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Spell Checking Becoming the New Fact Checking

  Both ABC and CBS pointed out a typo in one of President Donald Trump’s tweets, but NBC didn’t. Is it newsworthy that the president made a spelling mistake in a tweet? On March 4, Trump tweeted four times, accusing former President Obama of wiretapping Trump...

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Pelley compares Trump’s lies to attacks on media

Anchor Scott Pelley regularly corrects President Trump’s misleading and false statements on CBS Evening News. In the past few weeks, Pelley has corrected Trump on the number of people Obamacare covers, the national unemployment rate and his claims that former President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower. On...

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How “Breaking News” Should be Defined

A bold graphic reading “Breaking News” catches news viewers’ eyes. When is the phrase appropriate? When is it overused? Do viewers become desensitized to the term? Between Feb. 20 and Feb. 24, ABC flashed “Breaking News” on screen every night. NBC and CBS did not. On Feb....

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NBC, CBS Take Opposite Approaches in Reporting Trump Press Conference

As national news networks are scrutinized for potential bias, NBC and CBS broadcasts on Feb. 16 characterized Donald Trump’s first press conference as president very differently. NBC anchor Lester Holt began by contrasting how liberals and conservatives viewed the speech.  He also acknowledged its unique nature...

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President Trump Confronts the Black Reporter

President Trump’s exchange with a black reporter during his lengthy press conference on Feb. 16 raised questions about his conduct. Reporter April Ryan asked Trump whether he planned to include the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) in conversations about his urban agenda. Trump responded: “Do you want...

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ABC focuses on Trump’s cost to taxpayers, highlights hypocrisy

On Feb. 17 ABC did a three-minute story focusing on how much Trump is costing taxpayers. ABC’s Mary Bruce reported directly from Mar-a-lago, President Donald Trump’s weekend home in Florida. Bruce noted Trump’s previous criticism of Obama’s numerous vacations and golf sessions. However, she pointed out, this was...

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CBS Claims Trump Is at the End of His Fuse

The Feb. 16 CBS Evening News characterization of President Trump’s whirlwind press conference was unique. “Today we learned the length of the president’s fuse—28 days.” –@ScottPelley weighs in on @POTUS’ press conference https://t.co/HOjG2HJ8AN pic.twitter.com/f1YzKmxhNW — CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 16, 2017 “Today we learned the...

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NBC Questions Voters but Tells Us Nothing

On February 17, NBC Nightly News was back in Kenosha, Wisconsin—for the second time since the inauguration—to find out what voters are thinking about President Trump’s first 30 days in office. Kenosha County was evenly split in the 2016 presidential election, with less than 300 votes...

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ABC Compares Trump Deportations to Obama’s

ABC and CBS covered the deportations around the country after President Trump took office. They each focused on the same woman, but the stories they told were very different. In its Feb. 9 broadcast, CBS featured Guadalupe García de Rayos, a Mexican immigrant living in Phoenix before...