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Prosecution Rests in Dem Senator Corruption Case, But CNN Dozes

<p>The prosecution rested on October 11 in the corruption trial of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez. Yet, with a whole day of reporting to work with, CNN has only mentioned this story for a total of five minutes on 2 shows. On October 11, <em>The Lead With Jake Tapper </em>gave the story 3 minutes and 9 seconds of coverage. Tapper was the only anchor to cover the story the day that the prosecution rested, with <em>CNN Newsroom</em> covering it for 2 minutes and 2 seconds the following morning.</p>

Nets Cover GOP Congressman Resigning, Ignored When It Was a Dem

<p>When Republican Congressman Tim Murphy from Pennsylvania resigned in disgrace on October 5, all three broadcast evening shows ran reports on it. NBC’s <em>Today</em> also covered this story the following morning. But just last year when another Pennsylvania Congressman, Democrat Chaka Fattah, was forced to step down amid a corruption trial that eventually ended in his conviction, not one of the morning or evening shows on ABC, CBS or NBC covered his resignation <em>at all</em>.</p>

CNN: Zilch on Menendez Trial Bombshell, 2 Hours on Price Plane

<p>The double standard at CNN is stark. The cable news network can’t seem to find much time for the three-week long unfolding drama of the corruption trial of sitting Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from NJ. But it found nearly 2 hours in just one day to cover HHS Secretary Tom Price’s flights on private jets.</p>

NBC’s Today: Still No Coverage of Venezuelan Distress

In the past 48 hours, the socialist President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, has installed a new national assembly (made up of his own supporters and relatives) in order to bypass his political opposition, and begun rounding up and jailing opposition leaders. In response, the United States has imposed a new round of sanctions against Maduro himself. So far this year, more than 140 people have been killed in the escalating political violence in that nation.

Yet in all of 2017, NBC's Today has yet to utter a single word about the misery wrought by Venezuela's socialist, and increasingly dictatorial, government. To their credit, this morning ABC and CBS both ran full reports – ABC’s Martha Raddatz called the latest developments "ominous" -- while all three broadcast evening newscasts on Monday night at least noted the dramatic developments.

On Good Morning America, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz called these latest developments “truly an ominous turn following the disputed election that gave President Maduro nearly unlimited powers, an election that the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. has called a sham.” After running footage allegedly showing opponents of Maduro being rounded up and jailed, CBS This Morning correspondent Manuel Bojorquez noted that “their arrests do confirm the fears of the opposition here, and many in the international community who believe that President Nicolás Maduro would use this weekend's vote to rewrite the constitution as a pretext to jail, suppress, and otherwise silence the opposition.”

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Good Morning America’s 83 seconds of coverage was more than what the broadcast had given to the topic all year up until this point (56 seconds total). Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News both ran news briefs (21 and 25 seconds long, respectively), although World News Tonight continues to avoid using the words “socialism” or "socialist." CBS had the most comprehensive coverage, with 3 minutes and 56 seconds total between CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News.

During his World News Tonight report, anchor David Muir mentioned that the election gave Maduro “almost unlimited powers,” but then seemed to downplay Maduro’s power grab by saying that “President Nicolás Maduro celebrated his victory as a mandate from the people, but the U.S. calls him a dictator.” He then went on to observe that “Venezuela has been sinking into political chaos under his leadership.”

For a full breakdown of ABC, CBS and NBC’s coverage of Venezuela in 2017, check out this report on the topic, published just yesterday: https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/mike-ciandella/2017/07/31/nets-barely-notice-venezuelas-vote-dictatorship

Nets Barely Notice Venezuela’s Vote for Dictatorship

Venezuela’s president held a sham election on July 30 that created an assembly out of his own supporters, to bypass that country’s elected representatives and rewrite the constitution.

But, inexcusably, the broadcast networks seem to be going out of their way to avoid reporting on this glaring example of how socialism inevitably turns out, if it’s allowed to continue unchecked.

Venezuela is the third-largest supplier of oil to the United States, and is now poised to become a resource-rich totalitarian regime, unnervingly close to the United States. More than 140 people have died in protests in the last four months alone, according to NBC Nightly News, as President Nicolás Maduro continues to solidify his hold on the country.

Faced with the possibility of starvation, a growing number of Venezuelans have been applying for asylum in the United States, while others are streaming across the border into Colombia. Alarmed by the unrest, the State Department has issued a warning, asking U.S. citizens not to travel to the country.

Monday’s ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today completely ignored Maduro’s vote to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution. While World News Tonight did briefly cover the vote (for 37 seconds), it did so without using the word “socialist” – an indefensible trend the broadcast has kept up at least since former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’s death in March of 2013.

Even worse, the brief failed to mention any of the rampant poverty, brutal crackdowns or any other regime abuses. Instead, it focused mainly on violence by an “enraged” opposition. Instead, it ended by mentioning how “opposition leaders” say Maduro is “looking to install an autocratic system,” but with no reference to the series of steps he’s already taken to do just that.

Meanwhile, Today has yet to cover Venezuela’s problems at all in 2017, and all Good Morning America coverage for the year combined still comes in at under a minute (56 seconds).

The CBS Evening News on July 30 was preempted by golf, but the July 29 broadcast also failed to mention the upcoming vote. The day after the vote, July 31, neither ABC’s Good Morning America or NBC’s Today even referenced this at all.

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To their credit, both NBC Nightly News and CBS This Morning recognized the seriousness of this vote, each running full reports. But, in doing so, they proved the hypocrisy of the shows that failed to report on what at least some journalists agree to be an important issue.

On NBC Nightly News on July 30, anchor Jose Diaz-Balart recognized that, “the country with the largest oil reserves on earth held a special election that critics say could lead to a dictatorship.” After pointing out that the “all of the candidates today are Maduro supporters, including his wife and son,” Diaz-Balart noted that “The U.S. and other countries around the world have condemned today’s election.”

CBS This Morning mentioned that “demonstrators believe the election continues to hurtle the country toward dictatorship with president Nicolás Maduro and his socialist party at the helm,” although correspondent Manuel Bojorquez only indirectly blamed socialism for the “falling oil prices coupled with skyrocketing inflation” that are crippling the Venezuelan economy.

The problems in Venezuela that are now coming to a head have been building for years. As Margaret Thatcher famously noted on this topic, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” With poverty so extreme that citizens are rationing toilet paper, the situation is ripe for the strong man takeover that Maduro is orchestrating. In a 2016 recap of an evergreen 1995 essay, Mark J. Perry of the American Enterprise Institute referred to the socialism as a “pyramid scheme” that “promised, prosperity, equality and security” while “it delivered poverty, misery, and tyranny.” That is exactly what we’re seeing play out in Venezuela.

Fake History! CNN’s Zeleny Says Bastille Day Is WWI Anniversary

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny might want to brush up on his history. Wrapping up a report on President Trump’s visit to Paris for CNN Newsroom With Brooke Baldwin on July 13, Zeleny, CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent, mentioned that the French celebration of Bastille Day which takes place tomorrow “marks the 100th year of when the U.S. started helping – entered World War I.”  

In fact, Bastille Day marks the anniversary of the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, when angry French peasants stormed the Bastille prison – 228 years ago.

What Zeleny may have been trying to refer to was the presence of approximately 190 American troops in the Bastille Day parade, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of American involvement in World War I (The United States entered World War I on April 6, 1917). However, the Bastille Day holiday itself has nothing to do with World War I or the United States.

As of the writing of this blog, Zeleny has given another report on President Trump’s visit to Paris, without correcting himself or mentioning Bastille Day again.

UPDATE: Two hours after his earlier gaffe, Zeleny mentioned in a prerecorded report on The Lead With Jake Tapper  that Trump was "invited by President Macron to celebrate Bastille Day and the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into World War I" [emphasis added]. However, he made no mention of his earlier mix-up.

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Mika Brzezinski on Trump's America: ‘It Does Feel Like a Developing Dictatorship’

In an exchange on June 23, MSNBC Morning Joe Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough went on a rapid fire, rambling analogy rant, comparing President Trump to a developing dictator, the leader of North Korea, and the bumbling, buffoonish Nazis of a 60s TV sitcom.

“You can do some work reading history,” Brzezinski said, “and reading books about how dictatorships happen, the development of very negative forces taking over. And what you are seeing is either this, happening right now, or someone who’s not well. There’s very few options.”

“I think it’s actually more like Hogan’s Heroes, you know, than anything else” Scarborough interjected, referring to the 60s comedy about clever Allied prisoners repeatedly outsmarting their bumbling Nazi guards. “Oh, we have a Sergeant Schultz, and we have a [Colonel] Klink.”

Brzezinski also brought up an interview she had with Pulitzer Prize-winner Jon Meachem the day before, where she set him up to compare Trump to Kim Jong Un. “He stretched as best he could to Nixon, and then we had to move outside the United States of America to find a parallel, and I believe it was North Korea.”

This type of exchange is becoming more and more common for Morning Joe, with Scarborough and Brzezinski going from remotely diagnosing Trump with dementia on May 2, to comparing him to “a kid pooping their pants” on June 1.

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PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT FOLLOWS:

BRZEZINSKI: It’s sad for the country. This is unprecedented, to have a president who behaves this way. Can anyone go back in history –

SCARBOROUGH: “Well, you asked Jon Meacham yesterday.

BREZEZINSKI: I tried

SCARBOROUGH: He went back to Thor.

BRZEZINSKI: He stretched as best he could to Nixon, and then we had to move outside the United States of America to find a parallel, and I believe it was –

SCARBOROUGH: Ok. So, I can’t wait to hear –

BRZEZINSKI: North Korea.

SCARBOROUGH: What Kasie Hunt has to say, once we read the news on –

BRZEZINSKI: It does feel like a developing dictatorship. Anyhow. Senate Republicans rolled out their healthcare bill today, and it took little time before they were met with internal resistance.

SCARBOROUGH: See, that’s the sort of thing – that’s an inside voice saying what you just said.

BRZEZINSKI: No, it’s not.

SCARBOROUGH: You say you want to be like Greta [Van Susteren], who’s like – Greta pulls back before she says things like that.

BRZEZINSKI: I’m going to actually channel Greta, and have an even tone. But I will say you can do some work reading history, and reading books about how dictatorships happen, the development of very negative forces taking over. And what you are seeing is either this, happening right now, or someone who’s not well. There’s very few options.

SCARBOROUGH: I think it’s actually more like Hogan’s Heroes, you know, than anything else. Oh, we have a Sergeant Schultz, and we have a Klink.

CNN Promoted NY Times Story Now Debunked by Comey

Former FBI director James Comey confirmed that a New York Times report which accused Trump associates of “repeated contacts with Russian intelligence” was “almost entirely wrong,” during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. Yet, back in February when it was released, CNN not only promoted this New York Times report, based on allegedly leaked information – they came up with a nearly identical report of their own, and bashed Trump and his administration for questioning it.

Nets Spend 10 Mins on Trump Typo Tweet

At midnight on May 31, President Trump tweeted the enigmatic “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.” Despite that fact that everyone, including journalists, make typos, the media pounced. On just the morning news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC, there was a baffling ten minutes of coverage devoted to speculating about what Trump meant by this cryptic word that in context was clearly supposed to mean “coverage.”

Aetna Pulls Out of Obamacare: ABC, NBC Ignore, Mocked Trump for Saying System was Imploding

The major health insurance provider Aetna announced that it would be pulling out of the last two states where it still participated in Obamacare. Yet, the morning news shows of ABC and NBC completely ignored this important news story, while CBS This Morning gave it a mere 25 seconds.

This continues a longstanding network news tradition of defending the Affordable Care Act and ignoring its failures. 

In a study released on October 28, 2016, the MRC’s Bias by the Minute project detailed how the evening news shows on these three networks routinely ignored or barely covered Obamacare’s failures during that year. 

When ObamaCare Passed House, Media Said It Was ‘Historic,’ ‘Milestone’

If you heard anyone from the media praise the House of Representatives passing health care reform as a “milestone” or “historic,” you may be stuck in 2009. Instead, this year’s Republican health care bill was met with words like “risk” and “extreme.”

 

Scarborough Smears: I’m Not Saying Trump Has Dementia, But…

On Tuesday’s edition of Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough suggested President Trump was exhibiting symptoms of dementia, while a Princeton professor accused Trump supporters of using Trump’s “ignorance” to justify “not really wanting to be informed.”

In the May 2 broadcast, which focused mainly on Trump’s statements on Andrew Jackson and the Civil War, Scarborough and co-host Mike Brzezinski zeroed in on Trump’s mental faculties. “I will tell you, for better or worse, and no matter what people have thought along the way, we have known this man for a very long time. And we're not seeing the same guy here,” Brzezinski stated.

Ex-CNN Anchor: More Ideology in Today’s Media; Current CNN Host Stumbles Over Facts

While a former CNN anchor acknowledged the existence of the media politicizing their coverage of President Trump, current CNN host Brian Stelter tried to defend the media – but stumbled over the facts instead.

Stelter slammed the Media Research Center’s documented analysis that media coverage of Trump’s first 80 days in the White House had been 89 percent negative, during a panel on his show Reliable Sources on April 30. “You’re citing a Media Research Center study,” Stelter retorted to former Trump advisor Jason Miller, “which is a conservative group, only looking at the three nightly newscasts, from their own conservative bent.” 

MRC’s Noyes Discusses Latest Trump Coverage Study on Fox and Friends

“It has been the most hostile, most negative reaction to a new president that I can remember, and I’ve been doing this for more than 30 years,” MRC Research Director Rich Noyes told Fox and Friends Saturday host Abby Huntsman. Noyes was on Fox to discuss the recent MRC study which revealed that network evening news show coverage of President Trump in his first 80 days in office has been an astounding 89 percent negative.

The President They Want: CNN & MSNBC Give Heavy Coverage to Obama Event

After 95 days of unremittingly hostile coverage of President Donald Trump, the two liberal cable news networks indulged themselves on Monday by offering an incredible hour of uncritical live coverage to a not-very-newsworthy event by former President Barack Obama in Chicago. While Fox News showed only 7 minutes and 20 seconds of Obama’s talk, CNN and MSNBC broadcast the speech and question-and-answer segment following it for a full 52 minutes, 12 seconds and 58 minutes, 46 seconds, respectively.

NBC’s Welker Hypes Silly Gorsuch Plagiarism Charges Before Debunking Them

On the April 5 NBC Today, correspondent Kristen Welker repeated last-minute accusations that Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch had plagiarized – but it wasn’t until after she had gone onto other topics and was wrapping up her report that she mentioned that the person he was accused of plagiarizing had already debunked those claims. 

Nets Race to Declare ‘Embarrassing,’ ‘Stinging Defeat’ for Trump

The broadcast and cable news shows raced to proclaim the stall in the passage of an Obamacare replacement as a “disastrous” failure for the Trump administration, with reactions ranging from gloating exaggerations to blatant falsehoods.

“The President who fancies himself a master of the art of the deal is still an apprentice when it comes to politics,” CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley chortled on March 24.

“This is an embarrassing defeat for President Trump and for Paul Ryan,” NBC Senior Politics Analyst Mark Halperin on the March 24 Nightly News.

BBC: White House Treats Women Like Saudi Arabia

All it took was one picture of Trump meeting with an all-male Congressional committee to get the BBC to lump him in the same boat as a country that until 2015 didn’t allow women to vote. The liberal Twitter mob attacked the White House on March 23 after Vice President Mike Pence tweeted out a picture of President Trump meeting with the House Freedom Caucus. Although Kellyanne Conway was in the room off screen, critics complained that the photo of a meeting about the now-defunct GOP healthcare bill didn’t include any women, but the BBC took it one step further.

Nets Demand Evidence 123 Times, Scold Nunes for Giving It

When President Trump made his claim that President Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower during the presidential campaign, the media demanded evidence. Since Trump’s initial tweet on March 4, the evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC have called on the White House to provide more evidence a grand total of 123 times. 

Freak Out! Nets Spend 107 Mins on Trump Wiretapping Tweet

Since Saturday, when Donald Trump first took to Twitter to accuse former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower, the morning and evening shows of ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 107 minutes, 33 seconds to refuting the President’s claim.

In contrast, new reports from previous weeks suggesting the Obama Administration did, in fact, initiate surveillance were essentially ignored at the time. For example, when the New York Times initially reported that members of Trump’s team were under surveillance before the inauguration, the story only got 13 seconds of coverage and only on the CBS Evening News. 

HYPOCRISY: 7X More Coverage for Sessions Debacle than Holder Contempt

If you ever doubted that the media see the news through a partisan prism, consider this: in less than two days, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted nearly 7 times as much coverage to Jeff Sessions meeting with the Russian Ambassador in his role as a U.S. Senator than they did when then-Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress in June 2012.

Nets Spend 44 Minutes on ‘One of the Great Political Smears of All Time’

Despite repeatedly calling it “unconfirmed” and “unsubstantiated,” the ABC, CBS and NBC morning news shows on Wednesday spent a combined 44 minutes promoting allegations the Russian government had information that they could use to blackmail President-elect Donald Trump.

These allegations stemmed from a 35-page “report” published by BuzzFeed, which itself doubted the veracity of the information. According to The Washington Examiner, “BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith published an internal memo to his staff on Twitter wherein he said that posting the intelligence document was ‘not an easy or simple call’ and he said there was ‘serious reason to doubt’ the claims it contained.’”

NBC: NYC Subway Line That Took 96 Years ‘Proof Gov’t Can Still Do Big Things’

For people who lived in or near New York City during the past century, the completion of the Second Avenue subway line was as elusive as the legendary Jersey Devil, or finding someone who doesn’t claim to be part Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But an NBC reporter praised the completion of the first stage of the project as a great example of “showing people that government can still do big things.”

This portion of the subway line took 96 years to complete.

GOP Campaign Surrogate Uses MRC Study to Slap Down CNN President

CNN President Jeff Zucker went on the defensive Wednesday night, when a room full of campaign surrogates called him out for his network’s lopsided campaign coverage. However, as a surrogate for a former GOP candidate pointed out, the MRC has proven that CNN's track record this campaign season has been anything but defensible.

Networks Cover for Hillary on Wikileaks, Ignore Mention of Other Journalists

Since Friday, ABC, CBS and NBC have inundated viewers with more than 200 minutes on a tape showing Trump making inappropriate remarks. However, these same networks gave 24 minutes, 5 seconds to the Wikileaks release of multiple years’ worth of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s staff – but very little of this coverage was on specific emails or issues that were brought up by the emails. 

18X: Coverage of Trump’s Tax Returns vs Hillary Insulting Bernie Voters

The recurring media narrative of 2016 continues: stories that could embarrass Donald Trump get lots of coverage, while stories that embarrass Hillary Clinton get little or none. In today’s episode, the three broadcast news networks yawned at newly released audio of Hillary Clinton disparaging Sanders voters who “lived in their parents’ basement.” But when an anonymous source leaked three pages from Trump’s 1995 tax returns to The New York Times, they were suddenly much more interested.

Networks: Maine Governor Scandals Get 6 Minutes, Multiple Dem Scandals Ignored

Never say they aren’t consistent. As per usual, during 2016 the media ignore Democratic scandals while hyping Republican Scandals.

Between the three of them, the evening shows of ABC, CBS and NBC spent a combined 6 minutes, 56 seconds on the LePage controversy, just in the month of August. For contrast, here are some Democratic scandals that they neglected to cover:

ABC, NBC Tout Trump Plane Flub, Ignore Hillary Claiming FBI Said She Was Honest

To ABC and NBC, a Donald Trump misstatement is worth reporting multiple times, but a falsehood by Hillary Clinton isn’t worth a second of coverage.

On July 11, Hillary Clinton grossly distorted FBI Director James Comey’s statement on her handling of classified email during a CBS News interview. She restated this assertion to host Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

CNN Guest: Attack on Medina ‘Most Odious’ Example of ISIS Violence

During an interview on on CNN’s Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield, the Center on Global Policy’s Haroon Moghul called ISIS’s terror attack on the Saudi holy site of Medina “the most odious or egregious example of their violence.” According to Moghul, this attack was “the Rubicon,” where Muslims would have to make decisions about ISIS. Banfield didn’t question him about this phraseology.

Sunday Roundtable Guests Seven Times More Likely to be Anti-Trump

Despite Trump being the only candidate remaining in the GOP race, his supporters accounted for only 12 percent of all participants (9 out of 77 total) in roundtable discussions on Sunday shows from May 8 to May 29. A staple of Sunday political shows, the roundtable discussions give a chance for pundits from across the political spectrum to voice their concerns and opinions about the political news of the day.

Sunday Roundtable Guests Seven Times More Likely to be Anti-Trump

Despite Trump being the only candidate remaining in the GOP race, his supporters accounted for only 12 percent of all participants (9 out of 77 total) in roundtable discussions on Sunday shows from May 8 to May 29. A staple of Sunday political shows, the roundtable discussions give a chance for pundits from across the political spectrum to voice their concerns and opinions about the political news of the day.

No Accountability Beyond This Point: Nets Never Blame Obama Admin for TSA Failures

The backlash against the increasing delays caused by the TSA has been so bad that on March 24, the TSA reassigned its head of security. According to CBS Evening News, 450 people missed their flights from Chicago’s O’Hare airport on May 15 because of TSA delays.

Despite devoting more than 42 minutes to the abysmal failures of the TSA since coverage began on May 10, neither ABC, CBS nor NBC once even hinted that the Obama Administration might bear even some of the blame on their evening news shows. Instead, the networks  pointed the finger at Congress, at airlines, at passengers – but criticism of the White House was as off limits as a 4 ounce bottle of water at airport security.

ABC, NBC Evening News Shows Ignore Baltimore Riots Anniversary

On the one-year anniversary of the riots and systematic failures of Democrat-run Baltimore in Democrat-run Maryland, only CBS Evening News managed to acknowledge that anything even happened. ABC's World News Tonight’s only mention of Baltimore or Freddie Gray was a throwaway line in an April 22 obituary for the pop singer Prince, where correspondent Byron Pitts noted that “Prince was an artist and an activist, releasing songs in the aftermath of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.” End of sentence, end of topic, end of discussion. NBC failed to mention even that much.

CBS Tosses Softballs to Sanders: Any New Support Since ‘Birds Are On Your Side’?

Deciding that actual journalism was far too difficult, CBS News decided to go full Buzzfeed and ask Senator Bernie Sanders what his spirit animal was and whether he’s gained supporters because “it seems that birds on your side.” This “interview” of the controversial socialist Sanders was so glowing and positive, that it even began with Sanders being asked to “say hi to all your Facebook fans” – on CBS News’s Facebook page. 

 

NBC: Obama And Castro ‘Just Two Fans Sharing a Pastime’

In the middle of their special hour-long broadcasts that mostly focused on the terror attacks in Belgium, both CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News took time to show President Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro doing the “wave” at a baseball game in Havana.

NBC’s coverage was nothing short of gushing. “At the game, Obama and Castro, despite their differences, just two fans sharing a national pastime, almost catching a wave,” NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell reported. She also mentioned that “Pres. Obama said he never thought of not going” to the game.

Nets Ignore Report on Anti-Christian Genocide

Despite all three broadcast evening news shows running stories on ISIS on March 10, not one of them mentioned a report submitted that day to Secretary of State John Kerry documenting that ISIS’s persecution of Christians has reached the level of genocide. In fact, in all of 2016 so far, the topic of Christian persecution by ISIS hasn’t been mentioned even once. 

CBS Fail: Clarence Thomas Graphic Used for Wrong Story

CBS decided against running a story on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaking up from the bench, but they apparently their graphics team didn't get the memo.

Former Candidate Gilmore: FCC Needs to Address Media’s Trump Coverage

Despite not openly endorsing or dismissing any presidential candidate, former candidate Jim Gilmore criticized the media for giving free air time to Trump, during an interview on CNBC’s Sqauwk Box.

Networks Hyped Perry Indictment in 2014; Silent on Dismissal

Political scandals make for juicy journalism, but apparently a politician being cleared of wrong doing isn’t even worth a mention.

When the initial story of Rick Perry’s indictment broke in August 2014, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 25 minutes in just two days to topic, speculating that the controversy could “end any chance” for Perry in 2016. But when Perry was cleared of any wrongdoing, all three networks were silent, on both the evening news shows that night and the morning news shows the following day.

Irony! ABC Hyped Debate Practice Before Flubbed Entrance

Debate night started a bit rough for ABC. Ben Carson missed his cue, and was left awkwardly waiting in the wings. After his name was called, Trump chose to wait offstage next to Carson. Then, moderator David Muir’s announcement of John Kasich’s name was drowned out by applause, leaving only four candidates on stage when moderator Martha Raddatz announced “ladies and gentlemen, the Republican candidates.”

But, ironically enough, the edition of World News Tonight directly before the debate had hyped the preparation that went into that very portion of the night.

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