Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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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. ...
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On CBS, Dickerson Defends 'Obama Can Only Cement His Legacy If He Destroys the GOP' Column

Wednesday's CBS This Morning set up John Dickerson to brazenly defend his Friday column for the Washington Post's Slate.com, "Go for the Throat!", where he concluded that President Obama "can only ...
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CBS Sets Up NYC Mayor Bloomberg to Rip NRA, Promote Stricter Gun Control

On Thursday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell granted staunch gun rights supporter Michael Bloomberg a platform to blast the NRA as "stupid", and brush aside gun-owning ...
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CBS Bombards NRA's Keene Over 'Off-Bounds' Ad; Being 'Out of Touch' with Membership

Norah O'Donnell barely contained her contempt for NRA president David Keene during an interview on Thursday's CBS This Morning. O'Donnell confronted Keene over a new ad that ripped President ...
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Bob Schieffer Likens Obama 'Taking on the Gun Lobby' to Hunt for Bin Laden, 'Defeating the Nazis'

Bob Schieffer somehow topped Chris Matthews during CBS News's special coverage of President Obama's gun control press conference on Wednesday, as he became the worst caricature of a ...
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CBS Actually Covers Gun Self-Defense Case Promoted By NRA; ABC, NBC Punt

On Friday's CBS This Morning, Bill Plante refreshingly spotlighted how firearms are used to protect the lives of ordinary Americans. Plante noted how the National Rifle Association "Tweeted a ...
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Ed Rendell on MSNBC: Boosting Gun Control is the 'Good Thing' About Sandy Hook

Former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell channeled Piers Morgan on Friday's Now with Alex Wagner program on MSNBC. Rendell even upped the ante, claiming that there was a positive side to the Newtown, ...