The Big Three networks' evening newscasts on Friday each treated Hillary Clinton different with regard to the FBI closing their investigation into her e-mail scandal. ABC's David Muir didn't mention the subject at all on World News Tonight. On NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt placed the onus on FBI Director James Comey, instead of Mrs. Clinton, on the issue: "Did he get it right; and if not, where did he get it wrong?" Scott Pelley gave a slightly tougher interview of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee on CBS Evening News.
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 is an alumnus of the University of Delaware.
CNN's Wolf Blitzer refreshingly pursued Hillary Clinton on Friday's The Lead over her e-mail scandal. Blitzer twice quoted from FBI Director James Comey: "You acted — in his words...in an 'extremely careless' way in handling classified, sensitive information. Do you acknowledge you were extremely careless?" He later asked, "He said someone in your position as secretary of state should have known better...should you have known better?" Mrs. Clinton stuck by her old talking points on the controversy, despite the fact that the FBI investigation's findings discredited them.
On Thursday afternoon, Politico's Matt Dixon reported that "Florida Rep. Corrine Brown has been indicted and will be appear in federal court in Jacksonville on Friday." Dixon cited a report from First Coast News, a news outlet in Jacksonville that owns local ABC and NBC affiliates. He noted that "Brown, a Democrat, was facing a Department of Justice Investigation related to 'fraudulent activities,' and whether or not she improperly solicited charitable donations and misused campaign funds." The Big Three networks' evening newscasts on Thursday failed to cover the representative's indictment.
ABC's World News Tonight stood out as the only Big Three evening newscast on Thursday to cover the revelation that a Russian police officer physically attacked an American diplomat as he entered the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Martha Raddatz spotlighted the "really astonishing" incident, where "the diplomat was assaulted the second he went up the steps; and then, had to fight and struggle to get himself inside to safety." She also pointed out the context of the recent "ear-shattering close encounters between Russian jets and U.S. warships."
Stephen Braun and Jack Gillum touted how "key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny" in a Tuesday "fact check" for the Associated Press. Braun and Gillum examined several of Mrs. Clinton's key contentions in recent months regarding her e-mail scandal, and detailed the facts contrary to each of her statements. The two also pointed out that despite the FBI not recommending criminal charges, the federal investigation "left much of her [Clinton's] account in tatters."
CNN's Michele Kosinski hit the Obama administration from the left on Wednesday's New Day over not publicly reacting to the FBI's decision to not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her e-mail scandal. Kosinski touted "the pictures Hillary Clinton's campaign has been waiting for — the arrival with the President on Air Force One" but bemoaned how "this came after a surreal day in politics, where you'd never know here that Hillary Clinton was now not facing criminal charges."
On Tuesday's At This Hour, CNN's Bob Beckel did his best to spin the latest developments in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal, and likened the conservative boosters of the issue to those who doubt President Obama's natural-born citizenship: "Bill Clinton meeting with the attorney general at the airport....I don't agree with people about this being an unfortunate moment for Obama and Clinton. I think Obama could say all the people who said I wasn't born in the United States — the birther people — are going to continue to jump on Hillary Clinton...they're far out."
On Tuesday, CNN's David Chalian and Jeffrey Toobin played up FBI Director James Comey's recommendation that no criminal charges be filed against Hillary Clinton related to her e-mail scandal. Chalian underlined that "this is a huge burden lifted off of Hillary Clinton's back...Now, she can begin to look forward to November without this hanging over her head." Toobin touted the "enormous relief...for Hillary Clinton...this was a dagger aimed at the heart of her campaign; and she has avoided being charged, simple as that."
Variety's Brian Steinberg reported on Thursday that "drummer and 'Tonight Show' regular Questlove" became a member of the board of trustees for New York Public Radio. While Steinberg noted that "Questlove is a member of the Philadelphia band The Roots, as well as an author and musical director," he failed to mention that the NBC musician was behind an infamous 2011 attack on former Rep. Michele Bachmann, where his band played the intro to a song title "Lyin' Ass Bitch" by Fishbone.
On Wednesday, the Associated Press spotlighted how "CNN political commentator Sally Kohn, who has heard a lot of trash talk in her job, is working on a book about the benefits of civility." The AP didn't mention that Kohn has her dished out plenty of trash talk of her own during her time at CNN — all of which was targeted at conservatives. The left-wing pundit has likened Christian "hardliners" to ISIS and wildly predicted that a Donald Trump presidency would be like "Nazi Germany."
CNN's Christiane Amanpour took her left-leaning, pro-European Union activism to a new level on Tuesday during an interview of pro-Brexit politician Daniel Hannan. Amanpour, who recently blasted the referendum as an example of "xenophobia", tried to implicate Hannan as somehow partially responsible for supposed post-vote "hate crimes."
CNN Money associate editor Charles Riley deeply lamented British voters' decision to "exile themselves from the European Union" in a Wednesday piece on CNN.com. Riley played up "reports of racist abuse," and underlined that "it's not easy to dismiss some of the darker forces that were conjured during the [Brexit] campaign." He later cited a U.K.-based American writer who asserted that "the British have become more greedy and selfish, more like the American model, except they haven't quite mastered it yet."
Left-wing comedian Trevor Noah still found a way to blast Pope Francis on Monday's Daily Show as he gave mild praise to the pontiff over his recent remarks: "The Pope says the Church and all Christians should apologize to gay people...My question is, how?..it's not like Hallmark makes 'Sorry, I oppressed you for centuries' cards." Noah later dropped an obscenity: "It almost seems like the higher up the Pope goes, the more progressive he becomes. We got to send that mother-f***er into space just to see how liberal he can get!"
On Monday, CNN's breaking news coverage of the Supreme Court striking down Texas's sanitary regulations on abortion clinic clearly slanted towards the pro-abortion side. Pamela Brown twice touted the "huge win for abortion rights activists," and later underlined the "big win" to a pro-abortion legal analyst. Jake Tapper trumpeted the "seismic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court," and hinted that pro-lifers were being hypocritical: "All of the, quote/unquote, burdensome rules and regulations that conservatives often complain about would have to be adhered and applied to these abortion clinics."
On Friday's CBS Evening News, Steve Hartman hinted that the Bible Belt — and specifically, Alabama — was a dangerous place for homosexuals. Hartman pointed out that "a lot of people came out after Orlando" terrorist attack, but touted how "few took as big a risk as Jesse Johnson. Jesse's family lives in Jemison, Alabama, in the heart of the Bible Belt. Fly a flag here, and it better have just red, white, and blue."
NPR's Asma Khalid made it clear in a series of posts on Twitter during the evening/early morning after the Brexit vote that she opposed the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union. Khalid initially expressed her shock after the British television network ITV projected that there was an 80 percent probability that 'Leave' would win. She later spotlighted a British Muslim's Tweet that contended that "potentially I live in a country with many closet racists." She also labeled the pro-Brexit result "an isolationist move with global ripples."
CNN's Anderson Cooper 360 on Wednesday refreshingly aired a full report on the questionable donations to the Clinton Foundation from foreign government and multi-national corporations. Drew Griffin noted that "there's no question the Clinton Foundation has received tens of millions of dollars from foreign governments," and pointed out those from "Middle Eastern countries with poor human rights records." Griffin later underlined that "even with private companies, there's smoke," and cited Monsanto's donations to the foundation as an example.
On Wednesday's MSNBC Live, Luke Russert fawned over Rep. John Lewis, as he and his Democratic colleagues staged a pro-gun control sit-in inside the well of the chamber of the House of Representatives. Russert first asked Lewis, "You are a civil rights icon. Your stories are remarkable — beaten within one inch of your life, it has been said. How important is this moment for you?" Russert later wondered, "Put this in history for me....Where does this stack up for you, in terms of what you've been able to accomplish in this life?"
On Tuesday, CNN and MSNBC minimized their coverage of a Pennsylvania jury convicting Democratic Congressman Chaka Fattah on 23 federal charges related to a scheme to repay campaign debt from an aborted 2007 bid to become mayor of Philadelphia. Jake Tapper stood out as the only CNN anchor, as of noon on Wednesday, to mention that Fattah was "found guilty on all 23 charges he faced — including racketeering, money laundering, and fraud" during a brief on his program, The Lead. Steve Kornacki also gave a news brief on MSNBC Live.
Don Lemon boosted gun control on Monday's CNN Tonight during a panel discussion segment with Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, liberal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and conservative guest Richard Feldman. Lemon played up how the "the police commissioner of New York City said...that Congress was completely controlled...by the NRA," and asked Himes, "Do you agree with that?" Toobin also asserted that gun rights supporters "control the entire Republican Party at this point....And that's why we're not getting gun control."