Author: Jon Mednick

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CBS, NBC judge Trump differently through 84 days

On April 13, CBS and NBC ran stories trying to sum up the Trump presidency through the first 84 days. NBC placed a priority on Trump’s forceful military tactics. CBS focused on his early reversal on several issues. “About two weeks before the election, candidate Donald...

CBS Goes Too Far to Showcase Reporter

On Wednesday, Mar. 29 CBS followed its story on Russian meddling in the election by showing an unusually long exchange between Sean Spicer and CBS reporter Major Garrett regarding Rep. Devin Nunes’s meeting in the White House. “Do you have any information, to live up to...

ABC, CBS Untangle Wiretap Claims

Does the evening news have a responsibility to analyze the most complicated stories? On Monday, Mar. 6, all three networks covered President Trump’s claims that the Obama administration wiretapped Trump Tower. Legal surveillance requires a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) order. A FISA warrant for Trump...

ABC Uses Satire to Help Frame Perception of DeVos

Does satire have a place on the network nightly news? On Monday, Feb. 6, ABC’s story about Betsy DeVos’s confirmation featured a Saturday Night Live soundbite. It portrayed the secretary of education as clueless. “I do think there should be a school,” said comedian Kate McKinnon...