2019 was another year of smashing success for the NewsBusters team as we had umpteen media stories to cover throughout the year, whether it was the Jussie Smollett debacle, the Mueller Report, impeachment, 2020 debates, and more online censorship.
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Below is the list of the top ten most read items at NewsBusters, featuring nine pieces from the News Analysis Division and one from MRC TechWatch. And to see past lists, check out the hyperlinks provided for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
1. O'Keefe Bombshell: ABC Host Says Network Spiked Epstein Story in 2016
NewsBusters associate editor Scott Whitlock paced the field with a November 5 blog about the bombshell video released by Project Veritas and founder James OKeefe. In it, longtime ABC journalist Amy Robach admitted on a hot mic that the network spiked what would have been damaging reporting in 2016 about Jeffrey Epstein.
As for why, Robach asserted that it was out of a fear of losing access to Epstein confidantes Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Royal Family as, in the case of the latter, Prince Andrew had long been connected to Epsteins alleged sexual exploitation of underage girls.
2. Jake Tapper Grills AOC: Did You Call Them Concentration Camps When Obama Was President?
News analyst Kristine Marsh made the first of two appearances on our list with a great June 28 piece about how CNNs The Lead hostJake Tapper grilled socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) about her declaration that the Trump administration was running concentration camps at the border.
In the interview, Tapper pressed on whether shed say the same about when the Obama administration had identical centers for illegal immigrants.
3. As Smollett Story Unravels, ABC Defends Robin Roberts Softball Interview on GMA
A few months earlier on February 18, Marsh pummeled Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts for her utterly absurd soft interview of now-disgraced actor Jussie Smollett, taking hook, line, and sinker Smolletts claims about being beaten by Trump supporters on the streets of Chicago in below-zero temperatures.
4. Chuck Todd Blasts Trumps SOTU as Theater of the Absurd
NewsBusters workhorse evening and Sunday analyst Nicholas Fondcaro clocked in at number four on our list with a February 5 piece hours before the State of Union in which MTP Daily host Chuck Todd preemptively declared the evening would be a night of absurdist theater.
This was accompanied by a chyron that, as wed be reminded on a near-daily basis, Todd has no interest in being an actual referee: Comity central: SOTU theater of the absurd?
5. Seven Ugly Lessons About the Media From Jussie Smolletts Debacle
Making his first appearance on a NewsBusters end-of-year list, HollywoodinToto.coms Christian Toto penned what became a must-read on February 23 about the liberal medias failures regarding the Smollett case.
In that weeks cross-posted column, Toto laid out what seemed like an obvious list of conclusions, but were nonetheless spot-on about how, unfortunately, the left will never look inward and accept responsibility for their errors.
6. MSNBCs Tur on Mueller Report: This Vindicates the President on Collusion
Yours truly spent Sunday, March 24 here at NewsBusters HQ as Attorney General Bill Barrs letter about the principle conclusions of the Mueller Report was released and, boy, did it harken back to the 2016 election with plentiful helpings of liberal media meltdowns.
Seconds after its release, MSNBC host Katy Tur painfully conceded that Mueller had vindicate[d] the President on collusion. Since then, the liberal media collectively back-tracked on this, insisting the Mueller Report was a devastating indictment for Trump.
7. Former CBS Star Lara Logan Goes NUCLEAR on Horsesh** Propagandist Press
For our number seven spot, Whitlock wrote February 18 about former CBS News correspondent Lara Logans appearance on the Mike Drop podcast in which, as per Whitlock, she derided the horses**t propagandist press that has no interest in fairness.
8. VIDEO: The Liberal Medias Most Embarrassing Mueller Failures
I made my other appearance on the list in the eight spot in a piece I penned March 25 alongside our indefatigable research analyst Bill DAgostino, a day after the liberal media suffered an emotional breakdown over the Barr letter summarizing the Mueller Report.
Thanks to DAgostinos masterful video-editing, we provided both in text and video form just a taste of the liberal medias failures in the previous two years, pushing any and all conspiracy theories to promote the belief that the President was undeniably a Russian agent and the probe would end his presidency.
9. Joe Biden's Bloody Eye on CNN Somehow SPIKED by Everyone But Fox
Along with co-authoring the book Unmasked: Big Media's War Against Trump that came out on June 4, executive editor Tim Graham had another terrific year on the blogging front, including a September 6 mini-study that noticed how Joe Biden suffering a bloody eyeball during a CNN town hall on climate change fetched almost no major media coverage.
As Graham wrote, CNN never reported it. Neither did MSNBC. Neither did ABC, CBS, NBC, or PBS. Even The New York Times and The Washington Post skipped it.
10. Jordan Peterson Announces Free Speech Platform Thinkspot
Rounding out the 2019 top ten list, MRC TechWatch writer Alexander Hall wrote on June 12 about best-selling author and psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson and his role in the launch of Thinkspot, which was dubbed an subscription-based anti-censorship platform in response to the rise of censorship by social media platforms and other websites.
Read more from the original source:
- Jordan Peterson saw this coming a while ago - Sarnia Observer - August 29th, 2020
- Teacher claims Joe Rogan threatens 'critical thinking.' In fact, the exact opposite is true. - The College Fix - August 22nd, 2020
- Clarifying My Comments on Lindsay, Pluckrose, and Boghossian - Merion West - August 22nd, 2020
- Teachers arent happy kids are getting red-pilled online - Reclaim The Net - August 22nd, 2020
- Confessions of a jaded NZ bookseller - The Spinoff - August 2nd, 2020
- Dont bank on Britains foppish, lazy elites to save us from deep fakery - The Guardian - August 2nd, 2020
- Will the real fascist please stand up? - Fallbrook / Bonsall Villlage News - July 31st, 2020
- Hess Jr. claims third win in a row at Eriez | News, Sports, Jobs - timesobserver.com - July 31st, 2020
- 5-year-old boy severely injured after being run over during camping trip - East Idaho News - July 27th, 2020
- Peterson: Last call for the Top 120 of 2020 - The Topeka Capital-Journal - July 27th, 2020
- MALCOLM: Fair coverage of the Conservative leadership is missing - Toronto Sun - July 27th, 2020
- 'Your inner voice will need to be your compass': Turners Falls High School says goodbye to Class of 2020 - The Recorder - July 27th, 2020
- Taibbi, Harper's and the Intellectual Dark Web - CounterPunch.org - CounterPunch - July 27th, 2020
- This Week in Podcasts: feat. Big Shiny Takes, Oats for Breakfast and more | Ricochet - Ricochet Media - July 5th, 2020
- TCW's top ten blogs of the week - The Conservative Woman - July 5th, 2020
- Nietzsche meets Netflix: the killer philosophy behind The Sinner - The Telegraph - July 2nd, 2020
- Bishop Robert Barron on Internet ministry, Black Lives Matter and the art of dialogue - America Magazine - June 30th, 2020
- The fall of Cambridge University - TheArticle - June 30th, 2020
- Sorry, not sorry: How Muay Thai taught me to stop apologising for everything - The Spinoff - June 30th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson: The activists are now stalking the hard scientists - National Post - June 24th, 2020
- Joe Rogan Is Asking For Heat With Latest Comments - TheThings - June 24th, 2020
- Alpha brains but beta minds: Tory culture is the main worry for true conservatives - The Conservative Woman - June 24th, 2020
- Amia Srinivasan He, She, One, They, Ho, Hus, Hum, Ita: How Should I Refer to You? LRB 2 July 2020 - London Review of Books - June 24th, 2020
- Clergy kneel to those who'd trample over them - The Conservative Woman - June 22nd, 2020
- Dave Rubin On Where Liberals And Conservatives Can Agree, And Can't - The Federalist - June 16th, 2020
- Five defensive players the Arizona Cardinals need to live up to expectations in 2020 - Revenge of the Birds - June 16th, 2020
- NFL stars deliver a message to the league: Admit you silenced us wrongly - Sporting News - June 6th, 2020
- On the Limits of Dave Rubins Cultural Politics - National Review - June 6th, 2020
- Jordan B. Peterson Health Update: Author Is Recovering ... - May 27th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson is back at work on his next book - May 27th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson on the Resurrection | Adrian Warnock - Patheos - May 27th, 2020
- Why Hungarys Viktor Orbn is the American rights favorite strongman - Vox.com - May 24th, 2020
- Patrick Peterson says 2020 Cardinals are, on paper, best team he has been on - Cards Wire - May 24th, 2020
- Graduation 2020: Westby Area High School - The Westby Times - May 24th, 2020
- Jonathan Kay: It takes a true artist to find new ways to shock the conscience. Kent Monkman has done that - National Post - May 24th, 2020
- The Irrelevance of the Intelligence Debate - Merion West - May 18th, 2020
- There are great stories about U.S. Open qualifiers; too bad we won't have any in 2020 - GolfDigest.com - May 18th, 2020
- Bob Holliday talks about the fun day when MJ and Buzz Peterson went golfing - WRALSportsFan.com - May 15th, 2020
- Mohamed and the Mountain | Annette Poizner | The Blogs - The Times of Israel - May 15th, 2020
- What Hating Jordan Peterson Tells You (about yourself) - The Times of Israel - May 6th, 2020
- Former Vol head coach appears in ESPNs The Last Dance - Vols Wire - May 6th, 2020
- What if Michael Jordan had signed with Adidas? He very nearly did, and it haunts Gary Stokan to this day - WRALSportsFan.com - May 6th, 2020
- Why is it always the white NFL players who get a second chance? - The Guardian - May 6th, 2020
- Another Piece on How Feminism Has Ruined Men - RushLimbaugh.com - May 6th, 2020
- Dave Rubin is out of ideas - Business Insider - Business Insider - May 6th, 2020
- Justin Amash could lead conservative reformation - Spring Hope Enterprise - May 2nd, 2020
- May Day! May Day! Is Government Out of Control? What It Means to Investors - Stock Investor - May 2nd, 2020
- Jordan Peterson and Carl Jung's Worldviews Have Been Greatly Oversimplified - Merion West - May 1st, 2020
- Dave Rubin Talks To Shapiro About Learning From Jordan Peterson On Tour - The Daily Wire - May 1st, 2020
- The one player Michael Jordan was scared of in college? Buzz Peterson details it - The Athletic - May 1st, 2020
- Russell Brand And Ricky Gervais Are Just What Your Brain Needs - The Federalist - May 1st, 2020
- The Problem with Edmund Burke and Defenders of Tradition - Merion West - May 1st, 2020
- FreedomFest Urges People to 'Catch the Vision' in Las Vegas - Right Wing Watch - May 1st, 2020
- Seminal Words and the Pregnant Pause | Annette Poizner - The Times of Israel - April 22nd, 2020
- Too Hot to Handle on Netflix is undeniably Sexy in Quarantine - The TeCake - April 22nd, 2020
- What Skeptical Scholars Admit about the Resurrect... - ChristianityToday.com - April 13th, 2020
- Michael Brooks' New Book Hits the Mark - Merion West - April 13th, 2020
- How Joe Rogan and Eric Weinstein Sinned - Thrive Global - April 7th, 2020
- Understanding the Viciousness of Jordan Peterson's Critics - Merion West - March 27th, 2020
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Has Mastered The Art Of Waist-Up Dressing - British Vogue - March 27th, 2020
- Five hours to change your life with Jordan Peterson - Patheos - March 27th, 2020
- If people stand up in the face of the things they are afraid of, they get stronger - The Indian Express - March 27th, 2020
- Prof still fighting school's demand to call he a 'she' - OneNewsNow - March 18th, 2020
- Patrick Peterson: Cardinals 'all in' this year and 'not done' - Cards Wire - March 18th, 2020
- Tips, links and suggestions: what are you reading this week? - The Guardian - March 18th, 2020
- What Happened to Jordan Peterson? - The New Republic - March 15th, 2020
- Inside the Treatment of Jordan Peterson - InsideHook - March 15th, 2020
- Christopher Booker: Groupthink review an uncritical history of political correctness - The Arts Desk - March 15th, 2020
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos: Jordan B ... - March 9th, 2020
- The best recent poetry review roundup - The Guardian - March 9th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson Checks into Rehab Following Wife's Cancer ... - March 9th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson Wife: The Truth About Tammy Peterson - Who - February 28th, 2020
- Podcast giant Joe Rogan coming to Tampas Amalie Arena - Tampa Bay Times - February 28th, 2020
- Is Wall Street on the Brink of Disaster? - Stock Investor - February 28th, 2020
- The Travesty of Comparing Jordan Peterson to Hitler - Merion West - February 25th, 2020
- What Douglas Murray's Book Does Well (And Where It Falters) - Merion West - February 24th, 2020
- Jordan Peterson: the One Who Helped Me When I Most Needed It - Merion West - February 20th, 2020
- 'He could've killed somebody': Victim in Boise 11-car hit-and-run crash reacts to wild video - KTVB.com - February 20th, 2020
- A Controversial Study Claimed To Explain Why Women Dont Go Into Science And Tech. It Just Got A 1,113-Word Correction. - BuzzFeed News - February 20th, 2020
- Feb. 18: The story of Bombardier could have been easily avoided. Readers react to Bombardiers fortunes, facial recognition, Jordan Peterson, plus... - February 20th, 2020