Partisans tend to read, watch and listen only, or mostly, to information and opinions that reinforce their beliefs. If information surfaces that counters those beliefs, it is usually disparaged, excused or ignored. That's human nature. Such is the case with the "memo" released last Friday by the Republican majority on the House Intelligence Committee. The four-page document alleges, in the words of a Wall Street Journal editorial: "the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court appear to have been used to influence the 2016 election and its aftermath."
On Thursday, it was announced that the missing FBI text messages were recovered and heading to Congress for review. With this development, the liberal media finally had an interest in the story, but they instead pushed a narrative that there was nothing to worry about, there wasn’t a scandal to be had, and anyone arguing as such were being political. And during the evening network newscasts, ABC’s World News Tonight was eager to push that narrative while NBC didn’t cover the development at all.
With the protest-filled 2017 NFL season set to come to an end in a couple of weeks, the league found itself engulfed in controversy Tuesday when they banned an ad from a veterans group asking people to “please stand” for the national anthem. It was a truly sad story, but the none of the major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) felt the need to report it to their viewers during their evening broadcasts.
The revelations concerning missing FBI text messages continued to snowball on Tuesday as news trickled out that, via the remaining 50,000 texts, the FBI was home to a so-called “secret society” that began meeting after President Trump was elected. And despite how the revelations have been reported by other major news outlets, the three major network news outlets have been reluctant to cover them. ABC still had yet to report on the missing text messages, NBC was finally dragged to it, and CBS had started to downplay it.
On Tuesday, The Washington Post held a series of panel discussions and aired live video around the theme "Americans & The Media: Sorting Fact from Fake News." In one segment, Post political reporter Dan Balz talked to PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and Fox Special Report host Bret Baier. Woodruff lamented "an entire industry" that is ripping the media that "holds democracy together."
There were disturbing revelations out of the FBI over the weekend when it was learned that the bureau had somehow lost roughly five months of text messages between an anti-Trump investigator and a lawyer he was romantically involved with. Since then there have been calls from Republican members of Congress for another special counsel to investigate the FBI’s shady handling of the Clinton e-mail and Russia investigations. But despite this bombshell news, the three major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have been dead silent.
The Trump administration took a large step in defending religious freedom on Thursday when the Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its new Conscience and Religion Freedom Division. The new division, which was a part of its civil rights office, was tasked with ensuring “doctors, nurses and other health providers to opt-out of services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.” In spite of the good news, the three major network news outlets and both Spanish-language networks ignored the story during their evening broadcasts.
This past Sunday on CNN’s Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter asked this irony-filled question to NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik: “You and I have covered Fox News for years. Is it appropriate to call the channel a news channel?”
In a demonstration of their unwavering devotion to the former president on Monday, all three of the major network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC), and the Spanish-language networks (Univision and Telemundo), had a blackout on the revelations uncovered by Politico: The Obama administration sabotaged efforts to damage the financial operations of the Hezbollah terrorist group all so he could have his precious Iran nuclear deal.
On Friday, the CBS Evening News conspicuously did not make time to inform its viewers of the outcome of the trial of an illegal immigrant charged in the killing of San Francisco resident Kate Steinle. Although all three broadcast morning newscasts had highlighted the failure to get a murder conviction in the case, on the evening shows, CBS omitted the story while ABC's World News Tonight delivered a full report, and the NBC Nightly News gave viewers a 33-second brief.
Late Wednesday, when the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) weren’t able to get a report on the air, the FBI lifted a gag order on an informant and allowed them to share information on the Clinton-Uranium scandal with Congress without the need for a subpoena. But come Thursday, none of them mentioned the development on either their morning shows or their evening shows.
ABC’s World News Tonight was the first network in the Big Three (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to break the broadcast news TV blackout and run some form of report for the Hillary Clinton-Uranium One scandal on Tuesday. Unfortunately, it was merely a news brief that lasted 20-seconds and wrote off the newly announced congressional investigation as “baloney.”