On Monday night, U.S. Federal Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas blocked the implementation of President Obama’s controversial executive action on immigration. Following the announcement, on Tuesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows all covered the setback for the Obama administration but only CBS This Morning provided a detailed account of the arguments against the administration's action.
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Just a year after The New York Times Sunday Review piece warned of “The End of Snow?,” the East Coast was once again bracing for frigid temperatures and a major snowfall.
The winter storm that struck on President’s Day dumped a foot of snow in parts of Virginia, 4.1 inches near the White House, and 7 inches in Cape May, N.J. Boston braced for more snow, on top of its “snowiest February on record,” according to The Week. The city was already collapsing under the 58.5 inches of snow it got. A ski resort in Carlisle, Mass., had to close from too much snow. Ironic, given the Times’ warning that resorts “may no longer be viable in 30 years” because warming would reduce snow.
Update, 3:50 p.m. Eastern: Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber (D) announced his resignation Friday afternoon and will be effective next Wednesday (February 18).
With calls for Democratic Govenor John Kitzhaber to resign and Secretary of State referring to the Governor’s behavior Thursday as “strange” and “bizarre,” one would think that the media would devote time to a story that has dominated the Beaver State and could lead to a longtime Governor leaving office in disgrace. Alas, the networks refused to cover it on both their Thursday evening and Friday morning broadcasts.
NBC and ABC on Friday gushed over a new video of the President taking selfies and making silly faces as he promotes ObamaCare. Only CBS This Morning wondered if the President was diminishing the office. Good Morning America's Amy Robach parroted the White House commercial as just another fun, viral video. The journalist enthused, "Trending this morning, the President is presiding on Facebook with an unprecedented video from Buzzfeed with more than 20 million views in less than a day."
NBC's Today on Thursday ignored the militant atheism and liberalism of a North Carolina man accused of executing three Muslims on Tuesday night. ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning at least mentioned Craig Stephen Hicks's hatred of faith, but none of the networks highlighted the individual's affinity for programs such as the Rachel Maddow show.
In the wake of a six month suspension for NBC anchor Brian Williams, ABC and CBS on Wednesday offered mocking coverage of their competitor's downfall. New York Times reporter David Carr appeared on CBS This Morning to deride: "...Everyone, including Brian, thought he was maybe too big to fail...Turns out, he's not the most important thing."
On Tuesday night, liberal comedian Jon Stewart announced that he was stepping down as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show after 16 years and on Wednesday, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) morning shows eagerly praised Stewart's tenure. NBC’s Matt Lauer introduced Today by declaring “Stewart Stunner..The announcement that’s rocking Hollywood, Washington and his millions of fans” and ABC’s Lara Spencer proclaimed Stewart’s show to be a “comedy cultural juggernaut.”
Following all three network evening newscasts on Monday devoting full reports to "a full blown civil rights battle" in Alabama after the state's supreme court chief justice refused to carry out a federal ruling allowing gay marriage in the state, the Tuesday morning shows on CBS, ABC, and NBC all continued to push the story.
Of the three morning shows on Saturday, only CBS covered the latest on the evolving Brian Williams scandal. Predictably, NBC’s Today again stayed silent. But so did ABC’s Good Morning America. CBS reporter Anthony Mason noted, “the New York Times reports NBC News is launching an internal investigation into the reporting of anchorman Brian Williams.”
Following zero coverage on Thursday evening of President Obama drawing a moral equivalency between ISIS and Christians, the networks continued their blackout into a second straight news cycle with no mention of it on any of their Friday morning newscasts. The evening broadcasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC combined to exclude any mention that the President told attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast that acts of terrorism carried out by Islamic extremists are similar to Christianity being the grounds for the Crusades, slavery, and Jim Crow.
ABC on Friday finally woke up to the scandal engulfing NBC competitor Brian Williams. Good Morning America's David Wright covered the story and gravely intoned, "This controversy threatens to tarnish the reputation of America's number one news anchor."
ABC's Good Morning America, a superficial show that rarely focuses on actual news, on Wednesday made time to promote the book of Reggie Love, Barack Obama's former "body man." Co-host Robin Roberts enthused over the "beautifully written" Power Forward: My Presidential Education.