Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Trumpets 'Historic' Federal Marijuana Decision; Leaves Out Opponents

Friday's CBS This Morning ballyhooed the Justice Department's recent move to relax enforcement of laws against marijuana in the several states that have legalized medical or recreational use of ...
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CBS Plays Up The Absence of Republican Speakers at King Anniversary

On Thursday's CBS This Morning, Jeff Pegues spotlighted the lack of GOP speakers at the 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech: "Noticeably absent from this ...
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On CBS, Brinkley Marvels at 'Very Beautifully Written' Obama Speech; 'Seminal Moment'

Douglas Brinkley predictably fawned over President Obama's apparently "very beautifully written" address marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech, mere moments ...
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CBS Boosts Obama's MLK Anniversary Speech With Highlight Reel from Past Speeches

Wednesday's CBS This Morning shamelessly promoted President Obama's upcoming address commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's 1963 "I have a dream" speech by featuring nothing ...
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CBS Hypes Obama's Restaurant Tip; Ignores 'Little Progress' With Women in Cabinet

Anthony Mason played up President Obama's $89 restaurant tip on Monday's CBS This Morning, underlining that "when it comes to tips, President Obama is tops." However, the network has yet to cover ...
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CBS Spotlights UPS Cutting Benefits Due to ObamaCare; ABC, NBC Out To Lunch

CBS This Morning was the sole Big Three morning newscast on Thursday to report that delivery company UPS was cutting health insurance to 15,000 spouses of employees due to the rising costs related ...
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NPR's Cokie Roberts: GOP's Debate Ban of CNN, NBC 'A Little Bit Childish'

On Monday's Morning Edition on NPR, Cokie Roberts did little to hide her feelings about the Republican National Committee's recent decision to exclude NBC and CNN from hosting future debates ...
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John Kerry Clears State Dept. Officials Over Benghazi; ABC, NBC Yawn

Tuesday's CBS This Morning stood out as the only Big Three network morning newscast to cover the latest development in the controversy surrounding the September 11, 2012 Islamist attack on the ...
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NPR's 'Non-Partisan' Talking Head Served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations

On Monday's Morning Edition on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Elizabeth Stawicki featured Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation during a report about ObamaCare, but failed to ...
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Great Grandmother Accuses Democrat of Sexual Harassment; NBC Yawns

NBC hasn't covered the ongoing Bob Filner sexual harassment scandal an almost a week, despite a fifteenth woman – a 67-year-old great grandmother – coming forward on Thursday, accusing the former ...
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CBS Runs to Obama's Defense Over Card Games on Night of Bin Laden Raid

Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose acted as apologists for President Obama on Thursday's CBS This Morning, after former presidential assistant Reggie Love revealed the Democrat's apprehension to ...
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NBC, CBS Minimize Coverage of Jesse Jackson, Jr. Sentencing; Skip Party ID

CBS This Morning and NBC's Today couldn't be bothered to give Jesse Jackson, Jr.'s political affiliation as they devoted just 35 seconds of air time on Wednesday to his upcoming sentencing. Both ...
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Hillary's Questionable Handling of Benghazi a Passing Thought for CBS

John Blackstone promoted Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 presidential run on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, and minimized the ongoing questions about her leadership before, during, and after the ...
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Nets Minimize Filner Scandal Coverage, Won't ID Him As A Democrat

ABC and CBS both failed to point out San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's Democratic party affiliation on their Wednesday morning newscasts. Good Morning America devoted just one 17-second news brief to ...
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CBS Bizarrely Wonders If Pope Francis is 'Breaking With the Vatican'

Monday's CBS Evening News offered the usual biased coverage of religion, and specifically, the Catholic Church, as it reported on Pope Francis' widely misrepresented remarks on homosexuals. Dean ...
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CBS Concedes ObamaCare May Be 'Tough Sell' Even in Blue Oregon

On Sunday's CBS Evening News, Anna Werner surprisingly acknowledged that ObamaCare may be a "tough sell" even among the left-leaning population of Oregon. Werner's report on a hokey multi-million ...
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Norah 'We Shouldn't Editorialize' O'Donnell Forgets She Regularly Editorializes

Norah O'Donnell had a memory lapse on Friday's CBS This Morning, as she expressed her disgust over San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's alleged sexual harassment of women. O'Donnell exclaimed, "I know we ...
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CBS, NBC Acknowledge ObamaCare Approval At All-Time Low; ABC Skips

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell zeroed in on her network's latest poll that found that "more Americans than ever want the health care law repealed." However, she tried to explain ...
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CBS Mentions IRS Scandal for First Time in a Month; Drops It the Next Morning

Scott Pelley devoted a minute and a half segment to the IRS scandal on Wednesday's CBS Evening News, the first time that the Big Three newscast had mentioned the issue in a month. Pelley asked ...
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Zero Air Time on CBS Evening News for Latest Weiner Sex Scandal

CBS Evening News stood out among the Big Three evening newscasts on Tuesday in their failure to cover former Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission that he sent lewd text messages even after his ...