[For more, see NewsBusters.] The viewers of ABC News might not know it, but one of the network's senior reporters, Jon Karl, grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday about claims that al Qaeda had been "decimated." Instead, it was left to a competitor, Fox News, to highlight Karl's battle with Earnest. On Friday's On the Record, Greta Van Susteren played a clip of the two.
While ABC and NBC had appropriately moved on from their over-the-top gushing of Chelsea Clinton’s baby, CBS felt the need to continue to obsess over the announcement on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Reporter Bill Plante offered up a healthy dose of Clinton cheerleading when he proclaimed the baby to be the “newest member of a family of political royalty. Video cross-posted here at NewsBusters.
For the second time in two years, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has been accused of plagiarism, for
Last week, an Oklahoma man who recently converted to Islam, went on a violent stabbing spree at his former workplace, including beheading a coworker, but MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry was quick to dismiss his religion as being a factor in the killing. Appearing on her self-titled show on Saturday morning, Harris-Perry insisted that “it is a story that I read as a workplace violence story” and then proceeded to condemn any references to his Islamic faith when discussing the crime.
Attorney General Eric Holder resigned this week after six years working for the Obama Administration and on Sunday morning ABC’s Matthew Dowd eagerly scolded Republicans for being “way too vociferous in their things about Eric Holder.” The so-called Republican dismissed the notion that Holder was “the worst attorney general we’ve ever had” and proceeded to drag Edwin Meese, Attorney General for President Reagan, through the mud by insisting he was much worse than the scandal plagued Obama official.
On Friday night, Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her first child, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, and ABC and NBC predictably swooned over the event and hyped the impact this could have on Hillary Clinton’s political future. Good Morning America, ABC’s Mara Schiavocampo gushed “while America waits for Hillary’s decision if she'll run for president, a
Appearing on MSNBC's weekend program Up w/ Steve Kornacki, GQ's Washington Correspondent Ana Marie Cox claimed that the GOP wants to establish a theocracy in America just like Islamists do in the Middle East.
An adamant Charlie Rose, on September 25, 2014, was astounded that there could be any opposition to the fight against climate change as blurted, on his PBS show: “Where is the resistance?! What stands in the way of something that clearly threatens the planet?”
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[See NewsBusters for more.] The 2014 midterms may be building towards a Republican wave, but the elections in 39 days have drawn little interest from the networks. NBC and CBS on Thursday made exceptions, but only to highlight GOP struggles and embarrassments. Awkward, uncomfortable examples involving Democrats have been either ignored or severely minimized.