Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Ballyhoos 'Stark Contrast' Between 'Conservative' Pope and 'Pro-Choice' Pelosi

Allen Pizzey readily identified Pope Francis as a "conservative" on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, but failed to give an equivalent ideological label to Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Nancy ...
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ABC Touts 'Staunch Traditionalist' Pope Francis; CBS Highlights Persecution of Chinese Catholics

On Thursday's World News, ABC News correspondent Terry Moran acted like it was a big surprise that newly-elected Pope Francis stands by the Catholic Church's teachings on sexuality: "Now, as the ...
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CBS Hypes 'Staunch Conservative' Pope Francis; Rose Hounds Dolan on Women's Ordination

In the midst of generally positive coverage, CBS played up newly-elected Pope Francis' "conservative" views on issues like abortion, same-sex "marriage", and birth control. On Thursday's CBS This ...
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CBS Goes Out of Its Way to Find the Radical Feminists in St. Peter's Square

During CBS's special coverage of the papal election on Wednesday, correspondent Mark Phillips singled out two dissenters from Catholic tradition in the middle of crowd of hundreds of thousands in ...
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CBS Fawns Over Caroline Kennedy; Rose Wonders If She Will Run for President

Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King gushed over Caroline Kennedy on Friday's CBS This Morning. O'Donnell asked Kennedy is she supported a potential Hillary Clinton presidential run in ...
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CBS, NBC Hype 'The Most Restrictive Abortion Law in the Country'

On Wednesday and Thursday, two of the Big Three networks ballyhooed how the Arkansas state legislature overrode Governor Mike Beebe's veto of a pro-life bill that outlaws abortion once the unborn ...
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AP Pays Tribute to 'Master Communicator' and 'Fine Baseball Player' Hugo Chavez

Frank Bajak of the AP lionized Venezuelan autocrat and "fighter" Hugo Chavez minutes after his death on Tuesday, playing up in the second sentence of his item how the "former paratroop commander ...
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No Social Conservatives on CBS's List of 'Eye-Opening Women'

On Monday, CBS This Morning launched a week-long set of interviews for Women's History Month, but the majority of the women they picked for their list of "Eye Opening Women" are dedicated ...
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CBS Spotlights Arne Duncan's 'Exaggeration' on Sequester Effects; ABC and NBC Punt

Thursday's CBS This Morning stood out as the only Big Three network morning newscast to zero in on Education Secretary Arne Duncan's false assertion about the sequester – that "there are, ...
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Pelley Lectures Boehner: 'Those Don't Sound Like The Words of A Man Seeking...Compromise'

Scott Pelley chided House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday's CBS Evening News, indicating the Republican leader was largely to blame for the imminent sequester: "You said that the President didn't ...
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CBS Hounds House GOP Leader on Sequester; Plays Up Poll Laying Blame on Republicans

On Tuesday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell stayed true to form in conducting a tag team-style, confrontational interview of a conservative/Republican, this time House ...
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CBS Boosts White House's Doom and Gloom Talking Points About Sequester

Charlie Rose led Monday's CBS This Morning by hyping the allegedly catastrophic effect of the sequester during a promo for a report from correspondent Major Garrett: "Kids without vaccines; ...
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CBS Sympathizes With 'Beloved' Mayor Who Lost $1 Billion Gambling; Omits She's a Democrat

Bill Whitaker did his best to depict former San Diego Mayor Maureen O'Connor as a tragic figure on Friday's CBS This Morning, but glossed over her Democratic affiliation. Whitaker sympathetically ...
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CBS Hypes 'Deep', 'Massive' Spending Cuts; Slants Toward Obama, Democrats

Wednesday's CBS This Morning played up the supposedly gargantuan cuts in government spending that would go into the effect if the sequester goes into effect on March 1. Charlie Rose trumpeted the ...
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Bill Plante: Obama-Tiger Woods Photo Would Have Been GOP 'Propaganda'; Boosted Obama Skeet Shooting Pic

The irony must have been lost on Bill Plante when he reported on Monday's CBS This Morning that President Obama "did golf with Tiger [Woods], but we didn't see a picture of it. They [the Obama ...
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CBS Pummels Rubio on Gun Control, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose lived up to their reputation for hammering Republican/conservative guests, as they interviewed Republican Senator Marco Rubio. ...
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NBC Hounds Jarrett Over Lack of 'Actual Action' from Obama; CBS Goes Easier on the Adviser

NBC's Savannah Guthrie pressed White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett on Tuesday's Today over President Obama's apparent inaction on many key issues. After reading an excerpt from the ...
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NPR Boosts 'Fireproof' Hillary's Possible 2016 Run; Two Clinton Associates the Only Talking Heads

Mara Liasson hyped Hillary Clinton as "the most popular politician in the country" on Friday's Morning Edition on NPR. Liasson asserted that "there's no question that being out of politics for ...
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CBS Falsely Labels Handgun Used in Tucson Massacre an 'Assault Weapon'

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes falsely characterized the weapon used in the 2011 mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona. Cordes noted that former astronaut Mark Kelly, "whose ...
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CBS: 60 Minutes Interview 'Much Better Image' for Hillary Than 'Bruising' Hearing; Hypes Hillary and Obama's 'Warmness'

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Norah O'Donnell gushed over Steve Kroft's interview of President Obama and Hillary Clinton, twice emphasizing the supposed "warmness" between the two Democrats. ...