Los espectadores de los noticieros de ABC, CBS o NBC podrían ser perdonados si piensan que no está pasando nada de interés periodístico en Venezuela, donde una oposición envalentonada en las últimas semanas está trabajando para sacar del poder al presidente socialista Nicolás Maduro por medio de un referendo revocatorio. El país está pasando por una crisis humana devastadora, en la que los alimentos son escasos, las medicinas y otros suministros están disminuyendo rápidamente, y la sociedad toda está cayendo en el caos. Sin embargo, las tres grandes cadenas de televisión tradicionales ABC, CBS y NBC todavía no han incluido ni una palabra sobre esta crisis en sus noticieros.
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows promptly dismissed talk of a third party conservative candidate stepping forward in the presidential race as “fantasy” and “a fool’s errand.” Hosts and correspondents openly mocked the notion of an independent alternative to Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered: “Let's start with this tantalizing tweet from Bill Kristol that there could be a third party candidate....Does this seem realistic, feasible?”
Despite Trump being the only candidate remaining in the GOP race, his supporters accounted for only 12 percent of all participants (9 out of 77 total) in roundtable discussions on Sunday shows from May 8 to May 29. A staple of Sunday political shows, the roundtable discussions give a chance for pundits from across the political spectrum to voice their concerns and opinions about the political news of the day.
Like almost everyone who has the sense God gave geese, Deadspin founder Leitch thinks O.J. Simpson is an unconvicted murderer. Unlike most of those people, Leitch also thinks Simpson’s acquittal “may have been one of the biggest civil-rights victories” of the 1990s. In a New York magazine review of the seven-hour, 43-minute documentary O.J.: Made in America, which airs in five parts next month on ABC and ESPN, Leitch remarked, “The verdict was just cause for all that national celebration from African-Americans, even if [Simpson] was guilty. Shit, especially if he was.”
To Leitch, the acquittal amounted to partial recompense for the black community of Los Angeles, given “the city’s [history of] scabrous racial politics, from the southern blacks who came to Los Angeles expecting acceptance and discovering something far different, to the Watts riots…to former LAPD chief Daryl Gates’s horrific racial attitudes…It all exploded with the Rodney King riots, which were less about King and more about the seeming impossibility that a black man could ever win anything in a court of law in the city of Los Angeles.”
This issue: Journalists are upset about GOPers bringing up Bill and Hillary's past abuse of women, while ABC anchor David Muir wonders if Hillary Clinton is “fighting back hard enough?” Plus, MSNBC panelists say violent protestors against Donald Trump are merely “expressing their humanity.
On Sunday's This Week on ABC, California Senator Dianne Feinstein seemed to be channeling the Whoopi Goldberg school of flimsy excuse-making as she tried to defend Hillary Clinton's decision to use a private email server to conduct government business as Secretary of State. Several days after The View co-host Goldberg preposterously claimed that Clinton was just trying to hide email fights with her husband by using the private server -- as if she could not have simply kept personal correspondence in a separate account -- the Democratic Senator whined that Clinton "wants a little bit of a private life" and wants to be able to correspond with family and "not have somebody looking over her shoulder into her emails."
In an encore performance from Thursday night, ABC spent Sunday morning fretting that Hillary Clinton is not doing enough to stop Donald Trump. “Early on her campaign seemed pretty giddy to be running against Donald Trump, but now some people are worried that she's not fighting back hard enough,” stated Good Morning America co-host Dan Harris. “Are they right to be nervous, do you think?” Harris asked to ABC’s John Karl.
On Thursday's The View on ABC, during a discussion of the State Department finding that Hillary Clinton violated the agency's rules in spite of warnings by conducting business on a private home email server, co-host Whoopi Goldberg ridiculously rationalized the former Secretary's behavior by sympathetically claiming she was trying to keep personal email fights with her husband from making it into the newspaper.
The network morning shows on Friday all praised President Obama’s “historic visit” to Hiroshima, Japan – site of the first nuclear bombing – and him using the occasion to push his foreign policy agenda. Leading off NBC’s Today, announced: “Historic visit. President Obama becomes the first sitting U.S. President to travel to Hiroshima, site of the devastating atomic bombing.”
It didn’t take long for ABC to go back to ignoring Hillary Clinton’s growing e-mail scandal. A day after all three networks covered a “scathing” new report accusing the Democrat of violating federal rules, Good Morning America on Friday totally avoided the subject. In contrast, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning both stayed on the story. But the two networks couldn’t agree whether Clinton was going on “offense” or staying on “defense.”
As promised during last week’s episode of ABC's Nashville, gay country star Will Lexington finally got his showdown with the show’s conservative caricature, leading straw-woman: Cynthia Davis. And as you probably guessed, Davis wasn’t portrayed kindly. Instead, the “conservative” talker is portrayed as a bloviating, incompetent homophobe who can’t string a coherent thought together to save her life.
With numerous polls now showing a virtual tie between presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, the liberal media seems to be getting nervous. ABC’s World News Tonight seemed to show the first signs of this fear Thursday. “Our team also asking Clinton today, what some of her supporters have been asking,” stated host David Muir, “After Donald Trump's attacks, is Clinton fighting back hard enough?”