CNN Hardly Covers Menendez Trial, Despite Calling It ‘Big Deal’

YouTube Screenshot/CNN

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
Font Size:

CNN once called Democratic Senator Bob Menendez’s corruption trial a “big deal,” but that doesn’t mean they are giving it big coverage.

On September 6, CNN anchor Poppy Harlow said the trial “is a big deal…because this is the first bribery case involving a sitting U.S. Senator in over three decades” and her co-anchor John Berman asserted, “we will follow this case very, very closely.”

However, Newsbusters discovered that CNN has only given the trial 14 minutes and 11 seconds of coverage since the trial began two weeks ago, and they have only mentioned it one time since September 7.

Comparatively, CNN spent over 45 minutes debating whether or not former press secretary Sean Spicer’s self-deprecating joke at the Emmy’s Sunday night was actually funny or not.

ABC, CBS, and NBC have given even less time to the trial since September 5, combining for a total of less than two and a half minutes.

Follow Amber on Twitter