On Monday's CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell gave Attorney General Loretta Lynch a platform to condemn voter I.D. initiatives in many states. O'Donnell wondered, "Is it still harder for minorities to vote in this country?" Lynch contended that "we are still dealing with the vestiges of inequality, and people who have trouble accepting everyone's full participation in American society."
Matthew Balan has been a news analyst at Media Research Center since February 2007. Previously, he worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a bachelor's in political science and history.
CBS This Morning's hosts badgered Trump surrogate Kellyanne Conway on Friday over the billionaire's recent praise for Vladmir Putin, the Iraq War, his appearance on Larry King's show on Russia's state-run RT network, and North Korea's nuclear program. By contrast, the anchors went much easier on Democratic V.P. nominee Tim Kaine. They spent seven minutes out of eleven playing up his record on race, instead of the presidential campaign. They did ask questions from his left flank on slavery reparations and mass incarceration.
On Thursday's Legal View, two CNN journalists played up Hillary Clinton's first press conference in many months. Ashleigh Banfield trumpeted how "Republicans can no longer say, 270-some-odd days since Hillary held a news conference. There is some real strategy to this." Nia-Malika Henderson touted that the presser was a "really smart shift for her....she's able to drive the narrative — drive the conversation."
On Tuesday, the owners of the Empire State Building honored ABC's The View by lighting the famed skyscraper "in light blue, teal and orange in celebration of 20 years" of the daytime program. However, the same company rejected a tribute in lights for the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa in 2010, which was requested by the Catholic League.
Three panelists on ABC's This Week on Sunday all agreed that the latest development in Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal will impact her campaign negatively. Matthew Dowd asserted that the FBI's release of their interview notes was "really damaging...the majority of the country doesn't trust her; and this only adds to that problem." Steve Inskeep acknowledged that the issue is "a thing that people can grab onto." L.Z. Granderson bluntly contended that "the e-mail thing is just...terrible — especially when you start looking at the rationale....it only makes you look silly."
The Big Three's evening newscasts all devoted full reports on Friday to the FBI's release of its notes on their interview of Hillary Clinton over her e-mail scandal. However, ABC's Cecilia Vega stood out for spotlighting how "careless," as FBI Director James Comey put it, Mrs. Clinton was in her handling of classified material on her private e-mail server: "Just how careless? Investigators say 81 e-mail chains on Clinton's basement server contained classified information at the time they were sent; 68 of them remain classified to this day."
MSNBC's Thomas Roberts has repeatedly flaunted his liberal bias over the years, but he took it to a new level in a recent ad that celebrated the Supreme Court's 2015 decision legalizing same-sex "marriage." Roberts held up his hand with a ring on it, and gushed, "It's a victory — I've got the ring to prove it. Recognizing this is a constitutional right to Americans whether you're gay or straight is pretty fantastic....I kind of like what the Supreme Court did."
On Thursday, the Washington Free Beacon's David Rutz spotlighted HLN's censorship of a hero's pro-Trump T-shirt during a rebroadcast of an interview on his rescue of a baby from a hot car. Rutz outlined that former police officer Steve Eckle "donned a blue T-shirt saying, '2016 Trump for President.' However, in a rerun of the interview...his shirt was blurred out." HLN's sister network, CNN, had no such qualms a month earlier, as it ran Fareed Zakaria's "bulls**t artist" label of Trump uncensored.
Tuesday's PBS NewsHour stood out for their six-minute-long segment on the Associated Press's revelation of at least 72 mass graves in former or current ISIS territory in Syria and Iraq. Gwen Ifill interviewed correspondent Lori Hinnant, one of the author's of the early Tuesday report that detailed the genocidal terrorist group's blood lust. ABC, CBS, and NBC's Tuesday evening newscasts, along with their Wednesday morning shows, all covered the death of a top ISIS leader, but failed to include one mention of the press agency's reporting on the mass graves.
On Wednesday's GMA, ABC finally covered the latest development on Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Paula Faris gave a news brief noting that "the Justice Department now says that up to 30 deleted e-mails from her private server could be related to the Benghazi attack." CBS This Morning mentioned the new revelation on the Clinton scandal during the lead-in for a report on the former senator's lack of press conferences. NBC continued its blackout on the story from the previous evening. Instead, Today devoted over a minute to Tom Brady's new haircut.
The Big Three networks' morning newscasts on Tuesday all failed to cover the Associated Press's early Tuesday report that revealed the 72 mass graves inside current or former ISIS territory. Instead of spotlighting ISIS's mass murder, ABC's GMA aired a 50-second news brief on a unicyclist's stunt on top of a 840-foot tower in Romania. CBS This Morning set aside 43 seconds of air time to a race car in Bolivia jumping over a dog that wandered into the road. NBC's Today devoted 38 seconds to a Colorado teen soccer player's running flip over a goalie.
On Monday's MSNBC Live, Steve Kornacki refreshingly spotlighted Hillary Clinton's utter lack of press conferences in 2016. Kornacki used a "Most Important Number of the Day" segment to point out that Mrs. Clinton's last presser was "268 days ago [as of Monday]...on December Fourth of last year — December Fourth of 2015." The anchor also noted that there were "17 news conferences, so far, for Donald Trump in this campaign — in the 2016 year of this campaign; zero for Hillary Clinton."
CNN's Marc Lamont Hill sided with Colin Kaepernick on Monday's New Day, after the NFL quarterback used the national anthem to protest the apparent oppression of blacks in the U.S.: "When black people...critique America, a certain label gets put on that doesn't get put on other people." Hill also played up how the anthem was written before the abolition of slavery, and derided criticism of Kaepernick as "another example of white people defining for black people what's most important."
ABC's World News Tonight on Friday led its broadcast with a preview of a special 20/20 report that detailed how the parents of ISIS hostage Kayla Mueller tried to free her before she was killed in captivity. Carl and Marsha Mueller disclosed that President Obama "made a promise to help the foundation they set up in her name, and then broke it." Mueller's parents also revealed their "belief that the government failed their daughter."
On Thursday, CBS and NBC's evening newscasts played up the "controversy exploding around the world over so-called burkinis," after several French city governments banned the Islamic swimming garment. CBS's James Brown previewed the subject by trumpeting, "Nuns go to the beach in their habits; so why has France banned the burkini?" NBC's Kelly Cobiella spotlighted protests against the ban, and gave a slanted description of the burkini: "A bikini that's more like a burqa, covering almost everything, and designed to give Muslim women more freedom."
ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts on Wednesday all punted on mentioning USA Today's above-the-fold scoop about how an "Istanbul-based college professor...accused by the Turkish government of coordinating last month's failed coup attempt, is at the center of a group of suspicious 2014 contributions to a super PAC supporting...Hillary Clinton."
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called for further government spending as a solution to racial inequality on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday. Princeton Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr. asked the basketball great, "How do we muster the courage to look the ugliness of what we are squarely in the face?" Abdul-Jabbar replied, "I think...people don't want to reach in their pockets. This is going to be expensive...and people try to avoid that — especially politicians. They don't want to tell their constituents that...taxes are a necessary evil if we're going to have the society that we want."
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota hounded Mike Pence over supposedly signaling he was "wrong" about supporting free trade his "entire professional and public life" due to his running with Donald Trump. Camerota wondered, "You supported TPP. You supported CAFTA. Donald Trump has said about those things that the U.S. is being taken to the cleaners by these trade deals. Which one of you is right?" Camerota also hyped how "Steve Bannon...he's known as a street fighter. He's known as a flame-thrower. He was the head of the far-right website, Breitbart."
ABC and NBC's evening newscasts on Thursday barely mentioned the Clinton Foundation's announcement that it would stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president. ABC's World News Tonight set aside 25 seconds of air time to the news. NBC Nightly News devoted 26 seconds to the story immediately before a segment on the Clinton campaign blasting "conspiracy theories" about the Democrat's health. CBS Evening News didn't cover the story until Friday, but aired a full report that lasted one minute and 42 seconds.
Rachel Maddow gave covering fire for President Obama on her MSNBC show on Thursday over his initial decision to stay in Martha's Vineyard instead of visiting flood-stricken Louisiana. Maddow spotlighted the "scathing editorial" from a Lousiana newspaper criticizing the Democrat over the move, but defended the President by pointing a finger at former Governor Bobby Jindal.