Blackout: Networks Ignore GOP Bellwether Victory

After a Republican won a bellweather election in Florida on Tuesday night, the networks made no mention of it on Wednesday evening. That came after they gave a pittance of coverage to the victory on Wednesday morning.

CBS was the only network to report on the race Tuesday evening, but even they were nowhere to be seen the night after. Correspondent Nancy Cordes had made it clear Tuesday that the race had serious implications: "Both parties see this race as a referendum on the President's health care law."

Cordes added that "Both parties are looking for bragging rights heading into the fall election." Yet CBS spent a grand total of 20 seconds on Republican David Jolly's victory on Wednesday morning before dropping the story entirely Wednesday evening.

ABC and NBC combined for a whopping 33 seconds of coverage on the election on Tuesday and Wednesday, with zero mention of it on the evening news casts.

Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro
Matt Hadro was a News Analyst for the Media Research Center's News Analysis Division from 2010 through early 2014