When covering the border crisis, ABC, CBS, and NBC are more likely to lambast Republican governors than the Biden administration, according to a study. During the border crisis coverage, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and Texas Governor Greg Abbott have become targets.
According to a new study, evening newscasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC are much more likely to condemn Republican governors than the Biden administration. According to September U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, fiscal year 2022 ended with 2.37 million migrant encounters, the most ever recorded in a fiscal year. This statistic does not include the 599,000 known “gotaways” who, according to CBP sources, eluded capture in fiscal year 2022.
The Media Research Center examined the evening news shows on the three major broadcasters and discovered that from October 1, 2021, to September 30, 2022, when the United States saw record migrant encounters, “CBS Evening News,” ABC’s “World News Tonight,” and “NBC Nightly News” spent only 143 minutes covering the border crisis.
But Florida Governor Ron DeSantis kept his word in September and deported illegal immigrants to blue states. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, sent refugees from overpopulated Texas towns to Washington, D.C. 61 minutes of the evening newscasts on ABC, CBS, and NBC were devoted to immigration after the two Republican governors made headlines regarding Biden’s border crisis.
The Media Research Center asserts that the “tone of this coverage was lopsidedly anti-Republican” and primarily ended up giving the White House a ball. The group ignored rhetoric from lawmakers and partisan pundits and instead counted only “clearly positive and negative statements from non-partisan sources” like reporters, anchors, voters, and other impartial sources in order to determine the spin of coverage.