Coverage of Rangel’s Censure: The Network News Mourning Shows

Last evening I wrote over at Michelle’s place about Charles Rangel’s censure, and the pathetic way many of his fellow Democrats gave Rangel’s post-censure speech a standing ovation. Nancy Pelosi, who pledged to “drain the swamp” of corruption, was choked up as she read the censure resolution that, ultimately, leaves the swamp undrained.

Unbiased, completely apolitical network reporters were obviously upset too:

In a slightly extended news brief on Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos described the censure as “an unusual moment,” seeming to lament that Rangel “had to accept the punishment.” Correspondent Jonathan Karl remarked that Rangel “was defiant right to the end” and “told reporters this was a very political vote.” Stephanopoulos concluded the report by praising such bitterness: “That’s right. He fought it. He tried to get an alternative passed. But in the end, handled that apology with real grace.”

On Today, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell declared that “This is the kind of history making moment that makes everybody around here sad.”

They gave up even pretending to hide the bias years ago.

So that’s NBC and ABC. What about the CBS morning show? Not a problem there, because they didn’t mention the Rangel censure at all:

The CBS Early Show failed to make any mention of New York Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel being censured by the House of Representatives on Thursday for 11 ethics violations.

And they wonder why they’re always in third place? But hey, instead of reporting the news, maybe just changing the faces who aren’t reporting it will boost their ratings! Good luck with that.

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