NBC Ignores Deadly Election Attack in Pakistan While CBS, NBC Skip Naming Dead U.S. Soldier

NewsBusters | 7/13/2018 | Staff
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In Friday night’s installment of bias by omission, NBC Nightly News chose not to cover a deadly suicide bombing in Pakistan at a political rally that left over 120 people dead while this same newscast and the CBS Evening News didn’t fit into their newscasts time for a news brief to pay homage to the now-identified U.S. soldier who died a day earlier in Afghanistan.

ABC’s World News Tonight and anchor David Muir spent 19 seconds near the end of the newscast’s A-Block on the latest identified U.S. soldier to die in combat.

News - Brief - Muir

Here’s the news brief Muir read:

And the Pentagon has now identified the fallen soldier we reported on last night here. Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz died from wounds sustained during a combat operation in Afghanistan. Celiz, who was 32 years old, hailed from Summerville, South Carolina, was assigned to the 75th ranger regimen out of Hunter Army Air Field in Georgia.

Reuters - Piece - T - US - Soldier

A Reuters piece explained that he was “[t]he second U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan over the past week” and “was on his seventh deployment when he died in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday after being wounded by enemy small arms fire.”

It added that “[t]he incident is under investigation” and Celiz “was posthumously awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.”

Pakistan - ABC - News - Brief - Celiz

As for Pakistan, ABC’s 18-second news brief preceded Celiz with Muir again reporting:

Overseas from Pakistan now, ISIS is now claiming responsibility for a devastating suicide bombing that targeted a political rally in the southwest province of Pakistan. Officials there say a candidate for the state legislature was killed along with at least 128 other people. Tonight, ISIS has given no other reason for the attack.

CBS - Evening - News - Anchor - Bianna

Over on the CBS Evening News, fill-in anchor Bianna Goldogrya offered a 17-second brief in which she told viewers that “[i]n Pakistan today,...
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