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I’m most proud of telling the stories the liberal media censor - MRC's Katie Yoder

Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:40:53 +0000

Katie Yoder— Associate Culture Editor with NewsBusters and the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media— is a rising star at the Media Research Center. As part of our 2017 Internship Program Appeal, where generous donors contribute to the continued success of the program, Katie offered some great insights on her challenges and successes since her time as an MRC intern. Katie is quickly making a name for herself due to her powerful writing and her knack for taking the media and Hollywood to task. Katie’s work regularly appears on NewsBusters and she has made appearances on numerous media outlets including Fox News, EWTN, and HLN to talk about liberal bias in the media and in popular culture, as well as the left’s unrelenting attacks on American values. Katie has proven to be a strong and relentless opponent against the noxious influence of liberal media bias in society. Starting as an intern in 2011, Katie quickly made herself an asset to the MRC and the conservative movement as a whole. Katie, tell us about your role at the Media Research Center. What do you do and what accomplishments are you most proud of from your time here? I serve as the Associate Culture Editor at the Media Research Center. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik fellow, I analyze how the media cover a variety of issues including entertainment, family, feminism, and religion, with a special focus on abortion. In my current position, I’m most proud of telling the stories the liberal media censor – and giving voice to voices otherwise disregarded. Those stories include the March for Life, the videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting of baby parts, the case of British infant Charlie Gard and the Christian genocide by ISIS in the Middle East. While I’ve spoken on those topics in interviews with outlets like Fox News, EWTN and HLN, my favorite speaking opportunities include educating teens about pro-life issues and informing conservative leaders of the sparse media coverage of ISIS’ genocide. You started at the MRC as an intern. What was that experience like? What were the most beneficial skills you picked up during that time? At the end of 2011, I began my internship with MRCTV, our television and video department. It was there where I learned to video edit, write about media bias, and interview politicians as well as conservative movement leaders on camera. During the course of my internship, I traveled around the country to cover the Occupy movement, the 2012 Republican and Democrat conventions, and the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. But what made the internship stand out to me was the fact that my supervisors treated me as a full-time employee – and encouraged me to take initiative and start video projects of my own. It worked: by the end of my internship, my work had attracted 5 million views. I use routinely use and build on my knowledge from the MRCTV internship. I recently interviewed former Pussycat Doll Kaya Jones on Hollywood elites pushing sex and abortion on young women. Also this year, I filmed pregnant teen Maddi Runkles speaking at a rally – footage that was picked up by media including ABC News and Fox News. Last year, I created a video of media reactions to President Trump's election that reached more than four million views.   How does the MRC Internship Program equip young people to make an impact on the conservative movement and take on the liberal media? The millennial generation – my generation – is especially under attack by the liberal media today. We consume the news through more avenues than ever before, from magazines and television to phone apps and social media. That’s why this internship program is vital. It teaches future conservative leaders to view the liberal media critically, instead of believing everything we hear. It grows and educates young conservatives, ensuring that free enterprise, limited government, and traditional values have a voice in the news. It prepares [...]



WSJ: Healthcare.Gov Hacked in July; Networks Fail to Cover

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:07:31 +0000

Late Thursday afternoon, The Wall Street Journal reported that a hacker broke into a portion of the government-run website Healthcare.gov back “in July and uploaded malicious software” to the site that people in 36 states use to enroll in health care coverage. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this story on their evening newscasts on Thursday night, they chose to avoid the story completely. ABC, CBS, and NBC combined for zero coverage of the latest piece of bad news for ObamaCare and is no surprise for a liberal media that has provided plenty of cover for ObamaCare throughout its implementation. The Wall Street Journal article said that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discovered the breach on August 25 and while the server affected “was connected to more sensitive parts of the website that had better security protections,” investigators found no “evidence that consumers’ personal data were taken or viewed during the breach.” Despite that news, the breach “raised concerns among federal officials because of how easily the intruder gained access and how much damage could have occurred.” An HHS official told the paper that the intrusion was thought to be “the first successful intrusion into the website” as the second year of enrollment on the health insurance marketplace begins on November 15.  Nonetheless, the paper mentioned news of the hacking comes as other cybersecurity incidents within the last week have shaken Home Depot, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the private photos of celebrities stored on their iPhones. Further, the paper cited additional concerns: Washington officials said they are concerned an intruder gained access to Healthcare.gov network through a basic security flaw. The server had low security settings because it was never meant to be connected to the Internet, the HHS official said. When the hacker broke in, it was only guarded by a default password, which often is easy to crack. “The was a door left open,” the official said.  Instead of covering this news on a website millions rely on for enrolling in health insurance through ObamaCare, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir reported that Google will pay at least $19 million to parents whose children downloaded apps without parental consent. Over on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and NBC Nightly News, they covered the story of a new dinosaur discovered in Argentina that researchers said weighed 65-tons. Health Care Medical Insurance Political Scandals ABC World News Tonight CBS CBS Evening News NBC NBC Nightly News Wall Street Journal ObamaCare Government & Press Healthcare.gov HHS [...]



Fancy! NBC Pays for Matt Lauer to Ride Helicopter To and From 'Today' Set

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:37:48 +0000

Have you ever been stuck in “rush hour” traffic and wished you could fly to and from work in a helicopter? If so, you have something in common with Matt Lauer because NBC executives are so anxious to keep the host of its Today morning program happy that they're willing to do just that. In an article on the Page Six website, reporter Emily Smith stated that Lauer -- who in June extended his $20-million-per-year contract through 2016 -- gets a chopper ride to and from the NBC set to his 40-acre horse farm and nearby mansion in the Hamptons a number of times per week but insists that he and his family live "a painfully normal existence." Smith noted that Lauer's “lucrative” contract is in part a result of the problems that arose in June of 2012, when it was widely reported that Today co-host Ann Curry was going to be replaced. Her final day on the program was June 28, when she bid an emotional farewell to the staff and her morning viewers. After negotiations with the network, Curry signed a new multi-year contract as NBC News national and international correspondent/anchor and Today anchor at large while Savannah Guthrie took her place in the weekday morning program -- which cost the show 600,000 viewers during her first year in the morning shift. As part of the recent deal with Lauer was meant to avoid a replay of Curry's contentious departure, Smith stated, NBC agreed to pay for him to ride a helicopter out to the Hamptons, where he has a horse farm in Water Mill and “a nearby mansion, reportedly worth $15 million, in which he lives year-round with his wife, Annette Roque, and their children.” The reporter noted that a source told her: “NBC News chiefs want to do everything to keep Matt happy. They believe Today has turned a corner, and he is the key to its continuing success. They agreed to pay for his helicopter flights to the Hamptons and back so he can spend more time with his family.” However, the situation is not as glamorous as it appears since Lauer only flies in a helicopter to and from his mansion three times a week at most, while “other insiders insist his flights there are fewer.” “But NBC does pick up the tab,” Smith stated. “He’s been spotted hopping on flights on Liberty Helicopters, HeliFlite and Blade from the city.” Lauer also has a Manhattan apartment, and he told Hamptons magazine that he’s been spending time on the East End his whole life. He explained to interviewer Hoda Kotb: I think the image that people have is that it’s all polo fields and cocktail parties. And the fact of the matter -- my experience and Annette’s experience ... is about parent-teacher conferences and Little League and music lessons. We have a painfully normal existence. … We go to the local drug store, and we walk the dog on the beach … and take pony-riding lessons ... very much small-town America -- it just happens to have a reputation and a name like the Hamptons. A Today representative told Smith: “On rare occasions, Matt will fly home, but most of the time, you’ll find him stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway with everyone else.” As NewsBusters has previously reported, Lauer often colors his reporting with liberal views. In early March, the Today anchor asked Joe Scarborough -- co-host of the Morning Joe program on MSNBC -- why Republicans are more hostile to Barack Obama than Russia since “politics is supposed to end at the water's edge?” A week later, Lauer whined to billionaire Donald Trump that “you always think that Obama is being weak.” With the March 31 deadline for people to sign up for ObamaCare approaching, Lauer and his co-host spent most of the morning program discussing rumors that the president might trade in his BlackBerry for a new smart phone. When House minority leader Nancy Pelosi recei[...]



NBC: Unsigned Michael Sam Would've Been 'NIghtmare Situation' for NFL

Fri, 05 Sep 2014 01:36:59 +0000

With less than an hour to go until kickoff on the 2014 NFL season, NBC Sports kicked off a new season of predictably left-of-center political pontifications.

Holding that dubious honor tonight was Sports Illustrated senior writer and NBC Sports contributor Peter King, who, during pre-game analysis, insisted that the Dallas Cowboys signing rookie defensive end Michael Sam to their practice squad delivered the National Football League from a “nightmare situation” in which the first openly-gay NFL draftee failed to make a roster. No one else on the broadcast took exception to that line of argument. My colleague Curtis Houck transcribed the statement, which you can read below the page break [LISTEN to MP3 audio here; WATCH video below page break]:


NBC’s NFL Kickoff 2014

09/04/14

7:46:50 p.m.

27 seconds

PETER KING: Dan, when the Rams waived Michael Sam, the first openly-gay player trying to make an NFL roster, he was unemployed for two days. During that time, a league official contacted multiple teams asking if they had evaluated Sam as a possible practice squad player. Now, Sam, and the NFL avoided a nightmare situation when he signed with the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday.

Fortunately the much-overblown Redskins name controversy did not come up on the program, but we fully anticipate it will in a future NBC broadcast, if not during Bob Costas's halftime coverage.

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