Category: CBS

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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....

CBS doesn’t cover Jewish Community Center threats

Violent threats against Jewish communities have been rising since January. On Feb. 20 bomb threats against 11 Jewish community centers across the country led to panic and evacuations. ABC and NBC evening broadcasts covered the threats including details of previous threats. They also covered President Trump’s...

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...

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...

Anatomy of a Failure

Bottom line in the 2016 election: journalists missed the story. From start to finish serious journalists failed to grasp and report Donald Trump’s pull. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour put it this way: We have to accept that we’ve had our lunch handed to us… … The winning...

CBS’s Millennial Voter Q&A Misrepresents Generation

On Nov. 2 CBS aired a four-minute segment on millennial voters. CBS’s Elaine Quijano interviewed a group, aged 18-34, from 12 states, but the resulting package may not have adequately represented the most diverse and progressive generation in the country. The piece opened with a poll...