ABC, NBC, Spanish Nets Fail to Cover Judge’s Ruling for Judicial Watch Against Hillary Clinton

One day after the networks failed to acknowledge to big developments on Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News similarly punted Tuesday evening on a federal judge’s ruling that granted the group Judicial Watch discovery powers in the lawsuit concerning the response of Hillary Clinton’s State Department to the deadly 2012 Benghazi terror attack.

In addition to the English-language networks, the top Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision also ducked this issue and censored it from their Tuesday evening newscasts.

According to Judicial Watch, U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth awarded them “limited discovery” to seek out “evidence of government wrong-doing and bad faith” despite it being “exceedingly rare in FOIA cases.”

The most significant element to this successful request will be the ability for there to be legal depositions taken of State Department advisers relating to what transpired in Benghazi and including the now-infamous Sunday morning talking points for then-U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice.

While two of the three major networks refused to mention this, the CBS Evening News reserved the final 16 seconds of the newscast’s segment on the Democratic campaign for this development. Correspondent Julianna Goldman explained: 

Narrowing the enthusiasm gap is even more difficult with continued questions about Clinton's use of a private e-mail server. Scott, in addition to the ongoing FBI investigation, a federal judge ruled today that Clinton and her top aides could also be questioned in one of the related civil cases.

As they usually do with stories the networks aren’t fond of covering, the Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier highlighted the legal victory for Judicial Watch. Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry revealed at the conclusion of his story from Milwaukee, Wisconsin that: 

A second federal judge has issued an order allowing limited discovery in a Clinton e-mail case. This one involving the conservative group Judicial Watch's suit over Susan Rice's Benghazi talking points in questions such as who wrote them and who knew about them. The bottom line, this could mean more depositions before the election.

The relevant portion of the transcript from the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on March 29 can be found below.

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley
March 29, 2016
6:34 p.m. Eastern 

JULIANNA GOLDMAN: Clinton hopes to eventually win over those passionate young voters who will be key in November, but according to CBS News exit polls, 66 percent would be dissatisfied if she were the nominee. Narrowing the enthusiasm gap is even more difficult with continued questions about Clinton's use of a private e-mail server. Scott, in addition to the ongoing FBI investigation, a federal judge ruled today that Clinton and her top aides could also be questioned in one of the related civil cases.

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The relevant portion of the transcript from FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier on March 29 can be found below.

FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier
March 29, 2016
6:06 p.m. Eastern

ED HENRY: A second federal judge has issued an order allowing limited discovery in a Clinton e-mail case. This one involving the conservative group Judicial Watch's suit over Susan Rice's Benghazi talking points in questions such as who wrote them and who knew about them. The bottom line, this could mean more depositions before the election.

Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck
Curtis Houck is the Managing Editor of NewsBusters for the Media Research Center