WATCH: ‘Code Red’: Big Three Ignore Diesel Shortage Crisis, Cover Tom Brady Divorce

November 8th, 2022 6:25 PM

Norah O'Donnell and "Bono"As diesel fuel supplies drop to historic lows and threaten to upend the trucking and farming industry in the U.S., the evening news shows continue to do what they do best: Ignore the news and repeat liberal talking points.

“East Coast fuel markets are facing diesel supply constraints due to market economics and tight inventories,” a Mansfield Energy emergency report explained. Mansfield released a “supply alert” on Oct. 25, raising alarm that a diesel fuel shortage wasn’t just coming — it had already arrived.

But the Big Three evening news shows – ABC's World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News – failed to cover the diesel fuel crisis for 10 days and counting.



Mansfield announced in the same report that it was moving the southeast U.S. to “Code Red” – “requesting 72 hour notice for deliveries when possible to ensure fuel and freight can be secured at economical levels” – as a result of the diesel fuel crisis. 

Diesel fuel is critical for most freight and delivery trucks as well as trains, buses, boats, and farm, construction, military vehicles and even some cars and light trucks, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). But in more bad news for the economy, MarketWatch reported on Nov. 7 that “U.S. diesel supplies have dropped to their lowest on record for this time of year.” [Emphasis added]. 

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) tweeted: “This diesel shortage is threatening to crush America’s truckers and farmers—the backbone of our economy. The entire supply chain will feel the impact.”

But instead of covering the diesel fuel shortage, the evening news shows gushed over celebrity news. On Oct. 28, ABC World News Tonight reported on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady’s divorce with his wife, supermodel Gisele Bündchen. And in another celebrity worship segment on the same day, CBS Evening News showed an interview with U2 star Paul Hewson, better known by his stage name, “Bono.”

ABC highlighted Brady’s Instagram post on his divorce: “We arrived at this decision amicably and with gratitude for the time we spent together.” CBS host Norah O’Donnell asked Bono, in the early days of the band, “did any of you have an idea of superstardom?” 

“That would be me,” Bono responded, laughing. “It’s so embarrassing, really.” 

News Analyst Kevin Tober contributed to this report. 

Conservatives are under attack. Contact ABC News (818) 460-7477, CBS News (212) 975-3247 and NBC News (212) 664-6192, and demand they report on the diesel fuel crisis.