Unlike ABC and CBS, the NBC Nightly News dedicated a full segment on its Wednesday show to the continued reaction concerning the letter signed by 47 Republican Senators and sent to Iranian leaders. Predictably, the segment took to scolding the GOP by promoting a tweet from Hillary Clinton on the matter as well as a petition which calls for charges to be brought against the signers under the Logan Act.
To its credit, Wednesday’s NBC Today actually brought on Republican Senator Rand Paul to react to Hillary Clinton’s Tuesday press conference regarding the email scandal. However, co-host Matt Lauer used the second half of the interview to parrot Clinton’s attacks on the GOP: “…she talked about this open letter that you and forty-six other Republican senators wrote and then signed and sent off to the leaders of Iran during very delicate negotiations over this nuclear deal. She said that you and the others were either trying help Iran or undermine…the commander-in-chief.”
In what may be the beginning of a move by networks to bury Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir ignored the story in its Wednesday night broadcast with the CBS Evening News following close behind with only a 20-second news brief. Over on NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell updated viewers on the scandal in a full segment, including news of a report by the State Department’s Inspector General (IG) that revealed droves of e-mails from State Department employees were not properly archived.
According to View co-host Nicolle Wallace, supposedly the “conservative” voice on the show, members of the media “hate” Hillary Clinton more than “my party.” On Wednesday, Wallace offered a bewildering analysis of the likely 2016 Democratic candidate: “The media, they hate her the most, okay? More than my party. They hate her.”
Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell blamed the press coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 1990s for why she created a wall of secrecy. Mitchell also complained about having to cover Hillary’s self-inflicted e-mail controversy instead on a women’s rights report: “The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation report on the no ceilings report was very important and had a lot of data in it, and I wish we had been working on that, frankly.”
On Wednesday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the Obama administration’s decision to drop their proposed ban on ammunition that is commonly used in the AR-15. After the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored the bullet ban reversal during their Tuesday night broadcasts, CBS’s Charlie Rose devoted a mere 20 seconds to the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (ATF) to not ban the specific type of ammunition. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether.
On Monday, NBC Nightly News featured a full report on the letter signed by 47 Republican Senators to the leaders of Iran concerning its negotiations with the Obama administration over its nuclear program, but took the step of describing the letter as one that “patronizes Iranian leaders.” In addition, the report by NBC’s Peter Alexander gave three times the airtime to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and President Obama than Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton (who authored the letter).
CNN’s Carol Costello badgered Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Monday’s CNN Newsroom over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress. Costello played up how “some say the relationship between Israel and the United States has become partisan for the first time ever,” and asked Mayor Barkat if he agreed. The anchor later asked her guest, “Couldn’t you argue that Benjamin Netanyahu is being used by the Republicans in the American Congress?”
During Monday’s NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell hit Hillary Clinton hard over her email scandal and the millions the Clinton Foundation had received from foreign governments, but still found time to fawn over “a path-breaking speech” Clinton gave “in Beijing 20 years ago” on women’s rights and her “extraordinary” levels of support among Democratic voters.
The Indianapolis Star reported on Monday that it had obtained emails from an employee at the Indianapolis VA hospital who mocked returning combat veterans who were facing mental health issues and committed suicide. On Monday night, both the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and NBC Nightly News failed to cover this story.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, longtime Democratic operative and Clinton adviser James Carville bizarrely claimed press coverage of the Hillary Clinton email scandal was just part of some right-wing plot: “All of this is just the same cockamamie stuff that we go through. The [New York] Times gets something from some right-wing talking points, they print the story….It’s all about nothing.”
The media’s decades-long love for all things Kennedy continued on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O’Donnell reported from Japan to fawn over U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Previewing an upcoming 60 Minutes story, O’Donnell enthused, “She’s almost greeted like a head of state here in Japan. Incredibly popular.”
A week after getting his face on screen for three seconds as host of a cable TV program showing on a TV in a restaurant in a scene on CBS’s Madame Secretary, Bashir earned six seconds on Sunday night’s episode. Bashir is infamous for charging that Sarah Palin deserved to be punished by having someone defecate into her mouth, a vile diatribe which forced him off of MSNBC in late 2013.
Introducing a one-sided report on Monday’s NBC Today that featured no criticism of President Obama, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived ahead of a controversial speech to Congress tomorrow. And that visit at the invitation of Republicans is threatening to further strain the Obama administration’s relations with Israel.”
Following a morning in which NBC’s Today offered only criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his visit to the United States, Monday’s NBC Nightly News continued piling on the denunciation of Netanyahu for creating a“storm of controversy” during “a tense and critical moment” in U.S.-Iran nuclear negotiations. Fill-in anchor Savannah Guthrie proclaimed that a “storm of controversy” was brewing “as the Israeli Prime Minister arrives in Washington to deliver a warning to America.”
On Tuesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows all covered a New York Times report exposing how during her tenure as Secretary of State Mrs. Clinton conducted all government business with her personal email account, and when asked by the State Department to turn over the emails her staff “decided which ones to turn over.”
On Monday, only NBC’s Today mentioned the “important news” that the Supreme Court was set to hear a case that could potentially dismantle ObamaCare. In a news brief in the 7 a.m. ET hour, anchor Natalie Morales reported: “…the Supreme Court is gonna hear this week a challenge to President Obama’s signature health care policy that could deal it a crippling blow.”
The Monday editions of ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News aired news briefs on the announcement that Maryland Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski will retire. They both failed to label Mikulski a liberal and heaped only effusive praise on her. On ABC, anchor David Muir hailed the announcement as “the end of an era in Washington” for the 78-year old “longest serving woman in Congress” who was “the daughter of a grocer.”
The major broadcast networks all ignored on their Monday night newscasts reports that a federal judge ruled earlier in the day that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had lied to Landmark Legal Foundation in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and warned the agency to cease discriminating against other conservatives. In a 25-page opinion, Washington D.C.-based Judge Royce C. Lambreth declared that the EPA’s conduct was “suspicious” and showed “apathy and carelessness”in carrying out the multi-year FOIA request.
CBS This Morning on Monday exposed the difficulty of firing derelict government employees, even ones who watch porn while on the job. Journalist Don Dahler also highlighted the bullying, harassing individual who threatened coworkers, but hasn’t been terminated. Dahler began by observing, “In the private sector, if you’re caught viewing porn on company time or intimidating a co-worker, you’d probably be fired immediately.”
On Monday, all four co-hosts on ABC’s The View eagerly mocked Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for appearing on the floor of the U.S. Senate last week with a snowball to illustrate his skepticism surrounding climate change. The segment began with Rosie Perez bashing Inhofe and insisting that “[w]hat was very upsetting to me is that a man of his stature, a man of his age, doesn’t understand what climate change really means.”
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf’s statement that “we cannot win this war” against ISIS by “killing them” and suggestion that “we need…to go after the root causes” like “lack of opportunity for jobs” was even too ridiculous for a liberal like Chris Matthews to swallow. Yet this latest embarrassing moment for Barack Obama’s administration has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows.
All three morning shows on Wednesday covered the latest example of Joe Biden’s awkward, close talking with women in public. However, the hosts of CBS This Morning went out of their way to excuse the Vice President’s caressing touch and whispering into the ears of the new Secretary of Defense’s wife.
On Wednesday’sToday, NBC offered up yet another sympathetic report for the Obama administration following Federal Judge Andrew Hanen’s decision to block implementation of President Obama’s controversial executive action on immigration.
On February 5, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told nearly 400 people at an event in Aspen, Colorado that in order to save lives, police should actively take guns away from all male minorities between the ages of 15 and 25. The full audio was released on February 17, but the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks, who repeatedly promote Bloomberg’s anti-gun activism, have yet to report on his controversial anti-gun comments.
Introducing a segment on Wednesday’s NBC Today that portrayed Iranian citizens studying at a U.S. college as victims of prejudice, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “And now we move to the growing backlash over a new policy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Iranian nationals are being banned from studying certain science and engineering courses there.”
Responding to a question on Facebook Tuesday about left-wing pundit Howard Dean attacking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as “unknowledgeable” for not graduating college, Mike Rowe, host of CNN’s Somebody’s Gotta Do It, dismantled Dean’s assertion and wondered if America had “confused qualifications with competency.”
Hours after it was reported by The New York Observer that HBO star Allison Williams would not be addressing the situation surrounding her father and suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams at a Michael Kors event on Wednesday night, Williams reversed course hours later and responded to questions during a Q&A at New York’s 92Y. According to the New York Post, Williams told event moderator and Late Night host Seth Myers that her father is “an honest man, a truthful man,” and “I know you can trust him.”
In an interview with BuzzFeed on Tuesday, President Obama attacked office supply chain Staples over accusations that the company was cutting back on worker hours to avoid the ObamaCare health insurance coverage mandate for their employees: “…when I hear large corporations that make billions of dollars in profits trying to blame our interest in providing health insurance as an excuse for cutting back workers’ wages, shame on them.”
The Washington Poston Thursday conducted another of its obsessive investigations into the younger life of a Republican presidential candidate. This time, it was 2,223 words probing Scott Walker, his activities while at Marquette University and why the future governor did not graduate. Writer David A. Fahrenthold focused on allegations that Walker didn’t work hard in French class and that his supporters in a student election stole copies of the campus newspaper.
NBC’s Today on Thursday ignored the militant atheism and liberalism of a North Carolina man accused of executing three Muslims on Tuesday night. ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning at least mentioned Craig Stephen Hicks’s hatred of faith, but none of the networks highlighted the individual’s affinity for programs such as the Rachel Maddow show.
When it came to the major broadcast networks covering the full congressional passage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on their Wednesday night newscasts, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley chose to ignore the story completely and left their viewers in the dark on this issue. Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News made it the second topic covered on its broadcast and while it was the first network evening news mention of Keystone since all three did on January 6
As CBS mourned the loss of veteran 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon after he was killed in a car accident on Wednesday, Thursday’sCBS This Morning invited CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley to share his thoughts on the late journalist. While eulogizing his longtime friend and colleague, Pelley took an odd turn when he praised Simon’s advocacy, not objectivity: “Bob had a sharp intolerance for injustice and he had equal-opportunity rage for every injustice committed in every corner of this Earth.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes took about a minute and a half out of his show All Inon Thursday night in between guests to give his thoughts on the recent killing of three Muslim students in North Carolina and, naturally, he brought their minority status into the picture by proclaiming their deaths to be a “galvanizing” “Trayvon Martin moment” and “Michael Brown moment for Muslim-Americans.”
Speaking at Drake University in Iowa on Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden was running through a list of dignitaries that were there for his remarks and referred to former Iowa Democratic Representative Neal Smith as his “old butt buddy” and told Smith that “I miss you man.” On Thursday night, the major networks ignored the story and didn’t even one of its lighthearted news briefs to it (as the networks often do in the second half of their programs).
Adding to the myriad of problems for Brian Williams, actor Charlie Sheen has voiced his support for the embattled NBC Nightly News anchor. In an open letter released on Wednesday, the famously erratic celebrity praised Williams [grammar as written]: “First off, THANK YOU, for 24 years of inimitable professionalism and top shelf brilliance, as a stone cold passion driven and (PERFECTLY) fact based journalist….Now and forever you are a true Patriot and a Hero of mine until the day i leave this star crossed imperfect Rock we call Earth…”
On Wednesday’s CNN Newsroom, Mark Feldstein channeled Michael Moore’s take on the Brian Williams scandal. The former CNN journalist acknowledged that Williams likely wouldn’t recover the “traditional credibility that he had as a news anchor,” but later fell into the same Bush bashing as Moore: “Is it as bad a scandal as telling lies about the Iraq War to get us into it, as the Bush administration did? No. But in journalistic circles, telling a lie is the cardinal sin.”
On its first broadcast since the announcement of anchor Brian Williams’s suspension, NBC Nightly News took the step of dropping both Williams’s name from the program’s title, opening graphics, recorded introduction, mastead of the show’s website, and Twitter account. Following four teasers from now-interim anchor Lester Holt, the opening theme of the program was played as normal, but instead of a recorded announcement from actor Michael Douglas, a separate recording by another voice was used that told viewers “this is NBC Nightly News” and “reporting tonight, Lester Holt.”
On Tuesday night, liberal comedian Jon Stewart announced that he was stepping down as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after 16 years and on Wednesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows eagerly praised Stewart’s tenure. NBC’s Matt Lauer introduced Today by declaring “Stewart Stunner..The announcement that’s rocking Hollywood, Washington and his millions of fans” and ABC’s Lara Spencer proclaimed Stewart’s show to be a “comedy cultural juggernaut.”
On Wednesday, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir was the lone network evening newscast to not mention the news that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams had been suspended indefinitely for six months without pay. The program instead devoted just under two minutes to the ongoing liberal media fawning over Jon Stewart and the announcement that he will be stepping down from the anchor desk of The Daily Show sometime this year.
When it came to the major broadcast networks covering the full congressional passage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline on their Wednesday night newscasts, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley chose to ignore the story completely and left their viewers in the dark on this issue.
On Tuesday night, David Letterman presented the Top Ten “Things Brian Williams Said that May or May Not Be True.” After reading #2, “I’ve never been to a strip club,” viewers saw video of Williams walking into Flash Dancers, “a gentlemen’s club” across the street from the Ed Sullivan Theater – where the Late Show is produced – on Broadway in New York City.
Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, President Barack Obama took the step of comparing terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists to Christianity being the justification for the Crusades, slavery, and Jim Crow laws in America. The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all ignored the President’s critique of Christianity during the Thursday evening newscasts with only ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir even mentioning that the event. Obama’s comments were a focus in the roundtable on FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier
As NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams became embroiled in a major controversyon Thursday over his false story of being shot at in Iraq, he joined a growing list of NBC journalists whose credibility has been shredded in recent months in the wake of various scandals.
Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik appeared on Thursday’sCNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin and continued to hold little back in criticizing NBC’s Brian Williams for having falsely claimed his helicopter was shot down in Iraq. While also speaking with CNN’s Brian Stelter, Zurawik minced no words in describing what Williams did as lying and something that is grounds for his dismissal from his positions at NBC after having insulted the “millions of military families in this country who suffer everyday diminished lives by the injuries and the wounds that people who fought honorably in those wars suffered.”
On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized on air for falsely claiming that while reporting from Iraq in 2003, the helicopter he was on was hit by enemy fire. Despite Williams’ attempt to walk back his past statements, numerous media critics have called out the NBC News anchor for failing to uphold the standards expected of a network news anchor. Howard Kurtz, Fox News media analyst and host of Media Buzz, condemned Williams during an appearance on the Fox News program America’s Newsroom, and argued that “it’s very hard to fathom how a anchor of Brian Williams’s stature and experience could tell the false story. And it’s created a credibility crisis for NBC News.”
Don Imus and his co-host Bernard McGuirk on Thursday could barely contain their disgust at they highlighted Brian Williams’s unraveling lie about being hit by a Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) while in Iraq in 2003. After playing video of the anchor repeating the falsehood on Late Night With David Letterman, McGuirk railed, “This is really, unbelievably disgraceful.”
On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized for falsely claiming to have been shot down over Iraq in 2003 but failed to inform his viewers that he had repeatedly promoted this lie in the past, including during an appearance on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman on March 26. 2013. Williams proclaimed that while in Iraq “two of our four helicopters were hit by ground fire including the one I was in. RPG and AK-47s.”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”~Thoreau