CBS Buries Pelosi Against Impeachment, NBC Frets Divided Dems

NewsBusters | 3/11/2019 | Staff
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Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) made headlines Monday evening when she told The Washington Post that she was against impeaching President Trump unless it was absolutely necessary. For the evening broadcasts of ABC News and NBC News, it was the second topic they covered after yet another deadly crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8. But CBS News buried it deep in the last few minutes of the broadcast and only gave it a fleeting 17 seconds.

Meanwhile, Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision ignored Pelosi’s comments altogether.

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For CBS Evening News, anchor Jeff Glor delivered the meager news brief. “In a new interview, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she is against impeaching President Trump, saying the process is, quote, ‘So divisive to the country,’” he reported. “Pelosi tells The Washington Post, quote, ‘He is just not worth it.’ Though she does believe the President, she says, is unfit to hold the office.”

In contrast, CBS dedicated two minutes and five seconds to hyping Vice President Joe Biden possibly joining the Democratic Party’s large 2020 field, and the Democratic National Committee selecting Milwaukee, Wisconsin to have their convention.

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On NBC Nightly News, they framed Pelosi’s stance as something that could cause strife within the Democratic caucus in the House.

Anchor Lester Holt seemed surprised and declared Pelosi was “speaking out like we’ve never heard her before on a controversial issue, in this case, the possibility of impeaching President Trump.” And as he was handed it off to NBC chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, he framed the report as “how her remarks could divide Democrats.”

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After reading from Pelosi’s statement, Jackson cautioned that, “Not everyone in her party agrees, possibly setting up a showdown with more progressive Democrats like [Michigan] Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib.” Of course, NBC had to play the soundbite of Tlaib angrily declaring they...
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