Lisa Boothe Slams Liberal Media with MRC Studies of Network Bias

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Conservative strategist Lisa Boothe appeared on Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz and called out liberal media for their bias in favor of defending Hillary Clinton. “The problem is the media should be adept enough to be able cover [Donald Trump], while simultaneously covering the stuff Hillary Clinton has,” argued Boothe, “You should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.” And throughout all of her bashing of the liberal media she backed it up with studies conducted by the Media Research Center.

As the show progressed the topic of Clinton’s new e-mail controversy came before the panel. “Do you believe the media are intentionally playing down these e-mails or is it just the story has been simply over shadowed by all of the controversies that swirl around Trump,” asked host Howard Kurtz. “I think they're absolutely covering up for Hillary Clinton,” remarked Boothe, “I think that you look at the coverage of ABC, CBS and NBC, they gave two times more coverage to the Trump Tower climber than they did these new revelations on Hillary Clinton E-Mails.”

Another study put together by the MRC was mentioned when the panel moved on to discussing the media coverage of Clinton’s, now disavowed, support from the father of the Orlando nightclub terrorist, Seddique Mateen. “Can campaigns be held responsible for any loon who wants to offer support,” inquired Kurtz.

Boothe responded:

The problem here is that the David Duke endorsement got six times the media coverage of the terrorist father endorsing Hillary Clinton and attending her rally. Because we all know that if he had attended a Donald Trump rally that would be front page news the next day and would all but completely discredit his campaign.

Partial reanscript below:

Fox News Channel
MediaBuzz
August 14, 2016
11:11:37 AM Eastern

LISA MARIE BOOTHE: But the point -- I think there's an important point that's missing here though. The media should be able to cover what Donald Trump says. And I have said before that I think he overstates things, you know, so I don't completely put that on the media.

HOWARD KURTZ: He creates some of his own problems.

BOOTHE: To some extent yes, I've conceded that before. The problem is the media should be adept enough to be able cover that, while simultaneously covering the stuff Hillary Clinton has. But there's not an equal amount of fact-checking. There is not an equal amount of criticism that’s being applied to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. You should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.

11:32:27 AM Eastern

KURTZ: Lisa, I think you kind of tipped your hand on this in the earlier segment, but do you believe the media are intentionally playing down these E-Mails or is it just the story has been simply over shadowed by all of the controversies that swirl around Trump?

BOOTHE: I think they're absolutely covering up for Hillary Clinton. You look at ABC’s, CBS—

KURTZ: Covering up is a strong charge.

BOOTHE: Well, I stand by it. I think that you look at the coverage of ABC, CBS and NBC, they gave two times more coverage to the Trump Tower climber than they did these new revelations on Hillary Clinton E-Mails. Hillary Clinton is the only presidential candidate to have two FBI investigations, one on her E-Mail server and now this new revelation that there is an investigation into public corruption charges with the Clinton Foundation. She has quite literally put our national security at risk. Potentially risking lives as well with the information based on her server. But somehow this hyperbole and rhetoric gets more attention than actions that have put our nation at risk.

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11:36:17 AM Eastern

KURTZ: She did disavow. Just as Trump disavowed when David Duke endorsed him. Can campaigns be held responsible for any loon who wants to offer support?

BOOTHE:  But the problem here is that the David Duke endorsement got six times the media coverage of the terrorist father endorsing Hillary Clinton and attending her rally. Because we all know that if he had attended a Donald Trump rally that would be front page news the next day and would all but completely discredit his campaign. So that's the problem.