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  • How The Nightly Network News Covered The Supreme Court's Rejection Of Texas' Anti-Choice Law

    ››› ››› CYDNEY HARGIS

    After the landmark Supreme Court ruling that struck down Texas’ anti-choice law HB 2, two network evening news programs allowed anti-abortion activists to spin the ruling as a “loss for women’s health and safety.” But in actuality, the Supreme Court found that the requirements imposed by the Texas law addressed “no significant health-related problem” and are “nearly arbitrary” -- findings that two other networks highlighted.

  • News Programs Air Trump U. Testimonials Without Covering Connections To Trump

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Broadcast nightly and morning news shows on major networks mentioned or showed a video released by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign featuring former Trump University students defending and praising the real estate seminar business in the wake of ongoing fraud lawsuits. However, the shows failed to mention in their coverage of the video that these former students have undisclosed personal and business ties to Trump.

  • CBS Chief Legal Correspondent: Obama SCOTUS Pick Merrick Garland "Is Considered The Best Candidate That Republicans Could Hope For From A Democratic President"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    Moments before news reports confirmed D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Merrick Garland would be President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court vacancy, CBS' chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford described Merrick as "respected" and "the best candidate that Republicans could hope for from a Democratic president."

    Garland, who was appointed to the D.C. Circuit in 1997, has long been praised by Republicans and Democrats. During Garland's 1997 confirmation hearing, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who still sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said "To my knowledge, no one, absolutely no one disputes the following: Merrick B. Garland is highly qualified to sit on the D.C. circuit. His intelligence and his scholarship cannot be questioned." Hatch also said Garland's "legal experience is equally impressive."

    Hatch also said, "Opposition to this nomination will only serve to undermine the credibility of our legitimate goal of keeping proven activists off the bench."

    In 2010, when Garland was previously considered for a Supreme Court vacancy, The Houston Chronicle reported, "Garland is regarded by legal scholars as a moderate, and he is well respected by both Democrats and Republicans in Washington."

    From the March 16 edition of CBS This Morning:

    JAN CRAWFORD: During a month-long search, the president really focused on a few highly regarded federal appeals court justices. Leading contenders are both here on the D.C.-based federal appeals court. There's Merrick Garland. He's an experienced and respected federal judge.


    If the president nominates Garland, who is, I mean, no liberal firebrand, it would signal that he is hoping for some kind of compromise. Garland is considered the best candidate that Republicans could hope for from a Democratic president.


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  • CBS This Morning's Research-Free Health Care Report

    Blog ››› ››› ANDREW LAWRENCE

    CBS News political correspondent Jan Crawford claimed that CBS couldn't "find anyone who's enrolled" in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) since the exchanges went online, proving not that Americans haven't signed up for the exchanges, but that CBS did not look very hard for examples.

    On the October 16 edition of CBS This Morning, Crawford described the exchanges as a "complete disaster" and quoted from a Miami Herald article describing ACA enrollees as an "urban legend":

    Contrary to Crawford's claim, reports of individuals who have successfully signed up for health insurance exchanges are readily available:

    • Joshua Pittman, a libertarian Republican from Alabama "successfully enrolled" in a Bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan.
    • Phil Sherburne "struck gold" when he purchased family health coverage through the ACA online exchange for $123 a month.
    • Alexandra Brewer of Fort Worth, Texas was able to enroll after 15 minutes on the phone with a representative.
    • Tonia McMillian was "just floored" that she was able to obtain insurance for herself and her son for $183 a month.
    • Leslie Foster, a freelance filmmaker in California who received a "great deal" on health insurance for $62 a month

    In addition, directly in the Miami Herald article Crawford quoted as describing enrollees as an "urban legend," there are several examples of citizens who have successfully signed up for the exchanges:

    Florida CHAIN, a statewide consumer health advocacy group, has highlighted the story of Vincent Mutia, a 24-year-old political science student at the University of Central Florida.

    Mutia said he tried to enroll on the first day but ran into problems that kept him from shopping the available plans, applying for a subsidy and making a purchase.

    "In the last few days,'' Mutia told the Herald on Friday, "the experience became more fluid. I was able to put in all my information. After the security questions, I created an account."

    Last week, the Orlando Sentinel reported the story of one man who succeeded in buying a plan -- after starting at 6 a.m. on the day the exchange launched.

    Daniel McNaughton, a 22-year-old computer science student at Valencia College in Orlando, told the newspaper he purchased a Florida Blue plan that will cost him $70 a month after the federal subsidy.

    Crawford's accusation ignored even her own reporting -- Later in the segment, she claimed that October 15 was the first time White House Press Secretary Jay Carney "managed to identify" individuals who had signed up for the exchanges. Yet Crawford overlooks an October 4 press briefing where Carney identified Alabama's Pittman and Butch Matthews, a small business owner from Arkansas, as successful enrollees:

    CARNEY: Joshua Pittman is a 31-year-old, self-employed videographer from Alabama -- a libertarian Republican who voted for Ron Paul in 2012, and believes that Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, is the future of the GOP -- successfully enrolled in a bronze-level Obamacare health insurance plan yesterday. 

    Butch Matthews is a 61-year-old former small business owner from Little Rock, Arkansas, who used to wake up every morning at 4:00 a.m. to deliver canned beverages to retailers before retiring in 2010.  A lifelong Republican, he was heavily skeptical of the Affordable Care Act when it first passed.  "I did not think that Obamacare was going to be a good plan.  I did not think that it was going to help me at all.  I am still a very strong Republican, but this -- I'm so happy that this came along."  It saves him $13,000 per year.

    Reports of Americans successfully signing up for the exchanges are readily available. In Kentucky alone, 240 small businesses have enrolled in order to provide their staffs with healthcare. MSNBC reported that as of October 12 the state was averaging 1,000 individual enrollees per day. Furthermore, in California 28,000 have signed up, and in New York 40,000 have signed up.

  • When Will Media Ask Romney About Muslim Brotherhood Conspiracy His Campaign Surrogates Support?

    Blog ››› ››› OLIVER WILLIS

    Fox News' Greta van Susteren last night became the sixth journalist to interview Mitt Romney without asking him about the conservative conspiracy theory alleging that the Muslim Brotherhood is using supposed ties to an aide for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to infiltrate the U.S. government. Two surrogates for Romney's campaign have defended that conspiracy during the past week, while Republican leaders like John Boehner and John McCain have condemned it.

  • CBS Evening News Mainstreams Smears Against Planned Parenthood

    Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    Yesterday, CBS Evening News lent its credibility to the thoroughly discredited hoax that Live Action exposed Planned Parenthood helping to cover up sex trafficking.

    CBS reported that "in the past week" Live Action "released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood staffers all too eager to help reported teenage sex workers get abortions and contraception" that are "troubling."

    But as CBS's Jan Craword herself reported, Planned Parenthood "reported the incidents to Attorney General Eric Holder." Crawford did not make clear, however, that Planned Parenthood actually contacted law enforcement and asked them to investigate potential sex trafficking before Lila Rose released any of her video accusing them of covering up sexual abuse of minors.

    This fact completely undermines Live Action's accusation that Planned Parenthood is helping to cover up sex trafficking.

    What's actually troubling is that CBS is all too willing to promote Live Action's discredited videos.

  • CBS Crawford supplies GOP with falsehoods about Kagan and then reports that GOP will use those falsehoods

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    CBS chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford reported on this morning's edition of CBS' The Early Show that Senate Republicans will attack Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan as a "liberal activist" based on memos she wrote while clerking for Justice Thurgood Marshall. But Crawford's predicted GOP attack on the Marshall memos largely echoed falsehoods and distortions that Crawford herself promulgated.

    We've noted that, on June 3, Jan Crawford distorted Kagan's memos to Marshall to suggest that she is outside the mainstream of legal thought on abortion, guns, and gay rights. The day after her initial report aired, Crawford wrote a post about Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, calling the memos "troubling." And conservatives have since echoed her reporting.

    However, none of Crawford's reporting was accurate, even down to Crawford's suggestion that the Marshall memos had just become available and that they necessarily represented Kagan's own views.

    Furthermore, legal expert Eugene Volokh has definitively debunked the idea that Kagan's memos were controversial. Volokh said that the memos "show her doing what she was supposed to do."

    Nevertheless, Crawford has pronounced herself "baffled" as to why her inaccurate reporting generated criticism.

    And Crawford is still at it. On today's edition of CBS' The Early Show, Crawford reported on what to expect when Kagan's hearings begin this afternoon, and she put the Marshall memos front and center. Crawford reported that Republicans "will try to paint her as a liberal activist, pointing to memos she wrote as a clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall and while an advisor to President Clinton."

  • CBS reporter "baffled" as to why inaccurate Kagan report would upset White House

    Blog ››› ››› TODD GREGORY

    This morning on Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer and CBS chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford talked up the effects of Crawford's report last week on memos Elena Kagan wrote while clerking for Thurgood Marshall. Schieffer seemed to suggest that Crawford's report was so significant that it might cause problems for Kagan's Supreme Court nomination. Schieffer said to Crawford that the White House had "thought she would be easily confirmed, I think. But you unearthed these documents that show that maybe she is not exactly how the White House had pictured her, that in fact, she might be a lot more liberal than people realized."

    Indeed, in her report last week, Crawford said that the memos showed that "Kagan stood shoulder to shoulder with the liberal left." But the evidence Crawford relied on to reach this conclusion was missing context and misleading. For instance, Crawford reported that "Kagan also wrote a memo Republicans will use to say she would find a constitutional right to gay marriage." Well, they could do that, but it would be pretty shameless.