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On Wednesday, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force raided an apartment in Sacramento, California and arrested Omar Ameen, a man wanted in Iraq on charges he murdered a police officer while flying the ISIS banner. Court documents reportedly show that he snuck into the U.S. by lying his way through the refugee vetting system, something liberals suggested was impossible. To apparently preserve that narrative, ABC and NBC had omitted the arrest from their morning and evening programs on Thursday.
On Thursday, CBS Evening News continued the network’s track record of being the only broadcast network to report on the allegation of domestic violence against DNC deputy chairman, Congressman Keith Ellison, which he denies. While both ABC and NBC had not said a word about the allegations since they broke late Saturday night, CBS sat down with Karen Monahan, the ex-girlfriend accusing the Congressman.
One would think a major gaffe by a prominent governor and potential 2020 presidential candidate would garner significant attention from the broadcast networks. However, since Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told a crowd on Wednesday that America “was never that great,” NBC has only provided 37 seconds of coverage to the controversy, while ABC and CBS have ignored the story altogether.
No matter how many times gun issues are discussed and debated, the difference between semi-automatic and automatic guns just doesn't sink in with some journalists. As CBS This Morning co-host Alex Wagner spoke with a group of six millennial women voters, when panel members gave the impression that semi-automatic weapons are the same as machine guns, and that machine guns are currently legal for most people to own, the CBS host and MSNBC alumna failed to jump in to make sure viewers were not being misinformed.
It’s sad when the liberal comedian on your network is tougher than most of the journalists. But that’s what happened on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning as socialist Bernie Sanders made two network appearances. Late Night host Stephen Colbert repeatedly pressed Sanders on the problems with promoting socialism in America. Over on CBS This Morning, the efforts were half-hearted at best.
ABC, NBC and CBS ignored the Republican wins in last night’s primary election races and didn’t update viewers on the finalized results from last Tuesday’s race in Kansas either. After spending last week hyping Democrat candidates and criticizing Trump picks as extremists who had no chance of winning, the networks had to eat their words this morning as Trump picks in several states won their primaries last night.
With just a couple of hours until the polls closed in Tuesday's Minnesota primaries, liberal broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC all ignored the domestic violence accusations swirling around Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, who was running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for state attorney general. Since the allegations broke late Saturday night, only CBS had dedicated any airtime to the charges.
After deluging viewers with a seemingly unending amount of stories about fired ex-Donald Trump aide Omarosa Manigault-Newman, the networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning skimped on the news that anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok had been fired. ABC, CBS and NBC allowed just 9 minutes and 6 seconds of coverage to the development. In contrast, the gossipy reporting on Omarosa (over the same period) garnered 31 minutes and 20 seconds of obsessive coverage. (When you include Friday to Tuesday morning’s programming, her total reaches an astounding 124 minutes.)
Over the weekend, allegations of domestic violence by Democratic Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison surfaced claiming he “emotionally and physically” abused his then-longtime girlfriend Karen Monahan. The allegations were serious enough for news outlets like Fox News and CNN to cover but ABC and NBC failed to do so. And while they covered the story Monday morning, CBS dropped it come that evening.
Following the arrest of Republican Congressman Chris Collins, the broadcast networks once again showcased their partisan double standard when it comes to corruption allegations against members of Congress. Collins’s arrest on Wednesday on insider trading charges resulted in a deluge of coverage, over 18 minutes in less than 24 hours. But in 2015 and 2016, ABC, CBS and NBC buried the indictment, trial and conviction of two Democratic representatives, offering absolutely no coverage of the scandal surrounding Congresswoman Corrine Brown (convicted of fraud) and a paltry 68 seconds to Chaka Fattah (convicted of bribery and fraud).
On Wednesday, the network morning shows all claimed the outcome of Ohio’s 12th Congressional District special election was “too close to call” despite Republican candidate Troy Balderson seeming to have won a narrow victory over Democrat Danny O’Connor. Despite that apparent result, reporters desperately spun the likely Democratic defeat as a “moral victory” and predicted electoral doom for the GOP in November’s midterm elections.
A danger is looming that journalists want to warn Americans about. ABC, CBS, MSNBC and CNN on Wednesday all fretted about Kansas’s possible new Republican gubernatorial candidate, labeling Kris Kobach a “hard-right,” “staunchly,” “incredibly conservative” choice. This kind of ideological hand-wringing stands in contrast to the warm response socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received. She earned some labels, but enjoyed a gentle response from journalists.