In interviews with ABC and NBC following his Monday presidential announcement, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was treated to nearly identical questions pressing him on why he dared compete with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the 2016 Republican nomination.
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ABC journalist Cecilia Vega has officially been designated the Clinton correspondent for the 2016 campaign. On Tuesday, the senior national correspondent sounded very much like a stenographer, cheering Clinton's "mystery" road trip. A Good Morning America graphic offered this important information: "Hillary Clinton Hits the Road: Stops at Chipotle Along the Trail." Vega enthused, "Stealth is the word we're hearing out here on the trail. Who knew Hillary Clinton likes herself a good road trip? We're told this whole thing was her idea."
Despite devoting three segments to Hillary Clinton's 2016 launch, the journalists of Good Morning America on Monday totally avoided any mention of the Democrat's scandal involving deleted e-mails. Also ignored was any description of the former politician as a liberal. Instead, ex-Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos enthused that the wife of his old boss "is in a commanding position."
A Wednesday "Good Morning America" piece gave President Barack Obama an open mic to claim that, in ABC's words, "climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler."
Somehow, ABC managed to avoid another possible contributor — besides the obvious possibility that Malia developed asthma independent of external influences — namely the President's 30-year smoking habit. He is said to have quit once and for all in 2011. USA Today columnist James S. Robbins wasn't impressed with the President's "reasoning," and with good cause, as he articulated in a Thursday evening column. He even managed to get a "there's been no warming for a long time" observation past USA Today's editors (links are in original; bolds are mine):
In previewing Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential announcement on Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America turned to George Stephanopoulos, former White House Communications Director for Bill Clinton, to supposedly provide objective analysis of her soon-to-be candidacy.
A certain level of worry permeated the coverage for the launch of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The three networks on Friday at least noted stumbles the Democrat has had in 2015, though ABC failed to specifically mention the e-mail server controversy. Former Bill Clinton operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos conceded that Mrs. Clinton "has some work to do."
While CBS This Morning and ABC's Good Morning America both covered the latest problems with the Iran nuclear negotiations on Thursday, NBC's Today skipped the story altogether in favor of touting how President Obama "plays tourist" in Jamaica.
As the Big Three networks were touting President Obama's claim that climate change affects the health of children – including that of his own daughter – on Wednesday, their morning and evening newscasts have yet to report on the politician's criticism of many Christians during a Tuesday prayer breakfast. Mr. Obama underlined that "on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned."
All three networks on Wednesday featured Barack Obama to attack climate "deniers" and lament how global warming has personally "impacted" his family. NBC, ABC and CBS offered almost no skepticism. Typical was NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar. She wondered, "What do you say to the people who deny that climate change is real and that it's impacting our health?"
The networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning minimized Barack Obama's casual dismissal of the idea that any nuclear deal with Iran include an acknowledgment of Israel's right to exist. On Good Morning America, Amy Robach quickly touted the President's rejection: "[Obama] is not buying Israel's latest demand concerning the nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says any nuclear deal must require Iran to recognize Israel."
On Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the second Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, following Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement on March 23. However, on the morning of their respective presidential announcements, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks went out of their way to label Cruz a “conservative” 13 times, compared to zero conservative labels for Senator Paul.
All three networks on Monday prominently covered the "scathing" report on Rolling Stone's retraction of a brutal rape allegation at the University of Virginia. But, ABC, NBC and CBS skimped on the fact that no one at the magazine will be fired. Today, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America offered 10 minutes and nine seconds to the "blistering report" by Columbia University, but a scant 32 seconds of that time was devoted to the total lack of responsibility being imposed.