CBS's Pelley Covers First Day of Sandusky Trial; Ignored Edwards Trial Until Verdict

The weekday edition of CBS Evening News with anchor Scott Pelley bizarrely paid no attention to the campaign finance trial of 2004 Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards until the jury declared a mistrial on all but one count on May 31, 2012. By contrast, the evening news program devoted a full report to the first day of the trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on Monday.

Pelley's omission also stands out on his own network. CBS This Morning aired multiple segments on the Edwards case between April 23, the first day of the trial, and June 1, 2012, when the morning show aired a full report from correspondent Ann Werner, along with a discussion segment with Erin Moriarty of 48 Hours.

Scott Pelley, CBS News Anchor | NewsBusters.orgEven the Sunday edition of CBS Evening News covered the story. Anchor Jeff Glor brought Moriarty on the program on April 22, the evening before opening statements in the trial.

Pelley's competitors on ABC's World News and NBC Nightly News also deemed the Edwards case newsworthy. The two evening newscasts ran 34 segments on the story between April 12 and May 16, 2012.

Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center