ABC's World News Tonight stood out as the only Big Three evening newscast on Thursday to cover the revelation that a Russian police officer physically attacked an American diplomat as he entered the U.S. embassy in Moscow. Martha Raddatz spotlighted the "really astonishing" incident, where "the diplomat was assaulted the second he went up the steps; and then, had to fight and struggle to get himself inside to safety." She also pointed out the context of the recent "ear-shattering close encounters between Russian jets and U.S. warships."
In the moments following FBI Director James Comey’s announcement on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton should not face criminal charges for her private e-mail servers scandal, the cast assembled by ABC News hailed the “extraordinary decision” as “a momentous day” signaling that “a cloud is lifted” for Clinton to continue on with the presidential race and President Obama to give his own thoughts on the matter.
It is not a theory that delegating the protection of our embassy and military personnel to other countries risks lives. It is a reality bathed in American blood. The latest reports on Benghazi released this week underscore the persistent dangers of outsourcing security.
A few segments after MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews questioned why terrorists often turn to bombs as their weapons of choice, Matthews surprisingly hammered Democratic Congressman and possible Clinton running mate Xavier Becerra on the Benghazi Committee’s findings about the administration’s inability to save Americans trapped at the ill-fated consulate.
The “big three” networks continue to refuse to report on the US State Department’s manipulation of archived video, even after Secretary of State John Kerry publically demanded answers. The State Department has since announced that it is expanding its investigation into who ordered the video edited. “The state department is reversing course, saying it will investigate who ordered a cut to a 2013 state department briefing,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reported Wednesday on Special Report.
Each of the “big three” networks conducted interviews with Hillary Clinton that aired on their Wednesday evening newscasts, but they dramatically fell short in providing any sort of challenge in contrast to hardball questions from CNN’s Anderson Cooper and the Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier that they fired off in their interviews.
CNN’s The Lead host Jake Tapper devoted a segment for the second time in a week to blasting the State Department’s persistent issues with transparency on Monday as this one dealt with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning Hillary Clinton that won’t be fulfilled until after the November presidential election.
In her first TV interview since the State Department admitted to having intentionally deleted portions of a State Department press briefing, former State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki met the wrath of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Friday afternoon as he minced no words in calling out Psaki and her predecessors for lying about the Iran nuclear agreement.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell commended CNN's Jake Tapper for running "the risk of ruining" his career to demand "accountability from the State Department" in light of "four separate lies told by the State Department" concerning the Iran nuclear deal and subsequent scrubbing of video from a press briefing.
During his “Buried Lead” segment on Thursday’s The Lead, CNN host Jake Tapper presented an incredibly thorough takedown of the State Department for not only aspects of the Iran nuclear deal but also their lies concerning intentional editing of press briefing videos dating back to 2013 concerning the deal.
Manipulating video to hide the truth seems to be all the rage in politics these days and so is the liberal media’s refusal cover it. “President Obama's State Department is admitting tonight that it deliberately edited out of its video records an exchange between our Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen and the department's then spokeswoman [Jen Psaki],” reported Fox News’ Bret Baier, Wednesday evening's Special Report. And all evening news broadcasts from the big three networks completely ignored it.
Late Tuesday afternoon, CNN and MSNBC were both granted interviews with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and while both had to nearly identical run times (seven minutes and 44 seconds on CNN versus seven minutes and 47 seconds on MSNBC), the two differed on a variety of issues ranging from Clinton’s e-mail scandal to her refusal to hold a press conference to the VA scandal.