NBC, CBS, CNN's Morning Shows Yawn At Church Bombing in Egypt

Matthew Balan | December 12, 2016
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As of the morning of 12 December 2016, NBC's Today and CNN's New Day have yet to cover the deadly terrorist attack on a Coptic Christian church in Cairo, Egypt on 11 December 2016. The NBC morning newscast's omission is particularly conspicuous, as the 11 December 2016 edition of NBC Nightly News devoted a full report to the bombing. CBS's Sunday Morning gave the attack a one-sentence mention on 11 December 2016. However, CBS This Morning didn't cover it the following day. ABC's Good Morning America mentioned the anti-Christian bombing in passing on 11 December 2016, but didn't report on it the following morning.

The CNN morning show's failure to cover the terrorist attack also sticks out, as the early morning program that airs before it, Early Start, aired a two-minute-long full report on the story on 12 December 2016. Anchor Carol Costello also devoted a news brief to the deadly explosion during the 9 am Eastern hour of CNN Newsroom, which follows New Day:

CAROL COSTELLO: In Cairo, Egypt, the first funeral services [are] now being held, after a suicide bomber killed dozens inside a Coptic Christian church. The blast happened during a worship service Sunday morning — ripping through a section of the church for women. At least 25 parishioners died; nearly 50 others were injured. Egypt's president says three men and a woman have been arrested.

Costello also mentioned the bombing during a lead-in to a segment on the twin bombings in Istanbul, Turkey during the 10 am Eastern hour of the program.

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