War on Comey: Big Three Networks Focus Attacks on FBI Director Over Clinton By Wide Margin

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Nov 03, 2016 7:30 AM
War on Comey: Big Three Networks Focus Attacks on FBI Director Over Clinton By Wide Margin

The latest analysis from the Media Research Center confirms that in the wake of the FBI’s decision to reopen the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, the big three networks—ABC, CBS, NBC—have turned to attacking FBI Director James Comey instead of focusing on Clinton and the scandal itself.

After reviewing statements by reporters, analysts, and partisans from Friday evening when the announcement was made until Monday morning, MRC found that those who took a position attacked Comey much more often (88 times) than arguments critical of Clinton (31 times). This is a ratio of nearly 3 to 1.

In sum, the three networks devoted 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 49 seconds to the Comey angle of the story during morning and evening programs.

The media’s not alone in their outrage over Comey’s decision, however. As Matt reported over the weekend, Democrats and Republicans alike also attacked James Comey’s character in the wake of the announcement.