ABC Hails Obama's Dubious Recess Appointment: A 'Consumer Champion

January 5th, 2012 1:05 PM
World News anchor Diane Sawyer on Wednesday hailed a questionably legal recess appointment by Barack Obama, praising the incoming arrival of a "consumer champion" who will "help" Americans with their financial problems. The program offered no skepticism as to whether a new, unrestrained bureau could harm businesses in America. Sawyer teased the program, "Consumer champion. Can this brand new…

NBC's Curry: Santorum About to Go Through 'Meat Grinder;' Does He Have

January 5th, 2012 12:04 PM
On Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry predicted that following his strong finish in Iowa, Rick Santorum was "about to face the meat grinder of tough scrutiny for the first time." Turning to Meet the Press host David Gregory, she wondered: "So is he going to have to change his conservative message as he's looking...into New Hampshire, which is a much less conservative state, David?"…

CBS Promoted 'Humanized' Hillary in '08; Hounds Romney in

January 4th, 2012 3:09 PM
CBS revealed its double standard in its treatment of Republican presidential candidates versus Democratic ones on Wednesday's Early Show, as Jim Axelrod and Nancy Cordes pressed Mitt Romney about the challenges ahead in the race the day after he won in Iowa. By contrast, then-anchor Katie Couric gushed over a "humanized" and "emotional" Hillary Clinton the day after the 2008 New Hampshire…

CBS Interrogates Cain on Wife's Feelings, Defense Knowledge

January 3rd, 2012 4:41 PM
CBS's Bob Schieffer led his interview of Herman Cain on Tuesday's Early Show by asking, "Why did you accept the invitation?" Cain must have been wondering that himself by the end of the segment, as Schieffer and Norah O'Donnell conducted a hostile interrogation of the entrepreneur, pressing him about his qualifications to be secretary of defense, and even asked about the state of his marriage…

CBS's Schieffer Naively Suggests Putting an End to Negative Ads

January 2nd, 2012 3:08 PM
As he interviewed Iowa Republican Governor Terry Branstad on Monday's The Early Show on CBS, substitute co-anchor Bob Schieffer naively wondered why someone does not act to put an end to negative ads in political campaigns.

CBS Hosts Guest Who Implicates Climate Change in Disasters of

December 31st, 2011 8:45 PM
On Thursday's The Early Show, CBS hosted a guest who implicated climate change as one of the factors contributing to many weather disasters in 2011, and he ended up warning of more droughts in the future. After asserting that 2011 was an unusually active year for natural disasters, Dr. M. Sanjayan of the Nature Conservancy including climate change in the list of influences:

NYT Correspondent Knocks Bachmann as 'A Little Bit Combustible and Vol

December 30th, 2011 11:45 AM
Reporting on the campaigns in Iowa on Friday's Early Show, Times political correspondent Jeff Zeleny belittled candidate Michele Bachmann as "a little bit combustible and volatile." Zeleny added that "Anyone knows what she could do," in response to CBS anchor Jeff Glor's question about the potential for a candidate to do something before the Iowa Caucus to change the GOP race. [Video below…

CBS Highlights Increase in Female Gun Enthusiasts

December 28th, 2011 9:33 AM
On Tuesday's The Early Show, CBS's Katrina Zish filed a full report on the trend toward more women becoming gun enthusiasts. Last October, The Early Show notably ran a report documenting public opposition to gun control. Co-anchor Chris Wragge and substitute co-anchor Rebecca Jarvis set up Tuesday's report: (Video below)

CBS Host: Is GOP 'Handing President Obama His Re-Election Bid

December 22nd, 2011 4:12 PM
In Thursday's interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Early Show co-host Chris Wragge asked if Republicans in Congress are basically helping President Obama get re-elected with their ongoing opposition to the Senate's two-month payroll tax cut extension plan. "Are you essentially handing President Obama his re-election bid here by handling this the way the Republicans have handled this?"…

CBS's Hill to Bachmann: House GOP 'Risks Looking Like The Grinch

December 21st, 2011 12:44 PM
CBS's Erica Hill invoked an infamous Christmas season villain on Wednesday's Early Show, stating that "[House] Republicans...risk looking like the Grinch here four days before Christmas" for their refusal to sign onto the Senate's proposed two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday. Hill made that claim during an interview of Rep. Michele Bachmann, and pressed her about the payroll tax…

CBS Guest: 'Insanity of the Lack of Gun Control' Leads to Police Death

December 20th, 2011 6:25 PM
Former New York City police commissioner Bill Bratton brought his pro-gun control agenda into a segment about the FBI's latest crime statistics on Tuesday's Early Show on CBS, blaming the "the insanity of the lack of gun control laws in this country" for an increase in police deaths during 2011. Anchor Erica Hill introduced Bratton as the "chairman of Kroll, a worldwide investigative company…

CBS Let 'Biggest Lie of the Year' in Politics Go Unanswered For Months

December 20th, 2011 3:52 PM
Tuesday's Early Show on CBS brought on PolitiFact's Bill Adair to reveal what he labeled as the "biggest lie of the year" inside politics, which was "the claim by many Democrats that the Republicans voted to end Medicare." But CBS let Democratic operatives spout that falsehood several times without scrutiny earlier in 2011. The network did stand out in bringing on the PolitiFact editor,…

Schieffer: Romney 'Has Taken Such a Hard Line' on Illegal Immigration

December 19th, 2011 5:31 PM
CBS's Bob Schieffer displayed his liberal leanings on Sunday's Face the Nation when he raised the issue of illegal immigration. Schieffer claimed during an interview of Newt Gingrich that "Mitt Romney has taken such a hard line, it seems to me, on immigration that some within the Republican Party are saying he is simply running off Hispanic voters." The journalist asked Gingrich for his take…

CBS Spotlights Democratic Attack on Romney as 'Too French

December 14th, 2011 4:44 PM
On Wednesday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought a Democratic super PAC's cynical ad aimed at discouraging Republican primary voters from voting for Mitt Romney was newsworthy. Correspondent Chip Reid outlined that Romney's French-speaking ability might be "political poison," and cited how French fries were renamed "freedom fries" in 2003 and how John Kerry was accused of looking French in 2004 […