News networks ABC, CBS, and NBC have all turned a blind eye to a New York Times report detailing recent death threats and racial slurs being left on the office voicemail of Republican Senator Tim Scott (SC), who’s the only black Republican and one of only three in the chamber.
None of them have reported on the outrage over comments by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who told CBS that Scott and the Republican Party were “trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd.”
In a New York Times article published this week, reporter Catie Edmondson detailed how “Mr. Scott shocked his colleagues when he spoke at Republicans’ weekly luncheon about death threats he and his aides had received in recent days…”
The Times acknowledged that Scott had shared two of the audio recordings with them:
The calls, filled with profanity and racist slurs, included one diatribe addressed to “Uncle Tim,” where the caller, after cruelly and profanely condemning Mr. Scott, his family and some of his Republican colleagues, told Mr. Scott to “take your one-way ticket straight to hell.”
“One caller discussed putting the senator ‘in his crosshairs,’ Mr. Scott said,” Edmondson added.
In his interview with The Times about the messages, the Senator blamed the media for how his police reform legislation was being portrayed. “It’s interesting that we are on the right side of the police reform conversation, yet we’re on the wrong side according to the people, based on the way that we are characterized in the national press,” he said.
And he was right. ABC and NBC skipped the official rollout of Scott’s Justice Act, while CBS downplayed it in a 22-second mention.
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Just as they didn’t have time for him, the broadcast networks didn’t have time to report on outrage to Pelosi’s vile smears. CBS Evening News had time to promote Bolton’s book (which they failed to mention they benefited from since they and the book’s publisher were owned by the same company), but they refused to cover the comments made to their own West Coast correspondent, Steve Futterman.
Nancy Pelosi says with their police reform proposals, Senate Republicans are "trying to get away with murder, actually — the murder of George Floyd."
— Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy) June 23, 2020
Pelosi made her comment on CBS News Radio (here’s the link, at the 2:30 mark) after Futterman asked: “Is there any hope that two sides can reach some compromise [on police reform]? (…) Is there some way that the two sides can reach some compromise to at least get something passed?”
After Pelosi rambled on for a little bit, suggesting the GOP wasn’t serious about reforms, she capped off by declaring: “But so far, they were trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd.”
Futterman was unfazed by Pelosi’s incendiary and false comment. He followed up by asking if she understood why people wanted to defund the police. There was no fact check about how the Republican Party had no hand in the killing of George Floyd.
Metro Voice Note: Nicholas Fondacaro writes for Newsbusters, where this originally appeared.