ABC, CBS and NBC night information reveals haven’t reported on the corruption trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez in any respect since September 6 when the trial started. The Senator from New Jersey is charged with accepting bribes from a rich pal in change for political favors.
However the networks aren’t against protecting political scandals – so long as the scandal doesn’t contain their political allies. On the evening of October 30 alone, these three night information broadcasts spent a complete of 33 minutes and 9 seconds mixed protecting the indictments handed out by Particular Counsel Robert Mueller. These indictments are clearly information, however the truth that the networks may spend greater than half an hour in a single evening on this story and never a single second in practically two months on Menendez reveals a blatant bias.
As well as, the night information reveals have spent 1,000 minutes between January 20 (Inauguration Day) and October 20 discussing Russian makes an attempt to meddle within the U.S. election, and the potential of collusion between the Trump marketing campaign and Russia.
It’s not simply the night information both: the community morning reveals additionally nearly fully skipped the Menendez scandal. NBC’s At this time joined the night reveals in ignoring this story fully because the trial started, whereas ABC and CBS ran one story every (1 minute, 48 seconds for Good Morning America, 22 seconds for CBS This Morning).
That is the primary time a sitting U.S. senator has been placed on trial for corruption since 1981 (coincidentally, that case concerned one other New Jersey Democrat: Harrison Williams). Two different sitting United States Senators (Lindsey Graham and Cory Booker) have been even known as in to testify on October 30.
In response to NorthJersey.com, 84 p.c of possible voters in New Jersey assume Menendez ought to resign from the Senate if convicted. That would go away it as much as the currently-Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie to interchange him, probably altering the stability of energy within the Senate. However nonetheless nothing from the community night information reveals.