Matthew Balan

a News Analyst
Author Articles

CBS Interrogates Cain on Wife's Feelings, Defense Knowledge

CBS's Bob Schieffer led his interview of Herman Cain on Tuesday's Early Show by asking, "Why did you accept the invitation?" Cain must have been wondering that himself by the end of the segment, ...

CBS's Hill to Bachmann: House GOP 'Risks Looking Like The Grinch'

CBS's Erica Hill invoked an infamous Christmas season villain on Wednesday's Early Show, stating that "[House] Republicans...risk looking like the Grinch here four days before Christmas" for their ...

CBS Let 'Biggest Lie of the Year' in Politics Go Unanswered for Months

Tuesday's Early Show on CBS brought on PolitiFact's Bill Adair to reveal what he labeled as the "biggest lie of the year" inside politics, which was "the claim by many Democrats that the ...

Schieffer: Romney 'Has Taken Such a Hard Line' on Illegal Immigration

CBS's Bob Schieffer displayed his liberal leanings on Sunday's Face the Nation when he raised the issue of illegal immigration. Schieffer claimed during an interview of Newt Gingrich that "Mitt ...

CBS Plays Up ObamaCare 'Success', Omits Group's Liberal Leanings

CBS Evening News on Wednesday hyped the "early success" of a provision of ObamaCare which allows young adults under the age of 26 to stay on their parents' health care. Correspondent Wyatt Andrews ...

CBS Spotlights Democratic Attack on Romney as 'Too French'

On Wednesday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought a Democratic super PAC's cynical ad aimed at discouraging Republican primary voters from voting for Mitt Romney was newsworthy. Correspondent Chip ...

Big Three Nets Play Up Lowe's 'Outrage' of Pulling Ads from Muslim Show

ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning shows on Monday all used news briefs to highlight how home improvement giant Lowe's is "facing a backlash" after it pulled its ads from TLC's All-American Muslim ...

NPR Skirts IDing Corzine as a Democrat; Readily Tags Republicans

NPR's Yuki Noguchi and Lynn Neary completely omitted Jon Corzine's Democratic affiliation on Thursday's All Things Considered, while mentioning practically every other prominent occupation he has ...

ABC, NBC Omit Blagojevich's Party ID; CBS: Is Sentence 'Too High'?

ABC, NBC, and CBS all reported on former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich receiving a 14-year prison sentence for corruption on their evening news programs on Wednesday and their morning shows on ...

CBS Gives Blagojevich's Party ID in Sentencing Preview; ABC, NBC Punt

The Big Three network morning shows on Wednesday highlighted the upcoming sentencing of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, but only CBS's Early Show identified the disgraced politician as a ...

CBS Hypes Threat to 'Abortion Rights' from 'Staunch' Opponents

On Tuesday's Early Show, CBS's Cynthia Bowers let abortion advocates decry new pro-life legislation at the state level, barely letting supporters speak in her report. Bowers slanted by a three to ...

On CBS, Joe Klein Sneers Newt Is Doomed: He 'Cannot Stand Prosperity'

On Monday's Early Show, CBS's John Dickerson and Time's Joe Klein harped on Newt Gingrich's overwhelming "liabilities." Klein hinted that the former House Speaker's ego would get the better of ...

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 ...