NBC and CBS's evening and morning shows on Thursday and Friday finally
discovered the ugly comments made by a Democratic operative against Ann
Romney. After skipping the story Thursday morning, CBS Evening News
reporters did their best to minimize it. Correspondent Nancy Cordes
insisted that Hillary Rosen, who knocked Mrs. Romney for "never
working," made sure to stress that the woman "is not connected to the Obama campaign, but Republicans called out the campaign anyway."
Anchor Scott Pelley offered a similarly dismissive attitude: "Democrats and Republicans tripped over one another to see who could denounce with the most force what most everyone agrees was a dumb comment from a single pundit." Cordes pointed out an 18 point lead (among women) Barack Obama enjoys over Romney in one poll. On Friday's Good Morning America, reporter John Berman stressed this theme: "...Mitt Romney trails the President by 19 points among women. 19 points."
On Thursday's World News,
reporter Jake Tapper also highlighted the gender gap. However, unlike
CBS, he did not try and minimize Rosen's role in Democratic politics,
noting that she "has ties to the White House. Here she is attending a
recent White House state dinner."
NBC, while slow to discover the story, found it to be a serious problem for the President. Nightly News anchor Brian Williams intoned, "As we said, this is likely not a one-day story, and it's certainly not just a Washington story."
Reporter Chris Jansing identified, "Maria Smith is a suburban Atlanta stay-at-home mom of three, with a fourth on the way. She considers herself a liberal. But was shocked when she heard Hilary Rosen's comments."
Jansing featured a second voice, Kelly Wallace of iVilliage, who insisted, "This debate totally resonates."
On Friday's Today, Carl Quintanilla deemed it a "political storm over the role of women." However, Andrea Mitchell echoed the claim that Mitt Romney is in deep trouble, "But Mitt Romney is far behind, facing a yawning gender gap that could doom his campaign, if not fixed. Romney has been relying on his wife."
CBS This Morning on Friday saw a "gender canyon" for Romney and that the "debate is far from over."
A transcript of the April 12 CBS Evening News segment follows: