In roughly the first 36 hours since prosecutors indicted California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter on campaign finance violations charges, the morning and evening newscasts on ABC and CBS have spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the story since Wednesday morning. CBS This Morning spent 1 minute and 59 seconds on the topic on Wednesday morning and an additional 51 seconds on Thursday. And over on ABC, Good Morning America mentioned it in a 17-second brief on Wednesday while, hours later, World News Tonight spent one minute and 38 seconds on Duncan.
On Wednesday's Cuomo Prime Time, Chris Cuomo closed his show with a commentary in which he slammed President Donald Trump, conservatives, and apparently Fox News for showing so much interest in the murder of Mollie Tibbetts by an illegal immigrant. The liberal CNN host suggested that they would not have been interested in the case if Tibbetts were not white: "I wonder if these sympathizers would be as full-throated about these tragedies if the killers were white citizens, if the victims were not young, white women." But, in fact, over the past year, President Trump and Fox News have highlighted several examples of minorities who were murdered by illegal immigrants.
The New York Times broke the news that Asia Argento, an Italian actress prominent in the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment in Hollywood, has herself been accused by a man who says she sexually assaulted him five years ago, when he was 17. Now, reporter Elisabetta Povoledo has written a sympathetic article about Argento for Wednesday’s edition: “Italy, Already Wary of Unorthodox Star And #MeToo, Pounces on Actor’s Claim.” The story’s text box lamented the possibility that #MeToo may apply to victimized men as well as women: “‘This will be used as an excuse to blame all women,’ one said.”
During Tuesday’s Hardball, the indictment of California Congressman Duncan Hunter for campaign finance violations came up as host Chris Matthews made sure to point out that Hunter was not only a Republican but the second member of Congress to endorse President Trump. Matthews gleefully pointed out that the first Member in New York Congressman Chris Collins has been indicted for insider trading and lying to the FBI.
Reporting from Sydney, New York Times Australia bureau chief Damien Cave provided a conservative-mocking “news analysis,” “Coal Lobby Turns Up Heat, and Australia Wilts Under Climate Change.” The text box reproached the country: “A progressive nation remains in thrall to the energy industry.” The online headline: “Australia Wilts From Climate Change. Why Can’t Its Politicians Act?” In Cave's mind, Australia is throwing away its wonderful left-wing history for the devolutionary “circus” of global-warming skepticism.
During Monday’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, the eponymous host opened the show by slamming the media for their scant coverage of “the new numbers on the drug crisis in America,” which found that “more than 70,000 Americans died of drug ODs in America last year.” According to Carlson, the media sees the drug crisis as “just middle America dying, no big deal.” He then contrasted the non-coverage of the drug crisis with the media’s coverage of Joel Arrona-Lata, an illegal immigrant apprehended by ICE as he drove his wife to the hospital for a C-section.
By far, the biggest news story of the Trump presidency has been the Russia investigation. As of August 15, the three broadcast network evening newscasts have devoted a combined 1,854 minutes to the probe, or nearly one-fifth (19.6%) of all of their Trump news. Yet virtually none of that airtime (just 62 minutes, or 3.3%) has been spent scrutinizing Robert Mueller’s investigation — a big shift from twenty years ago, when the networks made Ken Starr’s conduct the focus of much of their coverage.
In the last couple of days, FNC's Fox and Friends has given attention to the far-left violent group Antifa -- which is sometimes defended by the liberal media -- who have a history of making attacks on not only mainstream conservatives but also on the dominant left-leaning media.
Last Friday’s cancellation of Netflix’s new late-night series, The Break with Michelle Wolf, should be a clear indicator that the left’s outrage and anger towards conservatives isn’t doing much for cultural enrichment, much less carving out a compelling comedic platform.
New York Times reporter Astead Herndon seethed over the rapturous reception granted to conservative activist Dinesh D’Souza’s latest documentary, Death of a Nation: “Film Likens Democrats To Nazis, to Big Applause.” Compare that horrified evisceration to the rapturous, unchallenging reception the paper gave far-left documentarian Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9-11, his anti-Bush conspiratorial release in 2004.
On Thursday, CBS Evening News continued the network’s track record of being the only broadcast network to report on the allegation of domestic violence against DNC deputy chairman, Congressman Keith Ellison, which he denies. While both ABC and NBC had not said a word about the allegations since they broke late Saturday night, CBS sat down with Karen Monahan, the ex-girlfriend accusing the Congressman.
Just a day after rationalizing the leftist violence by Antifa against police, bystanders, and the press as some twisted form of greater “morality,” CNN host Chris Cuomo closed out PrimeTime by condemning and scolding the President for using coarse language against his opponents. And at the same time, suggested the President was acting worse than a child and like a drunk at the bar.