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ABC, CBS and NBC all led Friday night with the "surprise" pick of President Barack Obama for the Nobel Peace Prize after less than a year in office and acknowledged the choice was meant as a slap at former President George W. Bush, but that didn't prevent the network journalists from touting the honor of the selection and, in one case, worrying about how critics will use the award against him. "He has been in office nine months," ABC anchor Charles Gibson observed as ABC plastered glowing praise on screen: "The Nobel committee citation seemed to take note of that,... continue reading
Newsweek senior editor Jonathan Alter grouped conservative talk radio with Islamic radicals, specifically singling out Rush Limbaugh for attack, on Friday's MSNBC Live. While acknowledging that "everybody agrees it was premature" to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama, Alter singled out the two groups that, in his view, were actually voicing criticism: " You've got the mullahs in the Taliban, and then you've got Mullah Rush " [audio clip from the segment available here ]. Anchor Tamron Hall brought on the Newsweek senior editor and MSNBC news analyst minutes into the 4 pm Eastern hour. Midway through the... continue reading
CNN's White House correspondent Dan Lothian, on Friday's American Morning, saw nothing but pluses for President Obama's reception of the Nobel Peace Prize. Lothian guessed that " the President obviously is getting an 'A' for effort here ," and even went so far to speculate about whether the reward could help the Democrat "push through on...health care as well...so this could help him." Anchors Kiran Chetry and John Roberts turned to the correspondent right out of the gate at the beginning of the program at 6 AM EDT. Chetry asked if there had been any official reaction from the White... continue reading
MSNBC's David Shuster on Friday slammed conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh and RNC Chairman Michael Steele as "un-American" and "extreme" for criticizing Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win. The liberal co-host of News Live applauded the President's speech on the award and asserted, "... It makes the harsh comments from Michael Steele, from Rush Limbaugh, the rest, seem even more extreme and, as some would argue, un-American ." (Audio available here .) Arguing that Obama came across as humble for stating that he's not worthy to be in the same category as some of the other nominees, Shuster told co-anchor... continue reading
On Friday's CBS Early Show, Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer wondered about negative political fallout from President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize win: "one European commentator who said 'will this become a poison chalice?' In other words, is this going to hurt the President rather than help him? ...is this going to widen the part of partisan divide rather than bring people together?" Schieffer spoke with Early Show co-host Maggie Rodriguez, who asked: "Clearly a surprise to everyone, including the White House, for the President to be awarded this less than nine months into his term. And already some people... continue reading
Hours before the Nobel committee awarded its "Peace Prize" to President Barack Obama, the CBS Evening News found another "achievement" to tout: A White House-released photo of Obama blocking a basketball shot. With the picture on screen, fill-in anchor Maggie Rodriquez explained how it shows Obama impressively "blocking a shot by his aide, Reggie Love, who is younger, taller, and by the way, a former ball player at Duke." Rodriquez added: "It now hangs in the West Wing so the President can savor the moment every time he passes by." From Thursday night: The White House gave us a look... continue reading
Anchoring live coverage on Friday of Barack Obama's speech about receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, ABC's Charles Gibson enthused that the President won the award because he inspires. The World News host extolled, " The Nobel Committee feeling that he has inspired a new sense in the world. " Introducing another ABC host, Gibson commented on the "humble" tone of Obama's address. He then spun, "But, the use of the word inspiration is interesting, George Stephanopoulos, because, indeed, that's why he won this award." Stephanopoulos would not be outdone in lauding the Commander in Chief for his humble nature. He... continue reading
Good Morning America co-host Diane Sawyer on Friday used an odd expression to fawn over Barack Obama's Nobel Prize win. She cooed that the award is "the Olympic gold of international diplomacy. " (Was this Sawyer's way of saying the prize makes up for the Chicago Olympic failure?) In a follow-up segment, former top Democratic aide turned journalist George Stephanopoulos touted what an enormous impact the Nobel Prize would have: "But on a serious note, White House aides do believe this will strengthen the President's hand, both at home and abroad." He explained how these "White House aides" (Rahm Emanuel,... continue reading
Even Barack Obama's fan club on NBC's Today were stunned at the President's winning of the Nobel Peace Prize. Co-host Matt Lauer found it baffling: " We're less than a year into the first term of this president and there are no - I'm not trying to be, you know, rude here - no major foreign policy achievements, to date ." Meet the Press moderator David Gregory felt the need to point out the "left-leaning" impulse of the Europeans who christened Obama as the world's leading peacemaker for 2009: "This is a lot more about tone than it is substantive... continue reading
The Senate Finance Committee's ObamaCare bill will spend $829 billion over ten years, but fill-in CBS Evening News Maggie Rodriquez trumpeted how "according to a new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the plan costs less than expected and would actually reduce the deficit. So why do Republicans still oppose it?" Instead of explaining the skepticism toward how the massive additional spending could lead to less spending, reporter Nancy Cordes touted how "the new numbers give health care reform a much-needed boost" and credulously recounted the spending would be offset by fees, taxes "and trims to Medicare." When Republicans... continue reading