Nets Bury Ellison Abuse Claims; Trump Aide Scandal Drew 153x More Airtime

August 14th, 2018 9:36 PM

UPDATE, 10:45 p.m. Eastern: With an assist from the liberal media in either downplaying or completely ignoring the allegations, Ellison was projected to win the Democratic primary for Minnesota Attorney General in a complete runaway. Go figure.


With just a couple of hours until the polls closed in Tuesday's Minnesota primaries, liberal broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC had no coverage on Tuesday night of the domestic violence accusations swirling around Democratic Congressman and DNC Vice Chair Keith Ellison, who was running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for state attorney general. Since the allegations broke late Saturday night, only CBS had dedicated any airtime to the charges.

The domestic violence charges first surfaced late Saturday night after the son on Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan, got ahead of a report CNN was putting together and made the accusations on Facebook. Between their Sunday morning and Tuesday evening broadcasts, only Monday’s CBS This Morning thought the charges were serious enough to warrant airtime, with a total of 25 seconds. Neither ABC nor NBC said a word about it.

“The accusations come ahead of a primary tomorrow in which Ellison is running for state attorney general,” reported CBS’s Bianna Golodryga on Monday. “Ellison’s ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan says the six-term Congressman dragged her off her bed by her legs and feet.” Ellison denies the charges against him.



In stark contrast to those 25 seconds for Ellison’s scandal, these same networks spent a total of one hour, four minutes, and two seconds (or over 153 times the coverage) on the serious domestic violence allegations against former Trump White House aide Rob Porter.

In order to be fair, that time was calculated by reviewing just the first three days of coverage for the Porter scandal (February 7 - 9), just as it had been three days since the Ellison scandal broke.

According to a statement from Ellison’s ex-girlfriend read by Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin on Monday’s Special Report: “That's when he tried to drag me off the bed by my legs and feet screaming ‘– expletive – you answer me when I am talking to you, I said take out the trash.’”

Clearly, the accusations were serious enough to draw the attention of other major news outlets since Fox News, CNN, and CBS for a time were looking into it, yet ABC and NBC felt it wasn’t worth the effort for their newscasts.

The ex-girlfriend’s son alleged there was a violent incident involving Ellison captured on video. “[Karen] Monahan’s son, Austin Aslim Monahan, posted that he watched a video on his mother’s computer in which Ellison could be seen dragging Monahan off a bed as he screamed profanities at her,” reported the Star Tribune.

Instead of updating their network’s meager reporting on the accusations against Ellison, Monday’s CBS Evening News fawned over a 14-year-old in Vermont who was running in the Democratic primary for governor because the state didn’t have an age requirement.