CBS Promotes Taxing 'Fattening, Non-Nutritious' Food

July 26th, 2011 5:34 PM
CBS's Michelle Miller leaned towards supporters of taxing junk food on Tuesday's Early Show, playing three sound bites from them and none from opponents. Miller only made one vague reference to the opposing side, and she immediately followed it by playing up the supposedly positive result of a tax: "While some say a new tax is the last thing we need, it could mean a healthier America." The…

WaPo's Quinn Bills Oprah as 'True Religious Leader'; Likens Her to the

May 26th, 2011 7:07 PM
Sally Quinn pronounced Oprah Winfrey  "America's high priestess" and a "true religious leader" in a Thursday item on The Washington Post's "On Faith" website. Quinn, who waxed ecstatic over Oprah Winfrey's final episode, even went so far to compare Winfrey's last hurrah to a papal Mass: "The pope couldn't have done better." The writer launched right into painting Oprah as a spiritual guru in…

CBS Promotes Failing U.S. Post Office Over Private Companies: 'Makes C

February 8th, 2011 6:14 PM
On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Michelle Miller reported on planned closures of 2,000 U.S. Post Office locations: "...in this age of digital communications, online bill paying, and Federal Express, are physical post offices still relevant?" She seemed to answer her own question: "Folks are not going to let this go down without a fight...It's what makes their community whole."…

CBS Warns: Food Industry Must Reduce Salt Content or 'Face Regulation

February 1st, 2011 4:31 PM
Teasing an upcoming story on new federal dietary guidelines on Monday's CBS Evening News, fill-in anchor Harry Smith announced: "The assault on salt. Chances are you are eating too much of it." Smith later introduced the segment by fretting: "Two out of three Americans are overweight or obese, an epidemic that is expected to send health care costs skyrocketing." In the report that followed,…

CBS Plays Food Police, Touts ObamaCare Counting Calories

January 5th, 2011 4:26 PM
On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Michelle Miller lectured Americans on their diet: "According to Consumer Reports Health, many Americans are simply deluding themselves, most say they eat well but don't....85% of Americans rarely, if ever, count calories. Another 79% never set foot on a scale." At one point, Miller stopped by a New York City restaurant and warned: "...people have…

CBS Hypes: 'Doctors Who Perform Abortions Fear for Their Lives

October 28th, 2010 10:34 AM
On Tuesday's CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric warned of violence against abortion doctors, based flyers being circulated by a pro-life group: "Their pictures are showing up on posters. Now doctors who perform abortions fear for their lives." The posters in question did not call for any violence whatsoever. Despite that fact, Couric later introduced the story by declaring: "Now some…

CBS Story on 'Fighter' Alan Grayson Ignores False 'Taliban Dan' Ad

October 18th, 2010 4:43 PM
In a story on Florida Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson's bid for reelection on Sunday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Michelle Miller described the left-wing bomb thrower this way: "Freshman Democratic Congressman Alan Grayson considers himself a fighter....Whether taking on the foreclosure mess or the Republican Party." Miller briefly referred to Grayson's history of controversial…

CBS 'Early Show' Touts 'Lady Gaga vs. The Pentagon' Over 'Don't Ask, D

September 21st, 2010 4:15 PM
On Tuesday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez promoted singer Lady Gaga calling for an end to the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy: "A unique showdown shaping up today in the Senate...it's Senator John McCain versus Lady Gaga. The Senator wants to keep the ban, but the world's biggest pop star is throwing her support behind the gays who want to serve in the military."  …

CBS 'Early Show': Conservative O'Reilly 'Lashed Out' At 'Single Mother

August 16th, 2010 1:29 PM
Late in the 7:00AM ET hour of Monday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Michelle Miller reported on the "war of words" between actress Jennifer Aniston and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly over women having children without a man. Miller remarked that Aniston had "made a seemingly simple comment supporting the concept," while the "conservative" O'Reilly "slammed the actress" for doing so.The report…

CBS Continues to Defend Obama Vacation Time With Bush Comparison

July 19th, 2010 12:02 PM
Following a report on Saturday's CBS Evening News, in which White House correspondent Chip Reid defended President Obama's Maine vacation with a comparison to President Bush's vacation time, Monday's Early Show took the same approach as correspondent Michelle Miller reported:But it's not just where and when presidents travel, it's how often. Ronald Reagan took 349 vacation days at his California…

Saving Us from Ourselves: 'Evening News' Justifies Federal Tanning Tax

July 1st, 2010 4:31 PM
So you want to crawl under a high-powered lamp and bake your skin so that it has a brownish-orangish glow to it, even though there are potential health consequences. Well, the federal government is here to save you and, according to "CBS Evening News," that's not a bad thing.The new federal 10 percent tax on indoor tanning has provoked odd alliances - such as when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,…

CBS Touts Soda Tax As 'Good for Waistline and Bottom Line

March 9th, 2010 5:57 PM
Concluding a report on proposed soda taxes across the country on Monday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Michelle Miller gleefully proclaimed how such a tax would help fight obesity and fill local government coffers: "New York's mayor estimates a tax would raise a billion dollars, suggesting what's good for the waistline could be good for the bottom line."Miller began the segment by touting: "…

CBS Warns of Bad Oprah Advice, No Mention of Obama Endorsement

June 3rd, 2009 3:29 PM
At the top of Wednesday’s CBS Early Show, co-host Harry Smith cast doubt on talk show host and major Obama supporter, Oprah Winfrey: "And call it the ‘Oprah Effect.’ She speaks, people listen. But is her show actually leading her audience astray?" Oddly, no mention was made of Winfrey’s very public endorsement Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign.Later, co-host Julie Chen also teased the upcoming…

'Evening News' Supports Obama 'Reform,' Complains about Credit Card Fe

May 11th, 2009 10:31 AM
On the heels of President Barack Obama's weekend radio address, where he lobbied for so-called credit card reform, "CBS Evening News" chimed in calling the legislation "help" for small business borrowers. "Evening News" anchor Russ Mitchell referred to Obama's address about the need for new credit card regulation on May 10 and backed up Obama's claim with data from the Center for Responsible…