Considering that ABC's World News failed to cover the midterm elections from September 1 to October 26, one might think the network isn't interested in a possible Republican wave. ABC journalists reinforced that belief by promoting their election night coverage: Seven hours of coverage. But six of those hours will be online only.
Scott Whitlock is the senior news analyst for the Media Research Center and a contributing editor for NewsBusters.org.
A July 2014 Media Reality Check by Scott documented how the networks shut out critics of Barack Obama's foreign policy, despite a summer of international crises. In April of 2014, Scott's blog on NewsBusters exposed how ABC falsely connected a former tech CEO to the hateful Westboro Baptist Church. This forced an apology by ABC News Vice President Jeffrey Schneider.
In April of 2013, Scott researched and wrote a Media Reality Check on ABC's complete blackout of abortionist Kermit Gosnell's trial. His stories on this subject and others were linked to on the Drudge Report, the Washington Times, Breitbart and Mediaite, to name a few outlets.
Scott is a graduate of George Mason University and is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He lives in Northern Virginia and can be contacted at SWhitlock@mediaresearch.org. You can also follow Scott on Twitter.
ABC's The View, a show featuring a woman who believes the United States government may have been involved in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, will now be overseen by the network's news division, according to Variety. ABC News President James Goldston announced, "Moving ‘The View’ to our non-fiction programming group now allows it to fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News and our team in New York, where the show is based right next door."
Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Thursday couldn't help but contrast Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton as "lashing out" vs. the "softer side." Featuring the two possible 2016 contenders, George Stephanopoulos chided, "We're going to turn to politics now and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashing out on the stump." An ABC graphic underlined, "Caught on Camera: Chris Christie Lashes Out."
The November 3 Time magazine featured historian Richard Norton Smith's predictable take on the modern Republican Party. The author of a new biography on Nelson Rockefeller sneered that, as a result of the nomination of Barry Goldwater, "The party of Lincoln morphed into the party of Strom Thurmond."
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday weighed in on the Pope's comments about the Big Bang theory and evolution, spinning them as a battle between science and "conservatives. Reporter Allen Pizzey opened the segment by cheering, "Fresh from having taken on conservatives" at a meeting with Bishops, "Pope Francis sided with science over dogma."
It's no shock that liberal View hosts Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Whoopi Goldberg fawned over Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday. But so did former Republican operative and co-host Nicolle Wallace. Hardly representing the right, Wallace enthused, "Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a rock star in American politics!"
The CBS This Morning crew on Tuesday alternated between confusion as to why Barack Obama may be driving Republicans to a big midterm victory and strident declarations that the GOP would have no mandate. Co-host Charlie Rose talked with political director John Dickerson and wondered of disenchanted voters: "So why is it they don't like this President so much? Is it a spillover from ObamaCare or something else?"
Despite nearly 1400 words of space, New York Times writer Amy Chozick on Monday never used the "liberal" label in a story on possible 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton being hit from the left with regards to immigration. Instead, she explained that "immigration activists have already turned their focus — and their frustration — to his potential successor."
Throughout 2014, CBS This Morning has veered between stories happily hyping the benefits of marijuana and reports on its danger. While the segments seesaw back and forth, the network doesn't seem to be able to put together balance individual stories. On Monday, this continued as journalist Adriana Diaz focused on a Minnesota mom who gave her son medical marijuana to help with his traumatic brain injury.
For a show called The View, the program's hosts on Friday all have the same opinion: The Catholic Church needs to change. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg highlighted pop singer Ariana Grande's decision to leave her church because of alleged intolerance towards her gay brother. Fellow-co-host Rosie Perez announced, "I'm a recovering Catholic." Rosie O'Donnell explained, "I, like you, am a recovering Catholic."
Liberal celebrity Russell Brand on Thursday announced that he's "open" to the idea that the United States government may have been behind the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks. Talking to a British reporter, Brand theorized, "Do you trust the American government? Do you trust the British government? What I do think is very interesting is the relationship that the Bush family have had for a long time with the Bin Laden family."
Talking to a Canadian member of Parliament on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell wondered about the threat of bigotry in that country's reaction to a terrorist shooting. Comparing Canada to the United States, she worried, "But do you fear, do you worry that there is going to be this reaction as, frankly, we had after 9/11?"
ABC and NBC on Thursday ignored a shocking new report from USA Today that the Obama administration has covered up the release of illegals involved with rapes and murders. Only CBS This Morning covered the story, managing a mere 20 seconds. Co-host Charlie Rose explained, "The White House told Congress that 2,200 people released from immigration jails last year had only minor criminal records, but records obtained show some of them face charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, and homicide."
Liberal View co-host (and 9/11 truther) Rosie O'Donnell wasted no time on Thursday in taking the shooting in Canada and spinning it into a plea for gun control in America. The comedienne cited a comment from model Chrissy Teigan. On Wednesday, Teigan tweeted, "Active shooting in Canada or as we call it in America, Wednesday." O'Donnell raved, "I thought it was brilliant."
With the Democrats facing bad news in the coming midterms, the networks have largely been ignoring the possible electoral wave. Yet, NBC and CBS couldn't resist the "cute" story of Barack Obama bantering with a woman and her boyfriend on Monday. As the President was getting ready to do early voting in Chicago, a man walked by and told him, "Don't touch my girlfriend."
Here's something you don't see everyday: The notoriously liberal Rosie O'Donnell on Tuesday recounted a time in 2002 where she snubbed Bill Clinton. The View co-host, angry over how the ex-president treated Monica Lewinsky, added that she thought the Democrat should have been prosecuted for his actions. After stating that she "loves" Lewinsky, O'Donnell recounted being at an event: "The Secret Service came over and said 'President Clinton would like to speak to you' and I said "I really can't right at the moment."
All three networks on Tuesday hyped the return of Monica Lewinsky in the form of a speech on Monday, but ABC and CBS mostly glossed over connecting the embarrassing of Bill Clinton's role in the affair. Good Morning America kept the focus on the former White House intern and it was only at the very end of the segment that Jon Karl allowed: "Lewinsky's campaign against cyber-bullying just happens to be getting under way as we are about to start another presidential campaign featuring, probably, most likely, another Clinton."
The three networks routinely fawn over Jimmy Carter as a wise and impressive voice, yet ABC, CBS and NBC were silent when the ex-President trashed his fellow Democrat, Barack Obama, on Tuesday. In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carter complained about how Obama handled ISIS: "First of all, we waited too long. We let the Islamic state build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria."
The ultimate liberal endorsement? View co-host and 9/11 Truther Rosie O'Donnell on Thursday gushed over Jimmy Carter: "He's not just a Democrat. I think he is a man of peace." O'Donnell, who on Tuesday blamed the creation of ISIS on the United States, continued, "He is my favorite president ever and, I think, probably, the most pious human being I've ever met in my life."
According to New York magazine, NBC aggressively attempted to hire liberal comic Jon Stewart as the new anchor of the beleaguered Meet the Press. Writer Gabriel Sherman claimed, "Before choosing Todd, NBC News president Deborah Turness held negotiations with Jon Stewart about hosting Meet the Press, according to three senior television sources with knowledge of the talks."