Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Uncritically Promotes Obama Campaign's Attack Hinting Romney is 'Less than Truthful'

On Friday's CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes trumpeted that the Obama campaign is "turning lemons into lemonade" as she reported that the Democratic operation is "arguing that Romney had a great ...
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Norah O'Donnell Jabs Romney on Big Bird Line: 'Silly Thing to Bring Up'

On Thursday's CBS This Morning, just hours after Mitt Romney's "crisp" debate performance, Norah O'Donnell stuck to her fixation on playing up the Republican's supposed negatives. O'Donnell ...
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Stephanopoulos Breaks Pro-Democratic Streak -- 'Crisp' Romney to Get 'Boost' from Debate

ABC's George Stephanonopoulos carried a eight-out-of-nine record of declaring the Democratic presidential candidate the winner into Wednesday night's Obama-Romney presidential debate. ...
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On CBS, Time's Foroohar Spins Debate: 'You Have to Wonder Whether Romney's Math Adds Up'

Time's assistant managing editor Rana Foroohar could have been mistaken as an Obama campaign flack during CBS's post-presidential debate coverage on Wednesday night, with her claim that "the key ...
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CBS Highlights Kerry's Debate Prep Help for Obama; Omits He Lost '04 Election

Talk about missing the elephant (or is it donkey?) in the room – on Tuesday's CBS This Morning, Nancy Cordes reported that Senator John Kerry is "playing Mitt Romney in mock debates" with ...
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CBS Hypes Romney's 'High Negatives'; Wonders if Obama Will Be 'Competitive' or 'Cool' at Debate

Norah O'Donnell made it clear on Monday's CBS This Morning that her job as anchor is to repeat her stick-a-fork-in-Romney mantra and boost President Obama. On the issue of the upcoming debates, ...
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ABC Reports Obama Administration Knew Terrorists Carried Out Libya Attack; NBC, CBS Out to Lunch

ABC's Jake Tapper's Thursday report on World News stands alone as the only Big Three coverage so far of what The Daily Beast's Eli Lake reported on Wednesday -- that U.S. intelligence officials ...
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ABC's GMA, NBC's Today Fail to Report Susan Rice's Now-Disputed Claims About Libya Consulate Attack

ABC's Good Morning America hasn't once reported on U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's claim on the September 16 edition of This Week that the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya ...
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CBS Trumpets Obama's 'Growing Lead' in Own Poll; Barely Mentions Republicans' Enthusiasm to Vote

Norah O'Donnell was ready to tie the toe tag on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, as the morning newscast hyped the latest numbers from the Quinnipiac ...
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CBS Fails to Air Tough Questions to Obama on Negative Campaign Ads

Sunday's 60 Minutes couldn't be bothered to air Steve Kroft pursuing President Obama about "nasty and negative campaign ads under your name, or under the name of your various PACs." Obama ...
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ABC, NBC Punt on Latest Developments in Libya Consulate Attack; CBS Highlights State Department vs. CNN

On Monday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today failed to air any full reports on the continuing inquiry into the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and mentioned the ...
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CBS's Rose Badgers Romney Adviser on Iran; Interrupts Six Times in 50 Seconds

One might have thought that Charlie Rose received an extra dose of caffeine before Friday's CBS This Morning, as the normally-subdued anchor hounded Romney campaign adviser Dan Senor on how the ...
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CBS Touts Unnamed 'Panicked' Republicans' 'Real Sense of Fear That Romney Really Has One Last Shot'

Thursday's CBS This Morning was practically ready to sound the death knell for Mitt Romney's campaign, with John Dickerson playing up "the real sense of fear" among anonymous Republican sources ...
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CBS Wonders If Romney Video is a 'Turning Point', Despite Acknowledging 'Race is Not Over'

More than an hour into the program, Wednesday's CBS This Morning finally acknowledged that "this race is not over for Mitt Romney," based on the network's own polling. Norah O'Donnell noted that ...
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Schieffer Hypes Romney Video: 'Extraordinary Moment'; 'Seems to Confirm...He is Out of Touch'

Bob Schieffer all but broke out the death certificate for Mitt Romney's campaign on Tuesday's CBS Evening News and Wednesday's CBS This Morning, emphasizing the negative impact of the ...
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CBS's Norah O'Donnell: Did Romney 'Insult' GOP Voters In Secret Video?

Norah O'Donnell played up the possible negative impact of the hidden camera video of Mitt Romney on Tuesday's CBS This Morning. Regarding the elderly vote, O'Donnell asked 2008 McCain presidential ...
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Only CBS's Crawford Notes Obama 'Spurred Similar Controversy' With His 'Cling to Guns and Religion' Line

On Tuesday's CBS This Morning, Jan Crawford stood out as the only Big Three network journalist to play a clip of Barack Obama's infamous "cling to guns and religion" barb at conservatives, as she ...
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CBS Plays Up Politico's Reporting on Apparent 'Turmoil' in Romney Campaign

Like their colleagues on NBC's Today show, Monday's CBS This Morning forwarded a recent Politico report about supposed "turmoil inside the Romney campaign," which was stuffed with unnamed sources. ...
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Schieffer Touts 'Best Polling News That the President Has Seen in Quite a While'

Bob Schieffer trumpeted "some of the best polling news that the President has seen in quite a while" on Friday's CBS Evening News, a day after NBC's Brian Williams played up poll numbers that were ...
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CBS Gets in Senator Portman's Face on Embassy Apology Dispute, Breaks Out Kid Gloves for Obama

Thursday's CBS This Morning rushed to President Obama's defense over the spat between the Democrat and opponent Mitt Romney over a statement issued by the U.S. embassy in Cairo, Egypt condemning ...