NBC, CNN Sunday shows spend just seconds on botched Afghan drone strike after ignoring blunder last week

Di venerdì, il Pentagono confirmed that the Aug. 28 drone strike was atragic mistakethat resulted in ten dead civilians, including seven children, which was meant to be in response to the Aug. 26 terrorist attack outside the Kabul airport that killed 13 NOI. servicemen.

This came one week after the New York Times published a stunning visual investigation that came to the same conclusion. The Biden administration had announced thattwo high profileISIS-K fighters who were dubbed asplanners and facilitatorsof the suicide bombing were killed in the strike.


ABC “Questa settimana,” NBC’s “Incontra la stampa” and CNN’s “Stato dell'unione” all skipped the damning Times report, which ultimately previewed the admission made by the Pentagon. CBS’ “Face The Nationmoderator Margaret Brennan briefly mentioned the botched drone strike during an interview with former Acting CIA Director Michael Morell. Fox News’ Chris Wallace addressed the subject during a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday.

While ABC offered a substantial course correction on Sunday addressing the controversy for nearly four minutes, that wasn’t exactly the case for NBC and CNN.


Meet The Pressmoderator Chuck Todd spent roughly nine seconds on the subject while listing the political woes plaguing President Biden. A graphic that read “NOI. admits drone strike a mistake, killed civilianswas put on-screen during a panel discussion for about 36 seconds while the discussion itself addressed Afghanistan more broadly and other topics.

Todd’s CNN counterpart, “Stato dell'unione” moderator Jake Tapper, similarly spent ten seconds on the botched drone strike as one of several controversies the Biden administration is facing. It’s worth noting that it was Dana Bash, who alternates moderating “Stato dell'unione” with Tapper, avoided the subject the week prior.

Neither Todd nor Tapper addressed the political firestorm facing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who is facing calls for his resignation and accusations of treason after it was reported in the Bob-Woodward-Robert Costa book “Pericolo” that he called his Chinese counterpart in January and told him he would warn Cina of an incoming attack by then-President Trump that never took place.

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