After news broke that Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson was killed by a twice deported illegal immigrant who was driving drunk, it was not shocking that the far-left news network MSNBC would be reluctant to give much attention to the story since it might bolster President Donald Trump's push for greater border security and deportation of illegals.
As it turns out, an examination of all MSNBC shows from the past few days finds a grand total of only 35 seconds devoted to the story across two briefs that ran on Wednesday morning. And one of those briefs was even buried before 6:00 a.m. ET at the end of the First Look show. The other ran at about 9:30 a.m. ET as Katy Tur substitute-hosted for Stephanie Ruhle on MSNBC Live.
And on NBC, the tragedy was completely ignored while ABC gave it a total of 22 seconds in a brief that ran on Monday's World News Tonight.
CBS This Morning gave the event a complete report on Tuesday and again Wednesday of about three minutes each, while the CBS Evening News gave it over two minutes on Tuesday.
Fox and Friends has given the story a substantial amount of time, including about seven minutes on Tuesday and more than eight minutes on Wednesday. And on Thursday, the show ran a half-minute brief updating viewers that the driver has officially been charged with DUI.
On Wednesday, CNN's morning show New Day gave the story an 11-second brief followed by a full report of one minute and 56 seconds, before revisiting the story for another three minutes near the end of the show to react to President Donald Trump's tweet on the matter.
As previously documented by NewsBusters, CNN host Alisyn Camerota suggested that President Trump might share some blame for the illegal immigrant in question evading deportation and fretted that he was putting too much focus on deporting the wrong kinds of illegal immigrants.
However, CNN correspondent Athena Jones filed surprisingly unbiased reports that ran earlier on New Day and later on several other CNN shows during the day Tuesday which avoided complaining about Trump. And, not surprisingly, a number of other FNC shows beyond Fox and Friends also reported the story.