All eyes were on Florida’s contentious ballot recount in gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races as Democratically aligned elections supervisors in Broward and Palm Beach Counties were accused of elections shenanigans by GOP Senate candidate, Governor Rick Scott. Despite Florida court rulings against the supervisors for their illegal handling of ballots, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) downplayed the idea that anything was amiss.
On Thursday, ABC’s Good Morning America ran wild with Democratic claims of racism against Florida Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis , hyping a “fierce backlash” and “firestorm” over the GOP congressman using a common expression during an interview on Wednesday while discussing the left-wing policies of his African-American opponent.
For months now, the Central American country of Nicaragua has been in turmoil as anti-government protesters have been rising up and calling for President Daniel Ortega and his vice presidential wife to step down. The protests, sparked by slashes to social security, have been besieged by pro-government paramilitary forces and the national police resulting in the deaths of hundreds. As of Monday, CBS was the only network news outlet reporting on the chaos.
The communist government of Cuba held their sham election for a new leader on Wednesday after President Raul Castro stepped down to make way for Vice President Miguel Diaz-Canel to take the reins. The news of the transition broke early that morning, but both ABC and NBC appeared too lazy to even give it a simple brief on their morning and evening broadcasts. CBS and Spanish-language networks Univision and Telemundo all ran reports on the transition.
Last week, CBS This Morning journalists warned not to politicize the story of a drunk illegal alien who killed Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson. That instruction apparently no longer applies as the network on Monday focused on an illegal hiding in a Phoenix church, trying to stay with his pregnant wife and five-year-old son who has cancer. Talk about story selection.
In the wake of Democrat Doug Jones winning the Alabama Senate race the previous night, many in the liberal media were celebrating Wednesday as analysts predicted dire days for the GOP in the near future. The same was true for CBS Evening News where they spent the first 7 minutes and 36 seconds (over three different segments) touting the result and hyping Democratic divination of future elections.
With flood waters barely beginning to recede, CBS Evening News ran a segment on Wednesday blaming climate change and the construction of Houston for the high level of destruction from Hurricane Harvey. “So why was Harvey so devastating to Houston? Some experts tell us the Gulf of Mexico is as much as seven degrees warmer than average,” announced Co-Anchor Demarco Morgan from Houston.
From the first words out of anchor Scott Pelley on Thursday’s CBS Evening News, one had to know what kind of newscast it would be. Throughout the newscast’s A-block, every segment involved almost exclusive criticism of the Trump administration on issues ranging from the border to the media to Syrian refugees to trade agreements.
On the night of the election, as it was becoming apparent that Donald Trump would win there were reports that the value of the Mexican peso dropped 2 percent. Since then the value has dropped even more, resulting in CBS to worry about their economy on Thursday’s CBS Evening News. “The Trump election, however, sent shivers through Mexico's economy. The peso dropped 12 percent in two days,” announced Anchor Scott Pelley.
The Big Three networks' evening newscasts on Friday devoted full reports to the Obama administration's controversial letter to every public school district in the nation directing them to allow transgender students to use bathroom and locker rooms according to their chosen sexual identity. However, NBC Nightly News's segment on the issue touted the "Obama administration's historic new directive to the nation's public schools," and revisited a Massachusetts girl who now lives as a boy. Kate Snow touted how the child's mother says the federal government's move is "protection for him at school — and validation that his rights matter."
A law meant to give students the right to protect themselves from dangerous criminals is now being called a threat to “free speech and safety” by the anti-gun rights media. Both CBS This Morning and The Washington Post hyped the fear that professors now faced on the University of Houston campus after a concealed-carry law goes into effect later this year.
Manuel Bojorquez zeroed in on the plight of a Syrian refugee family in Texas on Monday's CBS This Morning, and played up how they "feel misjudged after the Paris attacks, and after Texas recently ordered volunteer organizations that help resettle refuges from Syria to discontinue those plans immediately." Bojorquez later spotlighted how "about dozen people — some armed with long guns — protested in front of a mosque outside Dallas" against the Obama administration's plan to bring 10,000 refugees from Syria.