- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The “Big Three’’ networks - CBS, NBC and ABC — appear to be in love with “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” the new book by Michael Wolff which is rife with criticism of President Trump and his administration.

“The networks engaged in a feeding frenzy over Wolff’s gossip-filled book, as they ate up the salacious details,” writes Geoffrey Dickens, an analyst for the Media Research Center, a conservative press watchdog.

“From January 3 through January 9, the networks stuffed their evening and morning programs with over two hours of coverage of the Wolff book and the subsequent fallout for former Donald Trump aide Stephen Bannon,” Mr. Dickens said in a new study.

“But other big news, like the FBI re-opening the investigation into the Clinton Foundation scandal only drew 11 minutes, 10 seconds,” he noted.

But that’s not all. The historic moment when Dow Jones cracked the 25,000 mark only garnered 5 minutes, 46 seconds. Mr. Dickens determined that the final total for the Wolff book coverage on the the three networks was two hours, 20 minutes and five seconds.

The study found CBS to be “the most obsessed network,” producing a total of almost 50 minutes of coverage on the book, followed by ABC with 46 minutes and NBC with 44 minutes — all promoting “unsubstantiated allegations against Trump,” Mr. Dickens noted.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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