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The nation’s major broadcast networks continued their blackout on Friday morning of not covering the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Keystone XL oil pipeline with zero mentions on their morning newscasts. Following the Senate’s passage of the bill on Thursday by a bipartisan margin of 62-to-36, the networks passed on even devoting a news brief to the topic during their Thursday evening news programs. When it came to their no coverage on Friday, plenty of other things seemed to capture their attention. NBC’s Today aired a four-minutes-and-21-second segment that previewed and then unveiled an ad promoting their own show that... continue reading
The same networks that have repeatedly defended Eric Holder in the past are now quietly ignoring the congressional testimony of a Milwaukee sheriff who has slammed the Attorney General. Despite a combined eight hours of air time, CBS This Morning , Today and Good Morning America avoided covering David Clarke's outrage: "The incendiary rhetoric used by Eric Holder created a pathway for a false narrative that then became the rallying cry for cop haters across America." The sheriff made his remarks while testifying at the confirmation hearings of Holder's replacement, Loretta Lynch. (The networks have mostly ignored Lynch's confirmations in... continue reading
On her Thursday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell was aghast at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreeing to speak before a joint session of Congress during an upcoming U.S. visit without consulting the Obama administration: "The White House is furious, furious at Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and also a little bit angry at Speaker Boehner for inviting Netanyahu to speak before Congress, to a joint meeting of Congress without even consulting the administration – protocol would dictate that." Mitchell continued: "House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi even called Netanyahu to pass him the message that this is a really bad idea." A... continue reading
On Thursday night, the major broadcast networks declined to cover reports that one of the five Taliban detainees swapped for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May 2014 has been seeking to rejoin the terrorism ranks by contacting Taliban members back in Afghanistan. The news, which was broken by CNN Thursday afternoon, came following reports on Wednesday from Fox News and NBC News that the Army could be pressing desertion charges against Bergdahl for leaving his post prior to his capture in 2009. Since that story arose, however, the Pentagon has denied those allegations. In article published on CNN.com, CNN Pentagon... continue reading
The U.S. Senate took the step Thursday of approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline in a bipartisan fashion by a margin of 62-to-36, with nine Democrats joining 53 Republicans to pass it for the first time after failing to do so under the previous Congress. When the major English and Spanish language networks aired their Thursday evening newscasts, however, the news of the bill’s passage was nowhere to be found. Not a single second of coverage on Keystone appeared on English language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC in addition to Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision. Meanwhile, the Fox News Channel’s... continue reading
During an appearance on Thursday's Morning Joe , Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC News foreign correspondent, make some highly controversial remarks about the Academy Award nominated film American Sniper. Speaking to the MSNBC panel, Mohyeldin proclaimed that "people have described his [Chris Kyle] racist tendencies towards Iraqis and Muslims when he was going on some of these, you know, killing sprees in Iraq." To their credit, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist pushed back against Mohyeldin's slander. AYMAN MOHYELDIN: It is a very compelling, very thought-provoking, very emotional movie. JOE SCARBOROUGH: B-u-u-u-u-t? MOHYELDIN: When you juxtapose it with the real Chris Kyle and... continue reading
Appearing on Thursday's NBC Today to promote his new film Black or White, actor Kevin Costner stood by his criticism of left-wing activist Michael Moore, following Moore's remarks slamming military sniper Chris Kyle as a "coward": "I just felt that those comments were, from my point of view, really wrong." Costner was prompted by co-host Matt Lauer: "...you've made some headlines in your comments about American Sniper and Michael Moore's comments about that movie. You even weighed in on Deflategate....do you find that the older you get the more opinionated you get or are you more willing to share you're... continue reading
On MSNBC's PoliticsNation on Tuesday, host Al Sharpton touted liberal Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank making a "bold prediction" about the remainder of Barack Obama's presidency: "...you wrote, quote, 'If the economy continues on its current trajectory, as most expect, he'll leave office a popular president and leave the 2016 Democratic nominee with a relatively easy past to victory.'" Milbank doubled down on the prediction made in his column printed in Sunday's newspaper (online on Friday): "Well, it's not so surprising. He crossed fifty percent today. I think he's on his way up to fifty-five percent, that puts him in... continue reading
On Wednesday, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was the lone network evening newscast to cover the confirmation hearings of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but though CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes featured numerous soundbites from Senate Republicans questioning Lynch, she failed to include how Lynch stated her support for allowing people to seek work in the United States, regardless of their legal status. Overall, the topic of illegal immigration came up only twice in Cordes’s 2-minute-and-five-second story with the first being how the GOP “did not like her take on the president's... continue reading
During the daily White House press briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Spokesman Eric Schultz had an exchange with ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl where he declined to label the Taliban as a terrorist organization, instead insisting it's “an armed insurgency.” In an admission that surely would be covered if it were uttered by a spokesman for a Republican President, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all failed to cover this story during their Wednesday evening newscasts. The exchange began when Karl pressed Schultz on whether the possible hostage/prisoner exchange between Jordan and the terrorist group ISIS... continue reading