Following Hillary Clinton’s decision to take questions from the press for the first time in over three weeks, ABC, CBS and NBC all covered the story on their Tuesday evening newscasts and, once again, were all too happy to spin for her. They all mentioned a federal judge’s ruling that her e-mails should be released more quickly, but they ignored news that she had a second private e-mail address and that Clinton ally Richard Blumenthal advised her on Libya despite the fact that he was banned from working at the State Department. ABC’s David Muir hailed how Clinton faced “tough new questions.”
The journalists on MSNBC, Tuesday, appeared baffled at Hillary Clinton’s struggling presidential campaign, deeming it a “mystery” why the candidate doesn’t answer more questions. Alex Seitz-Wald talked up the Democrat’s meager five minute press conference: “I certainly don’t think it will satisfy the cries [for more journalistic access], but it might sate them for a while at least.” USA Today’s Susan Page insisted “it’s a mystery to me why she doesn’t want to take a couple questions every day” since “she does it very well.”
On Tuesday’s New Day, CNN’s Michaela Pereira and Alisyn Camerota heralded the first Twitter conversation between President Obama and former President Bill Clinton. Pereira touted how Obama “has finally joined Twitter” (despite pointing out his previous @BarackObama name). Camerota later gushed over the exchange: “That’s cute!”
On Tuesday, CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today continued to promote President Obama officially joining Twitter and featured numerous fawning segments highlighting the “Breaking News.” After CBS and NBC both touted Obama’s new Twitter handle on their Monday night broadcasts, their respective morning shows provided 4 minutes and 35 seconds of free promotion for the new @POTUS account.
Good Morning America on Tuesday covered the latest details of Hillary Clinton’s scandals and her refusal to talk to the media. However, George Stephanopoulos, the man who gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and who “loves” the Democrat, did not anchor the segment. Instead, co-host Robin Roberts explained, “The State Department announcing it may not release her private e-mails from when she was Secretary of State until early next year.”
ABC on Monday eagerly touted an “exclusive” interview with Elian Gonzalez. Jim Avila, appearing on Good Morning America and World News with his scoop, never mentioned that the now-21-year-old might have been brainwashed with Cuban communist propaganda. Instead, he parroted, “Elian still supports Fidel Castro, who has routinely visited him since his return, with his classmates, at his birthday and national events.
All three networks on Wednesday featured Barack Obama to attack climate “deniers” and lament how global warming has personally “impacted” his family. NBC, ABC and CBS offered almost no skepticism. Typical was NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar. She wondered, “What do you say to the people who deny that climate change is real and that it’s impacting our health?”
Wednesday’s edition of the CBS Evening News chose to re-air portions of chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook’s interview with President Obama on climate change supposedly threatening public health and included LaPook fretting at the end to anchor Scott Pelley that “climate change legislation has stalled in Congress.” The network’s cheerleading of Obama’s newest environmental initiative began right at the top of the newscast as Pelley teased the segment to viewers: “The President speaks with us about how climate change is making people sick.”
On Wednesday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC declined to cover the latest in the legal battle over President Obama’s executive action on illegal immigration as U.S. District Judge denied the Obama administration’s request for an injunction that would have allowed his plan to go forward. Announced late Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Hanen blasted the request and declared that the President’s decision to not enforce “laws requiring removal of illegal immigrants that conflict with the 2014 DHS directive”to enact amnesty only further cemented his ruling.
On Wednesday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie repeatedly badgered Kentucky Senator Rand Paul over his views on foreign policy following his presidential announcement. Things got so heated during the discussion that Paul had to tell Guthrie “before we go through a litany of things you say I’ve changed on, why don’t you ask me a question.”
After Senator Rand Paul engaged in a heated interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday’s Today, Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd repeatedly scolded the Republican presidential candidate over his conduct with their colleague.
As the Big Three networks were touting President Obama’s claim that climate change affects the health of children – including that of his own daughter – on Wednesday, their morning and evening newscasts have yet to report on the politician’s criticism of many Christians during a Tuesday prayer breakfast. Mr. Obama underlined that “on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned.”
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today offered up yet another puff piece on the Clintons as Andrea Mitchell touted Bill Clinton’s new role as a “backstage advisor” for Hillary’s 2016 presidential campaign. She beamed at how“[n]ever known to shy away from a campaign, Bill Clinton now vowing to step back when his wife runs in 2016, telling Town and Country magazine, ‘My role should primarily be as a backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the election.’”
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on Tuesday grilled Harry Reid about his completely unfounded rumor-mongering that then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney failed to pay taxes. On his weekly prime time show on Fusion, America With Jorge Ramos, the Spanish and English language host demanded six times that Reid answer for his attack. Ramos pushed: “You said on the Senate floor that Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in ten years… But there was no evidence of that. Did you purposely lie?”
On Thursday night, ABC and NBC cheered the “historic” agreement of an outline for continued talks with Iran and declared that “the United States could be entering a new era in its relationship” with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reflected on the “18 months of tough negotiations” that “end[ed] with an all-nighter” with the possibility that “the United States could be entering a new era in its relationship with Iran and President Obama is telling critics this will make our world safer.”
All three networks provided live coverage on Thursday afternoon for Barack Obama’s White House speech on a possible deal with Iran. ABC journalist Martha Raddatz echoed talking points and declared a deal to be “historic.” The senior foreign affairs correspondent recounted her time in Iran, reminiscing, “I was walking in crowds where they were saying ‘death to America.'” On NBC, Chris Jansing parroted Obama: “You heard his description. He believes it is robust. It’s a good deal. It’s historic and one that makes the world a safer place.”
On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced it would not be seeking contempt charges against Lois Lerner for refusing to testify to Congress on the IRS targeting scandal. The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks, so far, have refused to report on this big development in the Obama IRS scandal that they apparently just don’t want to talk about any more.
In a stark departure from the usual routine, the networks on Wednesday night and Thursday morning repeatedly identified scandal-plagued Senator Robert Menendez as a Democrat, mentioning his affiliation nine times in just six stories. NBC spotlighted Menendez’s party four times. ABC highlighted it three times and CBS twice.
From the morning of March 27 through the evening of March 30, the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks spent only 10 minutes and 15 seconds to the admission by Clinton’s own attorney that her State Department e-mails were wiped from the server that had been subpoenaed by Congress, but they devoted a whopping 35 minutes to coverage of the Indiana religious freedom law.
In a commentary masquerading as a news brief, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley took multiple shots at Indiana and its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on Tuesday by complaining about the bill’s length and indirectly using the First Amendment to support opponents of the law: “We may have found the reason for all this confusion.” He complained it contains “eleven paragraphs, 62 lines, and 832 words” and then thumbed his nose at lawmakers by saying that “James Madison did more in 16 words” in writing the First Amendment.
After appearing on Monday’s All In on MSNBC, the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson again ventured into hostile territory by joining the Tuesday edition of The Ed Show to discuss Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). At various points during the nearly eight-and-a-half-minute segment, Ed Schultz cut Anderson’s microphone, accused him of not wanting to “have a civil conversation,” and declared those who share Anderson’s position on the Indiana law “need to be counseled up in a big way.”
On Tuesday night, ABC and CBS declined to cover the latest in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal as the House Select Committee on Benghazi requested a private meeting with the former Secretary of State while a separate deadline concerning her e-mail server approaches. Days after the committee requested Clinton turn her private e-mail server over to an independent party for review, the panel looking into the deadly 2012 terrorist attack in Libya wants Clinton to sit for a private interview in addition to a public hearing by May 1 at the latest.
In a fawning softball interview with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie spent the entire segment asking if the left-wing heroine was going to run for president, even to the point of suggesting Hillary Clinton wasn’t liberal enough.
On Tuesday, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell took time out of her NBC Nightly News report from Switzerland on the Iranian nuclear talks to hail Secretary of State John Kerry as someone who “doesn’t give up easily” and gush that a local pizzeria in the town where the talks are being held has decided to name “a pizza after him.”
CBS’s love for the Kennedy family continued on Monday night. Evening News journalists hyped the opening of a new institute in Massachusetts that is named after Ted Kennedy. Anchor Scott Pelley swooned, “Another New England superstar was honored today. Politics was his game and we’ll have his story next.”
The Washington Post sounded just like a Democratic Party rag, getting out a hanky at the news that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid won’t run for re-election. The front-page headline was “Reid laying down gloves after 28 years in Senate: From hardscrabble childhood, he rose to pinnacle of power.” Inside, the headline was “Democrats’ master of manuever will not seek reelection in 2016.” Post congressional correspondent Paul Kane tenderly eulogized Senator Reid as if he’d already passed away.
Kelly O’Donnell touted Harry Reid’s “reputation for mastering the tactical side of politics” on Friday’sNBC Nightly News, after the Nevada Democrat announced that he is not running for a sixth term. O’Donnell quickly added that “that skill includes quickly endorsing a successor.” However, the correspondent failed to mention that the politician had a significant role in exacerbating the partisan bickering in Congress in recent years.
On Sunday, This Week moderator George Stephanopoulos interviewed Indiana Governor Mike Pence and repeatedly pressed him for defending his state’s religious freedom bill, and touted the argument that it was an anti-gay law. Throughout the combative interview, the liberal ABC anchor repeatedly wondered “if a florist in Indiana refuses to serve a gay couple at their wedding, is that legal now in Indiana?”
On Saturday and Sunday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks vigorously condemned a new Indiana law that would protect private businesses from government infringement on their religious freedom. Rather than provide balanced coverage of the Indiana bill, the networks eagerly trashed the legislation as opening “the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.”
Despite having savaged Republicans two weeks earlier for voicing opposition to an Iran nuclear deal in an open letter to the totalitarian regime, on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd suddenly realized such a deal would be a bad idea.
A day after CBS avoided using the “Democrat” label for the scandal-plagued Jesse Jackson Jr., the network on Friday made sure to identify “Republican” Aaron Shock for a story on the resignation of the Congressman. Guest co-host Vladimir Duthiers informed, “The Republican compared himself to Abraham Lincoln in his farewell speech.”
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.
When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. ~~ Thomas Jefferson
"Of liberty I would say that, in the whole plentitude of its extent, it is unobstructed action according to our will. But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." -- Thomas Jefferson