ABC, NBC Censor 1,000 Migrants Sexually Assaulting Women in Germany

It’s called a double-standard. While media have happily hyped the political “War on Women,” two networks won’t say a word about the shocking story of women assaulted by migrants.

During their broadcast morning and evening news shows, both ABC and NBC turned a blind-eye to a New Year’s Eve story of 1,000 migrant men who allegedly gathered outside Cologne’s main train station to sexually assault, rob and even rape female passers-by.

A new Associated Press report announced that 121 women have now filed criminal complaints, including two cases of rape. The men, according to police, were of "Arab or North African origin.”

The only mention of the story from a broadcast news show came from CBS, during This Morning, Jan. 6.

Co-host Charlie Rose summarized an article from the New York Times on the “outrage in Germany after gangs allegedly assaulted women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve.” 

“The suspects appeared to be North African Arabs,” he continued. “This comes amid tensions over the huge influx of migrants into Germany.”

With the CBS report, ABC and NBC can’t claim that the story out of Germany isn’t newsworthy. Media outlets including The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal also wrote on it.

Neither can ABC and NBC say news from Germany is irrelevant. Also on New Year’s Eve, ABC, NBC and CBS reported Munich police clearing two train stations after catching wind of a terror threat.

According to BBC, the networks could be telling stories like these from the victims:

  • "They grabbed our arms... pushed our clothes away, and tried to get between our legs or I don't know where.”
  • "All of a sudden these men around us began groping us. They touched our behinds and grabbed between our legs. They touched us everywhere.”
  • "We were fondled, I was touched between my legs. My friends also were fondled," she said.
  • "They were trying to hug us, kiss us, make us walk with them. We refused."

Instead, they stay silent.

Methodology: MRC Culture searched Nexis and watched broadcast news shows.

Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder
Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture at the Media Research Center