CBS Reluctant to Give Filner's Party ID; Quick to Point Out Military Critic is A Democrat


<p>On 16 August 2013, ABC and CBS's morning newscasts covered the latest development in the Bob Filner sex scandal, but both failed to identify him as a Democrat. Mere seconds before their news brief on the San Diego mayor, <em>CBS This Morning</em> pointed out the Democratic party affiliation of Filner's former congressional colleague, Jackie Speier, who blasted the Defense Department on their handling of sexual assaults in the military.</p><p>The transcripts of the news briefs from the 16 August 2013 edition of CBS This Morning:<br /><br />[CBS News Graphic: "Military Sex Assaults: Pentagon Announces Plans To Prevent Abuse"]<br /><br />JEFF GLOR: The Defense Department released new and immediate steps to prevent sexual assault in the ranks. That comes after a wave of high-profile sexual assault cases. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the changes in a memo yesterday. They include improving legal support and expanding rights for victims; enhancing protection for victims; and requiring pre-trial investigations. But California Congresswoman Jackie Speier is slamming Hagel's directive. The Democrat says – quote, 'I continue to be underwhelmed by the military's baby steps on this issue.'</p><p>[CBS News Graphic: "San Diego Scandal: Great-Grandmother Accuses Filner Of Harrassment"]<br /><br />NORAH O'DONNELL: A great grandmother is the latest to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct. On Thursday, 67-year-old Peggy Shannon said Filner asked for dates and made sexually-suggestive comments. More than a dozen women have already come forward. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Tweeted yesterday that Filner should step down. </p>

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