Networks Allow a Scant Two Minutes for Obama’s ‘Dramatic’ Reduction of the Army
The plan by Barack Obama’s government to “dramatically” shrink the size of the Army to its lowest level since World War II warranted a scant one minute and 56 seconds of total coverage on Monday’s morning shows. Yet, CBS, NBC and ABC devoted 19 and a half minutes to such topics as TV shows, makeup and viral videos. [MP3 audio of ABC’s
military coverage here.] None of the networks mentioned the President, shifting the responsibility solely to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
The Today show allowed the least amount of coverage, a mere 21 seconds. This despite the program’s four hour running time. Natalie Morales revealed, “Under the plan, the Army would shrink to its smallest force since the World War II build-up.” She asserted that “the proposal is likely to face fierce opposition on Capitol Hill.” If that’s true, why devote less than 30 seconds and allow no debate? Instead, the Today anchors spent almost nine minutes on the subject of makeup and body image.
CBS This Morning promoted Two Broke Girls, a show that airs on the same network, for four minutes and 29 seconds. Yet, the news impacting the nation’s military warranted 34 seconds. Co-anchor Norah O’Donnell briefly explained, “Today, the Pentagon announces plans for cuts targeting the military from top to bottom.”
She quickly informed viewers that “other recommendations include cutting subsidies to commissaries which sell groceries at a discount to military families and a hike in health care premiums and smaller allowances for troop housing.”