Without any evidence, the broadcast networks continued Wednesday to push the narrative that President Trump supposedly interfered with the sentencing of his longtime friend Roger Stone. And according to their accusations, a pair of Trump tweets were the smoking gun that proved he was “testing the independence of the Justice Department,” as CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell proclaimed.
After being acquitted of the impeachment charges against him earlier in the week, President Trump apparently wanted to remove those who gleefully took part in the Democratic Party’s attempt to remove a duly elected president from office. Despite the fact they served at the pleasure of the President, all three of the broadcast networks were aghast that Trump would fire National Security Council Ukraine expert Alexander Vindman, his twin brother, and European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland.
What was going on CBS Tuesday night during the State of the Union? In their post-speech reactions, CBS journalists praised the “master showman” President’s “incredible remarks” that, while “restrained,” showcased “a strong record on the economy” and “emotionally compelling stories” about “great Americans.” Even more surprisingly, the praise was juxtaposed with condemnation for Democrats.
In the liberal media’s zeal to cover House Democrats’ push to impeach President Trump, the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential candidates — and the radical policies of their frontrunners — have all but disappeared from TV news. A Media Research Center study found the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts spent 236 minutes in January covering impeachment, compared vs. 88 minutes on the Democratic race.
While wrapping up CBS News special coverage of the Senate impeachment trial Friday afternoon, Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell reported that violent threats were being made against several schools in the state of Maine as a sick attempt to pressure Republican Senator Susan Collins to convict President Trump. Amazingly, the anchor cited “anger on both sides” of the political divide while mentioning the clearly one-sided threats.
As the Senate impeachment trial went to a break during the 3:00 p.m. ET hour Wednesday afternoon, anchors of NBC News special coverage immediately went to work blasting the arguments from President Trump’s defense team as “dubious,” “legalizing Watergate,” and asserting “absolute power.”
On Tuesday, President Trump along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his challenger Benny Gantz, together announced a new peace plan to settle the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It was a plan that guaranteed a two-state solution, but during their evening newscasts, CBS and NBC chastised the plan and suggested it was just a ploy to save Trump from impeachment and Netanyahu from corruption charges.
In stark contrast to her interview with Democratic impeachment managers last week, where she teed them up and gave them free rein to make their case and throw out new accusation without evidence, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell got combative with a group of House Republicans (North Carolina's Mark Meadows, New York's Elise Stefanik, Georgia's Doug Collins, and Arizona's Debbie Lesko). And in return, they schooled her on the lack of evidence for impeachment and the new, dubious book by former National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Monday was day two for President Trump’s defense in the Senate impeachment trial and it was the first full day for his legal team to layout their fact-based arguments for acquittal. Yet, the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC chose not to air their arguments, as they did with House Democrats. Instead, they chose to disregard the defense in favor of pouncing on reported allegations made in the conveniently timed leak of former national security advisor, John Bolton’s yet to be released book.
During a special report just before President Trump’s defense team began making their opening statement in the Senate impeachment trial on Saturday morning, CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell seemed to assume that they would lie and hoped Democrats could find a way to “object” throughout the proceeding.
The big three networks gave just 28 seconds Friday night and Saturday morning to the largest pro-life annual march in the nation’s capital, this year. While it’s not out of the ordinary for the media to ignore this mammoth event that flies in the face of their liberal narrative on abortion, it is notable that they would hold a near blackout of the event even when President Trump became the first sitting President to attend in the 47 year history of the march.
In their Thursday evening reports on the Senate impeachment trial, both CBS and NBC marveled and touted the work of Democratic prosecutors. Together they declared it a “dramatic day” where a “damning portrait” was painted by Democratic prosecutors, and quipped that the time for President Trump’s legal team to speak “can't come soon enough.” Anchor Norah O’Donnell kicked off CBS Evening News with another opening tease featuring an oversized plug for their impeachment coverage.