I just did a survey of the three major cable networks…CNN, Fox and MSNBC…primarily to see how each of them were covering the Navy Yard shootings. MSNBC and CNN are devoting substantial coverage to the shooting. Fox, however, went nearly 30 minutes before even mentioning the event. Instead, they spent nearly 10 minutes covering House hearings on Benghazi and nearly as many minutes on a new report claiming manmade impact on climate change is insignificant and the “criticism” by two former Secretaries of Defense – Leon Panetta and Robert Gates – of President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria. After all that, they did about 30 seconds on the shooting focusing on the question of how the shooter could get and keep a security clearance.
As I’ve often said, I think it’s very important for all of us to get our news from multiple sources. I’m glad Al Jazeera is broadcasting (though I’m not impressed so far) and would love to see more news networks on my menu of choices. Today’s anecdotal survey proves the point.