Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Trumpets 'Long Night of Celebrating' Over Prop 8 Ruling; Spotlights Same-Sex Couple's Ring Ceremony

CBS This Morning led its Thursday broadcast with overwhelmingly slanted coverage on the Supreme Court's pro-same-sex "marriage" rulings. Ben Tracy played up the "long night of celebrating in West ...
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Big Three Acclaim 'Passionate' Pro-Abortion Texas Legislator's Filibuster; All But Ignore Pro-Life Voices

ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning newscasts on Wednesday spotlighted Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster against pro-life legislation, hyping how she stood for hours in "comfortable pink ...
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Charlie Rose Wonders If Reported IRS Scrutiny of Liberal Groups Makes Scandal Look 'Less Partisan'

Charlie Rose forwarded the latest liberal spin about the IRS scandal on Tuesday's CBS This Morning. The anchor hyped how the agency apparently placed liberal groups on "be-on-the-lookout" lists, ...
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CBS Continues Hyping $46 Billion 'Surge' Legislation 'Flooding The Border'

CBS kept up its slanted reporting about the proposed border security amendment to the Gang of Eight's immigration bill on Saturday and Monday's CBS This Morning. Nancy Cordes trumpeted how "the ...
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CBS Promotes Politico's 'Dysfunctional' Jab of Congress for Rejecting Farm Bill

Norah O'Donnell boosted Politico's slam of the Republican-led House of Representatives on Friday's CBS This Morning, after the body voted down a proposed farm bill. The anchor made the attack in a ...
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CBS, NBC Ballyhoo 'Military-Style Surge' Proposal in Immigration Bill

Thursday's CBS Evening News all but hinted that the border security measures included in a new compromise attached to the immigration reform bill in Congress was overkill. Scott Pelley emphasized, ...
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Networks Ignore 'Audit the IRS' Rally; Minimize Coverage of $70 Million in IRS Bonuses

The Big Three all punted on covering the Capitol Hill "Audit the IRS" rally on their Wednesday evening and Thursday morning newscasts. CBS This Morning played a four-second soundbite of Senator ...
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Charlie Rose Takes His Time to Raise NSA Controversy with Obama; Ignores Other Scandals

On Monday, Charlie Rose was more than halfway through his 47-minute interview with President Obama on PBS before he finally brought up one of the several scandals surrounding the liberal's ...
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Sharyl Attkisson 'Outraged' Over Computers' Hacking; 'Very Serious and Disturbing Matter'

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Sharyl Attkisson slammed the unnamed hacker who broke into her computers: "It's a very serious and disturbing matter. I'm outraged that anyone would do such a thing." ...
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Networks Hype Sequester Slashing 'Desperately Needed Money' to Fight Wildfires

Saturday's CBS Evening News ballyhooed the "enormous strain on resources" that the budget sequester has apparently put on extinguishing a massive wildfire in Colorado. Carter Evans played up how, ...
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CBS's John Dickerson: Obama White House Scandals are 'Little Fires'

John Dickerson downplayed most of the recent scandals surrounding the Obama administration on Thursday's CBS This Morning, asserting that the White House was "trying to get something done on ...
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ABC, NBC Minimize New State Department Sex and Drugs Scandal

The latest State Department scandal, involving a possible cover-up of sexual misconduct by an ambassador and security officials, was only newsworthy enough to merit one full report each on ABC and ...
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CBS Hounds Rand Paul on NSA Spying Scandal: 'Why Only Now Raise These Concerns?'

Norah O'Donnell unsurprisingly conducted a confrontational interview of Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, pummeling the Kentucky Republican for his strong opposition to the National ...
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CBS Promotes Berkeley Fourth Graders Demanding the Return of Deported Classmate

On Sunday's CBS Evening News, John Blackstone spotlighted the sob story of fourth graders who are lobbying President Obama to allow the return of their former classmate, Rodrigo Guzman, who was ...
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Susan Rice's Questionable Role in Benghazi Aftermath Now a Passing Detail for CBS

Wednesday's CBS This Morning minimized Susan Rice's refuted claims about the terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi as they covered her appointment as national security adviser. Charlie ...
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NBC Plays Up Turkish P.M. 'Trying to Impose More Conservative Values'; Omits His Islamic Views

On Monday's NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams failed to mention Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan's traditional Islamic orientation as he reported on the "anti-government protests" in the ...
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NPR Ballyhoos Sequester's 'Definite Minuses', Potential 'Bigger Negative Effects' on the Economy

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel channeled the Obama administration's doom and gloom about the sequester on NPR's Morning Edition on Monday. Host Renee Montagne turned to Wessel to give a ...
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CBS Boosts Oprah's 'Remarkable' Pro-Gun Control Speech at Harvard

Friday's CBS This Morning touted Oprah Winfrey's recent Harvard commencement speech, airing over a minute of half of footage from the former daytime TV host's address. The morning newscast ...
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CBS Spotlights Perjury Investigation, 'Drumbeat' for Eric Holder to Quit; ABC, NBC Skip

Wednesday's CBS This Morning zeroed in on the House Judiciary Committee's inquiry into whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied under oath during his testimony regarding the Justice Department's ...
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CBS's John Dickerson Downplays Obama Aide's Private Investor Meetings: 'Wouldn't Necessarily Have to Be Sinister'

On Tuesday's CBS This Morning, John Dickerson spun a front page scoop from the Washington Post that spotlighted the several private meetings that a top Obama health care adviser had with ...