Scott Pelley: CBS Evening News 'An Island of Calm in a Sea of Absurdity'

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley comes across as a very serious, stoic person.

This seemed hardly the case in his Wednesday interview with the Hollywood Reporter when he uttered this howler concerning his program's coverage of last year's presidential campaign: "I think the viewer saw us as an island of calm in a sea of absurdity."

THR asked Pelley to "rate CBS's election coverage, and the coverage by the media in general."

He replied apparently with seriousness:

We were really the only evening news broadcast that went to all of the major events. We went to every presidential debate, we did the broadcast from those locations, we went to every primary and did the broadcast from those locations, we did multiple interviews with the president and Mitt Romney. I think the viewer saw us as an island of calm in a sea of absurdity in the political campaign. So much shouting from various shows that are tilted one political direction or the other, so much confusion about small issues and large issues, and we just tried to be that island of solid, down-the-middle information, and we let the candidates talk. We didn’t talk over them, we let the candidates talk and let the folks at home decide.

I of course agree that the mainstream television news outlets are a sea of absurdity.

But is the CBS Evening News the island of calm?

Hardly: 

Nets Punt on Biden's 'Planned Parenthood Cannot Perform Any Abortions' Gaffe; Played Up Romney 'Shift'

ABC, CBS, NBC Hype Romney Hidden Camera Tape, Bury Obama's 'Redistribution' Clip

 

Pelley Trumpets Obama’s ‘Remarkable Moment of Candor’ in What Makes the ‘Sacrifices Worth It’

 

Schieffer Touts 'Best Polling News That the President Has Seen in Quite a While'

 

ABC, CBS, NBC Devote More Time (20 to 1) to Romney Flap Than Obama Mideast Mistakes

 

Pelley and Williams Zinged Mrs. Romney from Left, But Avoid Contentious Politics with Mrs. Obama

 

CBS Trumpets Obama's Lead Among Women, Silent on Romney's Lead With Men

 

Pelley Pushes Ann Romney on ‘Whether Republicans Have Women’s Best Interests at Heart?’

 

CBS’s Pelley Presses Mitt Romney: ‘I Wonder How You Would Explain this Republican Party to Your Father?’

 

NBC and CBS Pounce on Romney’s Birth Certificate ‘Swipe’ at Obama: ‘Was It a Joke?’

 

Nets Manufacture ‘Another Dustup/Misstep/Controversy’ for Romney on Taxes and in Palestinian Criticism

 

Scott Pelley Plays Up Best Poll Result For Obama in CBS Poll

 

CBS’s Pelley Upset House’s ObamaCare Repeal Votes Have ‘Cost Taxpayers’ $50 Million

Be advised this is just going back as far as last July.

Look like an island of calm to you?

Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard
Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014.