicker]. I mean, it was an idiotic issue, and it is a classic for talk radio. You can get it on a bumper sticker. But I'm with the elites on this one. It was really, it was ridiculous. We need Dubai as an ally. On balance, it would be better that the deal went through, but it was an easy one to demagogue on talk radio."
Inside Washington, March 10.
 

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  A Catholic Town? How Awful!
"Some of the values, depending on your perspective... may be deemed wholesome, but in other ways, I think, people will see this community as eschewing diversity and promoting intolerance....Do you think the tenets of the community might result in de facto segregation as a result of some of the beliefs that are being espoused by the majority of the residents there?...You can understand how people would hear some of these things and be like, wow, this is really infringing on civil liberties and freedom of speech and right to privacy and all sorts of basic tenets that this country was founded on. Right?"
— NBC’s Katie Couric on the March 3 Today, questioning Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and real-estate developer Paul Marinelli, who are building a community based on Catholic values in Ave Maria, Florida.
 

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  Bush, Like a Sneaky Drug Dealer
""He’s coming in [to Pakistan] like a drug dealer. I mean, having to sneak in like that, with the lights off, with the windows slammed shut on the plane. Is this a security question, really, or is it a problem of that government? Is it a problem that within the security service in Pakistan there are people out to hurt the President?...What message [does] this sends to the people of Pakistan? They know how the President’s coming in over there. Guess what, the leader of the greatest nation in the world, our ally in the war against terrorism, had to sneak into our country last night by cover of night."
— MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on the March 3 Hardball, asking security expert Roger Cressey and former Clinton aide David Gergen about President Bush’s Pakistan trip.
 

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  Actor Derides Bush's Faith: "Very Un-Christlike"
"If I hear one more person tell me how this man [President Bush] is a man of faith, I think I’ll lose my mother-f***ing mind [audience applause]. Let me tell you why. I’ll tell you why. He left his ranch in Crawford to see about one woman, Terry Schiavo, he left his ranch early. But when thousands and thousands of people were being, dying in New Orleans, this son of a bitch didn’t do sh*t, and that’s very un-Christlike to me [applause]. To me, Christ certainly cared more about the poor than he did Halliburton."
— Actor/comedian D. L. Hughley on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, March 3.
(WARNING: Audio and video clips contain uncensored vulgarities.)
 




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  MSNBC vs. NBC: Bush Caught in Lie or Vindicated by Video?
MSNBC’s David Shuster: "Clearly, the President’s team did anticipate the breach. This teleconference video from the day before the storm reached New Orleans shows the President was warned the breach was possible, and the tape shows the President’s team openly worried about the outcome. Max Mayfield, a leading hurricane expert, warned of massive devastation. Then, Mayfield directly addressed the reliability of the levees."
Max Mayfield, August 28 video conference: "I don’t think anyone can tell you with any confidence right now whether the levees will be topped or not, but that’s obviously a very, very grave concern."
— MSNBC’s Hardball, March 2.

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"Today, [hurricane expert Max] Mayfield told NBC News that he warned only that the levees might be topped, not breached, and that on the many conference calls he monitored, ‘nobody talked about the possibility of a levee breach or failure until after it happened.’"
— NBC’s Lisa Myers on the March 2 Nightly News, at about the same time Shuster’s story was on MSNBC.

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2007 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep      
2006 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2005 - - Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
For additional video clips of media bias going back to 1999, check out our annual DisHonors Awards and our archive of the Best Notable Quotables: Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting.

 


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