On Tuesday, all three network morning shows fretted over the Justice Department filing a lawsuit to block a planned merger between telecommunications giants AT&T and Time Warner. Hosts and correspondents warned of “politics” being “at play” in the decision and touted how critics were “raising concerns about the motive behind the government’s legal challenge.”
CBS Evening News aired complaints about a “revolving door” of government employees going to industry roles under the Obama administration on Oct. 20. But CBS quickly seized the opportunity to attack the Trump administration.
The Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) were in their prime Wednesday night, as they once again got the opportunity to hammer President Trump while raising up their former presidential candidate. Two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was publishing a new memoir about her experience during the 2016 election and released audio of herself reading from the section retelling the horrific tale of the second presidential debate. And the Big Three Networks ate it all up.
The White House declared the week of July 16, “Made in America” week to celebrate U.S. manufacturing -- a continuance of President Donald Trump’s “America First” campaign focus. But ABC, CBS and NBC evening news shows minimized the administration’s focus, mentioning it only one night of the week and used it to criticize Trump.
CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News both waxed ecstatic on Friday over Michelle Obama's legacy and her final official speech as first lady. Both newscasts emphasized how she got "emotional" at the White House event. CBS's Julianna Goldman touted how Mrs. Obama "turned into the Democrat's not-so-secret weapon" during the 2016 presidential race, and spotlighted how she "used her celebrity to inspire physical fitness." NBC's Andrea Mitchell played up the first lady's "unique voice," and that she is apparently "a political orator in a class of her own."
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning jumped on a former Hillary Clinton campaign official blasting the FBI investigation into her e-mail scandal as an “intrusion into the election” that was “utterly unjustified” and touted Bill Clinton blaming the “bogus e-mails” for her loss.
With seemingly nothing else better to report with regards to U.S. politics Tuesday, CBS Evening News chose to whine about how President-Elect Donald Trump’s cabinet is comprised of millionaires and billionaires. “He's nearly finished with his cabinet, and outside national security, the billionaire president has surrounded himself with billionaires,” remarked Anchor Scott Pelley leading into Julianna Goldman’s report.
As part of its ongoing look at various U.S. Senate races, Tuesday’s CBS Evening News examined the Pennsylvania match-up between Republican Senator Pat Toomey and Democratic challenger Katie McGinty and framed the race as Donald Trump possibly dragging down Toomey while ignoring McGinty’s flaws and past.
The Big Three's morning newscasts on Monday all offered coverage of the latest Wikileaks release of John Podesta e-mails, but only CBS This Morning pointed out the New York Times's Sunday report on how "Hillary Clinton's inner circle built a web of private and public interest in Haiti and Africa when she was secretary of state. Clinton's State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills helped a South Korean garment maker open a factory in Haiti. The company then became a Clinton Foundation donor."
Following the leaked tape of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump making lewd comments about women over the weekend, members of the Republican Party started to distance themselves. And NBC seemed quite giddy about it as they kicked off NBC Nightly News Monday with “Civil War” emblazoned across the screen. As if he was announcing the latest Marvel blockbuster Anchor Lester Holt declared, “With Donald Trump's fortunes fading over his lewd comments about women, a GOP civil war has broken out.”
The Big Three's evening newscasts all devoted full reports on Friday to the FBI's release of its notes on their interview of Hillary Clinton over her e-mail scandal. However, ABC's Cecilia Vega stood out for spotlighting how "careless," as FBI Director James Comey put it, Mrs. Clinton was in her handling of classified material on her private e-mail server: "Just how careless? Investigators say 81 e-mail chains on Clinton's basement server contained classified information at the time they were sent; 68 of them remain classified to this day."
NBC seems to of have enough of the political scandal which involved an apparent pay-for-play scheme between the Clinton Foundation and the Hillary Clinton’s State Department. During Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News the network failed to mention the scandal at all, even though competitor CBS found new connections. “Of the 15 fundraisers Clinton has held over the last week, more than half have been hosted by donors who have also given to the foundation," reported Juliana Goldman on CBS Evening News.