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Wiretapping Claims Threaten to Drown Out “Big News”

Using Tweets, President Trump accused Former President Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during Trump’s presidential campaign. Beginning at 3:35 a.m. Saturday morning March 4, Trump tweeted: 3:49 a.m. 3:52 a.m. 4:02 a.m. On Monday, March 6, House Republicans announced their new healthcare plan which would replace...

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CBS is turning up the heat in fact checking Donald Trump

On Feb. 16, Scott Pelley opened the CBS Evening News by saying the length of the president’s fuse is 28 days. He went on to say that at a “hasty” news conference, Donald Trump used the skills that made his career: “bluster, bravado, exaggeration and a few...

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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...