While more tamed than NBC’s trainwreck State of the Union coverage, there was still moments of liberal bias Tuesday night on ABC’s coverage that knocked the speech being delivered by a President with “real tension” and praised the Democratic response by Stacey Abrams as having “vivid language and energetic delivery.”
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.
Previewing President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday morning, the broadcast networks were giddy with anticipation at the prospect of the Republican chief executive facing a “sea of opponents” in the new Democratic House majority. Anchors and correspondents were particularly eager to watch Speaker Nancy Pelosi “over his shoulder,” reacting negatively to the speech “in real time.”
ABC couldn’t stop gushing over the Democrats and their invited guests to tonight's State of the Union address, on Tuesday’s Good Morning America. Congressional correspondent Mary Bruce even ludicrously called failed gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, a “rising star,” hoping that she might run again in the Senate. Bruce also touted Democrats inviting illegal aliens and activists to the address, but failed to mention any of the guests invited by the White House.
As the blackface/KKK scandal consumed Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, the party was calling for him to resign and to let “rising star” Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor, take over. But the young Democrat had his own problem in the form of a new sexual assault allegation. Despite the Monday accusations being seen by some as serious and credible, that evening’s ABC World News Tonight ignored them while hawking Fairfax’s ascension. And NBC downplayed the allegations by adopting Fairfax’s terms.
January was a “blockbuster” month for job gains, in spite of the government shutdown. The 304,000 jobs added was nearly twice as many as the 172,000 forecasters anticipated. Only it didn’t appear that way on the broadcast evening news shows.
In just 35 days, the partial government shutdown generated nearly five hours of coverage on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts. By a six-to-one margin, network reporters framed the shutdown as the fault of President Trump, not the Democrats. Out of 297 minutes of total shutdown coverage, just 27% was devoted to the debate over the border wall — far less time than was given to TSA workers calling in sick, delays at airports and the personal plight of government workers who had their paychecks delayed.
Just prior to the Patriots facing off against the Rams in Super Bowl LIII, Donald Trump will talk to CBS journalist Margaret Brennan during the pregame show. It’s his second as President since talking to Fox's Bill O’Reilly for the 2017 Super Bowl (skipping it in 2018). For most of Barack Obama’s eight years, he had the luxury of softball interviews with liberal journalists. (Except in 2011 and 2014 when Fox had the game and O’Reilly got to offer questions.) Will Trump be given that same type of chummy, friendly interview? It’s not likely.
All three evening newscasts on Friday led with the news that Virginia’s Democratic Governor included a racist photo on his medical school yearbook. However, ABC and NBC warned viewers that the 1984 picture, which feature a man in a KKK outfit and another in blackface, “surfaced on a far-right,” “conservative” website. Additionally, none of the networks noted that, separately, Northam used the racist nickname “coonman.”
The Annual GLAAD Media Awards Nominations recently hit the internet rounds, rewarding all things gay in entertainment and journalism. Of course all the gayest staples were present in terms of movies and TV shows. Gay teen dramedy Love, Simon rounded out the list for “Outstanding Movies,” while Will & Grace, Modern Family, and Dear White People were listed as contenders for the TV nod. My money’s on Will & Grace for it’s very flam rendition of our 16th president, “Gaybraham Lincoln” and his “Lincoln log.” Really.
Though Cory Booker has a long history of distortions and making things up, two of the three networks on Friday avoided this inconvenient fact while hyping the Democrat’s just-announced presidential bid. Only ABC’s Good Morning America mentioned Booker’s tendency towards “embellishing” the truth.
During Tuesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the eponymous ABC host brought on longtime lefty and current Esquire writer Charles Pierce. Kimmel praised Pierce and encouraged his audience to check out his work: “If you have an internet connection, read “‘Politics With Charles P. Pierce’ multiple times a day on Esquire.com.” After introducing Pierce, Kimmel told him “I love you. I’m very fond of your work.” Pierce’s “work” includes a lot of vile commentary critical of conservatives and President Trump.