Nets Ignore Opponents With 99 Percent Pro-DACA CoverageBy Nicholas Fondacaro
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Liberal journalists were out in force on Tuesday in the wake of President Trumpís decision to rescind Obama-era executive action on immigration known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In fact, after decrying Trumpís decision to put Congress in charge of codifying Obamaís order during their morning broadcasts, the Big Three Networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) spent 99 percent of their evening broadcasts railing against it with scant coverage of those who supported the move.
In all, the networks spent 17 minutes and 44 seconds of airtime lambasting Trump and his decision while only giving 11 seconds to those who supported him or thought he didnít go far enough. The time totals donít include commercials or network teasers for the stories.
CBS Evening News spent the most airtime reporting on DACAís rescindment with nine minutes and nine seconds dedicated to the pro-DACA side. That time was spread over four stories and none of their coverage shared the opinion of Trumpís supporters or any other opponents to DACA. They led the evening off with it and pushed back their coverage of Hurricane Irma, which was approaching Florida.
When teasing the story, CBS anchor Anthony Mason described the situation as ďshattered dreams,Ē playing off the term ďDreamersĒ the phrase used to describe those who receive DACA protections. ďA promise kept by President Trump is a dream lost for thousands of undocumented immigrants brought to the United States as children,Ē he bemoaned.