According to the journalists at Good Morning America, it’s apparently okay to fat shame some people, so long as they are Republicans. On Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos opened the program by trumpeting, “Trump doubles down on his criticism of the former Miss Universe, saying her weight as a big problem.” Reporter Amy Robach alerted that in 1996, “Trump publicly shamed” contestant Alicia Machado, calling her an “eating machine” and “Ms. Piggy.”
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Following Monday night’s presidential debate, Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence visited all three network morning shows on Tuesday and was repeatedly hammered by hosts over Donald Trump’s debate performance. Hostile questions accusing Trump of everything from lying to tax evasion were hurled at the Indiana governor.
On Tuesday’s morning news shows, each of the three network anchors interviewed the two vice presidential candidates, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, about their running mate’s debate performance Monday night. But instead of asking the candidates similar questions, the anchors coaxed Clinton’s VP Kaine and grilled Trump’s VP Pence.
On Friday’s Good Morning America, anchor Robin Roberts interviewed President Obama and the First Lady from the new addition to the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Roberts used the museum’s theme as a starting point to ask the president what the thought about the rioters, looters and protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Except Roberts didn’t set it up like that. Instead, she compared the rioters to the Civil Rights Movement, and called them “Young people rising up and showing their frustration."
At a contentious impeachment hearing conducted by the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen admitted that his agency targeted Tea Party groups looking to obtain tax-exempt status. “They were totally improper criteria used to select organizations, applying for c-4 designation for further review,” testified Koskinen before the committee, “Those organizations predominantly were conservative organizations.” This stunning abuse of power went unreported by the “Big Three” networks Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
After watching many of the largest health insurers in America pull out of the ObamaCare exchanges, Senate Democrats recently put forward a resolution that shows their support for the creation of a “public option” for the failing program. “Even before the end of the Obama administration, Democrats are pushing a major change to Obamacare,” reported Fox News Correspondent Rich Edson on Tuesday. Even with such a major alteration to the law the “Big Three” networks were silent on the issue.
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows ran with an unconfirmed claim from prominent Democrat Kathleen Kennedy Townsend that former President George H.W. Bush supposedly told her he was voting for Hillary Clinton. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie excitedly told viewers: “Is a Bush ready to back a Clinton? Yes, according to a Kennedy...”
At the top of Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer hyped concerns that Donald Trump was “too quick to judge” about an explosion in New York City, despite accurately labeling it a bombing on Saturday. The anchor then wondered if Hillary Clinton was “too cautious” in her response. In the report that followed minutes later, correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed: “Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump demonstrating very different strategies and styles on issues of national security.”
The three networks generally don’t hold back in slamming Donald Trump, highlighting his controversies and scandals. But when the liberal candidate offers up policy prescriptions that echo theirs, ABC, CBS and NBC are silent. On Wednesday, none of the networks offered any conservatives critiques on Trump’s new federally mandated maternity leave plan. In fact, ABC hit the businessman from the left, worrying it didn’t go far enough.
After Hillary Clinton nearly collapsed due to an undisclosed case of pneumonia on Sunday, on Monday, all three network morning shows tried to deflect from questions about her health and honesty by claiming that “both candidates” were guilty of not being forthcoming on the issue.
On Monday’s Good Morning America, anchors George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts tried to defend Clinton against her critics while interviewing correspondents Martha Raddatz and Jonathan Karl about Hillary Clinton’s health. White House correspondent Jonathan Karl criticized the Clinton camp for repeatedly denying she was ill and said their excuses as “borderline deception.”
On Thursday’s Good Morning America, anchors George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Michael Strahan talked with ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl about last night’s forum with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. Some liberal outlets this morning expressed outraged at Matt Lauer’s questions to the two presidential candidates, and Karl agreed that Trump didn’t receive as many hard questions as Clinton did, but laid part of the blame on her performance to her lack of “practice.”