On Thursday night, NBC continued to shower praise in the direction of President Barack Obama’s move to normalize relations with the communist country of Cuba and brush off any criticism of the policy shift. NBC Nightly News had two additional segments on Cuba that, with a tease in the program’s opening, totaled 5 minutes and 12 seconds, but only 28 seconds of that involved mentioning those against the move.
During the five minutes of coverage that Thursday’s NBC Today provided on President Obama reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba, only twenty-three seconds was devoted to critics of the controversial move. In addition, the only opponent featured was Republican Senator Marco Rubio, despite Democratic Senator Robert Menendez equally condemning the presidential action. At the top of the show, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “New era. The President’s surprise move to restore U.S. relations with Cuba after fifty years of hostility. A history-making decision being praised by some, criticized by others.” Such a tease would suggest equal time to both sides on the issue, but a sixteen-second soundbite of Rubio was relegated to the end of a report from correspondent Andrea Mitchell.
The journalists of Good Morning America on Thursday cheered Barack Obama’s efforts to “help thaw a Cold War” and offered little in the way of criticism for the President’s actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Reporter Jim Avila hyped, “Well soon many more Americans will be able to hop a plane to Havana, take a tour, even legally buy one of those famous cigars.” The words “human rights” were not uttered until the 8am hour. Co-host George Stephanopoulos enthused over “the American held prisoner in Havana whose dramatic release helped thaw a Cold War.” Robin Roberts touted, “Now to that historic announcement, the U.S. restoring relations with Cuba, ending the 50-year Cold War.” Avila informed viewers that “church bells [are] ringing out in celebration in Havana.”
World News anchor David Muir on Wednesday scored an exclusive interview with Barack Obama to talk about normalizing relations with Cuba. While Muir offered a couple pointed questions about the poor human rights record of the communist nation, he mostly lobbed softballs, such as this: “How soon do you see Cuba coming off that list?”
On Thursday, CBS This Morning interviewed Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and supporter of President Obama, to discuss whether or not the president made the right call in normalizing relations between the United States and Cuba. Despite Powell being an open supporter of Obama, CBS ignored his close ties to the president. Instead, co-host Charlie Rose introduced him by noting how “President George W. Bush supported the economic embargo on Cuba, so did the Secretary of State during his first term, Colin Powell. The retired Army General is with us from Washington.”
On Wednesday, David Gergen ranked a supposed foreign policy accomplishment of President Obama higher than the killing of Osama bin Laden during CNN’s special coverage of the Democrat’s “historic..decision to restore full diplomatic relations with Cuba.” Gergen contended that “ultimately, he’s going to be judged very favorably by history…on climate change. It probably is the most significant thing he’s done – the breakthrough he had with China – and if he can get the world to a better agreement, that’s going to go down as a major legacy.”
In addition to its slanted coverage of the news regarding Cuba, NBC Nightly News on Thursday offered up a biased segment against the growing transportation company Uber by using two incidents involving its drivers to conclude that Uber’s currently experiencing “a rough ride” over “increasing concerns” regarding safety. NBC News correspondent Janet Shamlian only interviewed two individuals during her entire two-minute-and-19-second segment, with both being firmly against Uber and using the company as well.
During an exclusive interview with former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams felt that it was worth creating a moral equivalency by asking Hayden to explain “how” the United States is “better than our enemies morally” following the release of a report about the CIA’s use of “torture” following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Minutes later, Williams also attempted to bait Hayden into condemning the CIA and its actions by proposing a scenario where, “god forbid, members of your family, had to undergo some of the treatments we are reading about in this report.”
On Tuesday night, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley did little to hide his liberal bias when it came to supporting the release of the report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing the use of “torture” by the agency on terrorists following the 9-11 terrorist attacks. In addition to asking CBS News contributor and former acting CIA Director Mike Morell if he felt “ashamed” after the release of the report Tuesday, the program aired over two minutes of a 2007 interview Pelley conducted for 60 Minutes in which he clashed with former CIA Director George Tenet on the subject of enhanced interrogation methods.
After a month in which NBC Nightly News gave more prominence to ugly Christmas sweaters, grape salad, Al Roker’s 34-hour weather report, and a live broadcast of Peter Pan starring Brian Williams’ daughter, Allison, a House hearing with Jonathan Gruber prompted the broadcast to finally discover him. On Tuesday evening, NBC’s evening newscast acknowledged the name Jonathan Gruber for the first time and his insulting comments regarding ObamaCare a full 32 days after the group American Commitment unearthed the first Gruber video on November 7.
Tuesday’s congressional hearing that featured Jonathan Gruber being grilled about his controversial ObamaCare remarks was carried live by Fox News for 54 minutes, and 53 seconds. CNN and MSNBC didn’t bother to air any of the hearing live. The hearing lasted from 9:30am ET to about 1:35 pm ET, but the total amount of the Gruber hearing shown during that time on CNN and MSNBC came in the form of a handful of soundbites of Gruber’s apology.
The campaign’s worst-kept secret was uncovered when the Kansas City Star, on Sunday, reported that Democrats had financially backed so-called independent candidate Greg Orman in his race to unseat Republican incumbent Senator Pat Roberts. The facade that Orman was an independent was kept up, throughout the campaign, by supposedly shrewd political reporters at ABC, CBS and NBC — even after Democratic candidate Chad Taylor had dropped out in early September.
Last Friday, a Democrat-led investigation failed to find evidence linking Chris Christie to the 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. After initially ignoring the report, ABC allowed 16 seconds on Friday night’s World News. Anchor David Muir briefly deemed this “welcome news” for the New Jersey Governor and possible 2016 contender. On day one of the report, NBC offered 17 seconds and CBS managed 15 seconds on Christie’s clearing. The grand total amounts to a scant 48 seconds. In comparison, the first day of the Bridgegate investigation back in January netted 34 and a half minutes, a 43-to-1 disparity.
Appearing on MSNBC’s NewsNation on Tuesday, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel took the Democrat-controlled Senate Intelligence Committee to task for its so-called “torture report” slamming CIA interrogation tactics used against terrorist detainees: “I think this is really about changing the narrative of American history….everyone in the world knew what was going on, including by the way, the Senate, which is now pretending to be a bit of a babe in the woods.” Engel reiterated: “They knew what was going on at the time and in many cases were quite happy with the intelligence they were getting. I think this is about rewriting the narrative of history.”
On Monday night, ABC News continued to report on the impending release of a report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation methods as though partisanship had no role when, in fact, Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are the very reason it was compiled and will be released. Following a morning in which ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’sToday made no mention of the political reasoning, ABC kept the streak going on World News Tonight with David Muir with another report from ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz.
On Monday, ABC and NBC’s morning newscasts both touted the upcoming congressional report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation techniques as “explosive” and “damning.” However, neither network pointed out that it was Democratic members on the Senate Intelligence Committee that commissioned the document. By contrast, CBS This Morningreported that “Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are set to release a controversial report on the CIA.”
According to retired ABC News journalist Ann Compton, Barack Obama launches into “profanity-laced” tirades against the press in off-the-record meetings with reporters. In a C-SPAN interview, Compton also derided the President for leading “the most opaque” administration of “any I have covered.” The journalist, who retired in August after a 40-year career, revealed to C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb: “I have seen in the last year Barack Obama really angry twice. Both were off the record times. One, profanity-laced where he thought the press was making too much of scandals that he did not think were scandals.”
On NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, moderator Chuck Todd fretted that after the show he would be inundated with complaints about his news coverage, but not from conservatives: “I’m going to get a ton of emails today, ‘Gosh darn you, Meet the Press, great news on the economy, and you haven’t done anything giving President Obama praise.'” CNBC’s Rick Santelli pushed back on Todd’s assertion that there was “great news on the economy”: “It is great improvement and we’ve come a long way, but remember, let’s not get too happy about six-year cures for two-year flus. We’ve been long out of this recession. A lot of people aren’t cheering.”
Appearing on Monday’s NBC Today, ex-CNN host Piers Morgan called on Time magazine to name the Ferguson protesters as the publication’s “Person of the Year” for 2014: “If you ask me what has been the single biggest issue facing Americans right now in this country, it is the whole issue surrounding what happened there….Everyone’s got to come together and say we are simply better than this.” Earlier, co-host Matt Lauer brought up the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, prompting Morgan to proclaim: “I feel very concerned about that whole process, as many people do. Look, you cannot have a situation where you have two unarmed people in America who are basically killed by police officers and the police officers concerned are simply not held to account….these guys haven’t even been cross-examined and I find that an unfathomable thing.”
On Saturday night, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.) lost her bid for reelection to Congressman Bill Cassidy (R-La.) by nearly 12 points and some liberals decided to blame her defeat on white racists who hate President Obama. Appearing on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart on Monday morning, Aisha Moodie-Mills of the Center for American Progress insisted that “the reality, and every single poll shows this, is that Democrats have completely lost the south because white people are running away from Barack Obama and this African-American man who is occupying the White House.”
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director, one again played the role of Hillary Clinton apologist as he defended the former Secretary of State from suggestions that she doesn’t understand the challenges facing the average American. Speaking to his panel, Todd argued that Hillary’s inability to connect with voters was “not necessarily her fault. I mean, she’s had Secret Service protection for 22 years. That is tough.” Todd’s comments came in response to clips of former Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) and Ms. Clinton speaking about the challenges of political life. The Meet the Pressmoderator excused Ms. Clinton’s problem relating to voters and pointed out that for “twenty-two years, she hasn’t walked alone.”
In case MSNBC viewers didn’t understand that Ted Cruz is the new Joe McCarthy, Hardball’s Chris Matthews on Thursday repeated the attack four times. Smearing the Texas Republican as unhinged and paranoid is a favorite of Matthews. This time, the host lashed out against Cruz’s opposition to Barack Obama’s executive order amnesty. At 7:35, Matthews jeered, “Big surprise there. Joe McCarthy is at it again.” Five minutes later, at 7:40, the cable host ranted about “this plan by the new Joe McCarthy which is always to blame the government as lawless.”
On Sunday, CNN’s Inside Politics spent several minutes hyping the supposed headache Tea Partiers could give GOP leadership despite the Republican Party winning their 54th Senate seat following Saturday’s runoff in Louisiana. During the discussion, Robert Costa of The Washington Post insisted that Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is trying “to govern responsibly and he wants to set the party up for major gains in ’16. And that started in 2014 by pushing back the Tea Party and it starts now by making sure that all the passions and eagerness in the House don’t overtake the party.”
During a panel discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report argued that the reason comprehensive immigration reform wasn’t getting passed was because of the racial makeup of House Republican districts: “Here’s the problem with the House, at the end of the day, the House does not look like the country.” CNBC’s Rick Santelli, immediately pushed back: “Who sent them there? Come on!” Walter continued: “Well, that’s right, they sit in districts – no listen, the average House – the average House Republican district is 75% white.” Moderator Chuck Todd chimed in his agreement: “That’s the problem.”
When the now-retracted article by the Rolling Stone magazine about a brutal gang rape of a first-year student at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house at the University of Virginia was published on November 19, the major broadcast networks rushed to the story and devoted multiple segments to both the article and reaction on the school’s campus. In doing so, they failed to point out its flaws that brought an apology from the liberal magazine on Friday afternoon after it came to realize that many of the key facts in the story were in doubt.
In January, the networks deluged Americans with coverage on Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, offering a staggering 88 minutes in less than 48 hours. Late on Thursday night, a Democrat-led investigation failed to find evidence conclusively linking the New Jersey governor to the 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. On Friday morning, CBS and NBC allowed a scant 32 seconds to this important development.
Back in January, when the Bridgegate scandal surfaced, CNN offered wall-to-wall coverage totaling just over eight hours and 35 minutes of coverage on its first full day and featured the Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, at the center of it all. So, when news surfaced on early Friday morning that a Democrat-led investigation cleared Christie of any wrongdoing, CNN chose to adopt a different approach and all but ignore this news. Through 5:30pm ET, the cable network had spent a scant 26 seconds on the report’s exoneration of Christie.
On Monday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS and NBC each spent portions of their evening newscasts reporting on the resignation of a House Republican staffer after she criticized Sasha and Malia Obama on her personal Facebook page. This marks the second full day of coverage since the first reports aired on Sunday morning and provides another example of a media double-standard between Democratic and Republican administrations. During theCBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante characterized what GOP aide Elizabeth Lauten wrote as a “snarky posting” which anchor Scott Pelley said “sparked a firestorm.”
Between Sunday and Monday, all three broadcast networks devoted full reports to a Republican congressional staffer criticizing the Obama daughters on her personal Facebook page. On ABC’s Good Morning America on Sunday, host Dan Harris proclaimed: “The online outrage over an attack on President Obama’s daughters. A Republican congressional staffer posting a rant on Facebook about the way Sasha and Malia looked and acted at this moment here during the White House turkey pardoning the other day.” In the report that followed, correspondent Gloria Riviera touted “Twitter responding swiftly” and cited a tweet calling for Lauten’s firing.
On Monday’s At This Hour, CNN’s Brian Stelter brushed aside a regular conservative critique about the media – that the press has a double standard about covering controversial remarks from Republican/conservative officials, while ignoring similar comments from Democrats/liberals. Stelter, replying to a Republican flack’s attack on the news coverage of GOP staffer Elizabeth Lauten’s critique of the Obama daughters, asserted that “this was about a slow news cycle. There was…a void of stuff to talk about over the weekend….So, I think that has a lot to do with it.”
ObamaCare has yet another problem, but one wouldn’t know it from the networks. ABC and NBC on Monday ignored a new Washington Post report finding that small businesses are not embracing the President’s health care law. CBS This Morning covered the story, but only for a scant 15 seconds. Anchor Charlie Rose revealed, “The Washington Post says small businesses are showing little interest in ObamaCare.” He added, “The Small Business Health Option program’s web page had 200,000 hits in its first week. One and a half million people visited healthcare.gov for individuals.”
During a speech in Baltimore on Saturday, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan justified the violence that took place in Ferguson, Missouri in the aftermath of the grand jury decision and called on African-Americans to “die for something” and “tear this goddamn country up” as peaceful protests only benefit “white folks.” Since Farrakhan’s remarks at Morgan State University became public, the major broadcast networks have all ignored the story completely in both their respective morning and evening newscasts.
In speech at the National Press Club on Tuesday, New York’s senior Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer expressed regret over how Democrats handled their large majorities following the 2008 election in passing ObamaCare when they should have focused first on economic issues to address the recession. Since then, the remarks have received no coverage from any of the “big three” — ABC, CBS, and NBC — on either their respective morning or evening newscasts in a situation that undoubtedly would not be the case if a Republican Senator had expressed doubts about an initiative passed and carried out by a Republican-controlled Congress and White House.
During his MSNBC show on Wednesday night, Ed Schultz and guest Mike Papantonio devoted five minutes to promoting, among other things, their beliefs that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson “crafted his answers” to the grand jury and in his interview with ABC News “to match the law” and that Fox News, the tea party, and conservatives will soon want their “made-for-TV folk hero” in Wilson to run for Congress and appear on Dancing with the Stars.
On Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency is set to issue new regulations on ozone emissions by factories which could cost the U.S. economy billions of dollars in lost economic growth. Despite the potential harm these regulations could have to the U.S. economy, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether on their Wednesday morning broadcasts. CBS This Morning provided a 17 second news brief but failed to mention the economic harm associated with the agency’s action.
Someone at CBS News is obsessed with pot. This Morning on Wednesday again touted the wonder of legalized marijuana in Colorado. Co-host Jeff Glor enthused, “…Shoppers are already hearing about Green Friday bargains. The green is for marijuana.” An ABC graphic promoted, “Merry Marijuana: Pot Merchants Cash in on Christmas Cannabis.” With no hint of controversy, reporter Manuel Bojorquez promoted the marijuana industry’s alternative to Black Friday discounts. Sounding like a PR flack, he hyped, “At the Dixie Elixir Marijuana Company here in Denver, workers are busy preparing a special holiday edible.”
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.”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”~Thoreau
And Jesus Came And Spoke To Them, Saying, "All Authority Has Been Given To Me In Heaven And Earth, Go Therefore And Make Disciples Of All The Nations, Baptizing Them In The Name Of The Father And Of The Son And Of The Holy Spirit, Teaching Them To Observe All Things That I Have Commanded You; And Lot I Am With You Always, Even To The End Of The Age." Amen (Mt 28:18-20)