Appearing on the Tuesday edition of Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show, the Media Research Center’s Research Director Rich Noyes joined host Steve Malzberg to discuss new studies by the MRC on the media’s continued obsession with police misconduct, the flood of coverage given to the Bruce Jenner’s transition to Caitlyn, and the lack of criticism on the networks for Obama’s foreign policy.
Commenting on the most recent police incident in Dallas, Texas, Noyes chalked it up to being yet another event where “the national media have parachuted in to perpetuate the story that the police are the ones that are out of control in this country.”
Noyes then used that example to highlight a new MRC study that looked at the amount of coverage that the major broadcast networks gave to the topic of police misconduct on their May evening newscasts:
In the month of May, we had 109 minutes ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news coverage devoted to this topic. That’s more than any other topic on the news agenda that month and it was really about three cases. It was about what happened in Baltimore, it was about a case in Cleveland, and about a case in Madison, Wisconsin. That’s almost all of the coverage. That was more coverage by twice as much as all of the other murders in the United States combined that month.
Taken together, Noyes stated that “this is just a frenzied amount of coverage” when the networks could have been covering “a lot of other things going on in the world” that deserve attention but “aren’t getting any coverage at all.”
Turning to the network airtime given in the first two days after Jenner’s Vanity Fair cover was released, Noyes brought up how the networks failed to cover, among many things, how the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) had went down, a number of bad polls for Obama, and continued gains by ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Concerning the lack of foreign policy criticism on the networks, Noyes observed that: “The networks are not going to hold Barack Obama accountable for the policies that are happening under his watch. They’d much prefer to talk about things like Caitlyn [Jenner].”