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CBS Early Show Hits Obama From Left on Gay Rights March

On Monday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez declared: “Washington's largest gay rights rally in a decade puts pressure on President Obama.” Co-host Harry Smith later introduced the story: “An issue that was on the back burner for President Obama suddenly got turned up to high over the weekend. Thanks to a group that is normally supportive of the President, gay rights activists.”

The Early Show coverage failed to label the protestors as being liberal or part of the left-wing base of the Democratic Party. Instead, they were simply referred to as “gay rights supporters.” White House correspondent Bill Plante explained: “The President has yet to deliver on the promises that he made to the gay community and members of that community are concerned. They've gathered here in Washington to remind him of those campaign pledges.”

Meanwhile, NBC's Today and ABC's Good Morning America downplayed the march, only offering perfunctory news briefs. At the top of Today, co-host Ann Curry reported: “Tens of thousands of gay rights supporters took to the streets of Washington DC on Sunday and demanded that the President keep his promise to allow gays to serve openly in the military. They also want the President to work to end discrimination against gays.” She later repeated the exact same brief in the 9:00A hour. 

Early on Good Morning America, co-host Kate Snow similarly mentioned: “Tens of thousands of people marched on Washington on Sunday demanding President Obama keep his promise to end discrimination against gays. The President has pledged to discontinue the military's “don't ask/don't tell policy.” But he says he can't promise when that will happen.”

Like the Early Show, both Today and Good Morning America failed to use any liberal or Democratic Party labels to describe the protestors.