All three networks spent time Wednesday hyping radical Swedish teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg being honored by Time Magazine today with their “Person of the Year” award. Journalists from ABC, NBC, and CBS all praised the “deserving” “good choice” and touted the teen “taking on” world leaders while “inspiring” other teens to become climate evangelists.
Through Friday’s CBS Evening News, CBS News has refused to show on its morning or evening newscast 2020 Democratic Michael Bloomberg telling CBS This Morning co-host and Democratic friend Gayle King that Bloomberg News journalists need “to live with it” that they can’t investigate him or his primary opponents but can continue digging into President Trump.
CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King on scored an exclusive interview with new 2020 Democrat Michael Bloomberg on Friday. But she used the almost 15 minutes of air time to hammer the former New York Mayor from the left, demanding to know how he would succeed on gun control. She also worried about excessive campaign spending and whether Bloomberg represents just another “old, white gentleman” in the field.
After ignoring a gratuitous slam on Donald Trump’s 13-year-old son on Wednesday, CBS on Thursday finally got around to mentioning Democratic impeachment witness Pamela Karlan’s out-of-the-blue shot: While the “President can name his son Barron, he can't make him a baron,” she needled. CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King conceded that the remark made her “cringe just a little bit.”
On Wednesday, all three network morning shows were completely enthralled with Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee releasing a partisan report calling for the impeachment of President Trump. Despite the obvious one-sided nature of the 300-page document, anchors on NBC, ABC, and CBS led their respective broadcasts by touting the report as “damning,” “blistering,” and representing “impeachment’s new phase.”
Even after persistent attacks by liberal critics, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg doubled down on defending one of America’s most iconic values -- free speech. Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan appeared in a “CBS This Morning” interview which aired this past Monday. During the interview, and in the face of media pressure, the couple defended Facebook’s recent policy changes in favor of free speech.
Appearing on Friday’s CBS This Morning, legal analyst and constitutional law scholar Jonathan Turley completely shattered the hopes of Democrats and the liberal media that President Trump would be successfully impeached and removed from office. He trashed the proceedings for presenting “the thinnest evidentiary record” and declared the effort was “designed to fail.”
Credit to the journalists at CBS for at least having an alternative voice on. But the hosts at CBS This Morning seemed surpised as Reince Priebus dismissed the Democratic Impeachment efforts. Anthony Mason wondered, “We've heard now a dozen public officials, some of them the President's own appointees, in testimony express serious concerns about his conduct. Should we not believe these career public servants?”
On Wednesday morning, it seemed like all three network morning shows were competing with one another over which could use the most hyperbolic rhetoric to boost the upcoming public impeachment hearings. The words “historic,” “consequential,” and “pivotal” were ascribed to the partisan spectacle as viewers were assured of “the presidency hanging in the balance.”
Over the past couple of weeks, MSNBC, NPR, and CBS have given a mostly unchallenged forum to liberal attorney Benjamin Crump to promote his new book, provocatively titled Open Season: Legalized Genocide Against Colored People, in which he promotes an alarmist view of widespread discrimination against the country's minority population, covering issues from police violence, high incarceration rates, and alleged "voter suppression."
For the second time in two days, CBS This Morning managed to twist a light segment into something political. Co-host Gayle King interviewed Bruce Springsteen, but decided to goad the liberal singer into discussing 2020. After playing a recent clip of Donald Trump King, pressed, “So he's going back to 2016. This is now 2019. Are you surprised that he's trash talking you after all this time?” The journalist prompted, “I mean, a lot of people are very concerned about the direction of the country.”
On Friday, CBS This Morning was fearful of pro-life legislation passed in Louisiana that would require abortion doctors have admitting privileges to hospitals. The coverage sounded the alarm about the move potentially “regulating abortion out of existence” in the state and fretted over the upcoming Supreme Court decision that would determine whether the new law violated Roe v. Wade.