After the morning newscasts of ABC and CBS spent a total of 4 minutes and 44 seconds covering the criminal indictment of California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter in the first 36 hours since the story broke, the number increased four-fold following another news cycle, with the total standing at 17 minutes and 13 seconds as of Friday morning.
On Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America was the only network morning show to devote air time to former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s frivolous attempt to subpoena President Trump to testify in his lawsuit against the NFL. The broadcast treated the publicity stunt as serious news, with co-host Michael Strahan breathlessly proclaiming a “legal face-off shaping up” between the two men.
During a glowing softball interview with controversial rapper Common on ABC’s Good Morning America on Tuesday, the hosts applauded the singer for serving as a spokesman for Starbucks training on racial bias, but failed to question him about his violent and misogynistic lyrics. In sharp contrast, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly blasted the coffee chain’s decision to partner with the performer.
Monday on ABC’S Good Morning America, host Michael Strahan sat down with actress Jennifer Lawrence, best known for her role in the kids’ science fiction film series The Hunger Games, to plug her new film Passengers. But talk was light on the actual film and heavy on Lawrence’s political activism. After the actress defended her political commentary on being a “role model” for young girls, Strahan praised the actress for speaking out, gushing, “I appreciate you.”
In a mind blowing segment Friday morning on ABC, George Stephanopoulos, Jon Karl and Michael Strahan actually tried to rewrite the historic 2000 election and hoped no one would remember how events actually occurred. Using the opportunity to bash Trump’s comments on conceding the election, the panel laughably contrasted Trump’s behavior with the “incredibly gracious” and “patriotic” Al Gore in 2000.
On Friday’s Good Morning America, anchor Michael Strahan sat down with fourth graders from an elite private school in New York City “with big voices” who “deserve to be heard,” Strahan said. If there was any indication where this interview was going to go ahead of time, the kids were selected from an elite, cultural school in the heart of New York City whose tuition costs nearly $50,000 dollars a year and whose mission statement reads, it “guides” students “towards social justice.” Sounds like a representative sample from mainstream America.
ABC announced on Tuesday that former football star Michael Strahan will be joining Good Morning America full-time. The Live With Kelly and Michael co-host doesn’t have much a political record, unlike Democratic activist and GMA colleague George Stephanopoulos.
ABC and CBS have found another young, liberal politician to fawn over. This time it’s not Barack Obama, but the “hunky,” left-wing leader of Canada. Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan on Thursday gushed, “ Canada's young and handsome new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived with his wife Sophie and three kids for tonight's state dinner at the White House.”
While both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America found the time on Thursday to devote minute-long segments to First Lady Michelle Obama rapping about kids going to college, neither morning show bothered to mention President Obama’s strategy or lack thereof to combat radical Islamic terrorism in the wake of the San Bernardino attacks.
ABC on Thursday exploited the mass shooting in California as a way to tout the gun control advocacy of celebrities and politicians. Good Morning America reporter Jon Karl highlighted Barack Obama’s “frustration” at the inability to pass new restrictions. Correspondent Michael Strahan read tweets from “actor and gun control activist” Amy Schumer, including this one: “It doesn't have to be this way. Join the movement and help us. #Endgunviolence."
NBC and ABC omitted covering the Supreme Court's final two rulings from their Tuesday morning newscasts, despite the fact that the decisions came down after their Monday episodes aired. Only CBS This Morning set aside air time for the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, which upheld the religious liberty rights of closely held corporations.
Viewers of ABC's Good Morning America might have guessed that the Supreme Court handed down some decisions, as the morning show devoted a full segment to the "running of the interns," where the summer interns of media outlets run copies of Court's "big rulings" to the journalists outside. GMA even held their own intern race, where the competitors run cups of iced coffee to the anchors inside the studio: [video below the jump]
Much of the network coverage on the Veterans Affairs scandal has been light on questioning Barack Obama. It took former football player Michael Strahan to come up with a tougher query for the President. During an interview on Live With Kelly and Michael, Strahan lectured, "But a lot of the soldiers haven't been given the treatment, veterans, that they should have got when they come home." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Strahan continued, "And there's been calls for resignations and Shinseki... says he's not going to resign. Do you think that he should and if he doesn't, would you be inclined to remove him?" (Just hours after the interview aired, Eric Shinseki quit as head of the VA.) Obama first shifted topics, insisting, "Well, let me first say that the greatest honor I have is serving as commander in chief."