Sep 23 2015

Meet the Press on Clinton: Focusing on Image, Distracting From Issues

Obama and the Clintons: Meet the Press graphic

The consensus on Meet the Press is that Hillary Clinton’s problem is that she’s not her husband, she lacks his “amazing campaign skills” and is “not very defined for people.” If only she could get some credit for Bill’s “economic legacy.”

But for many of the likely voters who have backed off from Clinton, her problem isn’t that she’s not enough like her husband…but rather that she’s too much like him.

May 12 2015

Oh THAT Bernie Sanders: Meet the Press Resumes Talking About Clinton’s Chief Challenger

Ruth Marcus and Chuck Todd on Meet the Press

After FAIR pointed out that NBC’s Meet the Press had ignored Sen. Bernie Sanders since the senator’s appearance on the Sunday show last fall, the senator and presidential candidate was talked about on the show’s very next episode

May 05 2015

Chuck Todd Responds: Looking at Whether Meet the Press Mentioned Sanders or Not Is ‘Arbitrary’

@MTP: Long Odds for Bernie

Meet the Press host Chuck Todd responded to a complaint about his failure to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders’ announcement that he was running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

May 01 2015

Why Elite Journalists Hate Whistleblowers

David Gregory, host of NBC's "Meet the Press," and journalist Glenn Greenwald

Elite journalists work for corporate news outlets that are designed to bolster power rather than challenge it. Whistleblowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden upset the sources of elite journalists’ power.

Mar 01 2015

Some Other Tall Tales Brian Williams Should Apologize For

NBC anchor lied about more than being under fire

Brian Williams with a U.S. soldier in Iraq.

NBC’s Brian Williams has exaggerated more than just his experiences in Iraq. He misreported other aspects of the War in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, Ahmadinejad’s comments about nuclear power and other incidents.

Mar 01 2015

Torture Defenders Dominated TV Debate

FAIR study: For every critic, 2 sources defended CIA abuse

Former Vice President Dick Cheney talked to Meet the Press on NBC

Only 18 guests (34 percent) articulated clear opposition to the CIA’s torture practices—about half as many as spoke up in defense of torture. Representatives of human rights groups and experts on international law were notable for their absence.

Mar 14 2014

No More Media Silence on TPP

Networks Skip Controversial Trade Deal


The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal has drawn heavy criticism. Over 500 labor, environmental and farm groups oppose granting the White House “fast track” authority to speed the pact through Congress. The deal, still being negotiated in secret, has spawned protests around the world.

But there’s one thing that TPP hasn’t generated: news. Let’s try to change that.

Sep 01 1998

Marvin Kalb’s Unreliable Sources

A thirty-year veteran of network news at NBC and CBS, Marvin Kalb’s current position as Harvard’s leading press critic has made him one of the go-to guys when the question turns–as it often has this summer–to journalistic ethics. Whether appearing on PBS‘s NewsHour with Jim Lehrer or CNN‘s Reliable Sources (anchored by his brother Bernard), or opining in a Los Angeles Times op-ed in a somber tone, Kalb lays down the conventional wisdom when it comes to current news-media foibles. So last July, when CNN retracted its “Valley of Death” broadcast charging that U.S. special forces targeted U.S. defectors and […]