WGBA NBC 26 | 9-9-2016
Hillary Clinton made national news on Friday, September 9th when she stated that “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters could be classified as a “basket of deplorables.”
It is not particularly common for political candidates to directly attack supporters of an opponent. Her remarks were quickly criticized by Donald Trump and his supporters. Many national and local news outlets also featured coverage of her statements.
Unfortunately, those who get their news from NBC 26 would have been left completely in the dark about Clinton’s comments.
A brief search of NBC 26’s website on Saturday, September 10th revealed zero mention of the “basket of deplorables” statement by Clinton.
NBC 26’s Saturday newscast was equally devoid of any coverage about these comments that she made at a recent fundraiser.
It was not until Sunday afternoon that NBC 26 had any mention of Clinton’s statements. Although, the coverage was only in passing and placed within another story about Clinton suffering from pneumonia.
NBC 26’s choice to not promptly cover Clinton’s controversial remarks, coupled with its choice to bury the story within another one demonstrates bias by story placement and story selection.