On Tuesday, Sidney Blumenthal, longtime friend and confidant to Bill and Hillary Clinton, is scheduled to testify before the House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks but ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored it altogether. CBS This Morning devoted a mere 20 second news brief to the story during its Tuesday broadcast.
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Ahead of Jeb Bush announcing his 2016 presidential run on Monday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning hyped his effort to “regain some lost momentum” and overcome the “baggage” of his last name. In contrast, the two morning shows barely touched the problems facing Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the wake of her formal announcement on Saturday.
Talk about a softball. On Sunday's Good Morning America, co-host Dan Harris asked George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, if class warfare was a "winning strategy" for Hillary Clinton. Unsurprisingly, the man who secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation answered in the affirmative. Regarding Saturday's campaign launch, Harris mused, "Hillary Clinton has not wanted to be seen as a class warrior. But in this speech, she really went for it... Is this a winning strategy for her?"
This week marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta “one of the most important documents in human history” and on Monday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today apparently felt their viewers don't appreciate a key part of world history and skipped the event altogether.
While all three broadcast networks hailed Bruce Jenner for choosing to switch genders and become Caitlyn Jenner just one week ago – devoting 48 minutes to the story in three days – on Friday, those same networks were aghast that Spokane, Washington NAACP leader Rachel Dolezal had chosen to identify herself as black despite being white.
New York City underwater? Gas over $9 a gallon? A carton of milk costs almost $13? Welcome to June 12, 2015. At least those were the wildly-inaccurate predictions made by ABC News exactly seven years ago. Appearing on Good Morning America in 2008, Bob Woodruff hyped Earth 2100, a special that pushed apocalyptic predictions of the then-futuristic 2015.
ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday ignored a new report indicating that Hillary Clinton's favors for donors to her family's foundation go back to her days as a U.S. Senator. CBS This Morning allowed 42 seconds on the Clinton Foundation scandal in general, but didn't specifically mention the new allegations. "Former President Bill Clinton is defending his family's charity and rejecting charges that some contributors are looking for political favors."
On Thursday morning, ABC and NBC continued their blackout of the Obama administration’s plan to use the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the airline industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Despite President Obama making the stunning admission at the G7 Summit on Monday that the U.S. still lacks a “complete strategy” to combat ISIS, NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the news on Tuesday. Instead, both network morning shows promoted a social media meme about a photo of Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Good Morning America is not a serious news show. But even by the loose standards of ABC, the program's journalists set a new standard for cynicism. On Tuesday, hosts both hyped a reckless daredevil and later condemned such people. At 7:15am, news reader Amy Robach enthused, "One daredevil is surely at the top of his game! Take a look at his latest stunt. He's the first person in the world to stand on top of the arch that rises nearly 450 feet over London's Wembley stadium."
NBC News censored itself on Sunday, after it broadcast the "have a nice day" message left by two prison escapees from New York State on Today. The Post-It note included a caricature of an East Asian man with slanted eyes, a bucktooth grin, and wearing a stereotypical conical hat. Hours later, when NBC Nightly News covered the manhunt for the fugitives, the newscast blurred out the "racially-offensive Post-it note," as John Yang labeled it, three separate times during the correspondent's report.
According to an ABC News/Washington Post poll, support for ObamaCare is at a "record low" level. Yet, viewers wouldn't know that from watching the network. Journalists on Sunday's World News and Monday's Good Morning America failed to cover the poll from their own network. According to the Washington Post, "The survey finds opinion on the health-care law among the worst in Post-ABC polling; 54 percent oppose, up six percentage points from a year ago."