One of the three anchors on the major broadcast network news programs has moved to the head of the class when it comes to sharp critiques of the Trump administration, according to veteran television writer David Bauder.
Bauder reports for the AP that “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley is emerging as a “blunt evaluator” of Trump’s presidency.
“After Trump’s claim of underreported terrorist attacks last month, Pelley said on his newscast that ‘it has been a busy day for presidential statements divorced from reality,'” Bauder writes, adding: “He was just getting started.”
Bauder lists a number of examples of Pelley’s assessments of Trump, including this one that Pelley offered on the broadcast following Trump’s address to Congress: “Some of the problems Mr. Trump promised to solve last night don’t actually exist.”
Bauder notes: “The one-liners are sharp in a way that’s unusual for the evening news, and they set Pelley apart from his rivals, Lester Holt of NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ and David Muir of ABC’s ‘World News Tonight.'”
Adds Mark Feldstein, a journalism professor at the University of Maryland: “It’s striking because it’s such a departure from the traditional norm of objectivity that serious news anchors have always gone for over the last few generations.”