ABC Offers Little Criticism for Cuba Move: It 'Helped Thaw a Cold War'

December 18th, 2014 11:38 AM
The journalists of Good Morning America on Thursday cheered Barack Obama's efforts to "help thaw a Cold War" and offered little in the way of criticism for the President's actions to normalize relations with Cuba. Reporter Jim Avila hyped, "Well soon many more Americans will be able to hop a plane to Havana, take a tour, even legally buy one of those famous cigars."

ABC Cheers Dem. Julian Castro: ‘What’s Next For The Rising Star?’

October 12th, 2014 12:06 PM
On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s Jim Avila gave Democrat Julian Castro, newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 5 minutes of promotional airtime to play up his political ambitions. The ABC reporter began the Castro advertisement by declaring “he's just 77 days into his new job, but ever since his swearing in, so many Democrats have skipped ahead trying to figure out what's…

ABC Hits Obama From Left on Immigration

September 7th, 2014 9:38 AM
Following President Obama’s decision to delay any executive action on immigration reform, ABC’s Good Morning America did its best to hit the president from the left for failing to offer legal status to potentially millions of illegal immigrants currently living in this country.  On Sunday, September 7, co-host Dan Harris played up how “there is anger this morning in the Hispanic community over a…

ABC Continues Network Cheerleading of Perry Indictment: ‘A Kind of H

August 18th, 2014 8:13 PM
In the wake of the “big three” networks (ABC, CBS, NBC) devoting 25 minutes to the indictment of Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) in the story’s first two days, ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer continued the network obsession with the potential 2016 presidential candidate.  On Monday, August 18, anchor Diane Sawyer introduced a report on Perry by proclaiming “back here at home to Texas and a kind…

Networks Continue to Hype Perry Indictment, Ignore Prominent Liberals

August 18th, 2014 12:16 PM
All three network morning shows on Monday continued to hype the Friday indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry but none of the broadcasts mentioned prominent liberals like Obama adviser David Axelrod or Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz coming to Perry's defense and dismissing the charges as politically motivated. On NBC's Today, correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed Perry to be "the…

Journalists Subpoenaed In Defamation Suit Against ABC

July 28th, 2014 3:19 PM
Several journalists at Food Safety News and The New York Times were subpoenaed in the the latest development in the legal fight between a beef producer and ABC News, according to Columbia Journalism Review (CJR). Beef Products Inc. (BPI), which filed the $1.2 billion lawsuit, claimed the attacks had cost more than $400 million and destroyed more than 700 jobs. BPI, a South Dakota-based…

ABC Derides Perry's Border Move: 'Not Needed' and Comes With a 'Hefty

July 22nd, 2014 12:15 PM
All three morning shows on Tuesday worried about Governor Rick Perry's "controversial," expensive move to send the National Guard to the Texas border. But it was ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that offered the most annoyed commentary. GMA correspondent Jim Avila began his report by lecturing, "But the border patrol says [National Guard troops are] not needed because federal law prohibits…

ABC Finally Discovers Disease Danger at the Border: 'Pneumonia and Inf

July 17th, 2014 12:06 PM
The growing threat of pneumonia, influenza and other serious diseases at the border has not been a concern for ABC. Since June 8, the network completely ignored the potentially grave threat as illegals stream into America. Yet, on Thursday, Good Morning America's Jim Avila warned, "...Some children are leaving border patrol processing centers with high fevers, flu-like symptoms and other…

‘Big Three’ Continue To Champion Jose Antonio Vargas: ‘America

July 16th, 2014 11:12 AM
Jose Antonio Vargas, a 31-year-old illegal immigrant, was detained by border patrol agents while trying to board a plane from McAllen, Texas without proper documentation. Following his arrest, the “big three” networks did their best to promote his cause on their Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning broadcasts.  ABC’s Good Morning America did the most to cheerlead for Vargas, with reporter…

89 Percent of Network Stories Omit Obama's Role in Causing Border Cris

July 1st, 2014 4:29 PM
While all three networks played clips of Barack Obama on Monday blaming the GOP for the border crisis, they have been reluctant to cite the President’s own failure to enforce immigration laws as a cause for thousands of immigrants illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexican border. From June 8 through the morning of July 1 ABC, CBS and NBC have offered a total of 45 stories on the border crisis, on…

Jay Carney Dodges Defending Rice's Statement Bergdahl 'Served with Hon

June 2nd, 2014 5:32 PM
This afternoon outgoing White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took questions from the press corps in his first daily press briefing since announcing his resignation. The questions dealt primarily with the controversy surrounding the release of five high-level Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the sole American POW from the war in Afghanistan, and one…

ABC Hypes Obama 'Talking Tough' on V.A. Scandal, But Devotes More Air

May 21st, 2014 11:35 PM
Wednesday's World News on ABC minimized any sense of the Obama administration's responsibility in the ongoing V.A. scandal, and spent the least amount of air time on the issue among the Big Three networks' evening newscasts. The program actually aired segments on pickpocketing and custom mobile homes than lasted about a half a minute longer each than their report on the scandal. Diane Sawyer…

Networks Devote 71 Minutes to Veterans Scandal, But Just 5 Seconds of

May 16th, 2014 3:35 PM
Since a massive scandal involving the Veterans Affairs department became public, the three networks have devoted a combined 71 minutes and 55 seconds (or 38 stories) to investigating a secret list delaying treatment to military personnel. That total time included a scant five seconds of criticism for Barack Obama. Instead, ABC, CBS and NBC focused their stories on Secretary Eric Shinseki and to…

Networks Hype 'Bombshell:' Christie 'Thrown Under Bus'; Spotlight Call

January 31st, 2014 10:58 PM
The Big Three networks' evening newscasts on Friday jumped on the latest development in the traffic scandal surrounding Chris Christie. NBC and CBS both led with the accusation from the former Christie appointee, who claims that the New Jersey governor knew more about the lane closures than he previously asserted. CBS's Scott Pelley trumpeted how "Chris Christie just got thrown under the bus in…