Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) had a legislative roundtable alongside Gold Star families, but viewers of major network news programs didn’t hear about it. Nearly two years after the tragedy of the Afghanistan withdrawal, the victims’ relatives spoke in an emotional forum, telling Americans how they felt betrayed and misled by their government.
On Monday, the relatives of the American military killed outside the airport in Kabul as they withdrew from Afghanistan came together for the first time to ask Congress for answers about the deaths of their loved ones, but viewers of ABC, CBS, or NBC would be in the dark.
The Media Research Center (MRC) found none of the major broadcast networks covered the hearing. This included ABC’s “World News Tonight,” CBS’s “Evening News,” and NBC’s “Nightly News.”
Several people specifically named President Biden and other high-ranking Cabinet members in their demands for resignation. Several grieving families accused officials of covering up the actual cause of death.
CBS’s “Evening News” and NBC’s “Nightly News” wasted airtime by reporting on lottery numbers (ABC), a World Cup loss for an anti-American women’s soccer team (CBS), and an update on the investigation into a fire at a plastics plant (NBC), instead of covering the hearing.
On Monday, an official with the Defense Department expressed their sympathies to the Gold Star families who lost loved ones in the sad incident at Abbey Gate.
The official continued by saying they would be eternally grateful to them for their devotion, sacrifice, and dedication throughout the evacuation procedures. They also thanked the men and women who served with distinction at the time of their departure from Afghanistan and recognized the historic and tremendous sacrifices they made.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) provided what he termed “smoking-gun documents” last month indicating Facebook banned Americans on behalf of the Biden administration, but they were disregarded by “NBC Nightly News,” “World News Tonight” on ABC, and “CBS Evening News.”