The journalists on CBS promoted Hillary Clinton bashing Donald Trump’s “wacky strategy” against her and featured clips of the Democrat on late night TV, something that’s necessary since it’s been 263 days since she’s had a press conference to talk to actual journalists. Nancy Cordes played extensive excerpts of Clinton on an ABC comedy show and then opined, “On Jimmy Kimmel Live, Clinton tackled a Trump lie about her health.”
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Former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos good barely restrain himself on Tuesday as he gushed over a new movie about the first date between Barack and Michelle Obama. Talking to the stars of Southside With You, he hyped the film as focusing “on one day in the summer of 1989 when Michelle and Barack Obama went out for the first time.”
Colin Powell, who the networks hyped when he endorsed Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, has now slammed Hillary Clinton for attempting to “pin” responsibility of using a private server on him. Yet, CBS and NBC on Monday minimized the story with CBS This Morning noting it for just a scant 29 seconds (out of a two hour program).
CBS This Morning on Monday eagerly hyped a new expose by the Washington Post: As a child, Donald Trump pulled pigtails and threw rocks at kids. This is the same Washington Post that went after Mitt Romney for allegedly forcing a haircut on another boy in 1965. Talking to reporters Marc Fisher and Michael Kranish, CBS co-host Norah O’Donnell wondered, “You go all the way back to his childhood to help reveal some of Donald Trump. What did you learn?”
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza offered up a defensive piece on Thursday explaining “why President Obama isn’t stopping his vacation to visit the Louisiana flooding.” Obama has since reversed course and said he would visit, but the Cillizza dismissed the attacks against the President, condescendingly explaining, “Cue outrage.” The Post, however, is the same paper that called George W. Bush’s Hurricane Katrina flyover to be the second “worst” moment of George W. Bush’s presidency.
The network evening and morning shows seem to have badly misplaced priorities. ABC, CBS and NBC have already devoted 10 times more coverage to the Olympic swimmer “scandal” than they did the bombshell admission that the Obama administration linked the release of four American prisoners and a $400 million payment to Iran.
A new MSNBC ad touts the hosts of Morning Joe as tough “firebrands” and “disrupters” who stand up to people like Donald Trump. Yet, it was Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski who repeatedly fawned over Trump during the primaries and only turned on him once it became obvious he would be the nominee.
It’s now been 258 days since Hillary Clinton last had a press conference. ABC and NBC on Thursday continued to yawn about this fact, but CBS This Morning actually raised the subject. Reporter Nancy Cordes also highlighted the fact that Tim Kaine previously slammed Bill Clinton for his affair with Monica Lewinsky.
The new chief executive of the Donald Trump campaign owns a stake in Seinfeld royalties, a fact that naturally was used to make fun of Stephen Bannon on MSNBC. With All Due Respect co-host Mark Halperin admitted that “we jumped at the chance to combine Seinfeld” and Trump. The journalist then played an extended montage of reporters making fun of Bannon and clips of the comedy classic.
Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday became the first female to ever run a Republican presidential campaign. But the networks did not excitedly tout this as progress, instead they glossed over this point. On ABC’s Good Morning America, reporter Tom Llamas blandly explained, “Overnight, Donald Trump shaking up his campaign promoting pollster Kellyanne Conway to campaign manager.”
It’s now been 256 days since Hillary Clinton has done a formal press conference and the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward is wondering about the Democrat’s potential “transparency” as President. Woodward appeared on CBS This Morning, Tuesday, to offer some critiques of Clinton. But the famous Watergate journalist was sometimes mild in his assessments. He wondered, “I think people say if she became president, are we going to have some kind of transparency?”
ABC and NBC on Monday night and Tuesday morning ignored what is being described as a “big setback” for ObamaCare, completely skipping the fact that insurance giant Aetna will reduce by two thirds its involvement in the President’s health care plan. This absence is despite a combined six hours of air time over the two days.
Leave it to the New York Times to fret whether or not Hillary Clinton is showcasing liberalism enough. In a front page story, Monday, the paper featured a headline warning, “Some Liberals Worry Clinton Faces Risks in Focus on Trump.” Writer Matt Flegenheimer echoed complaints of the Washington Post, complaining about outreach to Republicans.
CBS This Morning journalist Major Garrett on Monday derided 2016 complaints of media bias as “excuses” from Donald Trump that he will use to explain an electoral loss The reporter also dismissed the candidate’s claims of voter fraud coming out of Pennsylvania. After highlighting reports of campaign manager Paul Manafort’s possible ties to Russia, Garrett played a clip of Trump calling the New York Times “garbage.”
Movie and TV actress Rose McGowan on Wednesday launched into a Facebook rant about the “murderous” Donald Trump. The star of films such as Scream and the TV series Charmed, oddly addressed her all caps letter to “CNN FOX CBS ABC NBC VIACOM THE MURDOCHS AND DONALD J. TRUMP.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday featured the founder of PolitiFact to talk about all the lies coming from the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates. Yet, most of the segment, unsurprisingly, was spent on Donald Trump. When the conversation finally meandered to Hillary Clinton, it was to explain that she fabricates less and that voters only remember her “big” ones.
According to a congressional report, data on ISIS was manipulated in order to make the progress appear more impressive. Yet, only CBS This Morning on Thursday bothered to cover this development. Despite five hours of combined air time, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today skipped it.
CBS on Tuesday and Wednesday showed scant interest in the father of a mass murdering terrorist sitting directly behind Hillary Clinton at a rally in Florida. But when a disgraced former Republican congressman sat behind Donald Trump, the network’s journalists perked up. CBS This Morning reporters hyped the “controversial” Mark Foley, whose appearance made Trump’s highlighting of Seddique Mateen “backfire.”
CBS and ABC journalists on Tuesday and Wednesday fawned over the “primal” scream actress Meryl Streep gave at the Democratic National Convention last month. Appearing on CBS This Morning, Wednesday, the movie star explained her pro-Hillary Clinton speech, saying, “I felt it was a moment in history and I felt like I was surfing this huge wave of wonderfulness.”
Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton should have been forced to deal with campaign messes on Tuesday, but the three networks only treated the Republican’s problem as a huge gaffe worthy of extensive coverage. ABC, CBS and NBC deluged viewers with five times more coverage — 25 minutes and 35 seconds versus 4 minutes and 41 seconds — to Trump’s “Second Amendment people” remark than they did to the father of an ISIS-inspired terrorist sitting right behind Clinton at a rally in Orlando, Florida.