NBC's Today show on Friday completely ignored the revelation that the Clinton Foundation failed to report over $26 million dollars in donations. ABC's Good Morning America allowed a scant 20 seconds on the topic. CBS This Morning focused on the unfolding Clinton scandal in general, but didn't specifically report on the latest news.
As the Islamic terrorist group ISIS seized Ramadi earlier this week and now the ancient Syrian town of Palmyra, the major broadcast networks have largely declined to even mention any criticism of President Obama and his so-called policy in dealing with ISIS and Thursday night was no exception as ABC and CBS declined to raise that point of view. While it was brief, NBC Nightly News did make time for criticism of the administration in a segment by chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel: "Military officials say the current U.S. strategy just isn't working."
On Thursday, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and NBC Nightly News showed no interest in informing their viewers that the State Department will soon be releasing the first batch of e-mails that Hillary Clinton turned over following the uncovering of her private e-mail server. While CBS and NBC punted on this revelation, ABC’s World News Tonight covered Clinton’s e-mails and surprisingly offered a full report on them.
All three networks on Thursday again skipped Barack Obama lecturing the Coast Guard Academy that ignoring the "serious threat" of climate change is a "dereliction of duty." The President somehow blamed the rise of Boko Haram on global warming. He did this on the same week that the terrorist group ISIS claimed the city of Ramadi. By ignoring this controversial address, ABC, NBC and CBS thus rendered it uncontroversial.
Time was, burning an American flag was a reliable way of getting on network TV, there to shock the taxpayers over their TV dinners.
But these days, the network news programs don’t seem interested in American flag desecration, unless it happens in the Middle East. In the last five years, there have been only two mentions of domestic flag desecration on ABC, CBS and NBC. Both of those were on ABC.
The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC showed no interest in covering on Wednesday night the optics of President Obama touting global warming as a “serious threat,” in a speech to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS. While the networks avoided this story, the Fox News Channel (FNC) program Special Report offered a full segment on the President’s remarks and their timing in relation to the continued rise of ISIS.
The Wednesday editions of ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News ignored the news that Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (Ky.) launched a new marathon speech on the Senator floor hours earlier in protest of the federal government’s collection of phone records. While ABC and CBS failed to cover this story, NBC Nightly News offered a 26-second news brief on the issue.
On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted liberal activist and Florida postal worker Douglas Hughes on a total of six felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to his April 15 landing of gyropcopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol that, if convicted, could result in up to a nine-and-half-year prison sentence. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this story on their Wednesday night newscasts, CBS and NBC neglected to devote even a second to this story.
Journalists on all three networks, Wednesday, covered Hillary Clinton talking to reporters for the first time in a month. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America managed to do the story without any Republican critics and with George Stephanopoulos returning to anchor the segment. GMA correspondent Cecilia Vega underlined, "Twenty eight days. That's how long Hillary Clinton went without taking questions from reporters and, believe me, we have been asking."
Following Hillary Clinton’s decision to take questions from the press for the first time in over three weeks, ABC, CBS and NBC all covered the story on their Tuesday evening newscasts and, once again, were all too happy to spin for her. They all mentioned a federal judge’s ruling that her e-mails should be released more quickly, but they ignored news that she had a second private e-mail address and that Clinton ally Richard Blumenthal advised her on Libya despite the fact that he was banned from working at the State Department. ABC's David Muir hailed how Clinton faced “tough new questions.”
ABC on Monday eagerly touted an "exclusive" interview with Elian Gonzalez. Jim Avila, appearing on Good Morning America and World News with his scoop, never mentioned that the now-21-year-old might have been brainwashed with Cuban communist propaganda. Instead, he parroted, "Elian still supports Fidel Castro, who has routinely visited him since his return, with his classmates, at his birthday and national events."
Good Morning America on Tuesday covered the latest details of Hillary Clinton's scandals and her refusal to talk to the media. However, George Stephanopoulos, the man who gave $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation and who "loves" the Democrat, did not anchor the segment. Instead, co-host Robin Roberts explained, "The State Department announcing it may not release her private e-mails from when she was Secretary of State until early next year."