Politically speaking, two Bushes have been president to one Clinton, but when it came to the media's cheering of baby news from former first daughters Jenna Bush and Chelsea Clinton, it was Clinton who was declared American royalty.
A Media Research Center study for this week's Mainstream Media Scream found that the Big Three nightly network broadcasts gave Bush a combined 33 seconds for her happy news to Clinton's four minutes, 32 seconds. And the morning news shows gushed over Clinton, seeing "royalty" in the new grandchild to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
The MRC report for Secrets:
On Wednesday morning, December 12, 2012, Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, announced on NBC’s Today show that she was expecting. The broadcast networks were hardly excited, as illustrated by how that evening the NBC Nightly News allocated 33 seconds to the revelation while neither ABC’s World News nor the CBS Evening News bothered to mention it.
ABC’s newscast, however, made time to feature a Barbara Walters “exclusive” with Hillary Clinton, in which Walters yearned to learn: “Will you consider running for president in 2016?”
Fast forward to this past Thursday. Chelsea Clinton, daughter of a president and first lady belonging to the media’s preferred party, announced she’s pregnant – and the networks broke out the baby showers in joy. The ABC and NBC evening newscasts devoted full stories, consuming more than two minutes each, while CBS gave it 32 seconds.
The next morning, ABC’s Bianna Golodryga (wife of Peter Orszag, former OMB director for President Obama), couldn’t contain her excitement on Friday’s Good Morning America: “This morning, Americans have their own royal, or, rather, presidential baby, to look forward to.”
Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick of the baby news coverage for this week’s scream: “Television news has spent more time fawning over Hillary Clinton as grandmother over the last few days than they have over past year looking into her role in Benghazi. The Clintons are truly royalty to too many in the press corps, as exemplified so well by the glowing Golodryga.”
Rating: Four out of five screams.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.