CBS Allows a Scant Two and a Half Minutes on Biden's Segregation Blow Up

NewsBusters | 6/20/2019 | Staff
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Democratic presidential contenders lashed out at frontrunner Joe Biden on Wednesday after he bragged about the ability to work with segregationists in the Senate, saying he could get things done with anyone. While all three networks covered this Democrat-on-Democrat fight Wednesday night and Thursday morning, CBS allowed the least amount of coverage: A scant 2 minutes and 34 seconds out of a total two and half hours of available air time.

ABC did slightly better, managing 4 minutes and 9 seconds over the same time period. NBC had the most coverage: 5 minutes and 41 seconds. The three network total amounted to 12 minutes ans 24 seconds out of a possible 7 hours and 30 minutes.

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On Wednesday, the CBS Evening News skipped the controversy entirely. On CBS This Morning, Thursday, the show’s co-hosts offered just over two and a half minutes in a single report. Co-host Anthony Mason sounded like he thought it was a big deal. He opened the show with this announcement: “Biden backlash. Democratic rivals slam the former Vice President for comments about segregationist senators as race and reparations become a focus of the primary campaign.”

Gayle King related:

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is under fire from rivals in the Democratic presidential race after he reminisced about working together with segregationist senators back in the 1970s. Now this fight has suddenly brought race into the center of this campaign. Ed O'Keefe is on Capitol Hill with more to this story. Boy, Ed, good morning, Ed. This is happening at a very critical time, it seems.

Over on NBC’s Nightly News, Wednesday, anchor Lester Holt portrayed the furor as Democrats pouncing: “Joe Biden is under fire this evening as his rivals pounce on comments he made about working along side segregationist senators in the past.” Reporter...
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