Despite the clear liberal agenda of postal worker Doug Hughes flying a gyrocopter into restricted Washington D.C. airspace to protest for campaign finance reform, the broadcast networks avoided linking the dangerous stunt to left-wing politics or the Democratic Party. Such avoidance stood in stark contrast to media eagerness to falsely blame conservatives and the Republican Party for deadly acts of violence in recent years, including a man flying a plane into an IRS building in 2010, the shooting of former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in 2011, and the Colorado movie theater shooting in 2012.
On Thursday morning, NBC’s Today ignored the latest revelations in the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s practice of accepting donations from countries with questionable human rights records. In contrast, CBS This Morning devoted a full 2 minutes and 32 seconds to the Clinton Foundation whereas ABC’s Good Morning America gave it just 60 seconds but bundled the story in with Chris Christie’s recent stop in New Hampshire in an attempt to downplay its significance.
ABC and CBS on Wednesday skimped on the new revelation that Hillary Clinton was pressed two years ago about having a private e-mail server. Good Morning America allowed a scant 42 seconds to the news, first reported in the New York Times, that a congressional committee directly asked the Secretary of State. CBS This Morning did even worse, allowing a mere 14 seconds.
In interviews with ABC and NBC following his Monday presidential announcement, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was treated to nearly identical questions pressing him on why he dared compete with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the 2016 Republican nomination.
Minutes after Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Fla.) declared his candidacy for president, the major broadcast networks went to work in their Monday evening newscasts attacking Rubio over his age, policy positions, and touting the “experience,” “fame,” and “fortune” possessed by Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and possible Republican candidate Jeb Bush. NBC's Kelly O’Donnell shouted to Rubio: “Senator, you're the youngest candidate. Are you prepared to be president, sir?”
Not long after he arrived on the national scene in 2010 Republican Senator and forthcoming presidential candidate Marco Rubio was exploited by the liberal media as a way to depict Republicans as anti-immigrant. Anchors like ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Rose portrayed him as a token Latino in the GOP. MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch actually hurled a racial slur against Rubio, calling him a “coconut.”
Despite devoting three segments to Hillary Clinton's 2016 launch, the journalists of Good Morning America on Monday totally avoided any mention of the Democrat's scandal involving deleted e-mails. Also ignored was any description of the former politician as a liberal. Instead, ex-Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos enthused that the wife of his old boss "is in a commanding position."
A certain level of worry permeated the coverage for the launch of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The three networks on Friday at least noted stumbles the Democrat has had in 2015, though ABC failed to specifically mention the e-mail server controversy. Former Bill Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos conceded that Mrs. Clinton "has some work to do."
ABC on Monday continued to assail Indiana's religious freedom law, hyping the "firestorm" over a law that "many" say could "legalize discrimination." Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts trumpeted "growing calls to move the men's Final Four and boycott the state over the new law that many say legalizes discrimination."
On Sunday, This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos interviewed Indiana Governor Mike Pence and repeatedly pressed him for defending his state's religious freedom bill, and touted the argument that it was an anti-gay law. Throughout the combative interview, the liberal ABC anchor repeatedly wondered “if a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?”
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, all three networks covered the down-to-the-wire election in Israel. But only CBS noticed that Barack Obama's 2012 national field director is hard at work trying to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu. This Morning reporter Barry Peterson explained that the left-leaning Labor Party "hired Jeremy Bird who ran the Obama campaign ground game in 2008 and 2012."