• MSNBC, CNN ignore bombshell development in Mollie Tibbetts case on day

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    The body of missing college student Mollie Tibbetts was found
    Tuesday after an illegal immigrant confessed to the brutal
    murder, but media outlets took dramatically different approaches
    to the story.

    The bombshell development sure to impact the immigration debate
    came amid a wild news day that also included a pair of major
    stories involving President Trump: Michael Cohen’s plea deal and
    the verdict in the Paul Manafort trial. Fox News, ABC, NBC and
    CBS all covered the gamut, but anyone who relies on MSNBC or CNN
    was left in the dark regarding the Tibbetts story.

    Mediaite columnist Joseph Wulfsohn told Fox News that it’s
    “fairly obvious that certain news outlets prefer to cover
    stories that make the president look bad” and the Tibbetts story
    “didn’t fit their narrative,” so it fell by the wayside.

    “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “All In with Chris Hayes,” “The
    Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell” and
    “The 11th Hour with Brian Williams all completely ignored the
    Tibbetts story during primetime and the network didn’t cover it
    whatsoever from 5 p.m. through midnight.

    Earlier in the day, Fordham University Professor Christina Greer
    appeared on MSNBC and casually referred to Tibbetts as “a girl
    in Iowa” that “Fox News is talking about,” essentially
    dismissing the important of her body being found as a non-story.
    Greer’s dismissal went unchallenged by MSNBC host Ali Velshi.

    Mollie Tibbetts 2
    Mollie Tibbetts was dead found after an intensive search that
    lasted more than a month.

    CNN’s “OutFront,” with substitute host Poppy Harlow, covered
    Tibbetts for three minutes and 31 seconds, but the story was
    ignored on “Anderson Cooper 360,” “Cuomo Prime Time” and “CNN
    Tonight.” The news of an arrest in the Tibbetts case broke just
    before 5 p.m. ET when “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” was
    preparing to kick off. Blitzer focused exclusively on Cohen and

    Esteemed media analyst and professor Jeffrey McCall told Fox
    News that “the saturation coverage of the Cohen and Manafort
    legal developments merit thorough coverage” but “the Tibbetts
    story has captivated the nation” and should have been given

    “The story needs to be brought to closure now and deserves
    suitable coverage, even if not to the degree of the Cohen and
    Manafort developments. News organizations can cover multiple
    breaking stories at one time and one story need not be ignored
    in the process,” McCall said. “It is challenging to cover
    multiple big stories in one day, but it is not impossible to
    keep an appropriate level of coverage and agenda balance.”

    “It is challenging to cover multiple big stories in one day, but
    it is not impossible to keep an appropriate level of coverage
    and agenda balance.”

    - Media analyst Jeffrey McCall
    MSNBC and CNN did not immediately respond when asked for comment.

    While liberal cable news stations essentially stuck to Cohen and
    Manafort, the broadcast news networks managed to cover Tibbetts
    during 30-minute newscasts. ABC’s “World News Tonight,” NBC’s
    “Nightly News” and CBS’ “Evening News” all led with Cohen and
    Manafort but covered Tibbetts in the first half of the program.
    In fact, anchors David Muir, Lester Holt and Jeff Glor each
    mentioned Tibbetts’ accused killer was in the country
    “illegally,” as conservative watchdogs were ready to pounce on
    outlets that ignored his illegal status.

    “It shouldn't take much for any journalist to describe Mollie's
    alleged killer as an illegal immigrant, but it's always an
    uncertainty because of how the media largely defend this group
    of people. So it was definitely a surprise last night when the
    broadcast network coverage cited [Cristhian] Rivera as an
    illegal immigrant,” NewsBuster’s managing editor Curtis Houck
    told Fox News.

    “A broken clock is known to occasionally be right,” Houck
    continued. “This story does matter to people, so it's good news
    that the broadcast networks have done their due diligence while
    MSNBC in particular hasn't. News organizations are perfectly
    capable of multitasking.”

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