Stocks “rebounded in spectacular fashion in January,” but anyone reliant on network news programming may not have noticed since the networks proved yet again to care far more about bad economic news.
ABC, CBS and NBC evening news shows covered the bad news for stocks in December and January more than four times more than positive market news during that time (1,745 seconds to 422 seconds or 29 minutes, 8 seconds vs. 7 minutes, 3 seconds).
According to disturbing reports out Wednesday, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was in a closed-door meeting with other Democrats discussion the sexual assault allegations against him when he angrily declared “f*** that b****”. In what seemed like an effort to help Fairfax’s image, none of the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) reported the comments that evening. Instead, they chose to focus on the toned down statements Fairfax released later in the day.
Tuesday's NBC Nightly News ran a full report highlighting calls by liberals to legally require background checks for private gun sales. But, in citing the case of a mass shooting from 2012 as alleged evidence of how a backround check might have prevented the attack, correspondent Pete Williams failed to address whether the perpetrator, Radcliffe Haughton, could have been deported before his crime since he was reportedly a Jamaican national who already had a criminal record.
Following NBC’s hostile coverage of President Trump’s State of the Union address and fawning over a “strong” Democratic response from Stacey Abrams Tuesday night, the network decided to get reaction from the far left as it invited on socialist New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for a softball chat about her radical views.
Continuing their theme of bashing President Trump on Tuesday night, NBC News reacted to his State of the Union address with scorn by slamming it as incoherent “additive” when not talking about immigration but showing strong affection for Stacey Abrams’s Democratic response that the network deemed “strong” because it “scolded the President.”
As President Trump entered the House chamber on Tuesday night for the 2019 State of the Union, ABC and NBC were more than a little giddy at the notion that Democrats didn’t line the aisle to greet the President and even refused to applaud the President as he made his way to the podium in front of Vice President Pence and Speaker Pelosi.
After news broke around 6:30 p.m. Eastern on Monday that four narcotics officers were shot while trying to serve a warrant in Houston, over the next 24 hours, the three broadcast networks, CNN and Fox News Channel all gave substantial attenton to the story. But MSNBC has so far only given the dramatic event a total of 91 seconds in spite of being a 24-hour cable news channel.
Over the weekend, former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz sent the liberal media into a tailspin by announcing he was seriously exploring the idea of running as an independent candidate in 2020. Instead of treating him as just another candidate in what was turning out to be a very crowded field Monday evening, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) treated him as a threat to the Democratic Party’s chances of beating President Trump.
Continuing to treat them like little Klansmen, NBC Nightly News added to their disgusting coverage of the Covington Kids Tuesday night by taking repeated shots at them even though new video had vindicated them. And despite being a proven liar, the network allowed agitator Nathan Phillips to scold the kids and suggest they should be sentenced to “some kind of sensitivity training” or “cultural education”.
The evening after dueling addresses from President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders, NBC Nightly News’ Wednesday coverage of the government shutdown was distinctly stacked against the President. Anchor Lester Holt announced as much as he stood outside the Capitol and declared: “We have come here to frame the crisis rocking America. Not the one the President speaks of at the southern border, but the crisis of dysfunction here in Washington …” But NBC’s only focus was Trump.
In perhaps the least surprising thing to happen thus far in 2019, President Donald Trump’s Tuesday night address was not well received by the broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC (and particularly the first and third ones). Anchors, hosts, and correspondents panned it as inaccurate, full of fear-mongering, and then offered little to no criticism of the Democratic response by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
When Congress in 2006 voted overwhelmingly to construct a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border, TV news networks barely noticed. Perhaps even more surprising to today’s viewers of broadcast news, reporters back then admitted that the border fence worked.