The most-watched programs on CNN and MSNBC on Friday night were completely ignored President TrumpForeign policy achievement in delivering a peace treaty between Israel and Bahrain.
They agreed to “establish full diplomatic relations between Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain”, according to a formal statement issued by the United States and the two Middle Eastern countries.
“This is a historic breakthrough for further peace in the Middle East. The opening up of direct dialogue and relations between these two dynamic societies and developed economies will continue the positive transformation of the Middle East and enhance stability, security and prosperity in the region,” the statement said.
However, the main Middle East peace deal was not mentioned during CNN and MSNBC’s prime time programs.
Although CNN provided substantial protection for the Israeli-Bahrain deal during its afternoon program, MSNBC spent less than two minutes spending important news throughout the day.
When anchor Ayman Mohaildin asked his team why President Trump announced the peace deal on the 19th anniversary of 9/11, the longest section of the MSNBC on the subject lasted one minute and 22 seconds.
Both MSNBC and CNN similarly underestimated the key deal that Trump brokered last month between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
“CNN Tonight” presenter Dan Lemon, who spends about two full hours every weekend, spent about two minutes on the deal, but used it to mock Trump after National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien suggested he nominate the president for the Nobel Peace Prize.
“I don’t know why he wants a Nobel Prize so badly. … Oh, you know who has one, right? President Barack Obama!” CNN anchor boasted.
Lemon’s colleagues Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo, like their prime-time rivals at MSNBC, avoided the issue altogether.