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.”
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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.
The journalists at MSNBC responded differently to gaffes by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. On Tuesday morning it became clear that Seddique Mateen, the father of the Orlando nightclub shooter, sat directly behind Clinton at a rally in Florida. Rather than express outrage, MSNBC journalists praised the Democrat’s quick response in putting out a statement in response.
The three network morning shows on Tuesday allowed a scant minute and 59 seconds to a lawsuit filed against Hillary Clinton by the grieving parents of Benghazi victims. This is out of a total of eight hours of possible air time. ABC, CBS and NBC are continuing their pattern of showing very little interest in Pat Smith, the mother who condemned Clinton at the Republican National Convention.
Journalist and author Mark Halperin on Monday mocked the “unscientific” claims of liberal media bias from conservatives. The Bloomberg editor and With All Due Respect guest Donny Deutsch derided the 2016 claims as “conspiracy theories." After playing a montage of conservatives on Fox hammering journalists for coverage of Donald Trump, Deutsch seethed, “It's preaching to their audience which, A, loves conspiracy theories. I mean, they're talking to their audience.”
The journalists on ABC and CBS came up with different conclusions to the fact that Hillary Clinton has been avoiding the press. It’s now been 248 days since she held a formal news conference. On CBS This Morning, Bob Schieffer conceded it “would be good” for the Democrat to talk to the reporters. However, Good Morning America’s Matt Dowd flat-out advised Clinton to stay quiet.
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King isn’t just a Democratic donor, she also attended Barack Obama’s birthday party this past weekend. The woman who regularly covers political stories, including the 2016 presidential election, was outed by her co-host Charlie Rose. After reporter Dana Jacobson highlighted a New York Times story on the secrecy of the Obama White House bash, Rose blurted, “Did you tweet anything [at the party]?”
Recapping the media's most outrageously biased moments during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Howard Fineman is a fan of nuance when it comes to some politicians, but not others. The former senior editor of Newsweek appeared on MSNBC to describe Donald Trump as “dangerous” and an “insane traitor.” Yet, he balanced complains of “maddening” and “legalistic” Hillary Clinton by touting her as “effective” and the “personable,” “church-going Methodist.”
Two networks. Two vice presidential candidates. Same questions. Today co-host Savannah Guthrie on Friday interviewed Mike Pence and urged the Republican to trash Donald Trump. On CBS This Morning, Norah O’Donnell talked to Tim Kaine and urged the Democrat to trash... Donald Trump. She did not demand that Kaine bash Hillary Clinton. Instead she asked if Trump was “sane” and “competent.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday hailed Barack Obama as the “feminist-in-chief” and praised his new essay in Glamour magazine on “women and politics.” Naturally, Democratic donor and co-host Gayle King expanded the discussion to a complaint about people disliking Hillary Clinton.