Jun 05, 2020
Broadcast nets spend over 700 minutes on George Floyd protests, 5 minutes on riot deaths
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A new study shows that less than one percent of the coverage from the broadcast networks was spent on the deaths as the result of rioters amid the George Floyd protests.
The conservative media watchdog group NewsBusters clocked in 710 minutes of protest coverage from the morning and evening programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC between May 28 and June 3.ABC spent 200 minutes of coverage divided between "Good Morning America" and "World News Tonight," CBS spent 201 minutes on "CBS This Morning" and "CBS Evening News," and NBC spent a whopping 309 minutes between "Today" and "NBC Nightly News."
However, between the coverage from the three networks, just five minutes were dedicated to the lives taken from the violence that took place in various cities.
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NBC had the most coverage, clocking in at 2 minutes and 12 seconds. ABC spent one minute and 31 seconds. CBS only had 61 seconds of coverage.
NewsBusters cites an Associated Press report that counted at least 10 deaths that occurred over the past week, several of them were black men.
One of the victims, 77-year-old retired police captain David Dorn was shot and killed in St. Louis while attempting to protect a friend's business. According to NewsBusters, his death received less than one minute of coverage between the three networks.
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The deaths of 53-year-old federal security officer David Patrick Underwood, who was shot and killed in Oakland while protecting a courthouse, and 38-year-old "Mr. Indianpolis" Chris Beaty "were glossed over or were ignored outright by the broadcast networks," according to the study.Video
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"Television journalists have made no secret of their support for the nationwide protests over the past week. But perhaps because of that support, they’ve been reluctant to discuss the deaths that have taken place across the country as protests devolved into riots," NewsBusters media editor Bill D'Agostino wrote. "When one considers just how little time the broadcast networks have spared for the victims of these riots, their insistent chorus of “mostly peaceful, mostly peaceful” starts to sound more like damage control than factual reporting."
It wasn't just the broadcast networks that overlooked the riot victims. CNN made no mention of Dorn's death throughout Wednesday following the news of his murder.Joseph A. Wulfsohn is a media reporter for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @JosephWulfsohn.
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Larry King, broadcast pioneer and legendary talk show host, dies at 87
Larry King, the host of CNN's "Larry King Live" and a broadcast pioneer, died Saturday at the age of 87.
King, with his trademark suspenders and iconic voice, spent more than 60 years in the spotlight. He hosted CNN's "Larry King Live" for 25 years, interviewing everyone from world leaders and icons to criminals and conspiracy theorists during 6,000-plus episodes of the show from 1985 to 2010.
"Instead of goodbye, how about so long," King told viewers when singing off from his final CNN show in 2010.
King went on to work on a variety of projects following his CNN tenure, including co-founding Ora TV in 2012.
King’s historic career began on local radio back in Miami back in 1957 as a talk show host and disk jockey. His passion for free-flowing interviews began in 1958 when he an on-location interview program from Miami's Pumpernik Restaurant, where he literally spoke to whoever entered the door. He eventually added to his skill set by providing color commentator for Miami Dolphins' broadcasts and landed on television by 1964. Around the same time, King started writing columns for newspapers including The Miami Herald, The Miami News, and The Miami Beach Sun-Reporter.
Legal and financial issues nearly derailed his career in the 1970s but recovered to launch the Larry King Show" on Mutual Broadcasting Network in 1978, which paved the way for his highly successful CNN program.
Born Lawrence Zeiger on November 19, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, he started going by Larry King early in his career. He battled lung cancer, lived with Type 2 diabetes, survived multiple heart attacks and underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1987. The broadcasting legend promised to help others and established the The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) in 1988, which helps facilitate critical treatment for people who would otherwise be unable to receive care because of either financial or insurance issues.
The non-profit organization was funded from the proceeds of King’s books, speaking engagements, and from entertainment galas conducted in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, according to the LKCF website.
King wrote "Taking on Heart Disease" to help educate victims of heart disease. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1989, has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, won a pair of Peabody Awards for Excellence in broadcasting, 10 Cable ACE awards and was honored in 2008 by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California, among many other awards and milestones.
The longtime Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers fan was regularly seen at Dodger Stadium cheering on his favorite team. He was married eight times, to seven different women, but had been single since filing for divorce from actress Shawn King in 2019.
King lost two of his five adult children when Andy, 65, and Chaia, 51, died within weeks of each other in 2020. Andy had a heart attack while Chaina had been battling lung cancer.
King made cameos in a variety of movies and TV programs, including "Ghostbusters, Enemy of the State," "30 Rock," "Boston Legal," The Stepford Wives," "Primary Colors," Fraiser," "Spin City," Murphy Brown," "Dave," The Simpsons" and "The Larry Sanders Show."
King is survived by three living children, Larry Jr. Chance and Cannon.Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter at @briansflood.