On Thursday's Good Morning America, ABC co-anchor Amy Robach excitedly previewed the season premiere of NBC's Saturday Night Live which is expected to have fun with the first presidential debate. But, as she recalled politicians from the past that the show has been famous for lambasting, she only cited Republicans as being among her favorites.
Just like ABC’s interviews with VPs Mike Pence and Tim Kaine on Monday morning, this week’s interviews with the two presidential campaign managers were staggeringly different from each other. On Tuesday’s The View, the panel barely made Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook sweat, but pummelled Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway on Thursday with harsh questions. Completely serious, Whoopi actually remarked at the end of the program that they treat every guest "fair" and with uncomfortable questions. But watching the two interviews side-by-side, that's a far cry from reality.
CBS and ABC noticed FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony before Congress on Wednesday... just not the part that was about Hillary Clinton. Good Morning America and CBS This Morning focused on what Comey had to say about the threat from Russia hacking the upcoming election, but they excluded the director being grilled over not charging Clinton, as well as the decision to give immunity to certain aides. NBC’s Today show, a four hour-long program, totally ignored all of Comey’s testimony.
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.”
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.