ABC’s World News stood out as the sole Big Three evening newscast on Wednesday to not cover the release of Lois Lerner’s e-mails, where the former top IRS official slammed conservatives as “a**holes” and “crazies.” Instead, the news program devoted full reports to the water main that burst on the campus of UCLA and the controversy over usage charges on cell phone bills. By contrast, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News on Wednesdayboth set aside about two minutes each of air time to Lerner’s “salty language,” as NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell put it. (The broadcast networks have a long record of spiking the IRS scandal.)
Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris on Monday night mocked Sarah Palin for her new internet channel and falsely identified the conservative as “the woman who says she can see Russia from her house.” No, she didn’t. It was Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live who uttered this line.
In an interview with Hillary Clinton aired Tuesday on his Fusion show America, anchor Jorge Ramos repeatedly pressed the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate from the left on the ongoing illegal immigration crisis, demanding: “Do you think you have a Latino problem?…I’m saying it because recently you said about the Central American children coming to the United States that we have to send them back.” After Clinton argued for only allowing children seeking legitimate asylum to stay, Ramos cited one of her possible 2016 rivals: “But if you deport them, Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley said that if you send them back, you would send them back to certain death. Do you agree that if we deport some of these children that they’re – it’s a death sentence for them?”
On Monday, Geraldo Rivera barked at his fellow FNC hosts for using the term “illegals” around him. On Wednesday, he amped up his attacks on conservatives when, on his WABC radio show, he accused Matt Drudge of “doing his best to stir up a civil war” because he was posting so many border crisis stories. Rivera also attacked him on Twitter: “Shame on Drudge. His authoritative website has gone hysterical on issue of immigrant children. 14 stories like ‘Could Ebola sneak across?’”
In a report for Sunday’s NBC Meet the Press, correspondent Kevin Tibbles highlighted Vermont’s effort “to push into unchartered waters and go further than ObamaCare.” He explained the left-wing proposal: “Vermont’s Democratic state government says it can deliver health care more efficiently and for less to every one of its 600,000 residents equally. All paid for with tax dollars to the tune of some $2 billion a year.” Tibbles noted how, “Doctors bills would go to the state government, essentially eliminating the need for people to purchase private insurance.” He then posed the question: “A solution to America’s healthcare crisis or the road to bankruptcy for Vermont?”
Not wanting to let a good crisis go to waste, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News exploited California wildfires to push climate change. Correspondent Miguel Almaguer declared: “The fire season not just expensive, but historic. Nationwide so far this year, more than 32,000 wildfires have burned. 1.6 million acres charred, most of them in the west. Feeding the fires, drought crippling 60% of the west….Crews call this the front lines of climate change, a longer more destructive fire season.” Introducing the story, anchor Brian Williams warned: “In the American west tonight, a huge wildfire is burning in Yosemite National Park. One of more than 200 of them firing up in just this last week in California alone as this drought emergency continues to get worse.”
Something really remarkable happened on Tuesday’s edition of The View. Three out of the four panelists actually came out strongly in favor of a woman’s right to protect herself and her children with a gun! The one panelist who didn’t want a gun in the house? ABC Good Morning America co-host Lara Spencer. The three who favored firearm ownership (Sherri Shepherd, Jenny McCarthy and FNC’s Juliet Huddy) all shared the real world threats that prompted them to go get a gun.