CBS Hypes Demands in Ricin-Laced Letter to Trump, ABC/NBC Skip Arrest


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A crazy French-Canadian was arrested Tuesday after she tried to enter the United States with a knife and gun. The woman was taken into custody and it was determined that she was the one behind the ricin-laced letter that was recently intercepted on its way to President Trump. Any attempt on the life of a president was a newsworthy development, but neither ABC’s World News Tonight nor NBC Nightly News covered the arrest of the failed assassin.

But before you commend CBS Evening News was giving the “poison plot” airtime on Tuesday, it’s worth mentioning that anchor Norah O’Donnell buried the story and only gave it a news brief lasting 23 seconds. And leading up to the story she repeatedly hyped the demands of the crazy Canadian.

“Poison plot: A woman charged with trying to mail ricin to the White House. What the letter she allegedly sent demanded from President Trump,” she announced in the opening tease. O’Donnell echoed herself as she was leading into a commercial break, saying: “Plus, new details in the arrest of a woman accused of trying to mail a deadly poison to President Trump, including what she was demanding.”

So, what were the demands of the crazy French-Canadian that O’Donnell spent all that time hyping? The President should drop out of the race, of course!


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