BUSTED: Networks Spend 1 Minute On Obama WH Counsel Indicted, Gave Manafort 60% Coverage

BUSTED: Networks Spend 1 Minute On Obama WH Counsel Indicted, Gave Manafort 60% Coverage

On Thursday, former Obama top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted for work that he did in Ukraine in 2012 which was uncovered by the Mueller probe.
Craig was indicted on two counts of making false statements to investigators with relation to his work on Ukraine’s behalf. These charges are very serious and he faces up to five years in prison for each offense.

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So what did the media have to say about this indictment? Literally almost nothing at all.

They seemed to have 24 hour coverage for Manafort when he was indicted for similar charges.

According to NewsBusters, the media dedicated one minute to the Craig indictment compared to Manafort’s indictments taking up 60 percent of their news coverage.

One more indictment that originated from the Trump-Russia probe came tumbling down the pike on Thursday, when a former White House counsel for President Obama was charged with lying to investigators about his foreign lobbying work for Ukraine. If that sounds familiar, it’s because that’s similar to what former Trump campaign head Paul Manafort was convicted of. But despite the similarities, the airtime dedicated to the indictment by the broadcast networks was grossly lopsided.

On Thursday, the combined evening airtime allowed by ABC, CBS, and NBC for the indictment of former White House lawyer Greg Craig was one minute and 15 seconds. Both ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News sprinted past the story with 16 and 17 seconds respectively. NBC Nightly News offered a little bit more time (42 seconds) but it was still under a minute.

With the collusion conspiracy on their minds, those same networks went into a feeding frenzy in late October 2017.

NewsBusters previously documented that following the indictments of Paul Manafort and deputy chair Rick Gates, the evening programs of ABC, CBS, and NBC dedicated 33 minutes and nine seconds on related news, while spending 22 minutes and 14 seconds on all other news for the day. Doing the math, that meant they spent 60 percent (59.86 percent) of their total airtime on news sparked by the indictments.

Breaking down their previous coverage even further, we see that ABC and CBS both spent 70 percent of their airtime to the developments (69.6 percent and 71 percent respectively). NBC dragged the average down by dedicating only 39 percent of their airtime to Manafort related news.

Ridiculous right? President Trump even noticed this very lopsided reporting and called out the media in a tweet on Friday morning.

“President Obama’s top White House lawyer, Gregory B. Craig, was indicted yesterday on very serious charges. This is a really big story, but the Fake News New York Times didn’t even put it on page one, rather page 16. @washingtonpost not much better, “tiny” page one. Corrupt News!” President Trump said in a tweet.

The media claims to be working for the American people with their “honest” journalism, but their actions prove that they are working for one group and one group only: the Democratic Party.

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