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Media Bias: Media Bias of all kinds.

Saturation coverage of Republican Vance McAllister planting a Republican kiss on his Republican aide in Republican scandal

Apr 8, 2014 11:13 AM PT

Back when Democrats were rocked by an incredible spree of arrests over the course of just a few days, much was made of the media's adamant refusal to disclose some of their party affiliations, especially when reporting on the arrest of Charlotte mayor Patrick Cannon by the FBI in a corruption sting.  Somehow numerous local and national media reports just plumb forgot to mention which party Cannon belonged to... which is especially odd, since the FBI recorded him making efforts to sell his close access to President Barack Obama.

And when it came to the absolutely astounding saga of California Democrat Leland Yee, perhaps the juiciest political story in years - a loudmouth gun-control advocate of national prominence, a key figure in the crusade to ban violent videogames, and a strong contender for California Secretary of State busted for conspiring with Chinese gangsters to sell machine guns and rocket launchers - CNN famously refused to report on the story at all.  Hammered by critics for their refusal to so much as speak Leland Yee's name, the network insisted his was a local story of no great significance.  They even tried claiming they never report on the doings of state senators, a claim immediately blasted into a million pieces by citations of them running dozens of such reports over the years.

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Mark Halperin Admits Media's Pro-Amnesty Activism Could Help Jeb Win

Apr 7, 2014 1:59 PM PT

Using Twitter Monday morning, elite political journalist Mark Halperin made an extraordinary admission about the the left-wing bias among his colleagues in the mainstream media. "Right-wing media under appreciates how much huge MSM support of Jeb Bush on immigration can help him win," Halperin wrote. 

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Jeopardy Champ Ken Jennings Mocks Andrew Breitbart With Tasteless Tweet

Mar 31, 2014 6:48 PM PT

Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III may hold the record for having the longest winning streak in the history of the game show Jeopardy, but a talent for trivia is no indication of a man's class, character, or basic human decency. 

What kind of person considers this cute or funny?

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Ronan Farrow's MSNBC Talk Show Already Facing Cancellation Due To Poor Ratings

Mar 31, 2014 12:54 PM PT

In response to Ronan Farrow Misidentifies Ray LaHood as Deceased Husband of Kay Baliey Hutchison:

Not to pile on, but Ronan Farrow does seem to be struggling over there at MSNBC. It turns out his new talk show is already in danger of being axed due to poor ratings, according to the NY Daily News.

Farrow, 28 — the opinionated, blue-eyed son of actress Mia Farrow and either Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra (even Farrow’s not sure which) — has been a disaster for MSNBC. The channel took the frequent cable-show guest and handed him his own program, “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which premiered in late February.

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ABC News Liable for 'Pink slime'?

Mar 28, 2014 6:21 PM PT

A South Dakota judge has allowed the bulk of a defamation lawsuit lodged by Beef Products Inc. against ABC News, including anchor Diane Sawyer, to go forward. The move is a blow to ABC News, which had asked to have the suit thrown out.

At issue is what critics have called a classic case of "media misconduct." ABC News aired a 2012 investigative report on a processed meat product that became known as “pink slime.” It was used at many schools and elsewhere.

The lawsuit alleges that ABC slanted its coverage of “pink slime,” costing the company $1.2 billion and 700 jobs. ABC has countered that the meat industry doesn’t get to dictate how people describe its products, and it maintains that its reporting on what the meat industry calls “lean, finely textured beef” (LFTB) was both accurate and fair.

But in her ruling, Judge Cheryle Gering noted that ABC News isn’t protected from liability simply by couching damning reporting with a single sentence about how authorities say the product is safe and nutritious.

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MSNBC's Chris Matthews the Least Likable News Anchor

Mar 28, 2014 4:48 PM PT

A ranking of 24 news personalities found CBS' Scott Pelley the most likable anchor while MSNBC's Chris Matthews ran dead last just behind fellow MSNBC host Alex Wagner.

The ranking is based on Q scores, a numerical value based on the familiarity and appeal of brands or, in this case, news personalities. The Wrap, which published the ranking Friday, writes "executive vice president Henry Schafer and his team provides a personality's name and a brief description to more than 1,800 viewers. The viewers are asked if they recognize the person, and how they feel about him or her."

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