As of Thursday, there were two sets of data from respected pollsters that showed President Trump pulling ahead his Democratic rivals nationally and in at least one key swing state. But conveniently leaked information to The New York Times provided excellent cover to ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News as it allowed them to ignore the polls and set the groundwork to falsely claim any Trump victory in November was the sole result of Russian interference.
After arguably muted coverage of President Trump’s pardons Tuesday evening, ABC and NBC took to whining about former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) for showing “no remorse for his crimes” during a press conference outside his Chicago home on Wednesday. But while they were huffing about Blago’s attitude, none of them cared to mention how President Obama had commuted the sentence of unrepentant, Puerto Rican terrorist Oscar Lopez-Rivera shortly before Trump’s inauguration.
On Friday, NBC’s Today show couldn’t decide if Attorney General William Barr should be celebrated for his criticism of President Trump in an ABC News interview or suspected of being “in cahoots” with the President. As the broadcast hyped Barr lamenting Trump’s penchant for tweeting about ongoing Justice Department cases, the coverage repeatedly noted Democrats “not buying” the public comments.
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.
The CBS and NBC evening newscasts on Thursday complained about Donald Trump’s reaction to his impeachment acquittal. CBS called it a “stark contrast” to the dignified response by Bill Clinton. NBC fretted that the President “shattered the bipartisan tradition” of the National Prayer Breakfast. (Forgetting that Obama mixed politics too.)
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.
Hours before the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump began on Tuesday, NBC’s Today show seized on “outraged” Democrats preemptively trashing the proceeding as a “national disgrace” and blasting the rules proposed by Republicans. The broadcast dutifully parroted those talking points despite the slipshod manner in which liberal lawmakers conducted impeachment in the House.
On Saturday, NBC’s Today show actually devoted an entire report to how voters in key swing states were suffering from “impeachment fatigue.” The segment highlighted “concerned” Democrats fearing the attempted removal of President Trump from office was “overshadowing” the 2020 campaign, while Republicans were found to be more energized heading into the election.
After Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s master plan to delay the Senate impeachment trial ended in failure after a month, House Democrats finally got up and walked the articles of impeachment against President Trump over to the Senate for trial. It was that transfer of documents that had the broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all giddy with anticipation during their Wednesday evening newscasts.
No, this is not a joke or an attempt at rick-rolling. The Monday morning broadcast network newscasts actually put away their usual gun control talking points after a mass shooting and emphasized how armed citizens prevented a deadly scene from becoming worse. In this case, it was Sunday’s attack on West Freeway Church of Christ outside Fort Worth, Texas.
On Tuesday, NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America both worked to portray House Democrats backing impeachment as courageous politicians “putting principle before politics” rather than as partisans trying to appease the far left of their party.
As Speaker Nancy Pelosi was exiting a Thursday press conference after announcing she had directed her chairmen to draw up articles of impeachment, Sinclair reporter James Rosen questioned her on whether or not she felt “hate” towards President Trump. Her anger flared as she lashed out in response (something they would have condemned President Trump for). It was that irate response that drew the attention of CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News as they both hyped it as something awesome.