Would CBS Actually Dump the Least Anti-Trump Anchor on Broadcast TV?

NewsBusters | 2/25/2019 | Staff
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According to published reports, new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is considering a shake up at the CBS Evening News barely 15 months after the network installed Jeff Glor as anchor. If true, it would mean the loss of the least anti-Trump of the Big Three anchormen, just as the 2020 presidential election is about to heat up.

Glor took the helm in December 2017, roughly six months after Scott Pelley was moved out of the anchor chair and given a full-time gig at 60 Minutes. During the first months of the Trump administration, Pelley was clearly the most hostile of the anchors towards the new President, as he showily scorned Trump’s “bluster,” “bravado,” “falsehoods” and “tantrums” — even asking one night if the President was having “difficulty with rationality.”

Contrast - Glor - Newscast - Tone - Coverage

In contrast, Glor’s newscast has struck a more neutral tone in its political coverage. While hardly a pro-Trump bastion, Glor’s newscast has consistently avoided the hyperbolic coverage of his competitors.

The differences are subtle, but significant. From January 20 to May 31, 2017, Pelley’s CBS Evening News hit the Trump story the hardest, cranking out more than 1,000 minutes of airtime in just 132 days. That’s about eight percent more than ABC or NBC averaged during the same period.

Networks - Everything-is-a-crisis - Level - Coverage - Glor

Since then, all three networks have pulled back from this “everything-is-a-crisis” level of coverage, but Glor’s Evening News has cut back the most. From December 2017 through February 15, CBS has churned out about 15 percent less Trump news than its competitors — about 4 minutes, 14 seconds per night, compared to more than 5 minutes per night for ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News.

In addition, Glor’s CBS Evening News has consistently aired fewer negative statements about the administration...
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