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NBC and ABC Interview the Same Teenage Activist Supporting Affirmative Action; Omit Activist Label

Posted on 22 April 2014

Reporting on Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision that enabled states’ voters to ban affirmative action, NBC and ABC interviewed the same teenage activist who called the ruling “disgusting” and “creating a new Jim Crow.”

Both networks simply labeled Markeith Jones a high school student without disclosing he is an activist who recently marched protesting Michigan’s ban on affirmative action. ABC quoted Jones and other supporters of affirmative action four times in its report while giving opponents just two soundbites.

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TV Hosts Ignore Claire Shipman’s Marriage to Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney 75% of The Time

Posted on 22 April 2014

Since Monday, April 14, ABC’s Claire Shipman has been touring the network and cable news networks to promote her new book that she co-wrote with Katty Kay entitled “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self Assurance-What Women Should Know.” Despite the eight television appearances Shipman has made since last Monday, only two interviews openly acknowledged her marriage to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.

While five of the eight programs in which Shipman appeared on to promote her book ignored her marriage to Jay Carney, all eight of them ignored the recent profile of her and her family in the Washingtonian magazine. The five programs that ignored the Shipman-Carney marriage were ABC’s own Good Morning America and World News with Diane Sawyer, as well as MSNBC’s Morning Joe, NOW with Alex Wagner and The Cycle. [Read full story below.]

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Obama Admin Will Consider Pardons for Thousands of Drug Offenders; Networks Ignore?

Posted on 21 April 2014

The broadcast networks gleefully reported the White House Easter festivities on Monday evening while ignoring President Obama’s new plan to step around Congress and consider clemency for thousands of drug offenders.
 
On their evening newscasts, both CBS and NBC smiled upon Obama reading “Where the Wild Things Are” to children, with CBS capturing the moments using a photo album graphic. NBC’s Brian Williams chuckled that Obama, with his dramatic narrating of the story, “left it all on the South Lawn.”

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ABC Airs Fawning Profile of Elizabeth Warren, ‘Campaigning for the Middle Class’

Posted on 21 April 2014

Monday’s ABC World News did liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren a huge favor by touting her “fight to save the middle class” with no label of her as “liberal” and no question of her political motivations.

The segment was over four minutes long, a huge chunk of the World News, and was full of admiration for Warren’s efforts. Correspondent David Muir began his report hailing her as “the woman on the front lines” of “the fight to save the middle class.” [Video coming soon. Audio here.]

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No Skepticism as ABC and CBS Cheer “Major Milestone” for ObamaCare

Posted on 18 April 2014

Both ABC and CBS carved out a few seconds on their Thursday evening and Friday morning newscasts to boost President Obama’s claims of success for his ObamaCare program. Filling in for Di…

Not All Presidential Offspring Equal: Newscasts Which Ignored Bush Pregnancy Now Trumpet Chelsea Clinton’s

Posted on 17 April 2014

On Wednesday morning, December 12, 2012, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush, announced on NBC’s Today show that she was expecting…

Reefer Madness: Only 3 Percent of Pot Stories Mention Health Risks

Posted on 17 April 2014

As stoners prepare for their annual 420 smoking “holiday” on April 20, the broadcast networks have done little to educate users on the risks of their leafy drug of choice in spite …

ABC, CBS, NBC, New York Times, Washington Post All Skip RNC’s Lawsuit Against the IRS’s ‘Stonewalling’

Posted on 16 April 2014

On Tuesday the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against the IRS for that agency’s “illegal stonewalling” of the RNC’s request of documents related to…

Obamacare Stories Ignore Taxes, Penalties 88 Percent of the Time

Posted on 15 April 2014

The federal tax filing deadline has arrived. Tax season, when H&R Block commercials are as inescapable as news how-to segments about filing taxes, is nearly over.

But there’s one …

Omission Outrage! Big Three Networks Censor Huge IRS Scandal Developments

Posted on 15 April 2014

At this point it might take a dead body to get the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks to give the IRS-Tea Party scandal any sort of real coverage. Huge developments in the last week – li…

ABC Hypes IRS’s Help Line Wait Times, Smaller Budget; Yawns at Criminal Referral For Lerner

Posted on 11 April 2014

On Friday’s World News, ABC’s David Kerley pressed I.R.S. Commissioner John Koskinen about taxpayers who are unable to “get an answer as to how much they’re supposed to pay,” due to long wait times on the agency’ help line. However, Kerley didn’t bother to ask Koskinen about the House Ways and Means Committee’s Wednesday vote to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Justice Department for prosecution, over alleged targeting of Tea Party groups for auditing.

In fact, as of Friday, none of the Big Three evening newscasts have covered the House committee’s criminal referral, nor the House Oversight Committee voting on Thursday to hold Lerner in contempt of Congress. Instead, the ABC correspondent zeroed in on taxpayers’ complaints about the IRS help line, as well as the commissioner’s YouTube video warning about how to deal with the poor service there: [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

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CBS, ABC Tout Document Claiming Jesus Had a ‘Wife’ But Ignore the Skeptics

Posted on 10 April 2014

On Thursday evening, both ABC and CBS relayed news that a manuscript claiming Jesus had a wife was found to be an “ancient” document and “not a modern forgery.” They ignored skeptics of the document, however.

“We have the results of scientific testing on a controversial scrap of papyrus that some call the ‘gospel of Jesus’ wife’,” touted CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley. He added that “scholars say that doesn’t prove that Jesus had a wife but that early Christians debated whether he did.”

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Networks Declare ‘Victory’ for Obamacare Enrollment; Ignore Questions 90 Percent of Time

Posted on 10 April 2014

The big issue for Obamacare has long been how many people would enroll. When the deadline finally hit, broadcast news networks parroted the administration’s claims and raised few concerns about heavily spun results.

Breaking from a long silen…

ABC, NBC Continue Blackout Of GOP’s Criminal Referral for Lois Lerner

Posted on 10 April 2014

On Wednesday April 9, the House Oversight Committee voted to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for former IRS official Lois Lerner. Despite the severity of this most recent revelations into the IRS’ targeting of Tea Party organizations, ABC and NBC continue to ignore the story.

After all three networks failed to cover the story on their nightly news broadcasts on Wednesday, only CBS This Morning bothered to mention the revelations on Thursday April 10. Co-host Norah O’Donnell described the events as such: “The House Oversight Committee today is expected to hold a retired IRS official in contempt of Congress. Republicans say Lois Lerner led an effort to investigate Tea Party organizations. She’s refused to testify at two committee hearings claiming her Fifth Amendment rights.” [See video below.]

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Networks Ignore House GOP’s Criminal Referral for Lois Lerner

Posted on 09 April 2014

In a major new development in the IRS scandal, House Republicans voted on Wednesday to send a criminal referral to the Department of Justice for former IRS chief Lois Lerner. None of the networks covered the vote, however.

The letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder stated that “findings” from the Ways and Means Committee “suggest that Lerner may have violated multiple criminal statutes.” The letter went on to add that “the Committee asks that you pursue this evidence.” The networks ignored this letter, however, although CBS and ABC talked about Hillary Clinton’s presidential aspirations.

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Israeli Defense minister leans toward operation in Iran, as Obama portrays ‘weakness’

Posted on 18 March 2014

Moshe Ya’alon says U.S. is acting feebly – from China through the Mideast to Ukraine. ‘I hope the U.S. comes to its senses.’ By Barak Ravid Based on his evaluation that the United States isn’t going to do anything to frustrate the Iranian nuclear program, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Monday he’s changed his mind […]

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Iranian weapons seized

Posted on 05 November 2009

The IDF confirms that none of the Iranian weapons it seized on Wednesday appear to be nuclear devices. Even a low-yield nuclear bomb could have blown half the country sky high.

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Good News: Baghdad Bomb Blasts Not Atomic

Posted on 26 October 2009

The death toll from Sunday’s two suicide bombs in Baghdad, one of Iraq’s bloodiest attacks in years, has risen to 155 with more than 500 wounded, police said on Monday.

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Honduras Defends Its Democracy

Posted on 06 July 2009

Honduran patriots need to hold their ground against international pressure by Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and, of course, Hugo Chavez himself to return Zelaya to office.

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Iran Foced Washington to Retreat from Uranium Enrichment

Posted on 15 April 2009

Iran’s resistance and progress in nuclear technology forced Washington to retreat from its position.

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North Korea threatens to Shoot Down US Spy Planes

Posted on 01 April 2009

North Korea accused the United States of spying on the site of an impending rocket launch and threatened Wednesday to shoot down any U.S. planes that intrude into its airspace.

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Taliban chief vows ‘amazing attack’

Posted on 31 March 2009

The commander of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility Tuesday for a deadly assault on a Pakistani police academy and said the group was planning a terrorist attack on the White House that would “amaze” the world.

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Barak Out, Olmert In – Regarding Gaza Peace Process

Posted on 17 February 2009

Olmert makes it clear that the defense minister had erred in leaving Shalit out of the Cairo talks and acted on his own without the prime minister’s authority.

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“Quake” Saturday was Nuclear Bomb Test

Posted on 29 October 2008

Israel Insider is reporting that a seismic event this weekend in southern Iran may in fact have been a massive underground nuclear bomb test.

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US Strikes al Qaeda Targets in Syria

Posted on 26 October 2008

U.S. military helicopters launched an extremely rare attack Sunday on Syrian territory close to the border with Iraq, killing eight people in a strike the government in Damascus condemned as ‘serious aggression.’

The raid by special forces targeted the foreign fighter network that travels through Syria into Iraq. The Americans have been unable to shut the network down in the area because Syria was out of the military’s reach.

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