ABC/NBC Ignore Mueller Admitting He Can’t Indict Trump, CBS 29 Seconds

NewsBusters | 5/16/2018 | Staff
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The anti-Trump resistance appeared to take a crippling blow Wednesday evening when news broke that Special Counsel Robert Mueller couldn’t indict President Trump. The revelation came from Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani who said Mueller admitted to him, investigators would be following decades-old DOJ guidelines that say a sitting president cannot be indicted. This Washington shaking news went largely unreported by the network evening broadcasts. In contrast, they spent over nine minutes on pointless pop culture news.

Out of the big three network news outlets (ABC, CBS, and NBC), only CBS Evening News had the insight to think it was worth reporting. Yet, they only gave Mueller’s alleged statement 29 seconds at the tail end of yet another Stormy Daniels related report. As for Spanish-language networks, only Univision mentioned it with a scant 16 seconds. Telemundo said nothing.

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On CBS, they conceded it was “some good news for the President” as White House correspondent Paula Reid explained:

Well, that's significant because there is currently an opinion at the Justice Department that says you cannot criminally indict a sitting president. And Giuliani says that Mueller has told him that he will abide by that opinion, and Mueller's boss, the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, has publicly said he will also abide by that opinion.

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Instead of dedicating serious amounts of time to a story that undoubtedly had the potential to turn the Russia investigation upside down, the big three networks spent a combined nine minutes and 12 seconds squawking about the royal wedding...
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