MRC Alert: ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer


1. ABC, NBC Ignore Grim Housing Report; Focus Instead on Selfie with Queen, 50 Shades of Grey Trailer

Both ABC World News with Diane Sawyer and NBC Nightly News on Thursday evening failed to mention a new, troubling report from the Census Bureau on Thursday night that sales of new homes decreased by 8.1% in June and that Mays originally reported double-digit increase was revised lower, from almost 19% to only 8 percent. The CBS Evening News did cover this story, but it only was in the form of a 12-second news brief from anchor Scott Pelley. Pelley grimly reported: Today’s report on the housing market is raising concerns about the economic recovery. Sales of new homes dropped sharply last month, more than 8%, and that’s the largest decline in nearly a year. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-ignore-grim-housing-report-focus-instead-selfie-queen-50-shades-grey-trailer

2. MSNBCs Schultz Slams Ryans Anti-Poverty Plan; Out There Selling the Turd in the Punch Bowl

Ed Schultz spent a portion of his opening monologue on his MSNBC show Thursday attacking Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and his latest policy proposal to reform government welfare programs, declaring that Ryan is more radical than ever and hes out there selling the turd in the punch bowl. After trumpeting the long-standing liberal policy of increasing the minimum wage, Schultz moved to attack Ryan and a speech he made Thursday in which he offered, among many topics, plans to consolidate government welfare programs and reform federal education spending. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/msnbcs-schultz-slams-ryans-anti-poverty-plan-out-there-selling-turd-punch-bowl

3. CBS and NBC Finally Notice Criticism of Obama Fundraising Amid Crises, ABC Still Ignores

Both Wednesday’s CBS Evening News and Thursday’s NBC Today offered full reports on President Obama being criticized for attending Democratic Party fundraisers at a time of international crises. ABC continued to remain silent on the growing controversy. On Evening News, White House correspondent Major Garrett reported: “President Obama arrived late today in Los Angeles for his fifth meeting with big donors in two days.” A clip played of Garrett challenging Press Secretary Josh Ernest: “Could you address what many Americans believe is either the trivial or unnecessarily-distracting obligation of presidents including this one to raise money in the course of conducting important matters of state?” MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-and-nbc-finally-notice-criticism-obama-fundraising-amid-crises-abc-still-ignores

4. NBC Notes Apollo 11 Astronauts’ Meeting With Obama; Ignores Press Shut Out of Oval Office

On Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, Brian Williams reported the Apollo 11 astronauts’ meeting with President Obama to mark the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing, but failed to mention that only photo journalists were permitted to cover the event. Williams spotlighted Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins’s visit to the White House, and how “with them in spirit in the Oval Office today was the late, great Neil Armstrong.” MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-notes-apollo-11-astronauts-meeting-obama-ignores-press-shut-out-oval-office

5. ABC, NBC Ignore Montana Democrat Accused of Plagiarizing Masters Thesis

On Thursday, July 24, the New York Times revealed that Senator John Walsh (D-Mont.) plagiarized his Masters thesis from the United States Army College and that at least 25 percent of his paper was either taken without attribution from other authors works or improperly sourced. Despite the embarrassing revelation, CBS This Morning was the only network morning news show to report on the plagiarism scandal whereas NBCs Today and ABCs Good Morning America ignored the story. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-nbc-ignore-montana-democrat-accused-plagiarizing-masters-thesis

6. NY Times Decries ISIS’s ‘Brutal Crackdown’ on Iraqi Christians; Big Three Networks Yawn

ABC, CBS, and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the dire situation of Christians in Iraq, particularly after ISIS’s takeover of the key city of Mosul. The Islamic extremist group drove most of the Christians out of the city, and issued an ultimatum to those who remained: covert to Islam, pay a hefty tax, or face death. Refreshingly, the New York Times spotlighted the crisis in a Thursday op-ed, and noted that the Christian community in Mosul has lived there for nearly 2,000 years. MORE: http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/ny-times-decries-isiss-brutal-crackdown-iraqi-christians-big-three-networks-yawn

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