Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Harps on Newt's 'Baggage'; Cain Only Has 'Die-Hard' Support Left

CBS's Jan Crawford played up Newt Gingrich's "baggage" on Friday's Early Show, underlining how the Republican presidential candidate is "going to be hit hard for his ties to corporate interests, ...

Networks Ignore Violence at 'Peaceful' Occupy L.A., Play Up 'Party' Vibe

The Big Three network morning shows on Monday all reported on the possible showdown between Occupy L.A. protesters and the LAPD. NBC's Today and CBS's Early Show highlighted that the left-leaning ...

CBS Omits Bill Ayers Context of Obama Clip Used in Romney Ad

CBS's Early Show on Wednesday boosted a claim by Democrats that a recent Mitt Romney ad takes a line from a 2008 speech by then-candidate Barack Obama out of context. However, CBS noted at that ...

CBS's Hill to Norquist: Why Not 'Compromise' More on Taxes?

CBS's Erica Hill urged "conservative activist" Grover Norquist to influence the members of Congress who have signed his no tax hikes pledge to consider raising taxes during an interview on ...

CBS Highlights Chu's Solyndra Testimony in Congress, ABC Punts

On Friday, CBS's Early Show was the only Big Three morning show to cover Energy Secretary Steven Chu's testimony before a congressional hearing on the $528 million loan to the bankrupt solar panel ...

Free Publicity on CBS for Millionaire Liberal's Call to Tax the Rich

CBS's Chris Wragge spotlighted a millionaire's bid to raise taxes on the rich on Thursday's Early Show, all the while omitting that his guest is a big money donor to liberal candidates like Al ...

CBS to Bachmann: Why Attack Newt for Cooperating With Pelosi?

On Wednesday's Early Show, CBS's Erica Hill pressed Rep. Michele Bachmann during an interview about her attack on Newt Gingrich for his notorious 2008 commercial with Nancy Pelosi on climate ...

CBS Boosts Tucson Survivor's Testimony to Promote Gun Control

CBS's Erica Hill tossed softballs at a survivor of the Tucson shooting and the executive director of a pro-gun control group on Tuesday's Early Show, just hours before they were due to speak at a ...

CBS: Does Gingrich Need to 'Play A Little More Dirty' in GOP Contest?

On Monday's Early Show, CBS's Rebecca Jarvis wondered if Newt Gingrich would "have to play a little more dirty...to take on the other GOP contenders to win the bid." Bob Schieffer replied ...

CBS Plays Up Crosby, Nash Concert for 'Occupy,' Ignores Violence

Elaine Quijano continued CBS's consistently glowing coverage of the Occupy Wall Street movement on Wednesday's Early Show by spotlighting how two-thirds of Crosby, Stills, and Nash gave a concert ...

Big Three Nets, CNN Bring On Cain Accuser; CNN Targets Limbaugh

The same networks that ignored sexual allegations against Democrats for months all leaped on Tuesday to interview Sharon Bialek and her liberal advocate Gloria Allred on the morning after she came ...

CBS Reporter Recites Media Bias Critique on Cain Coverage

On Monday's Early Show, CBS's Jan Crawford spotlighted conservative criticism of the broad media coverage of the Herman Cain sexual harassment charges. Crawford stated that Cain's "testy exchange" ...

Big Three Nets Omit Corzine's Party ID as Feds Investigate His Firm

On Tuesday, the morning shows of the Big Three networks omitted the party affiliation of Jon Corzine as they reported on the federal investigation into his brokerage firm, something that even the ...

'Occupy' Opponents Missing on CBS, Plays Up Holdout Protesters

CBS's Early Show on Monday found yet another excuse to report on Occupy Wall Street, spotlighting the diehard protesters who stayed in Zuccotti Park during a winter storm. While correspondent ...

Free Publicity for Democratic Challengers to Tea Party on CBS

Thursday's Early Show on CBS provided free air time to Rep. Steve Israel of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and three of his top candidates for the 2012 election. Correspondent ...

CBS: Extremism at 'Occupy' Protests Merely the 'Actions of a Few'

On Wednesday's Early Show, CBS's Erica Hill downplayed the instances of violence and bigotry found at Occupy Wall Street protests as simply "the actions of a few," after GOP presidential candidate ...

Big Three Nets All But Ignore Occupy Oakland Violence and Arrests

The morning shows of ABC, CBS, and NBC on Tuesday devoted just 19 seconds to the arrests of 75 people in northern California, after police evicted Occupy Oakland from their encampment in front of ...

CBS Covers Biden's 'Controversial' Rape Remark; ABC, NBC Punt

CBS's Early Show on Thursday stood out as the only Big Three network program that covered what anchor Jeff Glor labeled as Vice President Biden's "controversial comments linking rape and the jobs ...

CBS Tosses Softballs at Axelrod on GOP Debate; No Republicans

CBS's Early Show on Wednesday somehow couldn't find time for any Republicans to comment on the most recent GOP presidential debate, and instead, brought on David Axelrod, the chief strategist for ...

CBS Touts Wall Street Protesters' Music as 'Tool for Social Justice'

On Tuesday's Early Show, CBS's Bigad Shaban, seemingly grasping for straws for any reason to report on "Occupy Wall Street," played up the music performances from protesters down in lower ...