1. CNN Anchor: Edwards 'Much Loved,' 'All About Integrity & Honesty' Just hours after ABC's Nightline broadcast an interview in which former North Carolina Senator John Edwards confessed an extramarital affair, CNN Saturday Morning co-anchor Melissa Long spoke of the ex-Democratic candidate in glowing terms, calling Edwards someone who was "much loved, worked for the poor, a man who was self-made, and all about integrity and honesty." After elevating Edwards to such heights, she asked CNN deputy political editor Paul Steinhauser to consider "all of that and this stunning admission" and speculate as to "what type of political career could... continue reading
1. Kilpatrick Leads Democratic Group, Yet Nets Refuse to Name Party Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is hardly reticent about touting himself as a Democrat. After all, he's the Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and in January was re-elected its representative to the Democratic National Committee. But in ABC and NBC news stories Thursday night about how a Michigan judge ordered him to jail immediately for violating his bond, neither identified him as a Democrat (verbally or on screen) -- not even in a full two-minute NBC story. On CBS, fill-in anchor Russ Mitchell didn't mention Kilpatrick's... continue reading
1. CBS Lectures McCain for Lowering Tone, His Hilton Ad 'Stupid' The CBS Evening News on Wednesday night delivered a campaign story that was little more than a recitation of John McCain's supposed misdeeds in lowering the tone of the campaign as reporter Dean Reynolds criticized McCain for spending "three times as long chatting" with a college football team "as he did talking issues to workers at a cabinet-making company," took at shot at his access to journalists -- "the man who rides the Straight Talk Express took no questions from reporters" (as if Barack Obama takes questions every day)... continue reading
1. Nets Lend Credibility to 'Bombshell' Iraq Deception Allegations CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN all jumped Tuesday to publicize the claims in a new book by a left-wing journalist, Ron Suskind, that President Bush knew before the war Iraq had no WMD and that to justify the war the administration forged a letter to prove a connection between Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda. In the morning, NBC's Today showcased an "exclusive" interview with Suskind as Meredith Vieira trumpeted the "new bombshell book that claims the White House deliberately misled the American public about the case for war in Iraq. The... continue reading
1. Lauer: Opponents of China During Olympics are 'Party Crashers' NBC's Matt Lauer, broadcasting live from the Great Wall of China on Monday's Today show, referred to the "double-edged sword" of the world's attention being on China for the Summer Olympic Games and asked a Chinese professor about how that "spotlight" might be "co-opted by party crashers who have a bone to pick with this country." He then asked the professor: "How worried are the people here about that?" Lauer, who will be in China during the next weeks for the Olympics, interviewed Professor Teng Dimeng of the Beijing Foreign... continue reading
1. ABC's Chris Cuomo Slams McCain for 'Frivolous, Childish' Ad On Friday's Good Morning America, news anchor Chris Cuomo derided John McCain's campaign manager for a "frivolous, childish" ad comparing Barack Obama to a celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. Cuomo, who is the son of former New York Democratic Governor Mario Cuomo and the brother of the state's current Democratic attorney general, even tried to goad Davis into pledging to not run any similar ads in the future. He prompted: "Your candidate started by saying he wanted to run a different type of campaign. Do you want... continue reading
1. CBS Turns Doubled GDP into 'Disappointing' News, ABC & NBC Silent Second quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) doubled to 1.9 percent, up from 0.9 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department announced Thursday morning. Yet the CBS Evening News centered a story around "disappointing" news about the supposedly "struggling economy" (with that on screen) -- while ABC and NBC, which on April 30 led with full stories on the news of a 0.6 percent (since revised to 0.9) first quarter GDP, didn't utter a syllable Thursday night about the big GDP jump. On the last day of April,... continue reading
1. Agitated by McCain's 'Nasty' & 'Childish' Anti-Obama 'Attack' Ad The McCain campaign's new television ad comparing Barack Obama to shallow celebrities such as Britney Spears and Paris Hilton so upset the network news operations that they all ran full stories, with ABC and NBC leading with the "attack ad." Though all tried to frame their stories as balanced looks at attacks against each other by both campaigns, it was the McCain ad which prompted the stories, the language used painted McCain as the aggressor and Obama as the victim fighting back ("responded," "fired back" and "hitting back") and two... continue reading
1. Reporter on Hardball: 'Hard Right' is McCain's 'Biggest Problem' In the midst of a campaign in which conservatives fret John McCain is missing opportunities by staying to the left on too many issues, Chrystia Freeland, the U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times newspaper based in London, declared "extremely imprudent" the conservative desire for John McCain to make a commitment against raising taxes. On Tuesday's Hardball she saw the "hard right," not politicians unwilling to stick to a pledge, as the problem: "The first President Bush did not fare very well when he made that absolutely firm, clear campaign... continue reading
1. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's New Ambassador: NBC's Brian Williams NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams acted as a conduit for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's propaganda message of conciliation as NBC Nightly News led Monday with about seven minutes of comments from the Iranian leader's interview with Williams in Tehran, such as how "for more than 50 years now the policy of American statesmen has been to confront the Iranian people." Williams seemed quite pleased with himself, introducing the interview excerpt: "It was clear in just the opening few minutes of the conversation that the Iranian President had a message he wanted... continue reading