On Friday afternoon, it became known that as many as 30,000 emails belonging to former IRS official Lois Lerner that were thought to be lost have been recovered. When it came to reporting this story, however, English-language networks ABC and NBC plus Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision have punted on this story and offered no coverage through their Monday evening newscasts. The only network to cover the story thus far was CBS, which devoted only a meager 26 seconds to it during its Saturday morning newscast, CBS This Morning: Saturday.
In the December 1 issue of Time magazine, reporter Michael Scherer promoted Univision anchor Jorge Ramos as “America’s news anchor.” Scherer allowed that the host “is not just a newscaster but also an advocate and agitator.” Yet, his 2410 word story hyped this decidedly liberal style. In the article, readers learn that Ramos wears blue jeans and that the Spanish-language journalist is “a trim 56-year-old in a skinny tie and no camera makeup.”
CNN stood out on Sunday and Monday for actually covering the sex abuse charges against Terry Bean, a “major fundraiser for President Obama,” as correspondent Erin McPike labeled him. The cable network devoted three full segments and two news briefs to the criminal charges against Bean, who is also the co-founder of the left-wing homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign. As of Monday morning, the Big Three networks have yet to cover the story on their morning and evening newscasts.
On Sunday morning, a heated debate broke out on NBC’s Meet the Press between former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson surrounding a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri’s eventual decision on whether or not to bring charges against Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown. During the combative segment, Mayor Giuliani argued that with regards to Ferguson “93 percent of blacks in America are killed by other blacks. We`re talking about the exception here.” Dyson, who is a frequent fill-in host on MSNBC, took particular offense to Giuliani’s comments and insisted that “this is a defensive mechanism of white supremacy at work in your mind, sir.”
President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18 individuals on Monday afternoon with one of them being former NBC Nightly News anchor and reliably liberal supporter Tom Brokaw. During Monday’s NBC Nightly News, current anchor Brian Williams used two teases and a segment by NBC/MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell to hype the ceremony. In one tease, Williams touted Brokaw’s big day at the White House: “When we come back, a near and dear member of the NBC family among those awarded a high honor at the White House today.”
On Wednesday night, CBS and NBC promoted the White House talking point that previous presidential actions on immigration gives President Barack Obama the proper legal authority to enact executive amnesty the evening before a primetime address to the nation on the topic. At no point during the coverage on either network did their reporters mention that this justification is being used despite the President’s previous assertions that he did not have the proper legal means to carry out any sort of mass-reaching executive order on illegal immigration.
According to MSNBC, as long as you tout left-wing talking points, it doesn’t matter what kind of conspiracy theories you subscribe to. Ronan Farrow on Wednesday hyped the “fascinating” views of Jesse Ventura on Wednesday, including his opposition to building the Keystone pipeline. Farrow delicately ignored Ventura’s long-standing embrace of 9/11 trutherism, his support for the idea that the CIA (or LBJ) killed John F. Kenedy and his contention that American citizens are about to be rounded up in prison camps. Instead, regarding Keystone, Farrow enthused over the former Minnesota’s “strong take” on the Keystone vote, adding, “I’m actually fascinated to hear [this].”
While NBC Nightly News has failed to mention Jonathan Gruber’s scandalous comments about ObamaCare for eleven days, Comedy Central’s fake newsman Jon Stewart devoted eight minutes to the controversy on The Daily Show Tuesday night. After playing various clips of Gruber crediting passage of the health care law on the “stupidity of the American voter,” Stewart went a step further by playing a 2006 soundbite of then-Senator Barack Obama hailing Gruber as one of the “brightest minds” at the liberal-leaning Brookings Institution.
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, appeared on Newsmax TV’s The Steve Malzberg Show on Tuesday, November 18 to discuss a variety of issues including the existence of liberal media bias. Speaking specifically on the lack of network news coverage surrounding the Jonathan Gruber controversy, Todd dismissed Malzberg’s assertion that this was an example of media bias and argued “I’m not saying it’s not a story. Look, I’m not in charge of any of those network newscasts. But what is the news today of that? It’s a political story.”
In a surprising twist, ABC’s Good Morning America on Wednesday grilled Barack Obama for flip-flopping on whether he has the legal authority to issue an executive order on immigration. Before playing a clip of Jon Karl grilling White House press secretary Josh Earnest, George Stephanopoulos pointed out: “…The President has suggested in the past that he doesn’t have the kind of power to do this on his own.”
On Tuesday night, NBC Nightly News continued its streak of ignoring comments made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber into an 11th day while ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir finally brought up Gruber’s comments on the “stupidity of the American voter” and the “advantage” of having a “lack of transparency” in getting ObamaCare passed. Anchor David Muir discussed the story for one minute and 16 seconds with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl and described the situation as a “controversy” and labeled Gruber as “one of the architects of ObamaCare” two days after President Obama brushed off Gruber as merely “some adviser who never worked on our staff.”
On Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported that Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of ObamaCare, made more than a dozen visits to visit the White House since “Democrats began drafting the law in 2009.” Despite the latest developments in the Gruber controversy, which contradicts President Obama’s line that Gruber was “some advisor who never worked on our staff,” CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to mention the report, giving it a mere 24 seconds during its Tuesday morning broadcast. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the Journal’s report altogether.
A former adviser to Barack Obama on Tuesday overturned the media narrative, promoted by the President, that Jonathan Gruber was an unimportant, minor figure. The New York Times on Tuesday insisted in an editorial, “Republicans are crowing over Mr. Gruber’s remarks because he has been portrayed as a major architect of the health reform law. In truth, his role was limited.” The health care operative has repeatedly bragged about fooling “stupid” Americans. The paper’s editors lectured, Yet, Steven Rattner, a former Obama administration adviser, countered this narrative on Morning Joe. He blurted, “But I remember that when I was in the White House, he was certainly viewed as an important figure in helping to put Obamacare together.”
Appearing on Fox News’s Special ReportMonday, columnist Charles Krauthammer suggested that the reason President Obama waited a week to comment on the Jonathan Gruber ObamaCare scandal was because the White House knew it could count on the liberal media to ignore the story: “…they’ve had six years experience of the press essentially conspiring with them….the administration issues statements, it uses Gruber reports, it’s echoed by their minions in the press, then repeated by Democrats as if this is objective evidence…” Krauthammer explained: “I think that they calculated the President could go a week without talking about it and then pretend he never heard of it because you wouldn’t hear about it in the press. And in fact, except for Fox, you look at all the networks and you showed that last week, it’s been a blackout.”
In a Tuesday article, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik examined the reason behind Fox News beating every other TV news outlet in the ratings – including NBC, ABC and CBS – during November 4 midterm election coverage: “…it’s time to think seriously about what that says about Fox, CNN, MSNBC, the state of network news today and the role TV plays or doesn’t play in providing us with reliable, trustworthy information.” Zurawik offered one possible explanation: “I think one of the reasons for this latest evolution of ratings dominance might be that Fox was a far better watchdog on the Obama White House than any other TV news organization. It took the heat and the blowback from an administration that showed an enmity for the press not seen on Pennsylvania Avenue since the dark days of Richard Nixon, but it stayed the course. And now with viewers seeing the contempt this administration had for them and the truth, they respect what Fox did the last six years.”
On Monday’sAC360 on CNN, retired Lt. General Russel Honore rebuked the media’s coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding the police shooting of Michael Brown. Anderson Cooper raised how a liberal legal analyst contended that Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s activation of the National Guard, in anticipation of a grand jury decision on the case, was an “escalation of this military-style approach that didn’t work in the first place.” He then asked, “Do you agree with that – that it could, in some ways, do more harm than – than good?”
During Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson enthusiastically promoted the global warming agreement between the United States and China that was announced on Wednesday, but fretted that Republicans were “already putting up roadblocks if congressional action is needed.” Anchor Brian Williams hyped that it was “[a] surprise announcement” and “a history making deal” that will “greatly reduce carbon emissions.” Those generous descriptions segued into Thompson’s report as she mentioned that deal between the two nations that were responsible for “producing 39 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases last year.”
All three networks on Wednesday offered excited descriptions about a global warming deal struck with China by the Obama administration. According to Good Morning America’s Jim Avila, the President’s Asian visit was supposed to end with “toasts to the landmark global warming agreement.” In a follow-up story, Amy Robach parroted the President’s claim that it is a “breakthrough climate deal with China.” On CBS This Morning, Norah O’Donnell hyped, “President Obama will arrive in Myanmar this hour after striking a major deal with China on climate change.”
Major broadcast network NBC broke its silence and joined fellow networks ABC and CBS on Wednesday night in covering the news that the Alaska Senate race has been called with Republican challenger Dan Sullivan being declared the winner over Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Begich. NBC Nightly News aired a 23-second news brief on the election result, which gives the GOP at least 53 Senate seats in the next Congress, with a 54th seat possible if Republican Congressman and challenger Bill Cassidy defeats Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu in the runoff election on December 6 in Louisiana.
ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening newscasts on Wednesday glossed over the radical left-wing ideology of the Turkish protesters who assaulted three U.S. sailors in Istanbul earlier in the day. ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported that the “the attackers [are] members of an ultra-nationalist group called the Turkish Youth Union, angry at what it calls ‘American imperialism.'” NBC’s Brian Williams underlined that “these were apparently the actions of a fringe group.”
During a discussion on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the disparaging comments ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber made about the law’s passage and the “stupidity” of voters, New York Times writer and substitute Cycle co-host Josh Barro sought to defend him by blasting the expectations that Americans have about health care as “completely incoherent” and lying was the only solution to make them happy. Barro told fellow panelists and guest Lauren Fox of National Journal that “what drives me crazy about this story” is “Jonathan Gruber was right. Public opinion on health care policy is just completely incoherent.”
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator ofMeet the Press, appeared on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday November 11, to promote his new book The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. During his appearance, the NBC host defended Obama’s 2008 speech in which then-candidate Obama claimed “bitter Americans” “cling to guns or religion.” Todd argued that Obama’s “just observing the way an anthropologist would observe a society.”
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, just released his latest book The Stranger: Barack Obama In the White House chronicling the Democrat’s first six years as president. While much of the book details the numerous political battles the administration was engaged in, three excerpts from the book are quite striking. Not only does Chuck Todd concede that MSNBC is openly leftist, the NBC host writes that “perhaps most frustrating to Team Obama was that even their allies weren’t always allies.”
On Monday, the White House announced that President Obama would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBC Nightly News anchor and current special correspondent Tom Brokaw – among other 2014 recipients. Today news anchor Natalie Morales touted the announcement on Tuesday, noting: “Obama said in a statement, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” Brokaw has repeatedly taken the opportunity to boost or defend Barack Obama throughout his presidency. That made it no surprise that the commander-in-chief would want to reward such a loyal media supporter.
On Thursday night, ABC and NBC continued to make no mention of a damning report byUSA Today that the Obama administration covered up the release of illegal immigrants from prisons who had committed numerous violent crimes, including rape and murder. At the conclusion of the morning newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today had no coverage while CBS This Morning mentioned it in a news brief that lasted for just 21 seconds. By the time the evening newscasts had aired, ABC’sWorld News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News followed their morning counterparts and said nothing about the report.
ABC and NBC on Thursday ignored a shocking new report from USA Today that the Obama administration has covered up the release of illegals involved with rapes and murders. Only CBS This Morning covered the story, managing a mere 20 seconds. Co-host Charlie Rose explained, “The White House told Congress that 2,200 people released from immigration jails last year had only minor criminal records, but records obtained show some of them face charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, and homicide.”
Talking to a Canadian member of Parliament on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell wondered about the threat of bigotry in that country’s reaction to a terrorist shooting. Comparing Canada to the United States, she worried, “But do you fear, do you worry that there is going to be this reaction as, frankly, we had after 9/11?” Except, that’s not what happened after 9/11, at least in regards to Muslims.
After being “roundly criticized” for laughing at audio of Bristol Palin’s account of being assaulted by a man and thrown to the ground, CNN’s Carol Costello issued an apology to the Palin family. On Thursday, Politico.com posted the apology sent from Costello: “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.” On the October 22 edition of CNN Newsroom the anchor initially said of the audio: “I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across…Sit back and enjoy.”
On Thursday’sSquawk Box on CNBC, host Joe Kernen cited the Media Research Center’s latest study showing the Big Three network evening newscasts have barely noticed the anti-Obama midterm election of 2014 but provided wall-to-wall coverage in 2006: “…they breathlessly reported the Democratic takeover of Capitol Hill in the anti-Bush election of 2006….the coverage of this current situation, 6 to 1 disparity. There were 159 stories about the Democrats taking over in 2006. There have been 25 on the Big Three this [year].” The business network’s chief Washington correspondent John Harwood quickly tried to dismiss the finding: “Well, look, I don’t know what data they were using for that….2006 was an election where you had a dominant overriding issue, and that was the Iraq war. Which was extremely controversial, in everybody’s face. This is an election where there isn’t a dominant issue. You’ve got a whole bunch of little issues.”
Liberal View co-host (and 9/11 truther) Rosie O’Donnell wasted no time on Thursday in taking the shooting in Canada and spinning it into a plea for gun control in America. The comedienne cited a comment from model Chrissy Teigen. On Wednesday, Teigan tweeted, “Active shooting in Canada or as we call it in America, Wednesday.” O’Donnell raved, “I thought it was brilliant.” The co-host compared, “But 86 people are killed a day are killed in America with guns. And you know what, that is terrorism here.”
On Monday night, ABC and NBC offered segments on Monica Lewinsky’s first public comments in years that came during a conference in Philadelphia for millennials by Forbes and explained how she was the first victim of cyberbullying during her affair with then-President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. During the segment that aired on NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell declared that the “timing” of Lewinsky speaking out now (in hopes of becoming an advocate against cyberbullying) “couldn’t be worse for Bill and Hillary Clinton.”
With the midterm elections two weeks away from Tuesday, the major broadcast networks on Monday night ignored gaffes from Democratic Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as both seek to make up deficits against their Republican opponents Cory Gardner and Greg Abbott, respectively. On Friday, Udall conducted an interview with Denver’s ABC affiliate and he told the reporter that he was “brain-dead” after being asked to name his favorite books and types of music. Udall also inquired during the middle of the segment if “[w]e could play this over, right, I mean re-tape this” when he clearly became stumped and couldn’t answer a few basic questions about himself.
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, appeared on Sunday’sMeet the Press and did her best to make excuses for potential Democratic losses in the November midterm elections. Speaking to moderator Chuck Todd, Mitchell complained that the “Texas Supreme Court decision on Saturday morning is going to be really telling, if there are more voter restrictions placed in some of those states, it’s going to be really hard for Democrats.”
After citing numerous Republicans on the campaign trail criticizing the Obama administration’s handling of the ebola crisis, on Thursday, MSNBC Daily Rundown host Craig Melvin condemned such criticism as “the politics of fear” and “irresponsible.” NBC’s senior political editor Mark Murray agreed with Melvin’s accusation: “You know, Craig, we’ve seen the politics of fear work in the past. In 2002, right after the 9/11 attacks, that was a dominant story. Republicans were able to capitalize right after 9/11. The 2004 presidential election was largely fought on the politics of fear. And this honestly is terrain where the Republican Party’s a lot more comfortable in having debates with the Democratic Party.”
CBS and NBC continued on Thursday night to harp on the so-called refusal of Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott to initially debate his opponent, Democrat and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, on Wednesday because of Crist’s usage of a fan that broke the rules of the debate. After each of the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) mentioned it on their morning newscasts, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News aired new segments and included NBC’s Brian Williams stating that what transpired on Wednesdaynight “may say more about the broken state of our politics these days than we’d like to admit.”
On Thursday morning, all three network morning shows hyped Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to appear on stage for a scheduled debate with his Democratic opponent, former Governor Charlie Crist, due to the appearance of an unapproved fan. Despite the “big three” enthusiastically covering the Republican governor’s “Fangate” episode, the networks have repeatedly refused to cover political controversies from Democrats running for office this year. The Florida Republican eventually came on stage and the debate began as scheduled, but that didn’t stop the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) from jumping on the incident with NBC’s Matt Lauer playing it up as “an awkward moment that’s blowing up online today.”
As of Thursday morning, NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the New York Times’s front-page article on Wednesday about Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons stockpiles in Iraq, which were discovered by U.S. forces after the Iraq War. NBC was quick to cast doubt on the existence of these WMD’s during the immediate aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion. Ann Curry asked a wounded soldier in April 2003, “Are you angry that what you were on a mission to protect America against weapons of mass destruction [which] may never have existed?” The network’s Big Three competitors did cover the liberal newspaper’s scoop on their Wednesday morning show. ABC’s Good Morning America gave the story a minimal amount of air time – 25 seconds.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”~Thoreau