CBS This Morning offered a gushy, praise-filled music video on Thursday dedicated to Norah O’Donnell as she prepared to leave the program. O’Donnell will become the new anchor of the CBS Evening News in the summer. Gayle King, who will continue as This Morning co-host, introduced the montage by hailing, “Norah O’Donnell, she's been a very important part of our CBS This Morning family for nearly seven years now. She's asked, as you know, the tough questions, headed into disaster zones, given survives a voice and shared the stories of people all around the world.”
Instead of continuing to stay the course and attempt to resemble balance in a newscast, CBS News has decided that, with a change in anchor, they'll be going further leftward in moving longtime CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell to the position of CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor to replace Jeff Glor (who announced his final show will be Friday).
Former CBS anchor Katie Couric was welcomed back to CBS This Morning on Thursday to plug her new Internet project with the drug-maker Merck. It's for cancer patients and it titled "With Love, Me." In the last two minutes of the segment, it turned more political. It turned to women in the media after the #MeToo "reckoning." Couric proclaimed women were "woefully underrepresented" in the media, and it's "ridiculous" that women don't do half of everything
The journalists at CBS This Morning scored an exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey. So what did they do with the time? They read back quotes from Comey to Comey. Though there was the occasional attempt at challenging the fired FBI director, the hosts often seemed impressed just to be talking to him.
Gayle King, the soon to be incumbent host and power broker at CBS This Morning has a soft spot for the Bidens. Talking to Jill Biden, King on Tuesday wondered just how all those women accusing the 2020 candidate have “misinterpreted” his unwanted touching. Though there were a few questions that could be described as non-softballs, the majority focused on strategy and how the Democrat will navigate the race.
It became official on Monday as Norah O’Donnell has been announced the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Discussing it on CBS This Morning, a clearly excited O’Donnell enthused, “This is a great moment... It’s the moment we've all been waiting for.” Fellow This Morning co-host Gayle King clearly saw the decision to dump current Evening News anchor as one about ratings. She bluntly stated, “This is a business about ratings. When ratings don't work, they're making changes.”
The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday eagerly plotted strategy with 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar. They also helpfully ignored the reports that the Senator is an abusive boss who treats people terribly. Speaking of Attorney General William Barr and the Mueller report, Norah O’Donnell marveled, “You heard the Speaker of the House accuse the attorney general of a crime. What's the remedy?”
According to the New York Post’s Page Six and Variety, the CBS News is about to undergo some serious personnel changes. In addition to Bianna Golodryga’s previous departure, co-hosts John Dickerson and Norah O’Donnell have been booted from CBS This Morning for correspondent Tony Dokoupil and CBS This Morning: Saturday co-host Anthony Mason to team with Obama donor and family friend Gayle King.
A scoffing Newt Gingrich dismissed the legitimacy of the Washington Post, calling out liberal media bias and declaring the paper not “serious.” Appearing on CBS This Morning, Monday, Norah O’Donnell mentioned Donald Trump’s tendency to hammer at critics. She derided, “Does it matter that he hits back with lies?”
As far as the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks are concerned, Joe Biden’s troubles with touching women are essentially over. At least that’s the impression left when you look at the tiny (1 minutes, 52 seconds) amount of time devoted to the former Vice President’s grabbiness in their coverage of his campaign’s official launch.
Don’t be surprised, but CBS This Morning on Thursday covered the launch of Joe Biden without ever mentioning any of his gaffes, including his habit of being grabby with women. Instead, co-host Norah O’Donnell touted “Uncle Joe” talking about America’s “core values.” The CBS journalist also repeated the talking points from the Democrat’s announcement video.
During a contentious interview with Republican Utah Senator Mike Lee on Tuesday, the hosts of CBS This Morning grilled the lawmaker on whether President Trump should be impeached following the release of the Mueller report and fretted that the President was unfit for office. They also pressed Lee on whether the results of the Russia investigation would “hurt” Republicans politically.