CBS This Morning’s Gayle King is seriously concerned that the United States of America might soon turn into the dystopian, dictatorial nightmare of the far-left Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale. Interviewing the show’s star, Elisabeth Moss, on Monday, King admitted that she “worries” “a lot” about America going in the direction of direction of the show.
Democratic presidential candidates had it super easy when they showed up for interviews on cable and network shows this past month. Candidates like Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and Pete Buttieg were greeted by hosts who bragged about owning their campaign t-shirts and asked them hard-hitting questions like “are you too nice?” and “what can we do better” to help your candidacy? Those same news outlets trashed Donald Trump as “sociopath” whose rhetoric has ramped up a “body count” of dead children. The following are the most obnoxious moments of media bias over the last month.
As President Trump began his state visit to the United Kingdom on Monday, all three network morning shows made sure to emphasize protests against his visit and were particularly excited by the return of a giant balloon depicting the President as a baby. The coverage echoed media reporting from Trump’s last visit to London in 2018, when the networks hyped how he was given a “not-so-royal welcome” by left-wing demonstrators.
In the wake of the parent companies of NBC, ABC, and CBS joining the Hollywood effort to bully the state of Georgia into abandoning pro-life legislation, on Friday, all three network morning shows continued providing biased pro-abortion coverage while reporting on the contentious political issue.
CBS This Morning journalists on Friday warned of a “scary time for a lot of people” as several states are “one closure away from having zero [abortion] clinics.” Reporter Anna Werner also hinted that states such as Georgia would regret their pro-life legislation: “But some states with so-called heartbeat bans are seeing the cost of passing those laws.”
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Thursday looked for coded, “embedded” messages from Robert Mueller that might have been calls for impeachment. They found clues indicating that the retiring special counsel “wants” Democrats “to do it.” Co-host Tony Dokoupil divined hidden meanings, asking reporter Major Garrett: “What words stood out to you? What messages were embedded in those remarks?” Garrett defined the prosecutor’s remarks as styled after a Jeopardy questions: “There’s a process other than the Justice Department to charge a sitting president. What’s the answer? The answer is impeachment.”
The hosts at CBS This Morning on Wednesday cheerleaded for Planned Parenthood, hyping that “donations are going up” and offering softballs to the abortion provider’s president. The journalists offered no push back when Leana Wen repeated the organization’s misleading claim about cancer screenings.
Actor Bryan Cranston joined Friday’s CBS This Morning to promote his leading role as the Howard Beale in the legendary movie-turned-play Network and offered some astute, unbiased observations about the need to take in a variety of news sources, recognizing that news producers make judgment calls (often using their own biases) on “what’s news,” and the industry’s commercialization.
As the saying goes, “all politics is local.” That sentiment seemed to seep into CBS News’s Thursday reports on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio throwing his hat into the 2020 race. In both flagship morning and evening newscasts, anchors and reporters alike mocked the Democratic candidate. During CBS This Morning, co-host John Dickerson quipped: “Bill de Blasio is the answer to what question that isn’t being [asked]?”
With the chaos engulfing CBS over the last couple years, it was announced that a new line-up of hosts will take over CBS This Morning on Monday. Gayle King will stay, but Tony Dokoupil and Anthony Mason will be added, which does not bode well for the show's dwindling objectivity. On Tuesday Mason appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to brag about how he had campaigned for Democrat President Lyndon Johnson... at age eight.
One of the two shooters at a high school in Colorado hated Christians, Republicans and praised Barack Obama. Yet none of the networks have, so far, covered his angry social media posts. This is in contrast to other occasions when they have tried to pin violence on conservative ideology.
The journalists at CBS This Morning scored an exclusive interview with former FBI Director James Comey. So what did they do with the time? They read back quotes from Comey to Comey. Though there was the occasional attempt at challenging the fired FBI director, the hosts often seemed impressed just to be talking to him.