The Washington Post found another 2016 contender to bash. Reporter David Fahrenthold on Sunday devoted 2,491 words to a supposedly straight news story on the "lost," "infamous" Bobby Jindal. According to the aggressively negative piece, the Louisiana governor's presidential hopes are "stalled" and the "onetime GOP star is at rick of becoming an afterthought."
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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.
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So, just how slanted were the Big Three broadcast networks in their coverage of the letter sent by 47 Senate Republicans to the Iranian government? A new study by the Media Research Center has found ABC, CBS and NBC gave three times more coverage to critics of the GOP letter than to supporters, and more than eight times as much airtime fretting about the letter than about the substance of the Obama administration's dealings with Iran.
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, all three networks covered the down-to-the-wire election in Israel. But only CBS noticed that Barack Obama's 2012 national field director is hard at work trying to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu. This Morning reporter Barry Peterson explained that the left-leaning Labor Party "hired Jeremy Bird who ran the Obama campaign ground game in 2008 and 2012."
ABC and CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning minimized their coverage for Hillary Clinton's still-ongoing e-mail scandal. It was left to Fox's Megyn Kelly to report that "the potential criminal case against Hillary Clinton may have gotten a whole lot stronger." She informed viewers, "We are told that every employee leaving the State Department, every one, must sign the OF-109 form."
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."
All three networks on Wednesday morning offered substantive coverage of Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America didn't bother to go to Republicans for response to the controversy. GMA boycotted the story on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos trumpeted, "Hillary on the hot seat. The former Secretary of State finally answers questions about that private email controversy."
Hillary Clinton on Tuesday finally addressed the growing controversy surrounding her use of a private e-mail system while Secretary of State. After the Democrat's opening statement on the subject, NBC's Andrea Mitchell attempted a question. Clinton interrupted and turned to Turkish television. Kahraman Haliscelik began, "Thank you very much for your remarks and it's wonderful to see you here again." Offering this softball, Haliscelik wondered, "...If you were a man, today, would all of this fuss being made be made? Thank you."
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, ABC ignored Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal, despite three hours of potential airtime (on World News, Good Morning America and Nightline). Instead, GMA on Tuesday devoted eight and a half minutes to the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music.
CNN has hired Kevin Spacey to produce and narrate Race for the White House, a six-part six documentary about various 2016 presidential candidates. Spacey, the star of House of Cards, is a long-time Democratic activist and donor. CNN President Jeff Zucker enthused, "'Race for the White House' will be the perfect complement to our coverage of the 2016 campaigns and election."
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."
Just how impressed is the liberal Alec Baldwin with Bill Clinton? According to the actor, who hosts a radio show in New York called Here's the Thing, Clinton is "like Chuck Yeager to me. You crash that jet fighter and you get out and you're alive. He survived."
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos admitted on Tuesday that, when he first started, even his fellow colleagues at ABC News wondered if he could be objective. Talking to Alec Baldwin for the actor's radio show Here's The Thing, recounted how, in 1997, Ted Koppel "came to my office and looked me in the eye and asked me why I'm here and if I really felt I could, sort of, do the job, be fair and be objective."
All three networks on Friday warned that Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal is a serious problem for the ex-Secretary of State. Yet, only CBS This Morning pointed out the hypocrisy of a Clinton directive from the State Department. According to co-host Gayle King, "Clinton’s office told State Department employees back in 2011 not to use private email for work." As it turns out, this was the very thing that Clinton did.
The New York Times on Thursday sounded a hopeful tone about oral arguments regarding ObamaCare, yet again in the Supreme Court. The headline for the Adam Liptak story trumpeted, "At Least One Justice Is in Play as Supreme Court Hears Affordable Care Act Case." After noting that "the court’s four liberal members voiced strong support for the administration’s position," Liptak hyped, "In a pleasant surprise for the administration, however, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was in dissent in 2012, made several comments indicating that his vote was in play."
According to Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will ask Americans to simply trust her when it comes to the growing scandal regarding her e-mails as Secretary of State. Talking to George Stephanopoulos, Karl conceded, "George, this is basically going to be the honor system."
Liberal MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz on Tuesday predictably went on the offensive, dismissing interest in Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal as nothing more than a "Benghazi witch hunt part 2." He introduced a segment on the topic by explaining that, as Secretary of State, Clinton used a personal e-mail account. Schultz sneered, "I got one word for you here, Benghazi."
The hosts of CBS This Morning on Wednesday hyped a Comedy Central sketch dismissing Republican supporters of Benjamin Netanyahu as "racist." The journalists played a clip of the Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore in which the anchor mocked the GOP: "You made Netanyahu come all the way over here just to embarrass Obama?"
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews escalated his rage over Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress, Tuesday, hinting that the Israeli prime minister delivered what amounts to a coup. Appearing on his cable network for analysis, Matthews darkly warned, "This man from a foreign government walked into the United States legislative chamber and tried to take over U.S. foreign policy."
Seconds after Benjamin Netanyahu ended his speech on Tuesday to Congress, the journalists at MSNBC began attacking it. Chris Matthews appeared and sneered that the Israeli prime minister "never mentioned the real world" in his address. The Hardball host insisted that Iraq was "the war [Netanyahu] talked us into." The journalist berated, "The reason Baghdad is under control of the Shia and under the control of Iran is he pushed that! And he never mentioned that! So, being a hawk all the time takes away some of your credibility, always being a hawk."
CBS This Morning journalist Nancy Cordes on Tuesday parroted White House spin on Benjamin Netanyahu's address before Congress. The reporter repeated that the President "said the speech creates the appearance of a political endorsement for Netanyahu, who is up for reelection later this month."