Multiple major television broadcasters prematurely terminated their coverage of the president’s remarks about the latest election.
Media watchers have complained that ABC, CBS, NBC, and ViacomCBS cut away from President Donald Trump before he finished speaking about the outcome of the general election held on Nov. 3.
9NEWS local anchor Kyle Clark revealed 75 percent of network television channels he watched stopped broadcasting the president’s speech to criticize the credibility of the incumbent’s statements.
“Three of four networks in Denver have now cut away from President Trump to fact-check his [so called] lies about the election,” he said on Twitter.
To evidence his claim, Clark shared a photo of a television screen showing three out of four television companies had stopped broadcasting the president’s speech.
The offending companies included CBS-affilate KCNC-TV, ABC-affiliate KMGH-TV, and NBC-affiliate KUSA. Only Fox31-affiliate KDVR continued to broadcast the speech uninterrupted, according to the image.
Space industry consultant Adrian Norris was surprised to see CNN editorialize the president’s speech in critical captions that appeared to discredit and even make fun of the president.
The captions claimed President Trump “blames polls for current election status,” “complains that mail-in ballots are being counted,” and “says he is being cheated” without evidence according to several screenshots Norris shared on Twitter.
“CNN’s caption writer was in fine form during what was certainly Trump’s last statement to the press before formally losing the election,” he said on Twitter.
Even New York Times media correspondent Michael Grynbaum questioned the extraordinary move from broadcasters to censor the president.
“NBC has also cut away, with Lester Holt telling viewers, ‘We have to cut away here because the president has made a number of false allegations,'” he said on Twitter.
Fellow Times television critic James Poniewozik noticed ABC spent a lot of time during the speech verifying the authenticity of the president’s statements.
“ABC just cut away for fact-checks,” he said on Twitter. “[ABC World News Tonight anchor] David Muir sounds like he is trying to gracefully cut off a rambling uncle at Thanksgiving.”
MSNBC 11th Hour host Brian Williams believes the network broadcasters were not just cutting away from the president but even trying to correct his statements.
“Here we are again in the unusual position not just of interrupting the president of the United States but correcting the president of the United States,” he said according to Forbes Magazine.