NBC's Today on Monday aired a sensationalistic report on the upcoming release of two books that are "exposing alleged corruption and infighting within the Catholic Church." Keir Simmons boosted a statement from one of the publishers involved, who claimed that "if the Vatican were a company they'd be in Chapter 11, and heads would be rolling from all the mistrust and financial abuses." Simmons also injected the political into his segment, underlining that "Pope Francis has introduced controversial changes opposed by some of the more conservative Church officials."
Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007. Previously, he worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in political science and history.
Tuesday's CBS This Morning zeroed in on "how a new generation of couples relies on the buddy system for the big day" of their weddings. Gayle King pointed out how a "decline in religious beliefs is changing the way many Americans are getting married these days." Correspondent Adriana Diaz spotlighted how "more and more Americans are asking their friends to do the honors" due to the significant percentage of Millennials who consider themselves to be non-religious.
CNN's Alisyn Camerota spotlighted Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday's New Day over his supposedly good performance at the earlier CNBC debate for the lower-tier Republican presidential candidates: "You being on that early debate has allowed you to bust out some great zingers and jokes. I mean, a lot of people thought that you stole the show...it gave you more air time that you wouldn't actually get on the main stage...It also distinguished you in terms of substance."
CNN refreshingly spotlighted a teen model with Down syndrome on Wednesday's New Day. Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported that 18-year-old Madeline Stuart's "modeling career is taking off. She walked the runway during Europe Fashion Week this fall, and won a contract to be the face of lipstick company Glossigirl — all of which her mom says is giving hope to others with disabilities." Down syndrome people definitely could use all the hope they can get, as the sheer majority of babies with the genetic condition are aborted before they can draw their first birth.
Friday's NBC Nightly News set aside just 34 seconds of air time to the Republican National Committee suspending its planned February 2016 debate with NBC. The evening newscast surrounded this coverage with over two minutes of reporting on other 2016 presidential campaign developments, focusing on the spat between Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. By contrast, ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News devoted full reports to the RNC's suspension of the NBC debate, which was going to be co-hosted by Telemundo.
A group of purported Catholic professors wrote an open letter on October 26, 2015 to "the editor of the New York Times" decrying a October 18 op-ed item about the Catholic Church by a conservative writer Ross Douthat. The letter, which was initially signed by 25 academics from Georgetown University, Villanova University, and other schools (the list has grown in subsequent days), claimed that Douthat "has no professional qualifications for writing on the subject," and "his view...has very little to do with what Catholicism really is." The objectors concluded, "This is not what we expect of the New York Times."
CNN's Chris Cuomo shot back at conservative critics of CNBC in a series of posts on Twitter, after the network displayed a clear liberal bias at their Wednesday Republican presidential debate. Cuomo contended that "the idea that all media is biased is silly." The New Day anchor later asked, "How is CNBC liberal? There are many biases at play in every aspect of society. Lumping all media together is unfair".
On Thursday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota denied that true media bias against Donald Trump exists. Chris Cuomo asserted that Trump "has no beef with the media....he's got nothing but free air time by us." Camerota countered that the Republican presidential candidate "did call us 'scum'...He has a beef, but it's not a legitimate beef."
Wednesday's New Day on CNN spotlighted the late night shows' latest shots at the Republican presidential candidates. Michaela Pereira spotlighted how "Hillary Clinton got her own dig in. Stephen Colbert asked her about going up against Donald Trump or Ben Carson." The morning newscast also featured one-liners from NBC's Seth Meyers and TBS's Conan O'Brien, who targeted three of the GOP contenders. Chris Cuomo later hyped Mrs. Clinton "giving her best with Stephen Colbert."
On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo bizarrely zeroed in on presidential contender Ben Carson's religious beliefs as a possible factor that could hurt his chances among the Republican base: "Is it fair criticism to look at Dr. Carson's faith being Seventh Day Adventist, in terms of how it may oppose evangelicals? There is a belief within the strictest tenets of Seventh Day Adventist belief that evangelicals will be going to hell. There are other extreme propositions in that faith, and in many."
Chris Hayes made an inadvertent admission about the morality of abortion on his All In program on MSNBC on Monday. Hayes contended that in the case of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, "It's very hard to get through an interview in which he doesn't compare something either to the Third Reich and Hitler or abortion, right? — the sort of, like, touchstones of human evil." The liberal host later claimed that he "meant slavery, clearly," after someone pointed out the line to him on Twitter.
CNN's Jamie Gangel hounded Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio over his missed Senate votes on Monday's New Day. Gangel played up how Senator Rubio "said federal workers who don't show up should be fired." When the Florida politician countered that he had said that "federal workers that aren't doing their jobs — that are not performing at their jobs — should be able to be fired," the correspondent replied, "So someone might say you're not showing up. You're not doing your job by voting. You don't think you're in a glass house?"
On Monday's CNN Newsroom, Brooke Baldwin rebuked a guest who bluntly labeled Michael Brown a "thug." Former DEA agent David Katz underlined that Darren Wilson was "by all accounts, a good police officer — did exactly what an officer is supposed to do. He was set upon by a thug named Michael Brown, who just moments before, strong-armed an Indian-American half his size." Baldwin interjected, "Come on, though. We don't need to call — let's not — 'thug'?" Katz retorted, "What epithet would you charge?" The anchor replied, "Let's just say 'Michael Brown.'"
Friday's CBS Evening News actually gave a platform to a pro-gun rights conservative, just four days after it aired a segment from gun control advocate Andy Parker, who attacked the National Rifle Association as a bunch of "cowards" who were "blocking...sensible gun legislation." The segment featured the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, Larry Pratt, who contended that "the problem of mass murder in this country is the gun-free zone." Pratt later underlined that "an armed citizen — a good guy with a gun — is the way you stop a crime."
ABC, CBS, and NBC's evening newscasts on Friday all failed to cover the Justice Department announcing that it would be ending its investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative groups. The Big Three networks' news program did find time to air reporting on the top Google searches for Halloween costumes, the fewer number of turkeys available for upcoming Thanksgiving dinners, and the controversy over the first bear hunt in Florida in 20 years.
On Thursday, the Washington Post's Anthony Faiola spun the latest synod of Catholic bishops at the Vatican as a "theological slugfest" between two main factions of the Catholic hierarchy: the "liberal"/"progressive" backers of "Pope Francis's vision for a more inclusive church," versus a "backlash" from "conservatives/"traditionalists." Faiola even hyped how some unnamed "moderate conservatives" at the meeting were "shocked" by the "vehemence of the backlash," which supposedly pointed to a "rise of a Tea Party-like faction of bishops within the hierarchy."
Tuesday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN revealed that "wait times inside many V.A. health facilities are growing longer, not shorter. Right now, a half million veterans are...waiting, in many cases, more than 90 days to see a doctor." Drew Griffin uncovered documents that "just this past August in Phoenix, there were more than 8,000 appointments waiting more than 90 days." Griffin pointed out that this is "the same Phoenix V.A. where last year, CNN uncovered the fact that veterans were dying while waiting for care."
CNN's Jim Acosta sang Vice President Joe Biden's praises on Wednesday's Legal View, mere moments after the Democrat announced that he was not running for president: "It was extraordinary political theater to be out here...it was unbelievable to see us all called together at the very last minute to witness what we just saw. But, in many ways, it was a kind of a fitting sign-off for this vice president." Acosta added that "the way that Joe Biden, sort of, wrapped up his time here in Washington...it was quite something to watch."
Carol Costello took aim at Carly Fiorina on Tuesday's CNN Newsroom over her attack on Planned Parenthood at the last Republican presidential debate. Costello asserted that "some say Carly Fiorina can't figure out how to define feminism for a GOP audience...she effectively stood up for women everywhere with that great comeback to Donald Trump. But then, she went to war with Planned Parenthood...I understand she's pro-life, but she used a falsehood out of that video to do it."
On Monday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN's Drew Griffin hounded David Daleiden of the Center for Medical Progress over his insertion of outside footage into his undercover videos that targeted Planned Parenthood's sale of aborted babies' organs and tissue. Griffin underlined to Daleiden that "the problem people are having is, that this is not an aborted child...that does seem very deceptive to me." He also played up that "the confusion of David Daleiden's sloppy edits has made its way into the Republican presidential race."