MRC: ABC and CBS Ignore News That the Intelligence Community Actually Did Warn Obama About ISIS Threat


1. ABC and CBS Ignore News That the Intelligence Community Actually Did Warn Obama About ISIS Threat

Throughout the day on Monday, several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday night that the intelligence community and Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper are to blame for not recognizing the threat posed by ISIS. On the Monday evening newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir chose to ignore the story all together while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley simply re-aired Obama’s comments from 60 Minutes the night prior without acknowledging the criticisms since the interview aired. In contrast, NBC Nightly News offered a two-and-a-half-minute segment that included multiple news clips and congressional testimony going back to January that contradicted the President’s claim. http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-and-cbs-ignore-news-intelligence-community-actually-did-warn-obama-about-isis-threat

2. ABC Skips Own Reporter’s Battle With White House, Gushes Over Clooney

The viewers of ABC News might not know it, but one of the network’s senior reporters, Jon Karl, grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday about claims that al Qaeda had been “decimated.” From Friday to Monday, ABC ignored the contentious exchange and Earnest’s doubling down. Yet, over that same period, the network’s news programs devoted over 20 minutes to the deeply superficial topic of George Clooney’s wedding in Venice. http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/abc-skips-own-reporters-battle-white-house-gushes-over-clooney

3. NBC Hails ‘Candid’ Obama As He Passes the Buck On ISIS Failure

Even as President Obama clearly attempted during a Sunday 60 Minutes interview to blame others for his failure to recognize ISIS as a growing threat in the Middle East, Monday’s NBC Today spun the buck-passing as a “very candid” admission by the commander-in-chief. Co-host Matt Lauer opened the morning show by proclaiming: “Underestimated. The President admits his administration and U.S. intelligence officials misjudged the threat of ISIS.” While that headline suggested to viewers that Obama was taking responsibility for the failure, a soundbite ran of the President distancing himself from blame: “I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/nbc-hails-candid-obama-he-passes-buck-isis-failure

4. Gayle King to Paul Ryan: ‘Some People Don’t Think’ the Country ‘Needs Saving’

Open Obama supporter Gayle King made sure she got her liberal viewpoint across on Monday’s CBS This Morning as she interviewed Rep. Paul Ryan. King spotlighted an excerpt from the Congressman’s new book: “You said, ‘In order for the Republican Party to save the country’ – some people don’t think it needs saving, by the way – but you said the GOP has to change from within. What do you mean by that?” http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/gayle-king-paul-ryan-some-people-dont-think-country-needs-saving

5. CBS Continues Network Obsession With Clinton Baby, Declares Her ‘Political Royalty’

While ABC and NBC have moved on from their over-the-top gushing over Chelsea Clinton’s baby, CBS felt the need to continue to obsess over the announcement on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Reporter Bill Plante offered up a healthy dose of Clinton cheerleading when he proclaimed the baby to be the “newest member of a family of political royalty.” http://www.mrc.org/biasalerts/cbs-continues-network-obsession-clinton-baby-declares-her-political-royalty

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