Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
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Big Three Censor Obama's Plea to Congress to Reject New Iran Sanctions; CNN Notices

ABC, CBS, and NBC's Thursday morning newscasts all punted on covering President Obama's Wednesday night meeting with Senate Democrats, where he called on them to reject new sanctions on Iran. ...
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CNN's Costello Bemoans 'Bizarre' Focus on 'Text Rage' Over Guns in Florida Shooting Aftermath

Carol Costello hinted at her liberal slant on the gun issue on Wednesday's CNN Newsroom as she discussed the recent movie theater shooting in Florida. Costello lamented the "bizarre conversation ...
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CNN Spins Pope's 'Blunt Words' on Abortion as Reply to 'Conservative' Catholics' Criticism

Tuesday's New Day on CNN followed the lead of Reuters in giving ideologically-tinged reporting about Pope Francis's latest condemnation of abortion. Kate Bolduan hyped the "blunt words from Pope ...
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CNN: ObamaCare Sign-ups 'Good'; Blames Insurance Industry for Lack of Young Adults

On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo and Elizabeth Cohen applauded the 2.2 million reported enrollments in ObamaCare as "good," but also lamented that only 25 percent of the sign-ups are young ...
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CBS Hounds Gates on Book 'Turmoil'; Wonders Why He Didn't Follow Advice to 'Shut Up'

Rita Braver badgered former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on the January 12, 2013 edition of CBS's Sunday Morning over his new memoir which, in her words, "has created such turmoil in ...
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Surprise: CBS Actually Presses 'Liberal-Leaning' Journalist on New Roger Ailes Bio

On Friday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell refreshingly departed from their usual softball treatment of liberal guests, and pursued New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman about ...
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Networks Play Up Robert Gates's 'Devastating Critique' of Obama, Biden

ABC, CBS, and NBC ballyhooed former Defense Secretary Robert Gates's attacks on President Obama and other high government officials on their Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning newscasts. NBC's ...
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CBS Hypes 'Anti-Bigotry Hat'-Wearing Chris Kluwe's Plight; Still Hits Him from the Left

Ben Tracy boosted former Minnesota Vikings player Chris Kluwe on Tuesday's CBS This Morning for his activism in favor of same-sex "marriage." Tracy hyped that "Kluwe was one of the best punters ...
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Charlie Rose Wonders if Extreme Cold Snap 'Definitely Connected to Global Warming'

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose predictably placed the blame for the unusually cold weather in North America on climate change. Rose wondered, "Is it definitely connected to global ...
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CBS Trumpets 'Historic', 'Unprecedented' Move to Let Illegal Immigrant Practice Law

Friday's CBS This Morning hyped the California Supreme Court's decision to allow the Golden State to issue law license to illegal immigrants. Substitute anchor Anthony Mason touted the "historic ...
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CBS Spotlights Sotomayor's Stay of ObamaCare's Contraception Mandate; ABC Punts

CBS stood out as the only Big Three network to devote full coverage to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Tuesday night stay of the federal government's birth control/abortifacient mandate ...
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No Mentions of Conservatives/GOP in Networks' Coverage of Latest ObamaCare 'Fix'

ABC, CBS, and NBC all devoted air time to the Obama administration's latest "fix for the botched health care rollout" on their Friday morning newscasts, but failed to include any conservative or ...
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CBS Touts ObamaCare 'Success Story'; Omits His Support of the Obama Campaign

On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, Carter Evans spotlighted Leslie Foster, an apparent ObamaCare "success story," who gushed about the "amazing things" in his subsidized health plan. But Evans ...
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Big Three Networks Out to Lunch on Benefits Cuts To Disabled Military Veterans

ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts, which hyped the sequester's "deep, across-the-board spending cuts" earlier in 2013, have largely been silent about the reductions in the annual ...
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CBS Highlights '55 of the 62 Elected Sheriffs' Opposing Colorado Gun Law; ABC, NBC Ignore

CBS This Morning stood out on Monday as the only mention so far on the Big Three's morning and evening newscasts of the New York Times' Sunday item about sheriffs in Colorado who are "refusing to ...
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CBS Berates Rubio for Opposing Budget Plan, A 'Rare Outbreak of Bipartisanship'

Norah O'Donnell and Charlie Rose predictably conducted a hostile interview of Senator Marco Rubio on Friday's CBS This Morning, badgering the Republican for his opposition to a budget proposal ...
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CBS's O'Donnell Slams Paul Ryan for 'Cut' in Veterans' Benefits

Norah O'Donnell unsurprisingly took aim at Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday's CBS This Morning over part of his bipartisan budget proposal that he presented with Democratic Senator Patty Murray: ...
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CBS Hails 'True Compromise' on Budget; Hypes Opposition from 'Some Conservatives'

Nancy Cordes heralded the proposed budget deal from Rep. Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray as a "true compromise" on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, and asserted that "the reason it's so important ...
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CBS Notices 'Another Problem' With ObamaCare – Higher Deductibles; ABC, NBC Omit

Norah O'Donnell's 20-second news brief on Monday's CBS This Morning is the sole Big Three network mention so far of the Wall Street Journal's Sunday report about a "troubling element" of ObamaCare ...
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Former Time Editor Hits Mandela from the Left: Not 'Very Progressive About HIV'

On Friday's CBS This Morning, former Time magazine managing editor Richard Stengel unexpectedly zeroed in on a part of Nelson Mandela's legacy that apparently wasn't sufficiently left wing. ...