All three networks on Wednesday morning offered substantive coverage of Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America didn't bother to go to Republicans for response to the controversy. GMA boycotted the story on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos trumpeted, "Hillary on the hot seat. The former Secretary of State finally answers questions about that private email controversy."
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On Wednesday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the Obama administration’s decision to drop their proposed ban on ammunition that is commonly used in the AR-15. After the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored the bullet ban reversal during their Tuesday night broadcasts, CBS’s Charlie Rose devoted a mere 20 seconds to the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (ATF) to not ban the specific type of ammunition. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today ignored the story altogether.
On Monday night and Tuesday morning, ABC ignored Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal, despite three hours of potential airtime (on World News, Good Morning America and Nightline). Instead, GMA on Tuesday devoted eight and a half minutes to the 50th anniversary of the Sound of Music.
On Monday, March 9 and Tuesday, March 10, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks pounced on a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the leaders of Iran regarding its negotiations with the Obama administration over its nuclear program.
On Tuesday morning, the big three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks continued to play-up the supposed controversy surrounding a letter signed by 47 Republican senators to the leaders of Iran regarding its negotiations with the Obama administration over its nuclear program. CBS This Morning did its best to promote the harshest critics with Jeff Glor introducing the network’s coverage by declaring “[i]n Washington this morning Democrats are denouncing a letter to Iran signed by most of the 54 Republican Senators. This morning's New York Daily News headline calls those Republicans 'traitors.'”
On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the 2016 presidential election and what impact Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails might have on the race. Stephanopoulos did his best to cast doubt on the importance of the Clinton emails and argued that “it’s not going bring down her campaign and I think it does raise questions about a pattern of kind of hunkering down in the Clinton world. We'll also see if her critics overreact on this one."
Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos admitted on Tuesday that, when he first started, even his fellow colleagues at ABC News wondered if he could be objective. Talking to Alec Baldwin for the actor's radio show Here's The Thing, recounted how, in 1997, Ted Koppel "came to my office and looked me in the eye and asked me why I'm here and if I really felt I could, sort of, do the job, be fair and be objective."
According to Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Thursday, Hillary Clinton will ask Americans to simply trust her when it comes to the growing scandal regarding her e-mails as Secretary of State. Talking to George Stephanopoulos, Karl conceded, "George, this is basically going to be the honor system."
Today House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz issued more subpeonas for documents and hardware in the IRS scandal probe. Just last week, the IRS watchdog charged with investigating Lois Lerner’s missing emails said he is looking into the possibility of “potential criminal activity.” It was also reported that Lerner raked in “$129,300 in bonuses between 2010 and 2013,” and there are at least a half-dozen conservative applicants” still waiting for their tax exemptions.
But you wouldn’t know about any of these developments if you only got your news from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks.
CBS This Morning journalist Nancy Cordes on Tuesday parroted White House spin on Benjamin Netanyahu's address before Congress. The reporter repeated that the President "said the speech creates the appearance of a political endorsement for Netanyahu, who is up for reelection later this month."
On Tuesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows all covered a New York Times report exposing how Hillary Clinton potentially violated federal law during her tenure as Secretary of State by conducting all government business with her personal email account, and when asked by the State Department to turn over the emails her staff “decided which ones to turn over."
On Thursday night the IRS watchdog charged with investigating Lois Lerner’s missing emails told the House Oversight Committee that he is looking into the possibility of “potential criminal activity.” This latest development in the IRS-Tea Party scandal has yet to be reported on any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) evening or morning shows.