On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash, and repeatedly badgered his guest about the accuracy of his book and chose to focus on Democratic attacks against the author. During the heated discussion, Stephanopoulos hyped how Democrats accuse Schweizer of having a “partisan interest. They say you used to work for President Bush as a speech writer. You are funded by the Koch brothers.” Stephanopoulos never appeared interested in the actual substance of Schweizer’s book.
Nicolle Wallace was supposed to be the "conservative" voice for The View, but on Friday she proved again why that's silly. Veteran liberal journalist Diane Sawyer appeared to promote her new profile of Bruce Jenner as he undergoes transgender surgery.
Friday's NBC Nightly News stood out for its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915. Anchor Lester Holt gave a 27-second news brief on the "somber hundredth anniversary being marked around the world today – remembering what Pope Francis recently called the first genocide of the 20th century." ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News both failed to cover the centenary of the mass murders.
On Friday's CBS Evening News, a NASA scientist made a surprising admission about climate change during a report about an erupting volcano in South America. Correspondent Michelle Miller turned to Dr. Allegra LeGrande, who detailed how the gases from a volcanic eruption can lead to a reduction in the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. Le Grande added that "this is a small component of why we're not as warm today as the climate models predicted we would be seven years ago."
Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks.
On Thursday night, CBS and Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision continued their silence on the latest controversy involving the Clinton Foundation and claims made in the upcoming book Clinton Cash about donations to the group while a Russian company purchased an American-owned uranium mine. Meanwhile, NBC ended its blackout on the story with a full report on NBC Nightly News, but downplayed the claims by touting an expert with the Soros-funded Sunlight Foundation, who declared that the book’s allegations offer “no smoking gun” regarding Clinton’s behavior.
ABC's Blackish on Wednesday night featured a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Sarah Palin joke. In the show, a horrified Anthony Anderson (who plays "Dre" on the show), cringes as his daughter dressed up like the Republican. Marsai Martin exclaimed, "I'm my hero, Sarah Palin. I came within a few votes of the vice presidency. I would have won if not for the liberal gotcha media." Martin can be seen with a familiar red jacket and dark glasses.
On Thursday morning, CBS and NBC ignored the latest report involving alleged pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation. According to the New York Times, a Russian company received permission to acquire one of America’s largest uranium mines while at the same time the company’s chairman donated $2.35 million to the Clinton charity.
On Saturday, Newsweek reported that the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation “may be in breach of US sanctions” on Iran due to his business dealings with the authoritarian regime in his capacity as the billionaire head of a Ukrainian pipe-making business. Since the article went public, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC have yet to even acknowledge this new development. Wednesday’s The Kelly File on FNC led with this story and Howard Kurtz noted how Newsweek itself buried the story which has generated little notice.
On Wednesday's GMA, ABC's Terry Moran refreshingly labeled one of the major threats to Western civilization – something the Obama administration has consistently failed to do – as he covered a planned attack on churches in France. Moran disclosed that "France and...Europe...is, essentially, fighting off the virus of Islamic violent extremism that is settling into the neighborhoods here – into the young people – and some of them taking a violent revenge on their own societies."
After nearly a month-long blackout, NBC finally acknowledged on Tuesday night the sex parties scandal that’s enveloped the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) following the announcement that DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart will retire next month. While NBC Nightly News ended the network’s 26-day-long silence, it only devoted 18 seconds to Leonhart’s decision to step aside and only glossed over mentioned the reasoning for her departure.