As Diane Sawyer Signs-Off, a Look Back at Her Fawning Chats With Repre

August 28th, 2014 12:40 PM
World News anchor and long-time ABC journalist Diane Sawyer signed-off for the last time on Wednesday night. The host's final show included a music montage as she offered a behind the scenes look at how the program is created. Sawyer praised World News as "the flagship broadcast of ABC where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage."  Talking to…

ABC Continues Network Cheerleading of Perry Indictment: ‘A Kind of H

August 18th, 2014 8:13 PM
In the wake of the “big three” networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) devoting 25 minutes to the indictment of Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) in the story’s first two days, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer continued the network obsession with the potential 2016 presidential candidate.  On Monday, August 18, anchor Diane Sawyer introduced a report on Perry by proclaiming “…

A 'Name That Party' Round-Up: The News Media’s Double Standard on Po

August 18th, 2014 7:51 AM
What’s the difference between a political scandal involving a Republican and one involving a Democrat? When it comes to news coverage, reporters almost always identify the political party of a Republican caught in a scandal, but when the culprit is a Democrat, the party label is usually left out of the story. There are exceptions to this rule, of course, but not many. To prove the…

Plenty of Praise for July Jobs Report from Networks

August 2nd, 2014 12:35 AM
Released on Friday morning, the latest jobs report from the Labor Department touted a net growth of 209,000 jobs in July. On Friday evening, the report was promoted on all three of the major broadcast networks, ranging from news briefs by ABC and NBC to a full report from CBS. While there was plenty of praise and even an ounce of positive news, the networks mostly failed to note that the…

Nets Declare Israeli Response to Captured Solider ‘Furious,’ ‘Po

August 1st, 2014 11:20 PM
On Friday night, the major broadcast networks all covered the latest developments in the conflict between the Israelis and Hamas as a three-day cease-fire collapsed after an Israeli solider was captured during an ambush while the two sides fought in an underground tunnel. In their coverage, the networks used some harsh language in describing the Israeli offensive to seek out those responsible…

Five Climate-Change Claims as Ridiculous as Sharknado

July 29th, 2014 11:27 AM
“Sharknado 2: The Second One” is poised to take a bite out of Manhattan and devour many of the week’s water-cooler conversations. Like the first “Sharknado” movie, the premise is so ridiculous it actually manages to entertain. In the same way, some media claims about what climate change has already done or threatens to do in the future are so absurd they’…

CBS, NBC Ignore Conflicting Court Rulings On Future Of ObamaCare Subsi

July 22nd, 2014 7:56 PM
On Tuesday, July 22, two federal appeals courts ruled in different directions over the constitutionality of tax subsidies given to individuals who purchase health insurance through the federal ObamaCare exchange. At issue, was language in the law where subsidies would be given to individuals who purchased health insurance in an exchange “established by the state.” In a 2-1 ruling…

CBS Notices Boston Marathon Bombing Conviction; ABC, NBC Out to Lunch

July 22nd, 2014 4:34 PM
Monday's CBS Evening News was the only Big Three morning or evening newscast to cover the conviction of Azamat Tazhayakov, who was found guilty of obstructing the investigation into the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Jurors also convicted Tazhayakov of taking part in a "conspiracy with his off-campus roommate to hide incriminating evidence in the days immediately after the attack…

ABC, CBS Go 3-for-3: Refuse to ID Nagin as Democrat After Indictment

July 9th, 2014 9:00 PM
On Wednesday, ABC and CBS's evening newscasts punted yet again on reporting Ray Nagin's Democratic affiliation, after the disgraced former New Orleans mayor was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for corruption. World News and CBS Evening News previously omitted Nagin's party ID when he was indicted in January 2013, and after a jury convicted him in February 2014. ABC's…

ABC Finally Covers Own Reporter Clashing With White House Over Illegal

July 8th, 2014 8:17 PM
It took an entire day but ABC finally reported on its own Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, and his confrontation with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest. Karl’s battle with Earnest came on Monday, July 7, and both that evening’s World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America on Tuesday, July 8 ignored the story. World News on Tuesday night…

ABC Ignores Own Reporter Confronting White House Press Secretary on Fa

July 7th, 2014 7:37 PM
On Monday, July 7, Jonathan Karl, ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent, challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, over whether or not the Obama Administration was deporting illegal immigrants at the rate they claim to be.   Despite the contentious back-and-forth in which the ABC reporter accused the White House of providing “disinformation” on the number of…

'Morning Joe' Pundits Fear Media 'Clinton Exhaustion' Already Underway

July 3rd, 2014 10:00 PM
It's only July of 2014, but two panelists on the Morning Joe program expressed concern during Thursday's edition that people within the media are already suffering from “Clinton Exhaustion” even though the former secretary of state has yet to announce whether she will be a candidate in the 2016 presidential election. If that's the case, then one of the worst offenders…

CBS Maintains Blackout on Speaker Boehner's Lawsuit Against Obama Whit

June 25th, 2014 9:48 PM
Wednesday's CBS Evening News ignored House Speaker John Boehner's announcement that he will file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its use of executive orders. The evening newscast thus followed the example of CBS This Morning, which also omitted this development. ABC made its first on-air mention of the story on Wednesday's World News, with an 18-second news brief by…

Diane Sawyer Out at 'World News'; David Muir to Replace Her

June 25th, 2014 10:15 AM
ABC News announced on Wednesday that veteran liberal journalist Diane Sawyer will leave her anchor position at World News in September and be replaced by David Muir. According to TV Newser, Sawyer will continue to report for "primetime specials, big interviews" and in other capacities.  It's interesting that former Democratic operative turned journalist George…