The network morning shows on Friday all praised President Obama’s “historic visit” to Hiroshima, Japan – site of the first nuclear bombing – and him using the occasion to push his foreign policy agenda. Leading off NBC’s Today, announced: “Historic visit. President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. President to travel to Hiroshima, site of the devastating atomic bombing.”
It didn’t take long for ABC to go back to ignoring Hillary Clinton’s growing e-mail scandal. A day after all three networks covered a “scathing” new report accusing the Democrat of violating federal rules, Good Morning America on Friday totally avoided the subject. In contrast, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both stayed on the story. But the two networks couldn’t agree whether Clinton was going on “offense” or staying on “defense.” While GMA reporters couldn’t be bothered to cover the e-mail scandal, the show devoted the entire last half hour to a concert by singer Flo Rida. For those who like to read their news, ABC allowed the Clinton scandal to appear in the crawl at the very bottom of the screen. Quickly appearing (and then disappearing) across the screen are the words: “Hillary Clinton to ABC News about the e-mail controversy: “If I could go back, I would do it differently.”
All three network morning shows on Thursday heralded President Obama blasting Donald Trump during a trip to Japan, declaring that world leaders were “rattled” by the Republican candidate. In stark contrast, when then-President Bush criticized then-Senator Obama’s views on foreign policy during an overseas trip in 2008, those same networks lined up Democrats to denounce the “political shot heard 'round the world.”
“Scathing.” “Stark.” The network morning shows on Thursday used troubling words for Hillary Clinton as her evolving e-mail scandal has reached a point where even ABC, CBS and NBC find it hard to minimize. All three morning shows trumpeted the news that a State Department inspector general report found Clinton violated federal rules by using a private server.
On Wednesday, the network morning shows all promoted violent left-wing protests outside a Donald Trump rally in New Mexico as a sign of trouble for the “controversial” GOP candidate and even provided a platform for rioters to justify their actions. At the top of NBC’s Today, co-host Matt Lauer breathlessly declared: “Breaking overnight, protests turn violent at a Trump rally in New Mexico. Demonstrators knocking down barriers and throwing rocks.”
After a network blackout on Monday night of news the FBI has been investigating Democratic Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe for possible illegal campaign donations, ABC and CBS kept the streak alive on Tuesday morning as Good Morning America and CBS This Morning made no mention of the probe. In contrast, NBC’s Today provided a full report from Justice correspondent Pete Williams.
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows denounced Donald Trump’s campaign ad going after Bill Clinton’s treatment of women as a “another low” in the presidential race and parroted Hillary Clinton’s campaign talking points dismissing numerous sex abuse allegations against her husband as “old” and “discredited.” On NBC’s Today, Matt Lauer warned the campaign was “getting even nastier.”
Journalist and Hillary Clinton fan Cokie Roberts on Tuesday insisted that women will be “upset” if Donald Trump continues to highlight Bill Clinton’s past affairs and mistreatment of women. Talking to former Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos, Roberts huffed, “Women will be very upset if they think that another woman is being blamed for her husband's infidelities.”
On Monday morning, NBC’s Today and correspondent Ron Allen omitted any mention to viewers that Vietnam remains a authoritarian, communist regime as it welcomed President Barack Obama on the first stop of his week-long Asia tour.
Despite more evidence that The Clinton Foundation was used as a slush fund to enrich the Clintons and their cronies, the Big Three networks have all but stopped covering the scandal swirling around the Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s charitable organization. A review of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening and morning programs (since January 1) shows only a total of 4 minutes and 24 seconds was devoted to the “charity fraud.” In contrast, a decades-old controversy of Donald Trump pretending to be his own publicist garnered eight times more coverage (38 minutes and 2 seconds) in just four days.
The journalists at ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Thursday offered groaning coverage of Donald Trump “rehashing” “old” rape allegations about Bill Clinton. Given the networks’s past hesitance in covering the claims against the Democrat, it’s clear these journalists probably didn’t enjoy highlighting them now. On CBS, Major Garrett reminded, “In an interview Wednesday, Donald Trump previewed a potential general election attack, rehashing accusations made against former President Bill Clinton.” On Good Morning America, former Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos marveled, “Donald Trump launches his toughest attack yet on Bill Clinton calling out his history with women. Even bringing up rape.”
After Hillary Clinton lost yet another primary contest to Bernie Sanders in Oregon on Tuesday, Wednesday’s network morning shows began sounding the alarm that he could damage her chances in the general election and lamented that the socialist senator was “not going away.” On NBC’s Today, correspondent Kristen Welker declared: “The Democrats are as divided as ever this morning....All of this complicating Clinton's efforts to try to focus on the fight against Donald Trump.”