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.
Following a full report on Thursday touting secret audio tapes of an October 2017 NFL meeting to discuss the League’s handling of national anthem protests, the hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America pleaded for a team to sign the player at the center of the controversy, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Since Friday, the liberal media had been foaming at the mouth after President Trump made a series of comments arguing that athletes who disrespected the American flag by kneeling should be either fired or suspended. Come Sunday, two of the Big Three Networks (ABC and NBC) were eager to smear the President with claims of racism and assertions that he was on the wrong side of the issue.
CBS This Morning was the sole Big Three morning newscast on Monday to not cover the assault allegation against former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer that emerged over the weekend. By contrast, NBC's Today aired a full two-plus minute report on Spitzer "facing another potentially embarrassing scandal," as Kristen Dahlgren put it. ABC's Good Morning America gave a brief on the story, but didn't mention Spitzer's party ID.
Between Monday night and Tuesday morning, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC covered the news that a golf outing by President Obama at a course in Hawaii forced a Army to move their wedding location after planning to have it on the 16th tee.
While they covered the news, each network made sure their were plenty of laughs and golf-related puns throughout their 12 minutes and 4 seconds of coverage that included “golf diplomacy,” “no one was teed off,” and “the golf club owner really missed the fairway.”
Despite the newest revelation in the Veterans Affairs scandal on Thursday that one in ten veterans have to wait at least one month before they can get an appointment to see a doctor, CBS and NBC refused to cover the latest news in both their evening news shows on Thursday night as well as their morning shows on Friday morning.
ABC News only gave 14 seconds of coverage to the issue in a news brief during the 7:00 am hour on Friday’s Good Morning America. CBS News chose to instead publish an article about it on their website Thursday afternoon. [MP3 audio here; Video below]
ABC, CBS, and NBC have largely punted in covering the protests against the leftist government in Venezuela. Since Monday, only NBC Nightly News has devoted a full report on the demonstrations in the South American country. Altogether, NBC has aired just over two minutes of reporting on the story. Brian Williams also stood out for explicitly mentioning the political ideology of the regime: "Many...are feeling increasingly let down by the socialist government." [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]
The network's Big Three competitors trail far behind in their coverage, with CBS only mentioning the protests during a 24-second news brief on Wednesday's CBS This Morning. The network's evening newscast, CBS Evening News, has yet to cover the story. ABC has devoted three news briefs on its morning and evening newscasts since Wednesday, for a total of 52 seconds of air time.