Government & Press

By Curtis Houck | October 29, 2014 | 10:08 PM EDT

ABC and NBC failed to cover the upcoming midterm elections during their Wednesday evening broadcasts, but instead devoted over three-and-a-half minutes to going after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) for confronting a protestor earlier in the day during an event marking the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Christie, who has received some rare praise from the mainstream media for a Republican, was not that person this evening as ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir reported he was “unscripted” and “lashing out” as he engaged in “a war of words” with the heckler in what “was supposed to be a mission accomplished moment” for promoting the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore.

By Curtis Houck | October 29, 2014 | 1:00 AM EDT

NBC Nightly News showered praise on President Obama regarding his Ebola response on Tuesday night, declaring that Obama was “hitting back” and “[came] out swinging in this fight over quarantines” against those who demanded and then implemented quarantines for aid workers returning from West Africa.

The rhetoric followed NBC’s Today from Tuesday morning in which Matt Lauer slammed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for quarantining health care workers that return to the United States through his state after treating those stricken with Ebola in Africa.

By Curtis Houck | October 24, 2014 | 12:59 AM EDT

On Thursday night, ABC and NBC continued to make no mention of a damning report by USA Today that the Obama administration covered up the release of illegal immigrants from prisons who had committed numerous violent crimes, including rape and murder. 

At the conclusion of the morning newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today had no coverage while CBS This Morning mentioned it in a news brief that lasted for just 21 seconds. By the time the evening newscasts had aired, ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News followed their morning counterparts and said nothing about the report.

By Curtis Houck | October 23, 2014 | 1:22 AM EDT

On July 24, it was discovered that Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) had plagiarized his thesis statement as part of earning a master’s degree from the United States Army War College and led to the College revoking his degree on October 10. Back on August 7, Walsh announced that he would not be seeking reelection (as he originally planned) and would leave office after his term ends. 

Throughout the whole scandal, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC combined for only one story in the form of a news brief on CBS This Morning on July 24 that lasted for 31 seconds.

By Tom Johnson | October 22, 2014 | 1:43 PM EDT

The New Yorker editor and former Washington Post reporter contends that “the most overstated notion” about the late Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee “was the idea that he was an ideological man. This was a cartoon.”

He and Post publisher Katharine Graham, though often seen as ferociously committed liberals…were, in fact, committed to the First Amendment.”

By Curtis Houck | October 21, 2014 | 10:17 PM EDT

On Tuesday, ABC and NBC made no mention of the upcoming midterm elections, which were two weeks away from Tuesday and include numerous Senate races that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate.

ABC’s Good Morning AmericaABC World News Tonight with David Muir, NBC’s Today, and NBC Nightly News made no mention of the midterm elections in their evening newscasts while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley ran not one but two segments on the topic during its Tuesday night broadcast. 

By Curtis Houck | October 20, 2014 | 9:39 PM EDT

On Monday night, ABC and NBC offered segments on Monica Lewinsky’s first public comments in years that came during a conference in Philadelphia for millennials by Forbes and explained how she was the first victim of cyberbullying during her affair with then-President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s. 

During the segment that aired on NBC Nightly News, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell declared that the “timing” of Lewinsky speaking out now (in hopes of becoming an advocate against cyberbullying) “couldn’t be worse for Bill and Hillary Clinton.

By Tim Graham | October 19, 2014 | 8:15 AM EDT

Ajit Pai, a Republican appointee to the Federal Communications Commission, has an eye-opening opinion piece in The Washington Post on how the federal government is funding an initiative to monitor political speech on Twitter called....."Truthy," in homage to Stephen Colbert.

Congressional Republicans always run from any attempt to monitor the leftist content of public broadcasting as some sort of free-speech violation -- which is wrong, since taking taxpayer money from conservatives to fund leftist propaganda is the free-speech violation. So why is government content-monitoring acceptable?

By Curtis Houck | October 15, 2014 | 10:47 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, Bill O’Reilly blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden and the federal government’s response to the Ebola epidemic during his Talking Points Memo at the top of his Fox News Channel (FNC) program. He reiterated his call for Frieden to resign in the wake of the CDC’s response and called him out for “spouting nonsense” and being “almost incohent” during an interview on FNC’s The Kelly File on Tuesday night.

By Curtis Houck | October 15, 2014 | 12:34 AM EDT

Major broadcast networks ABC and NBC both refused to cover the news on Tuesday night that the lone individual the United States has in custody relating to the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi, Libya has been charged with murder on multiple counts with 17 total charges that could bring the death penalty if convicted. As for those that did cover it on their Tuesday evening newscasts, both CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and the Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier offered news briefs on the subject. 

By Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 8:07 AM EDT

During Tuesday's segment of the new Bloomberg TV show, "With All Due Respect," hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were getting whimsical with their guest, Obama press secretary Josh Earnest, asking which reporter at the White House is the "consistently most delightful."

Earnest picked ABC's Jon Karl -- suggesting he's the un-favorite right now.

By Seton Motley | September 29, 2014 | 11:02 AM EDT

Jeff Bezos is a transcendent Internet entrepreneur.  He understands the way the Web works in a  way few others do.  He sees around the curve of the Earth just a little further than do most of us.

To wit: Bezos started in 1994 Amazon.com.