ABC on Thursday again skipped the latest details on the widening Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Yet, CBS This Morning offered full coverage on the "trouble" the Democrat's campaign is facing. NBC's Today skimped on the "political problem" and the evolving FBI investigation.
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org.
A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
In April of 2013, Scott researched and wrote a Media Reality Check on ABC's complete blackout of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial. His stories on this subject and others were linked to on the Drudge Report, the Washington Times, Breitbart and Mediaite, to name a few outlets.
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On Good Morning America, ABC reporter Tom Llamas decided that the term "anchor baby" is now offensive. The journalist yelled at Donald Trump, for a story that appeared Thursday, lecturing the candidate: "That's an offensive term! People find that hurtful."
Reacting to a new CNN poll finding Hillary Clinton's poll numbers slipping, New Day's Chris Cuomo admitted to journalistic boosting of Bernie Sanders. The anchor insisted, "We, and a lot in the media, were encouraging of Bernie Sanders getting in the race because the senator from Vermont does provoke a lot of passion from the left part of that party." Cuomo proclaimed: "We thought that that would be an interesting mix of ideas because, certainly, the Clintons are more known for the centrism that they present to the Democrats."
The increasingly vapid Nightline on Tuesday night actually covered the 2016 presidential race, but only because Donald Trump is feuding with a supermodel. This is just the show's second story on the election in the last month. Byron Pitts sarcastically opened the show: "Famously beautiful person Donald Trump says Heidi Klum at 42 is no longer a perfect ten." Sounding like a clickbait headline, he added, "The super model's hilarious response tonight as she joins the growing list of women insulted by the Republican presidential candidate front-runner."
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith appeared on Late Night, Monday, and told host Seth Meyers that no one knows who he voted for. The journalist insisted, "Well, I don't tell them. So, people don't know." Meyers blurted, "But people can't read it on your face?" The comedian added, "Let me try. Did you vote for Obama?" Smith replied, "No." After a pause, he quipped, "I might have lied." The Fox anchor then insisted, "If I got around to voting last time, I don't remember."
Blame the Secret Service. One reason Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is running into trouble could be the "limiting nature" of her protective detail. On Monday's Rachel Maddow Show, NBC's Kasie Hunt asserted: "Now, of course, it's hard for her to negotiate the sort of details of this caucus process in part because she has Secret Service protection. And that just makes it more difficult to get up close and personal with voters." The journalist spun, "And the Secret Service agents do the best they can, but at the end of the day, that just makes it more limiting for her."
NBC finally cares about government spending. The network that has been very friendly to Barack Obama (under whom the national debt will reach $19 trillion) worried that Donald Trump's policy goals may cost too much. Today reporter Hallie Jackson on Tuesday fretted: "The candidate known for his big money...turns out to be a big spender when it comes to his presidential proposals." Jackson lamented Trump's plans as wasteful: "Deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to cost about $138 billion....repealing the Affordable Care Act may cost the government $137 billion in the next decade."
Going into overdrive on Friday, ABC obsessed over the killing of Cecil the lion for an additional 46 minutes across three programs. This is same network that has virtually ignored the Planned Parenthood scandal. ABC's 20/20 devoted the entire hour to discussing the "uproar" over Cecil. After commercials, 20/20 added 37 minutes and 18 seconds on the lion killing. Nightline offered seven minutes and 30 seconds and GMA managed an additional two minutes and ten seconds.
CBS This Morning's Gayle King on Monday cheered a film biography of the hip hop group N.W.A and the greater understanding it created of the controversial "F*** the Police" song. The co-host offered no tough questions for Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson) and his new movie Straight Outta Compton: "That song, 'F- the Police,' comes at a very crucial time in the movie." She enthused, "And I think for many people who will see that for the first time, I think it will give them a different understanding of where that comes from. Can you talk about that?"
CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday fretted that a new report on ISIS and its rape culture would reinforce negative perceptions of Muslims. The New Day anchor talked to Dr. Qanta Ahmed, an author and human rights advocate. Reacting to a front page story on the New York Times, Cuomo played a clip of a woman recounting brutal violence at the hands of ISIS. He then lectured, "This feeds the impression that these Muslims are animals, savages and their faith makes them that way. And it feeds an impression of what Islam is. What is your response to that?"
Moving on? ABC's Good Morning America on Friday skipped the latest bombshell revelation in Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, the news that her communications on a private server included talk about top secret CIA drones. The program instead hyped irrelevant stories throughout the two hour program. NBC's Today mentioned the AP report on the topic, but during a larger segment on whether Al Gore would run. CBS This Morning was the only show to devote a full report. But even in GMA's first hour, the show devoted over two and a half minutes to Nick Kyrgios, the "new bad boy of tennis."
The journalists at CNN again went after Marco Rubio on abortion, Thursday. Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein appeared on New Day to weigh in on the state of the presidential race. Singling out the pro-life senator, Bernstein suggested Rubio "has painted himself so far to the right" and "has put abortion so front and center in this campaign as to render his candidacy unelectable, probably, in terms of the general electorate, no matter how articulate he might have appeared in that debate."
In what sounds like a story from the satirical Onion, it turns out that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton requested a book on how to delete your e-mails. However, ABC relegated this news to its website. CBS and NBC also avoided discussing the book, Send: Why People Email So Badly and How to Do It Better. The ABCNews.com story was co-written by Jon Karl, yet on Thursday's Good Morning America Karl spent most of his air time discussing Donald Trump. He only allowed 31 seconds on Clinton's e-mail scandal and never mentioned the Democrat's curious interest in this book.
Four of the country's largest papers kept the latest developments in Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal off the front page on Wednesday. The revelation that the Democratic candidate had top secret information on her server was relegated to the bottom of page A13 in the New York Times. The Washington Post managed to place the additional news that Clinton will finally turn over her server on A2. The Los Angeles Times hid the story on A9. All, however, did better than USA Today, which skipped Clinton's scandal in the print edition.
The bombshell news that Hillary Clinton will finally turn over her private e-mail server, as well as the confirmation that her electronic communications as Secretary of State included top secret material, warranted a mere nine and half minutes on Wednesday's network morning shows. This is out of a combined eight hours on NBC, CBS and ABC. ABC's Good Morning America offered the least, a scant one minute and 40 seconds. CBS This Morning allowed three minutes and 38 seconds, yet the show's hosts investigated Trump and his latest comments for four minutes and 55 seconds.
For the second time in less than a week, CNN's Chris Cuomo on Tuesday pushed a Republican presidential candidate to be more supportive of abortion. This time, it was Donald Trump. The New Day anchor lectured the businessman: "...Many women believe you protect them by protecting their right to choose and that's something that Planned Parenthood allows."
Laziness or just an incompetent screw-up? On Tuesday, the journalists at Good Morning America replayed the exact same segment (in its entirety) on Donald Trump that ABC used on Monday morning. This, despite the fact that one of the statements within the story became out of date and inaccurate. On both days Tom Llamas insisted of Megyn Kelly: "She hasn't spoken about his latest statements, but now his fellow candidates piling on." That may have been accurate on Monday morning, but it wasn't on Tuesday.
An angry Chris Matthews on Friday fumed over comedian Rosie O'Donnell becoming a laugh line at last Thursday's debate. Rather than allow that conservatives might object to the liberal comedian's trashing of conservatives, Matthews saw Republican voters as full of hate. Speaking of Donald Trump and the debate crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthews derided, "...[Trump] threw Rosie O'Donnell under the bus, you know, a gay woman. He thought it would be a laughingstock and he turned her into the joke with that nasty audience last might."
NBC on Sunday and Monday ignored the news that another illegal immigrant with past arrests has been charged for murder. In contrast, CBS and ABC both highlighted Victor Martinez Ramirez allegedly raping and killing Marilyn Pharis, a 64-year-old woman. On CBS This Morning, Christine Johnson explained, "Martinez Ramirez was arrested six times in the last 15 months, but he was never convicted of a felony and had never been deported." On Sunday's CBS Evening News, reporter Chris Martinez explained the anger coming from Santa Maria, California's chief of police.
According to the networks on Friday, Jon Stewart's departure from the Daily Show means "America's satirical voice," the man who held the powerful "accountable," had said goodbye. A more honest reading would be that a low-rated liberal comedian left his basic cable television show. Instead, Good Morning America's Lara Spencer mourned, "He started out as a comedian and really evolved into holding politicians, media accountable for everything you say." On that score, "he's done a terrific job."