Hurt Feelings? CBS Ad Defends Itself as ‘Real News’

It sure sounds like CBS is getting defensive over Donald Trump’s attack on “fake news.” A new ad for CBS This Morning on Monday featured a blazing graphic declaring the show “REAL NEWS.” Yet, the network has a history of fawning over Barack Obama and hammering Trump. On February 2, CBS This Morning reporter Omar Villafranca lamented the “dream denied” for illegals after the “somber” 2016 election. 

Last week, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley responded to Trump’s attack on the “fake news media” by lecturing that “the common denominator of Mr. Trump’s woes is the Constitution.”

In January, Bob Schieffer recounted the “enduring images of Barack Obama” as he left the White House. 

In fairness to CBS This Morning, the show did embody the “real news” claim on February 14. New York Times journalist David Sanger appeared on the program and promoted as real tweets from a bogus Mike Flynn account. 

Co-host Norah O’Donnell called him out on it: “That tweet has not yet been verified. Not from a verified account.” 

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Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock
Scott Whitlock is the associate editor for the Media Research Center's NewsBusters.org site.