CBS Downplays Graphic Afghanistan Photos as a GOP 'Distraction,' ABC Minimizes
CBS's Bill Plante on Friday downplayed graphic photos of U.S. soldiers
in Afghanistan posing with severed body parts of suicide bombers as a
GOP "distraction," insisting that Republicans were "somehow" trying to
portray this (and other issues) as a failure of leadership. None of the
networks wondered if this reflected poorly on Barack Obama.
Since the Los Angeles Times first reported the 2010 pictures on Wednesday, ABC has only offered one report, airing on World News. CBS allowed a lone segment on the April 18 Evening News and a brief mention by Plante on Friday's This Morning.
He spun, "...Republicans keep pointing out several recent distractions: this incident, the troops posing with body parts in Afghanistan, and the big party that the General Services Administration threw itself in Las Vegas." [MP3 audio here.]