CBS4 reported on Republican presidential candidates, omitted Democrats

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KCNC CBS4 reported on Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain's decision to form an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential election and added that two other Republicans have made similar announcements. But the station failed to mention that two Democrats also have announced their potential 2008 presidential bids.

On the November 15 broadcast of KCNC's CBS4 News at 10 p.m., co-anchor Molly Hughes, during a segment about U.S. Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) decision to form an exploratory committee in advance of the 2008 presidential election, reported that "[t]he list of candidates for the 2008 presidential campaign is getting longer." Hughes said, "McCain will join former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the Republican race, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson also says he intends to form an exploratory committee." However, the CBS4 broadcast failed to mention that Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack and Delaware U.S. Sen. Joe Biden -- both Democrats -- also have announced their potential bids for the 2008 presidential election.

From the November 15 broadcast of KCNC's CBS4 News at 10 p.m.:

HUGHES: The list of candidates for the 2008 presidential campaign is getting longer. Senator John McCain from Arizona plans to file the paperwork tomorrow to form an exploratory committee, the first step. McCain will join former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the Republican race, and former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson also says he intends to form an exploratory committee.

CBS4 failed to note that at least two Democrats also have announced their intentions to run or form exploratory committees for a 2008 presidential bid. Vilsack was one of the first Democratic candidates to announce a run for the 2008 presidential race, according to a November 9 Associated Press article published in The Washington Post. The AP reported, "Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, a centrist Democrat seeking an early edge in an all-but-certain crowded presidential field, launched a long-shot bid for the White House Thursday [November 9]." The article further noted, "The governor is the first Democrat to file for the presidency although a number of better known candidates are presumed to be running":

In polls, Vilsack has trailed the other potential candidates, among them front-runner New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and 2004 vice presidential nominee John Edwards.

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On the Republican side, Rep. Duncan Hunter of California has announced the formation of an exploratory committee. About a dozen other candidates, including Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, are weighing bids.

Furthermore, while Hughes reported that "former Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson also says he intends to form an exploratory committee," she also failed to note that Biden has indicated he will form an exploratory committee early in 2007. In contrast, a November 12 AP article published in the Los Angeles Times about McCain's exploratory committee announcement reported, "Democratic Sen. Joe Biden reaffirmed his intention to seek his party's nomination, though an announcement about establishing an exploratory committee probably will not come until early next year." According to the AP:

Biden, first elected to the Senate in 1972, said Sunday he would address the issue of an exploratory committee early in 2007. "I still plan on running. I haven't, quite frankly, thought through all of the ... mechanics of it at this point in terms of when to announce setting up an exploratory committee, but I plan on doing that," he said.

The AP article about McCain's bid also noted that "[l]ast week Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack announced his candidacy" and continued:

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is widely considered the front-runner. Others mentioned include Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts, the 2004 nominee; former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, the vice presidential nominee two years ago; Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois, Evan Bayh of Indiana and Christopher Dodd of Connecticut; and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson.

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Republicans talked about for 2008 are Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney; Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee; Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said last month he is forming an exploratory committee.

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