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  Liberal President Clinton Praises NBC’s Katie Couric
"Katie for 15 years you've started the morning for millions of Americans you've started the morning for millions of Americans with your bright smile, serious reporting and playful sense of humor. Your ability to relate to your guests to convey their humanity and the importance of their stories is a unique quality which sets you apart in your field. You've got another unique quality too which politicians like me have come to respect. You can be so disarming right before you hit us with a zinger of a question we really don't want to answer but that too is part of your job. Your courageous and groundbreaking stories on colon cancer raised the consciousness of countless Americans and no doubt saved many lives. Hillary and I wish you the best of luck in this next step in your remarkable career. It's high time we got the news of the day from an accomplished woman. There's no one who deserves it more or who will do it better than you."
-- Former President Bill Clinton, Today, NBC, May 30, 2006
 



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  NYT’s Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Apologizes for not Ensuring “Fundamental Right” to Abortion and Gay Marriage
Arthur Sulzberger Jr.: “I’ll start with an apology. When I graduated from college in 1974, my fellow students and I had just ended the war in Vietnam and ousted President Nixon [light cheering]. Okay, okay, that's not quite true. I mean yes, the war did end and yes, President Nixon did resign in disgrace but maybe there were larger forces at play. Either way, we entered the real world committed to making it a better, safer, cleaner, more equal place. We were determined not to repeat the mistakes of our predecessors. We had seen the horrors and futility of war and smelled the stench of corruption in government. Our children, we vowed, would never know that. So, well, sorry [pause and applause]. It wasn't supposed to be this way. You weren't supposed to be graduating into an America fighting a misbegotten war in a foreign land [louder applause]. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where we are still fighting for fundamental human rights, whether it's the rights of immigrants to start a new life; or the rights of gays to marry; or the rights of women to choose [applause]. You weren't supposed to be graduating into a world where oil still drove policy and environmentalists have to fight relentlessly for every gain. You weren't. But you are. And for that I'm sorry.”
--
NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. during commencement speech at SUNY New Platz, C-SPAN, May 21, 2006.
 



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  ABC's Brian Ross Excitedly Delivers Discredited Story
Elizabeth Vargas opened the newscast: "Good evening. We begin with a major development in a Washington bribery scandal. Tonight, sources tell ABC News the case involving convicted lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, has led FBI investigators to some of the most powerful members of Congress, namely the man, second in line for the presidency, after the Vice President. This is a story with potentially major political implications and our chief investigative correspondent, Brian Ross, joins us with his exclusive report. Brian."
Ross, at the anchor desk:
"Elizabeth, federal officials tell us the congressional bribery investigation now includes the Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, based on information from the convicted lobbyists who are cooperating with the government."
Ross began his taped report, over video of Hastert at the Speaker's podium with "Bribery Investigation" on screen:
"Justice Department officials describe the 64-year-old Illinois Republican as very much in the mix of the corruption investigation. Part of the investigation is said to involve a letter Hastert wrote three years ago, urging the Secretary of the Interior, to block a casino on an Indian reservation that would have competed wit the other tribes. The other tribes were represented by convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who reportedly has provided details of his dealings with Hastert as part of his plea agreement with the government.
-- Brian Ross, ABC, World News Tonight, May 25, 2006
 



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  CBS’s Harry Smith Relays Some Positive News from Iraq
Smith to a group of kids: "Are Americans good or bad?"
Iraqi child:
"Good"
Smith:
"They are good."
Iraqi child:
"Yes"
Iraqi child #2:
"What's your name?"
Smith:
"Huh?"
Iraqi child #2:
"What's your name?"
Smith, James Bond-like:
"My name? Smith. Harry Smith."
Iraqi child #2:
"Sir, my name is Bush."
Smith:
"Your name is Bush?"
Iraqi child #2
"Yes."
Smith, pointing at the kid child and chuckling:
"He says his name is Bush."
Smith, back in his narration:
"The cost of these smiles has been steep. April was a particularly deadly month."
-- Exchange among host Harry Smith and Iraqi boys, The Early Show, CBS, May 23, 2006.
 



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  NBC’s David Gregory Asks President for “Centrist” Policies
David Gregory: “Do you think it's possible that, like Nixon and Watergate, that the American people have rendered a final judgment of disapproval on you and your war in Iraq?”
President Bush: “Of course not. I’ve got two-and-a-half years left to be President of the United States and I intend to get a lot done, including immigration reform. Yesterday, I signed the extension of tax relief. We’re making good progress on cutting this deficit in half. I’ve got a lot to do and I’m going to work with the Congress to get things done on behalf of the American people. We’ve got a positive agenda that is making a difference in people’s lives. I’m also not going to retreat in the face of adverse polls. I’m going to do what I think is right and complete the mission in Iraq. And I believe a free Iraq is going to make the world a better place.”
Gregory: “Let me ask you a little something about your style. You've said and have said in this immigration debate that you want to find 'rational middle ground' on this issue. What other areas can the American people expect you to urge a more centrist approach to policy?”
President Bush: “Well, you know, I think cutting people's taxes is rational. Particularly since it's worked; it's caused the economy to grow.”
Gregory: “But is that middle ground?”
President Bush: “I think it is. But you know you're the people who put labels on people, I don't. I said 'rational.' And I think rational, cutting taxes is rational. I think keeping taxes low is rational because it's working.
-- Exchange between President Bush and reporter David Gregory, NBC, Nightly News, May 18, 2006
 



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  Da Vinci Code Actor Ian McKellan Advocates Labeling Bible “Fiction”
Matt Lauer: "There have been calls from some religious groups, they wanted a disclaimer at the beginning of this movie [The Da Vinci Code] saying it is fiction because one of the themes in the book really knocks Christianity right on its ear, if Christ survived the crucifixion, He did not die for our sins and therefore was not resurrected. What I'm saying is, people wanted this to say 'fiction, fiction, fiction'. How would you all have felt if there was a disclaimer at the beginning of the movie? Would it have been okay with you?"
British actor Ian McKellen:
"Well, I've often thought the Bible should have a disclaimer in the front saying this is fiction. I mean, walking on water, it takes an act of faith. And I have faith in this movie. Not that it's true, not that it's factual, but that it's a jolly good story. And I think audiences are clever enough and bright enough to separate out fact and fiction, and discuss the thing after they've seen it."
--
Exchange among Da Vinci Code actors and Today co-host Matt Lauer, NBC, Today, May 17, 2006
 



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  NBC’s ER Spouts Propaganda Against Iraq War
Dr. Kovac: “Hey, what’s going on?”
Dr. Gregory Pratt: “I’ve got a kid with a busted collarbone. He’s got signs of old rib and humerus fractures, and he’s the lucky one. His little brother is in the room next to him in a coma.
Kovac tried to calm him down, asking: “Did you call social services?
Pratt said nothing, but the med student replied, “Yeah, they’re coming.”
Dr. Pratt then launched into his blame America speech: “You know, we’ve got CTs, MRIs, PET scans, Doppler 4D, ultrasounds, and we still can’t save one kid from getting his brains beaten out. That’s right -- he had to kill his old man because there was nobody else there to help him. I guess that would be too much to ask. I mean, because it’s much better that we spend -- what is it now? -- $6 billion a month in a war all the way across the world to kill a few more of the other kids who actually get to make it to their teens!”
Kovac inquired: “Did you tell the police?”
Pratt was disgusted: “What, so they could arrest him? Yeah, because that’s the one thing we do well in this country, isn’t it? We’ve got prison down to a science. Prison and war.” He then stalked off.
-- Exchange among characters on the medical drama ER, NBC, May 11, 2006
 



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  Al Gore Congratulates and Dances with NBC’s Katie Couric
Al Gore: "Katie congratulations on the fantastic job that you've done on the Today show and good luck in your new gig. It's gonna’ be fantastic and I'm proud of ya. And I wanted to say other than my wife Tipper I've never danced with anyone else in the West Wing of the White House except you. I've always enjoyed talking with ya and I really appreciate what you do and the way you do it."
-- former Vice President Al Gore, NBC, Today, May 16, 2006
 



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  CNN’s Cafferty Slams NSA, Worries About U.S. “Dictatorship”
Wolf Blitzer: "Let’s get some words of wisdom from Jack Cafferty. He’s in New York right now. Jack?"
Jack Cafferty:
"I don’t know about wisdom, but you’ll get a little outrage. We better all hope nothing happens to Arlen Specter, the Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, cause he might be all that’s standing between us and a full-blown dictatorship in this country. He’s vowed to question these phone company executives about volunteering to provide the government with my telephone records and yours and tens of millions of other Americans. Shortly after 9/11, AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth began providing the super-secret NSA with information on phone calls of millions of our citizens. All part of the war on terror, President Bush says. Why don’t you go find Osama bin Laden and seal the country’s borders and start inspecting the containers that come into our ports?"
-- Exchange between host Wolf Blitzer and contributor Jack Cafferty, CNN, The Situation Room, May 11, 2006
 



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  ABC’s George Stephanopoulos Refers to Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House “Speaker”
George Stephanopoulos: “You talked about an ethics legislation coming forward in the first hundred days, that was not one of the top four pieces of legislation that Speaker Pelo -- uh, excuse me, I don't know why I've got that stuck in my head today. Must be reading the current polls-”
Howard Dean, over Stephanopoulos: “I'm glad. I like the sound of that George, I like the sound of that!”
Stephanopoulos: “I'm sure you do, but it's not the case. She is just the Democratic leader. Excuse me.”
-- Exchange between host George Stephanopoulos and DNC Chairman Howard Dean, ABC, This Week, May 7, 2006
 



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  The West Wing actor Bradley Whitford Denounces U.S. Policy in Iraq
Bradley Whitford: “The reason you can't put a flag -- and I just had a friend who went to Europe and I gave her a Canadian flag to put on her bag -- and I explained that to my children. The flag-”
Kim Campbell:
“Did you sing the anthem in both languages?”
Whitford, singing a couple of syllables:
“Oh, Can -- But this, our policy has desecrated this flag. Treating the rest of the world with contempt, dropping bombs on people who don't need bombs dropped on them, killing civilians who have nothing to do -- in a policy based on an assumption that an Iraqi life is worth less than ours. It's obscene.” (applause)
-- Exchange on Real Time with Bill Maher, HBO, May 5, 2006
 



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  ABC's Gibson: "Is Limbaugh Getting Off Too Easy?"
"Rush Limbaugh is set to sign a deal with prosecutors today after three years of prescription drug fraud investigations. But did he get off easy? The controversy ahead... Coming up on Good Morning America, a rush to judgment? He’s made a deal with prosecutors. Did Rush Limbaugh get off easy?...We’re going to start the half hour with Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio talk show host. He’s expected to sign a deal with prosecutors later today....But now there are new questions: Is Limbaugh getting off too easy?"
— ABC’s Charles Gibson, Good Morning America, May 1.

See & Hear the Bias Archive
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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