With the stroke of a pen, President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday that would officially end the policy of separating parents and children who come across the southern border illegally. It’s what many on the right and left wanted to see happen, but for the liberal media it wasn’t enough, as CBS anchor Jeff Glor demonstrated by opining about how Trump was trying to “put out a big political fire with a few drops of ink.”
The liberal broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC dedicated another 89 minutes of airtime to the issue on Wednesday alone. Since they first began running stories on the topic, their combined airtime added up to a whopping 347 minutes or over five hours. NBC hung on to first place with 143 minutes, CBS had 126 minutes, and ABC lagged behind with 78 minutes. Both ABC and NBC have seen exponential expansions in coverage since Monday.
For this study, MRC analysts reviewed the network morning shows (ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and Sunday Morning, NBC’s Today) and evening programs (ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News).
Despite the President’s commitment to reuniting families, the networks were deeply skeptical about how the process would work out. For the last week, the liberal media were concerned about the Trump administration separating kids while their parents were being detained. But now that the kids would be allowed to stay with their families, the networks were huffing and puffing about kids being in jail.
“Frankly we do not know how long these families will be detained together. What we do know is that children that were held alone in facilities like this will now be housed with their parents. Historically the length of those family detentions could be up to 20 days long,” said NBC reporter Jacob Soboroff during NBC Nightly News.