Category: ABC

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CBS focusing more on ad loss instead of Trump defense of O’Reilly

When President Donald Trump defended Bill O’Reilly, ABC and NBC treated it as a major story. CBS barely mentioned it. On April 5, the network evening newscasts reported O’Reilly and Fox News paid $13 million in sexual harassment settlements and that President Donald Trump defended O’Reilly in a...

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Questioning Loyalties to the President

On March 14 NBC’s evening news showed both parties’ lack of support for the healthcare bill. It also showed House Speaker Paul Ryan saying he is not going to defend President Donald Trump. NBC correspondent Peter Alexander said, “The fight over health care is also raising new...

Mixed Coverage of Bannon Rare Appearance

All three networks covered Steve Bannon’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference differently, but why did CBS spend a significant amount of time on him, while NBC and ABC didn’t? On Feb. 23, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made a rare appearance at CPAC....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Only NBC, ABC include Democrats’ Response

On Feb. 13, NBC opened with two stories involving national security.  The first questioned whether then-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn broke federal law in late December by discussing possible sanctions against Russia from the Obama administration with a Russian ambassador. The second showed Donald Trump and...

ABC calls out Trump’s contradiction on leaks

On Feb. 15, CBS and NBC highlighted President Trump’s praise of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, despite his recent firing amid controversy. This issue was over his contact with the Russian ambassador before Inauguration Day. The networks pointed out Trump’s blame of the media for...