MRS ALERTS: NBC’s Brian Williams: Obama ‘Appeared to Be Clear and Unambiguous’ on ISIS


1. NBC’s Brian Williams: Obama ‘Appeared to Be Clear and Unambiguous’ on ISIS

On Wednesday night’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams ignored President Obama’s mixed signals regarding how his administration intends to deal with the threat of the Islamic terrorist group ISIS as he highlighted how Obama declared he would “degrade and destroy” ISIS, but omitted remarks from Obama that ISIS can be contained to the point of being “a manageable problem.” At the top of the broadcast, Williams delivered spin favorable to the White House’s wish to make Obama seem consistent with a definite strategy: “[F]or all those who may be wondering if the U.S. is going to rise up, take the bait and get into the fight to root them out, the answer today from both the President and Vice President appeared to be clear and unambiguous.” In contrast, the CBS Evening News noted Obama’s contradictions. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbcs-brian-williams-obama-appeared-be-clear-and-unambiguous-isis

2. Networks: ‘Tough’ Obama ‘Wasted No Time’ Issuing ‘Fighting Words’ Against ISIS

After President Obama admitted on Thursday that he had “no strategy” for dealing with the ISIS terrorist network, on Wednesday, the network morning shows rushed to portray the aimless commander-in-chief as a tough-talking leader ready to “destroy” the radical killers. At the top of ABC’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos hyped: “President Obama’s tough words to the ISIS terrorists who executed American journalist Steven Sotloff.” In the report that followed, correspondent Brian Ross proclaimed: “President Obama vowed that ISIS will pay the price for the murder of a second American journalist. The President delivered fighting words this morning…” MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/networks-tough-obama-wasted-no-time-issuing-fighting-words-against-isis

3. CNN’s Lemon Spotlights Obama’s Briefing on ISIS A Year Ago; NYT’s Kristof Downplays Report

On Tuesday’s CNN Tonight, Don Lemon spotlighted the scoop that President Obama received briefings on ISIS “for at least a year” before the extreme Islamist group’s blitzkrieg across northern Iraq – something the Big Three networks failed to do the same evening. During a segment with Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, Lemon pointed out that the President was “briefed on this a year ago, and then…looked the other way – didn’t take it seriously enough.” Kristof did his best to brush this reporting aside: “I don’t think it’s quite right to say he didn’t take it seriously enough. I think that the problem there is that there aren’t good options.” MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cnns-lemon-spotlights-obamas-briefing-isis-year-ago-nyts-kristof-downplays-report

4. NBC Reporter: ‘Ridiculous’ That Obama Has No Strategy to Fight ISIS; Military Officials ‘Apoplectic’

Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday, NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel ripped into President Obama having no strategy to combat ISIS terrorists: “This has been going on for over three years. The buildup of ISIS has not been rapid, it has been quite slow. It has been quite well-documented….I met an ISIS fighter and I broadcast it on Nightly News….So that we have no strategy to deal with ISIS is quite – is quite ridiculous at this stage.” That followed Engel revealing on Sunday’s Meet the Press that military officials “are apoplectic” over the President’s failure to act on the crisis. “They think that this is a clear and present danger. They think something needs to be done. One official said that this was a Freudian slip, that it shows how the United States does not have a policy to deal with Syria,” he added. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-reporter-ridiculous-obama-has-no-strategy-fight-isis-military-officials-apoplectic

5. ‘Big Three’ Continue to Ignore Report Saying Obama Briefed on ISIS for ‘At Least A Year’

For the second day in a row, on Wednesday the “big three” networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored a new report from a former Pentagon official which claims that President Obama received briefings on the terrorist group ISIS “for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer.” Following the “big three” ignoring the report on their Tuesday night broadcasts, on Wednesday, September 3, all three network morning shows continued to omit the revelation during their coverage of ISIS following the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. While the networks continue to ignore this latest report, all three did their best to make the president look tough in going after the terrorist group. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/big-three-continue-ignore-report-saying-obama-briefed-isis-least-year

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3 Responses to MRS ALERTS: NBC’s Brian Williams: Obama ‘Appeared to Be Clear and Unambiguous’ on ISIS

  1. Reblogged this on Arlin Report and commented:
    This is why they are called the liberal mainstream media. Spin it! Don’t report the story, make it. Protect the President from his stupidity.

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  2. a12iggymom says:

    Reblogged this on U.S. Constitutional Free Press.

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