1. Instead of Wright, NBC Touts Childhood Pals: 'Good Luck Barry!' Friday's NBC Nightly News allocated a mere 22 seconds to Barack Obama's condemnation of what fill-in anchor Ann Curry vaguely described as "inflammatory remarks that his long time pastor made about Hillary Clinton and the nation," but instead of informing viewers of any of those remarks, such as Reverend Jeremiah Wright's suggestion that the U.S. deserved 9/11, the newscast then devoted three minutes to a celebratory piece about how excited Obama's childhood friends in Indonesia are about his candidacy. In a story which began and ended with a picture... continue reading
1. NBC Nightly News Finally Calls Spitzer 'Democratic Governor' On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, substitute NBC Nightly News anchor Ann Curry and reporter Mike Taibbi failed to identify disgraced outgoing New York Governor Eliot Spitzer as a Democrat, but on Thursday night Curry finally informed NBC viewers of the party affiliation -- a fact network journalists always consider relevant when a Republican gets caught in scandalous behavior. Curry set up a story on incoming Governor David Paterson by uttering the word she's avoided all week: "Now to the fast moving developments in the wake of the revelations that New York's... continue reading
1. ABC Finally IDs Spitzer as Democrat, NBC Fails to for Third Night For the third evening in a row Wednesday, the NBC Nightly News refused to identify Eliot Spitzer as a Democrat, but after ABC's World News failed to cite his party affiliation on Monday and Tuesday night when Elizabeth Vargas anchored, on Wednesday evening substitute anchor George Stephanopoulos finally properly tagged him: "The Democrat resigned today just two days after reports that he patronized a high-priced prostitution service." In contrast, fill-in NBC Nightly News anchor Ann Curry on Wednesday teased news about "New York's crusading Governor" and then... continue reading
1. For Second Night, ABC and NBC Refuse to Utter Spitzer's Party ID Just as occurred Monday night, viewers of Tuesday's ABC and NBC evening newscasts never heard the word "Democrat" applied to New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, nor did they even put a "(D)" on screen by his name as ABC did briefly Monday. CBS didn't announce his party either on Tuesday night, but Katie Couric had done so Monday night. The ABC and NBC newscasts, however, did put "(R)" on screen over soundbites from Republicans and NBC's Mike Taibbi twice referred to the reaction from "Republican" politicians. Fill-in... continue reading
1. 'Straight Arrow' Governor 'Eliot Ness' Spitzer (?-NY) Incredibly, in lead stories Monday night about New York Governor Eliot Spitzer being linked to a prostitution ring, neither ABC's World News nor the NBC Nightly News verbally identified Spitzer's political party. Must mean he's a liberal Democrat -- and he is. CBS anchor Katie Couric, however, managed to squeeze in a mention of his party. Last August when news of Larry Craig's arrest broke, both ABC and NBC stressed his GOP affiliation. On ABC, the only hints as to Spitzer's party were a few seconds of video of Spitzer beside Hillary... continue reading
1. Stephanopoulos Pleads for Clinton and Obama 'Time-Out' While members of the media are often pleased when Republicans fight amongst themselves, it's apparently not so fun to see Democrats do the same thing. On Friday's Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos appeared and pleaded for calm in the increasingly contentious battle between Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The ABC journalist and former top aide to Bill Clinton proclaimed: "Well, the bottom line is that it's time for a time-out." Later in the March 7 piece, as though refereeing a fight, he declared: "I think there's going to have to be... continue reading
1. MSNBC's Dan Abrams: 'Shameful' Rush Limbaugh 'Un-American' On Wednesday's Live with Dan Abrams on MSNBC, Abrams lit into Rush Limbaugh as "un-American" for encouraging Republican voters to cross over and vote for Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. In his "Beat the Press" segment Abrams attacked Limbaugh, mocking him for a segment on Monday night's Abrams show on Limbaugh's "Far Right Dirty Tricks." On Wednesday, Abrams associated Rush with the "radical right" and attempted to describe a Limbaugh radio show snippet: "He was upset that I said he was perverting the process by encouraging Republicans to vote for Hillary Clinton in... continue reading
1. Blitzer Decries Limbaugh's 'Dream Ticket' Won't Win Comment Once again, on Wednesday afternoon, CNN's Wolf Blitzer treated a reasonable remark by Rush Limbaugh as appalling and worth dissection. The Situation Room brought on three Democratic operatives to denounce "controversial" remarks made by Limbaugh on his radio show earlier in the day, with only one conservative/Republican,'s Editor-in-Chief Terry Jeffrey, on to defend the top-rated radio talk show host. Limbaugh's apparent offense was when he brushed aside talk of a possible joint ticket between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as he predicted the proposed "dream ticket" wouldn't win: "Let's say... continue reading
1. 'Nothing Done' to Fix Problems 'Since '65 Civil Rights Bill' In a moment of excess hyperbole, even for Chris Matthews, at about 7:33 PM EST Tuesday night, Matthews claimed "nothing's done since '65, when we did the civil rights bill," to fix the nation's problems. Fretting about how the country cannot afford a prolonged Clinton-Obama battle in Pennsylvania because "this country's in a rut" with "everything" from the war to the economy, Matthews ridiculously asserted: "We can't fix anything, whether it's Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, we can't fix our health care system. Nothing's done since '65, when we did... continue reading
1. NBC Excited About Slap at Obama, Not So About Slam on McCain Last Tuesday, when before a John McCain campaign rally, Cincinnati radio talk show host Bill Cunningham used Barack Obama's full name and derided Obama as "the great prophet from Chicago," NBC and ABC pounced with full stories on the "controversy." But after over the weekend, where at an event touted as "One Million for Hillary with Gloria Steinem" the left-wing feminist icon ridiculed John McCain's years as a prisoner of war, ABC did not utter a word about the remarks while NBC on Monday gave them --... continue reading