Despite a combined eight hours of air time on Wednesday, all three network morning shows ignored the revelation that 6,400 "lost" e-mails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have been found. On cable, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer alerted viewers, reminding, "The IRS claimed the emails were lost when learner's computer crashed three years ago. They will now be examined by the Senate Finance Committee." Rather than focus on an attempt to cover-up government targeting of conservative groups, GMA devoted four minutes to this: "Stranded on a deserted Island: Four keys to staying alive."
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Former Bill Clinton staffer George Stephanopoulos talked to Nicolle Wallace on Tuesday and pushed the idea of a potential "double standard" against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Stephanopoulos hyped a clip of comedienne Cecily Strong from Saturday's White House Correspondents Dinner. Strong lectured journalists to put their hands up and "solemnly swear not to talk about Hillary's appearance. Because that is not journalism."
Ahead of Tuesday's Supreme Court hearing on gay marriage, all three network morning shows hailed the "landmark cases" involved in the "historic arguments." On CBS This Morning, correspondent Jan Crawford proclaimed: "You know, for many people this is the civil rights issue of our time, whether or not gays and lesbians are going to be treated equally and allowed to marry just like heterosexual in every state in the nation."
ABC and CBS on Monday allowed a mere 45 seconds combined to the admission of "mistakes" by the Clinton Foundation in improperly filing taxes for years. The two hour-long Good Morning America managed a scant 20 seconds, but over three minutes to Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey being killed off his show. Not exactly the most pressing topic.
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 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."
Over the past five weeks, all three broadcast networks have essentially walked away from covering the ex-Secretary of State’s secret extra-governmental e-mail server and the possible loss of crucial documents needed by the House Select Committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, with coverage on ABC, CBS and NBC’s morning and evening news shows falling by more than 93 percent from the levels seen in early March.
All three networks on Sunday and Monday blasted biased reporting and conflict of interest at PBS. However, the subject matter wasn't the taxpayer-supported outlet's liberal tilt. It was related to Ben Affleck and his appearance on Finding Your Roots. Apparently, PBS colluded with the movie star to cover up the fact that Affleck's ancestor owned slaves.
As of Monday morning, ABC and NBC's morning and evening newscasts haven't aired any reports or news briefs on the recent arrests of 15 Muslim migrants from Mali, Senegal, and Ivory Coast, who allegedly murdered 12 fellow migrants by throwing them into the Mediterranean Sea – simply because they recited Christian prayers. On Friday, CBS This Morning devoted seven seconds of air time to a news brief on the possible mass murder.
George Stephanopoulos and the crew of Good Morning America on Monday hailed the "political statement" of a "daring," "passionate" pilot who landed his gyrocopter on the grounds of the Capitol last week in order to lobby for campaign finance reform. At no time in the segment did Stephanopoulos refer to Doug Hughes as "liberal." Instead, as he interviewed the postal worker, the GMA host offered softballs such as this one: "Why did you become so passionate about the issue of money in politics?"