Of the three network morning shows on Friday, only NBC’s Today made any mention of President Obama being criticized over his slow response to the terrorist group ISIS taking over Iraq. Co-host Savannah Guthrie raised the issue to chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd: “Listen to the President last night, his reluctance to get into Iraq is palpable. But on the other hand, he’s facing criticism, I think you’re reporting from all quarters, that maybe he waited too long to do anything and now we see ISIS in an even more dangerous position.” Todd replied: “For months, some could argue for more than a year, there has been pressure on him from the intelligence community, from military commanders, to say, ‘You have to do something about ISIS, they’re marching’….he’s been dragged into this. He doesn’t want to do it.”
On Thursday, August 7, Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) formally announced that he will not run for a full term in the Senate following revelations that he plagiarized large portions of his master’s thesis from the Army War College. Despite Walsh’s announcement, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, NBC) have yet to cover the story during their 19 hours of air time from Thursday night through Sunday morning. In fact, CBS has been the only network to even cover the initial plagiarism story, giving it a mere 31 seconds during its CBS This Morning broadcast on July 24.
During their Thursday evening and Friday morning newscasts, ABC, CBS and NBC all failed to report news that a scandal-plagued Democratic U.S. Senator from Montana dropped his campaign for a full term, leaving the seat as a likely Republican takeover in the 2014 midterms. Senator John Walsh abandoned his campaign on Thursday, two weeks after the New York Times reported that he plagiarized extensive sections of his master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College. With the networks avoiding the story, it was left to CNN’s New Day to offer a brief amount of Friday morning coverage.
Reid Cherlin, an Assistant Press Secretary during the first two years plus of the Obama administration, managed to deliver two laugh-worthy howlers in a piece for Rolling Stoneposted this past Monday: “Barack Obama never had reporters eating out of his hand the way that right-wingers love to allege.” And: “I…believe he’ll be remembered as an excellent President.”
The Big Three networks steered clear of labeling the Islamist group ISIS “terrorists” on their evening newscasts on Friday. Instead, ABC’s World News and CBS Evening News labeled the genocidal radicals “militants.” NBC Nightly News used the more benign “rebels” in their coverage of the group’s latest attacks on the Kurdish part of Iraq.
On August 6, Cliff May of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies charged that while the media have filled their stories on the current conflict in Gaza with “pictures of neighborhoods reduced to rubble, with Palestinian men, women and children in desperate circumstances,” they have been negligent in telling their audiences that Hamas has been “deploying civilians as human shields, storing missiles in mosques and UN schools, setting up command posts in hospitals, using ambulances to ferry terrorists to battle, and children to dig tunnels.” One reason for this bias, according to May is Hamas’ intimidation of journalists.
NBC’s Mitchell Scolds Obama Claiming U.S. Lacked Intelligence on ISIS: ‘The White House Wasn’t Listening’
Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, had some surprisingly harsh words for the Obama Administration in the wake of the militant group ISIS holding thousands of religious minorities hostage near the northern Iraq city of Irbil. Speaking on Meet the Press on Sunday, August 10, Mitchell proclaimed that regarding Isis “there was intelligence. And to say that they were shocked by the Peshmerga on Saturday night being routed is a farce. The White House wasn’t listening.”
Gene Simmons is tired of watching the world walk all over the President. On Thursday’s edition of FNC’s Outnumbered, the frontman for the rock band Kiss railed against Barack Obama: “I think that our president is not being a leader. He is not stepping up and drawing the line in the sand and sticking to it.”