ABC News calls Trump’s SCOTUS nominee ‘controversial’ before he’s announced — Gets slammed

There’s a reason so many no longer trust the so-called “mainstream media,” known here as the “Democrat-media complex.”  On Monday, ABC News’ “Nightline” declared that President Trump’s new Supreme Court pick is very “controversial.”  No surprise there, but the declaration was made 90 minutes before Trump announced that Judge Brett Kavanaugh would be his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

“Tonight on Nightline, reports on the controversial Supreme Court Justice pick and the possible implications for the country,” ABC News tweeted.

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Notice the timestamp on the tweet.  Some quick math shows the tweet was issued more than 90 minutes before Trump’s announcement.

The network later tweeted a correction that read: “CORRECTION: Tonight on Nightline, reports on the controversy surrounding the Supreme Court Justice pick and the possible implications for the country.”

Too late…  By the time ABC tweeted the “correction,” it had already been hammered on social media:




On Monday, Newsbusters’ Rich Noyes observed that networks like ABC “routinely label ‘conservative’ judges and skimp on ‘liberal’ labels for Democratic nominees.”



Like many others, we’re not buying ABC News’ explanation, for a few reasons.  First off, doesn’t the network have an editor who vets this stuff before it goes out?  Secondly, why would ABC wait more than an hour to correct itself?

Third, there’s a HUGE difference between “controversial Supreme Court Justice pick” and “controversy surrounding the Supreme Court Justice pick…”

We agree…

In late June, Gallup reported:

Overall, U.S. adults estimate that 62% of the news they read in newspapers, see on television or hear on the radio is biased. They think the news media mostly provide accurate information, but still estimate that 44% of what they see is inaccurate. And they believe that more than a third of the news they see in these channels is misinformation — false or inaccurate information that is presented as if it were true.

Americans are even more critical of the news they see on social media. They believe 80% of it is biased, 64% is inaccurate and 65% is misinformation.

Incidents like this are part of the reason so many do not believe what comes out of networks like ABC…


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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