Starting late Thursday night, reports began trickling out that Empire star Jussie Smollett’s harrowing story of being beaten, blasted with bleach, endured homophobic slurs, and taunted about being in “MAGA country” while a rope was tied around his neck was losing credibility. In the lead-up to this stunning reversal, the flagship morning and evening broadcast network newscasts spent 101 minutes and 22 seconds helping to spin Smollett’s original claims from the first newscasts on the night of January 29 after the story broke through the February 14 evening newscasts (excluding teases).
All three morning shows on Friday reacted with extreme alarm to the news that Donald Trump would declare a state of emergency on the southern border in order to fund a wall. CBS This Morning journalists sounded down right apocalyptic, warning that the republic was in danger. Co-host Bianna Golodryga opened the show this way: “We begin with President Trump who is poised to take action today that could test our 230-year-old system of checks and balances in government.”
On Thursday, as the network morning shows marked the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, reporters touted how student activists demanding gun control “will never stop” and were “keeping up the momentum” for new Second Amendment restrictions.
It’s been two days since NBC’s exclusive reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no material evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and as of yet none of the three major broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have given it even a single second of airtime in their evening newscasts. Considering these networks have given the Russia probe a massive 2,202 minutes of airtime, their silence on this major development is deafening.
It’s been a week since Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., introduced a “Green New Deal” resolution promising massive government spending and no way to pay for it.
The president and many others mocked it. Liberal presidential candidates endorsed it. An Ocasio-Cortez policy adviser denied to Fox News that the plan promised “economic security for people ‘unwilling to work.’” For the record, it did. Yet, the evening news shows chose not to report on the proposal that some estimated could cost $6.6 trillion a year, likely more.
The liberal media took another massive blow on Wednesday after an independent investigation found that the high school students of Covington Catholic didn’t harass anyone last month at the Lincoln Memorial. Effectively proving that the liberal media reports about them were smears and lies, all three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) and principal Spanish-language networks (Telemundo and Univision) omitted the findings from their evening reports.
For days, the broadcast networks have been warning of a nation in “turmoil,” with “outrage” and downright “panic” sweeping across the country. The source of the crisis? Last year’s tax reform law that allowed Americans to keep more of their own money. In short, the media were aghast that some taxpayers were getting smaller refunds or even owing money to the IRS after having less money taken out of their paychecks throughout the year.
ABC on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning skipped the “political crisis” engulfing Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor as one of the women accusing Justin Fairfax of sexual assault has now spoken out. NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning, however, both offered full reports on Vanessa Tyson appearing in public for the first time since detailing her claims against the Democrat.
After ignoring Tuesday’s news that the Senate Intelligence Committee had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, ABC was eager to report on the story Wednesday morning after the top Democrat backtracked on his own committee’s findings. NBC and CBS still found no time to report on the Senate finding no evidence of collusion on their morning programs.
According to an NBC News exclusive that first aired during the 10 o’clock hour of Tuesday morning’s MSNBC Live, both Republican and Democratic sources on the Senate Intelligence Committee admitted they had not found any direct evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Despite the fact the exclusive was filed by NBC News intelligence and national security reporter Ken Dilanian, NBC Nightly News hid it from viewers. Meanwhile, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News also turned a blind eye.
The stingy $1.375 billion allocated towards a border barrier in Monday night’s budget deal may mean it is inevitable that President Trump will soon declare a national emergency in order to ensure construction of a wall. If this happens, expect CNN and MSNBC hosts to howl about the nameless “experts” who’ve supposedly deemed the project “an ineffective waste of money” designed to solve a “manufactured crisis” — because that’s exactly what they did during the 35-day government shutdown.
Since the midterm elections, the liberal media have been singing the praises of Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar for being one of the first Muslim women in Congress. That praise came despite Omar’s long history of trafficking in staunch anti-Semitism. On Monday, the liberal broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) had no choice but to acknowledge her hate, but only after recent tweets from Omar forced the Democratic Party leadership to denounce her.