Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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CBS Poses Specter of 'Elitist' Romney as Obama Makes Posh Retreat

CBS's Jan Crawford highlighted Mitt Romney 's fortune on Tuesday's Early Show and how "wealthier candidates, like Romney...Jon Huntsman, are...hit with that nasty insult they're an elitist." ...

CBS Omits Tea Partier's Face-off With Obama; Played Up 'Anger' at Romney

On Monday's CBS Evening News and Tuesday's Early Show, CBS failed to cover an Iowa Tea Party activist's confrontation with President Obama. Both ABC's GMA and NBC's Today mentioned the encounter. ...

CBS Pushes Liberal Talking Point About Tea Party 'Downgrade'

On Monday's Early Show, CBS's Norah O'Donnell promoted the left-of-center talking point that Standard & Poor's recent lowering of the U.S.'s credit rating is a "Tea Party downgrade." O'Donnell ...

CBS's O'Donnell Suggests Obama's Reelection is a Done Deal

CBS's Norah O'Donnell played the role of a clairvoyant on Tuesday's Early Show as she hinted that President Obama's reelection is assured in 2012. Anchor Erica Hill asked O'Donnell how the White ...

CBS Spins New ObamaCare Birth Control Mandate as 'Good News'

On Monday's Early Show, CBS slanted towards supporters of a new Obama administration mandate which requires private insurance companies to cover contraception as part of women's "preventative ...

Fear-Mongering Schieffer Claims Social Security Checks Can't Go Out Without Debt Resolution

On three occasions between July 22 and July 26, 2011, CBS's Bob Schieffer carried water for President Obama when he echoed the Democrat's inaccurate claim about Social Security: "Millions of ...

CBS Promotes Taxing 'Fattening, Non-Nutritious' Food

CBS's Michelle Miller leaned towards supporters of taxing junk food on Tuesday's Early Show, playing three sound bites from them and none from opponents. Miller only made one vague reference to ...

Schieffer Bemoans 'Draconian' Cuts from Both Parties to Education, Poor

CBS's Bob Schieffer took on the role of a left-wing activist on Sunday's Face the Nation, as he pressed all four of his guests from both parties about cuts in state and local spending. Schieffer ...

NBC, CBS Let Plouffe Spin Obama's Presser, No Republicans

NBC's Today and CBS's Early Show on Thursday turned to Obama advisor David Plouffe on Thursday to offer his spin on the President's 67-minute presser on Wednesday, instead of interviewing ...

Networks Omit Blagojevich's Democratic Affiliation After Conviction

ABC, CBS, and NBC all failed to mention former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's affiliation with the Democratic Party on their Monday evening news broadcasts and the Tuesday morning shows. ...

NPR's Totenberg: Kagan, Sotomayor 'Not Nearly as Liberal' as Predecessors

NPR's Nina Totenberg strangely cast doubt on the liberal credentials of Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor on Saturday's Early Show on CBS, claiming that "they're not nearly as ...

ABC Only Big Three Net to Fully Cover Seattle Terror Plot; NBC Gives It 17 Sec.

NBC barely covered the Thursday arrests of two Islamists in a planned terrorist attack on a military facility in Seattle. The network didn't cover the breaking news at all on Thursday's Nightly ...

CBS Badgers Republicans on the Economy; Went Easier on Obama

CBS hounded four Republicans from the left during a town hall on the economy which aired on Tuesday's Early Show. Bob Schieffer, Erica Hill, and Rebecca Jarvis pressed Reps. Paul Ryan and Allen ...

CBS Complains Obama 'Saddled' By 'Stubbornly Sluggish Economy'

On Friday's Early Show, before the new 9.1% unemployment figure came out, CBS's Dean Reynolds bewailed how President Obama is being "saddled" by the "stubbornly sluggish economy." Reynolds played ...

CBS: Palin Risks 'Rubbing Voters the Wrong Way' By Turning Only to Fox News

CBS's Erica Hill strongly hinted on Monday's Early Show that Sarah Palin's "extended flirtation...with running" for president and speaking only to Fox News to the detriment of the rest of the ...

CBS's Stahl Proclaims 'Stately' Al Sharpton's 'Metamorphosis'

CBS's Lesley Stahl played up how Al Sharpton apparently "has gone through something of a metamorphosis" as she spotlighted the "street-protest agitator...now trusted White House adviser" on ...

CBS Heralds Rahm Emanuel 'Weeding Out Corruption' in Chicago

CBS's Cynthia Bowers trumpeted the inauguration of incoming Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday's Early Show, highlighting how the former Obama chief of staff went "weeding in a community garden. ...

CBS Gives Obama Over 26 Minutes to Lecture on the Economy

CBS gave President Obama over 26 and a half minutes to answer 12 questions related to the economy during a town hall aired on Thursday's Early Show. Obama got six uninterrupted minutes to answer ...

CBS Plays Up Obama's Mockery of GOP on Border Security, No Opposing Clip

On Wednesday's Early Show. CBS's Bill Plante highlighted President Obama's recent mockery against Republicans on border security, but omitted playing an opposing clip from a GOP politico. The ...

NPR's Liasson Excludes Amnesty Opponents from Immigration Story

NPR's Mara Liasson noticeably left out anti-illegal immigration conservatives on Tuesday's Morning Edition as she reported on President's Obama's latest push for "comprehensive" immigration ...