Networks Tout White House Report on Global Warming; Hype the Perils of Climate Change
The broadcast networks all took a climate change study released by the White House and ran with it on Tuesday evening, advancing the administration’s narrative by hyping the threats of climate change while barely quoting any critics. ABC’s coverage was so soft that correspondent Ginger Zee bragged like a groupie that President Obama asked a question of her: “And then something interesting happened, Diane. The President actually asked me a question. He wanted to know which storm was the worst that I had ever covered.” Zee teed up Obama to defend his climate change agenda with this softball: “The new report, the climate situation that we’re in, seems pretty dire. What do you think you can get done in the next two years?” She also relayed the administration’s “excitement” over its agenda: “I spent the whole day here at the White House, and the President and the staff tell me they’re most excited about this, because they think it’s going to help people plan and respond to disasters.”
CNN’s King, Panelists Hit Obama from Left on Climate Change: ‘Why Did They Wait So Long?’
CNN’s John King, along with the AP’s Julie Pace and National Journal’s Ron Fournier, blasted President Obama from the left on Tuesday’s New Day over the issue of climate change. King highlighted Obama’s interviews with meteorologists in order to “push his agenda for climate change,” and wondered, “If the President has this power…through executive authority, and this issue is so important to him, why did they wait so long? Why not do this in the first term?” The two guests seconded the correspondent’s question, with Fournier hyping how the apparent crucial nature of the issue: “…The President has missed an opportunity to really seize one of the most important issues facing our globe – not just our country – and he’s let politics get in the way….you know, he had eight years. Why didn’t you start sooner?”
Networks Eagerly Push White House Climate Change Agenda Ahead of Obama Interviews
On Tuesday, the NBC, ABC, and CBS morning shows all seized on a new climate change report being released by the White House ahead of a slate of interviews with President Obama conducted by network meteorologists. On NBC’s Today, weatherman Al Roker stood in front of the White House holding up a draft copy of the report and proclaimed: “This is why we’re here. This document, the National Climate Assessment Report, it comes out later this morning, and once it does, there are going to be administration officials, scientists around, we’ll be talking with them. And then this afternoon we interview the President of the United States about this report.”
CBS Champions Elizabeth Warren’s New Student Loan Bill; Ignores Plan to Raise Taxes
Tuesday’s CBS Evening News ran a mushy feature on Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s liberal plan to let Americans refinance their student loans by hiking taxes on the wealthy. Anchor Scott Pelley touted: “Today, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill that would for the first time, allow Americans to refinance student loans directly with the federal government at lower interest rates. Anthony Mason tells us debt on U.S. student loans has become an albatross for millions.” Nowhere did CBS explain that Warren would pay for the refinancing through tax hikes. What also went unreported is that Warren’s bill is a Democratic ploy to garner the youth vote in an election year.
CBS Features Lynne Cheney to Talk James Madison, But Hectors on Hillary, Gay Marriage
The hosts of CBS This Morning on Tuesday featured Lynne Cheney to talk about her new book on James Madison. However, predictably, the topics drifted towards a grilling on gay marriage and her daughters’ public spat over the subject. Additionally, Norah O’Donnell rather obviously quizzed Cheney on whether being a Secretary of State, like Madison, would still be a good path for the president in 2016. On the subject of Liz Cheney’s Senate run, O’Donnell lectured, “I do think this was an interesting story, not because it’s two daughters of a prominent vice president, but also because Mary then said that her sister was on the wrong side of history.” She added, “Was Liz on the wrong side of history?” Obviously, it was a painful thing for a mother to see her two daughters fighting publicly. If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, will the co-host bring up painful, personal topics from her marriage?
Censorship: NBC Continues to Hide Obama’s Scandal Impacting Veterans
In another example of censoring a Barack Obama scandal, NBC has ignored the brewing controversy impacting American veterans and a shocking lack of access to hospital care. Though the news of up to 40 patients dying in Arizona has been going on for months, ABC finally covered the story on Tuesday’sGood Morning America, offering a scant 29 seconds. Reporter Amy Robach informed that the President is “standing by his Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” despite a call by the American Legion on Monday for his ouster. CBS This Morning gave it 18 seconds. Robach explained that the nation’s largest veterans group has accused “Secretary Eric Shinseki and his top aides of, quote, ‘poor oversight and failed leadership,’ after reports that as many as 40 patients in Phoenix may have died because of delays in care and allegations that hospitals have tried to cover up other delays.” Despite the controversy, this was the first time Shinseki’s name has been uttered on ABC since his nomination on December 6, 2008. Fox News and CNN have both covered the scandal, but NBC has avoided it.